Nominees Revealed for Most Global Poker Awards Categories

Nominees Revealed for Most Global Poker Awards Categories

The announcement of the inaugural Global Poker Awards came less than two weeks ago. It was revealed that the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards were being combined into one annual ceremony to be held on April 5 at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas.

Poker Central teamed up with the Global Poker Index to host a celebratory evening and hand out awards to some in the poker industry. The goal is to “celebrate excellence both on and off the felt” with a “star-studded ceremony” presented by PokerStars.

It appears that anyone may attend, but for those unable to be in Las Vegas, those with PokerGO subscriptions may watch the live broadcast online.

Eleven days after the original announcement, the GPI has revealed the nominees in many of the categories up for recognition on April 5.

List of Nominees

Of the 20 categories of awards, there are 13 that now have nominees that were chosen by more than 130 nomination panel members from around the world. All awards are for performances and actions in 2018.

Tournament Performance:

–Justin Bonomo in Super High Roller Bowl IV

–John Cynn in WSOP Main Event

–Maria Lampropulos of PCA Main Event

–Dylan Linde at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Breakout Player:

–Almedin Imsirovic

–Maria Konnikova

–Ping Liu

–Christopher Michael Soyza

Steamer of the Year:

–Jeff Gross

–Jason Somerville

–Jaime Staples

–Lex Veldhuis

Vlogger of the Year:

–Marle Cardeiro

–Joe Ingram

–Andrew Neeme

–Daniel Negreanu

–Doug Polk


–LFG Podcast with Chad Holloway and Jamie Kerstetter

–Poker Central Podcast with Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema

–PokerNews Podcast with Sarah Herring and Jeff Platt

–Chip Race Poker Podcast with David Pappin and Dara O’Kearney

–Fives Poker Podcast with Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters


–Maria Ho

–Lon McEachern

–Nick Schulman

–Lex Veldhuis

Poker Journalist:

–Drew Amato

–Sarah Herring

–Remko Rinkema

–Christian Zetzsche

Media Content:

–Drew Amato for photo of Doyle Brunson at last WSOP

–Lance Bradley for book “The Pursuit of Poker Success”

–Haley Hintze for article entitled Vayo v. PokerStars

–Poker Central/PokerGO for Super High Roller Club broadcast

Industry Person:

–Angelica Hael of World Poker tour

–Cary Katz of Poker Central

–Matt Savage of WPT, TDA, etc.

–Ty Stewart of World Series of Poker

–Rob Yong of Dusk Till Dawn and PartyPoker

Tournament Director:

–Tony Burns of Seminole Hard Rock

–Paul Campbell of ARIA

–Jack Effel of World Series of Poker

–Kenny Hallaert of Unibet Open

Mid-Major Tour or Circuit:

–888poker Live

–RUNGOOD Poker Series

–Unibet Open


–WSOP Circuit

Event of the Year:

–PartyPoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

–Super High Roller Bowl IV

–WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

–WSOP Main Event

Moment of the Year:

–Randi Hilsercop gives husband Jeremy a WSOP trip for Christmas, goes viral and results in PokerStars gifting him a PSPC Platinum Pass

–Joe Cada wins WSOP Closer after finishing fifth in WSOP Main Event

–Doyle Brunson plays final WSOP event

–Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop to complete Super High Roller streak

GPI Rankings and Other Awards

The two awards that are given based on the final 2018 Global Poker Index rankings are already known:

2018 GPI Poker Player of the Year:  Alex Foxen

2018 GPI Female Poker Player of the Year:  Kristen Bicknell

The other awards are a bit of a mystery. A jury of poker industry representatives is supposed to choose the winners from the list of nominees from the 13 aforementioned categories, but it is unclear as to their role or process in choosing the winners of these five awards:

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker

Charitable Initiative

Jury Prize

PocketFives Legacy Award

People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year

The ceremony is just weeks away, so more information should be provided before that time.



About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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