Global Poker Awards Announced for April 5

Global Poker Awards Announced for April 5

Global Poker Awards

Table Of Contents

  • Global Poker Awards 2018
  • History of the American Poker Awards
  • 2014 American Poker Awards
  • 2014 American Poker Awards Winners
  • 2015 American Poker Awards
  • 2015 American Poker Awards Winners
  • 2016 American Poker Awards
  • 2016 American Poker Awards Winners
  • 2017 American Poker Awards
  • 2017 American Poker Awards Winners
  • History of the European Poker Awards
  • European Poker Award Winners

The Global Poker Index (GPI) and Poker Central announced the inaugural Global Poker Awards to be held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas and broadcasted live on PokerGO on April 5. PokerStars is a sponsor of the awards.

Global Poker Awards 2018

The event merges the GPI’s American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards into one ceremony recognizing the industry’s top poker players, industry leaders, and media members.

"Our global initiatives behind the European Poker Awards and the American Poker Awards come together starting this year," said GPI President Eric Danis. "We’re excited to bring recognition to the poker world’s best players and most prominent industry contributors on an unprecedented scale."

A total of twenty awards are slated to be handed out with a full list of categories and nominations to be revealed later. A nomination panel will vote for the finalists in each category before a jury of industry representatives will select the winners.

Poker Central is understandably excited about its involvement in the first Global Poker Awards.

"We’re thrilled to deliver streaming coverage of the first-ever Global Poker Awards show live from the PokerGO Studio,” said Poker Central President Sam Simmons. "We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best and brightest while providing PokerGO subscribers a front row seat for all the festivities."


History of the American Poker Awards

2014 American Poker Awards

The four-year history of the American Poker Awards dates back to 2014, with the ceremony held in 2015. Dan Colman won the GPI Player of the Year and Vanessa Selbst won the GPI Female Player of the Year awards. Also honored were Daniel Negreanu (Poker’s Best Ambassador), Brandon Shack-Harris (Breakout Player of the Year), Steve Lipscomb (Lifetime Achievement Award), Adam Pliska (Industry Person of the Year, and Chris Grove (Media Person of the Year).

2014 American Poker Awards Winners

  • Poker’s Best Ambassador: Daniel Negreanu
  • 2014 GPI Player of the Year: Dan Colman
  • 2014 GPI Female Player of the Year: Vanessa Selbst
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Brandon Shack-Harris
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: World Poker Tour founder Steve Lipscomb
  • Industry Person of the Year: WPT President Adam Pliska
  • Media Person of the Year: Online Poker Report’s Chris Grove
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Mark Newhouse in WSOP Main Event
  • Media Content of the Year: Brad Willis for PokerStars Blog’s "WSOP 2014: Stages / Never Stop Fighting"
  • Event of the Year (buy-in over $2,000): World Series of Poker Main Event
  • Event of the Year (buy-in under $2,000): WSOP Monster Stack
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: "All In" for Kids Poker Tournament Presented by CHOP & WPT Foundation
  • Innovation of the Year: Twitch for Live Streaming Poker

2015 American Poker Awards

The following year saw Negreanu become the first two-time winner of an American Poker Award after being taking home the Moment of the Year award for his eleventh place finish in the 2015 WSOP Main Event. Byron Kaverman earned the GPI Player of the Year and Kelly Minkin was honored as the GPI Female Player of the Year.

Others taking home awards included Donnie Peters, Anthony Zinno, Joshua Beckley, Matt Savage, Kara Scott, Joe Giron, and Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers.

2015 American Poker Awards Winners

  • Media Person of the Year: Donnie Peters, Editor-in-Chief, PokerNews.com
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Anthony Zinno, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
  • Moment of the Year: Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in WSOP Main Event
  • Breakout Performance of the Year: Joshua Beckley
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in Up To $2,000): WSOP Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in Over $2,000): WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL
  • Industry Person of the Year: Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director
    Charitable Initiative of the Year: Charity Series of Poker, Matt Stout
  • Poker Presenter of the Year: Kara Scott
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: WSOP Online Bracelet event
  • Media Content of the Year: Joe Giron’s elimination photo of Daniel Negreanu in WSOP Main Event
  • Jury Award: Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Sexton
  • 2015 GPI Player of the Year: Byron Kaverman
  • 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year: Kelly Minkin

2016 American Poker Awards

Savage followed up the Industry Person of the Year award in 2015 with the Jury Award in 2016, joining Negreanu as the event’s only two-time winners at the time. David Peters earned the American GPI Player of the Year while Kate Hall snagged the award for the American GPI Female Player of the Year.

