Poker Honors Presented at Global Poker Awards in Las Vegas

Poker Honors Presented at Global Poker Awards in Las Vegas

The first Global Poker Awards ceremony was held at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas on the evening of April 5, 2019. Poker players and many in the industry attended to honor those who were nominated for their poker accomplishments, including play, events, reporting, and industry contributions in 2018.

The event was hosted by the Global Poker Index and Poker Central, and it was presented by PokerStars. Some attended in Las Vegas, while others watched online at PokerGO, which was opened for free viewing, or followed along with updates on social media.

Of the nearly two dozen awards, there were 13 with pre-announced nominations. Winners were chosen by a jury of poker industry representatives, though their identities have not been revealed.

Nominees and Winners

The winners in these categories are highlighted.

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

Streamer 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 β€œThe 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

Popular Vote and Predetermined Awards

Two of the awards were given based on their standings on the Global Poker Index, and each of them finished at the top of the rankings in their given categories.

2018 GPI Poker Player of the Year:Β  Alex Foxen

2018 GPI Female Poker Player of the Year:Β  Kristen Bicknell

The People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year was determined by the poker public. People around the world were welcomed to submit nominees to honor those who work to promote the game on and off the tables. The four with the most votes then went back to the public for a final vote, which ended on April 3.

–Jonathan Little

–Brad Owen

–Johnnie Moreno

–Lex Veldhuis

The PocketFives Legacy Award was given to the online poker player who achieved the most success, and PocketFives chose to give that honor to Chris Moorman, the most acclaimed player in nearly every category of online poker.

Other award winners were chosen by the jury and awarded as follows:

–Lifetime Achievement in Poker:Β  Doyle Brunson

–Charitable Initiative:Β  Robbie Strazynski’s Run Well Campaign

–Jury Prize:Β  Drew Amato

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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