Honored for the first time were Joe Stapleton, Sean McCormack, Maurice Hawkins, Ari Engel, Dan Smith, Mori Eskandani, Jason Mercier, Lance Bradley, Jason Somerville, Joe Ingram, Cliff Josephy, and John Holley.

2016 American Poker Awards Winners

  • 2016 American GPI Player of the Year: David Peters
  • 2016 American GPI Female Player of the Year: Cate Hall
  • Media Person of the Year: Joe Stapleton
  • Industry Person of the Year: Sean McCormack
  • Breakout Performance of the Year: Maurice Hawkins
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Ari Engel
  • Mid-Major Circuit of the Year: WSOP Circuit
  • Event of the Year: Super High Roller Bowl
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: Dan Smith Charity Drive
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mori Eskandani
  • Moment of the Year: Jason Mercier at the WSOP
  • Media Content of the Year: Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley)
  • Twitch Streamer of the Year: Jason Somerville
  • Podcast of the Year: Poker Life Podcast (Joe Ingram)
  • PocketFives Legacy Award: Cliff Josephy
  • Hendon Mob Award: John Holley
  • Jury Prize: Matt Savage

2017 American Poker Awards

In 2017, Savage became the first person to win three American Poker Awards in three different ceremonies, while Andrew Neeme became the first person to win two awards in the same year. Bradley and Engel joined the ranks of two-time award winners.

Bryn Kenney was honored as the GPI American Player of the Year and Kristen Bicknell earned the GPI Female Player of the Year. Others to win awards for the first time included Artur Papazyan, Scott Blumstein, Lon Mceachern, Norman Chad, Ema Zajmovic, Jaime Staples, Nick Schulman, Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor, Remko Rinkema, Cary Katz, and Eric Danis.

2017 American Poker Awards Winners

  • 2017 GPI American Player of the Year: Bryn Kenney
  • 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year: Kristen Bicknell
  • Poker Journalist of the Year: Lance Bradley
  • Industry Person of the Year: Matt Savage
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Artur Papazyan
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Scott Blumstein (WSOP Main Event)
  • Mid-Major Circuit of the Year: WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS)
  • Event of the Year: partypoker MILLIONS North America (Playground Poker Club, Montreal)
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: One Step Closer Foundation
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker: Lon Mceachern and Norman Chad
  • Moment of the Year: Ema Zajmovic becomes the first female player to win an open event on World Poker Tour
  • Poker Media Content of the Year: Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story (PokerCentral documentary)
  • Poker Streamer of the Year: Jaime Staples
  • Poker Broadcaster of the Year: Nick Schulman
  • Video Blogger of the Year: Andrew Neeme
  • Poker Podcast of the Year: PokerCentral Podcast (Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor, Remko Rinkema)
  • PocketFives Legacy Award: Ari Engel
  • Biggest Influencer in Poker: Cary Katz
  • Jury Prize: Eric Danis
  • People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year: Andrew Neeme

History of the European Poker Awards

The European Poker Awards has a long and storied 15-year history dating back to 2001 with the last ceremony taking place in 2016 awarding accomplishments from 2015.

During the last year of the ceremony in 2015, Fedor Holz shipped the GPI Player of the Year award and Liv Boeree was honored as the GPI Female Player of the Year. Remko Rinkema, who won an American Poker Award in 2017 was honored as the Media Person of the Year during the 2015 European Poker Awards.

Adrian Mateos Diaz remarkably shipped his fourth European Poker Awards in 2015 when he won the Tournament Performance of the Year.

Others winning 2015 European Poker Awards included Jesse May, Hermance Blum, Dzimitry Urbanovich, John Gale, and Neil Stoddart.

Here is a look back at all of the European Poker Awards in its 15-year history courtesy compliments of the European Poker Awards.

European Poker Award Winners

Year Award Winner
2015 Media Content of the Year Jesse May
  GPI Player of the Year Fedor Holz
  GPI Female Player of the Year Liv Boeree
  Media Person of the Year Remko Rinkema
  Industry Person of the Year Hermance Blum
  Breakout Player of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich
  Tournament Performance of the Year Adrian Mateos Diaz
  Event of the Year (Buy-in up to € 2000) Norwegian Championships Norway Cup
  Event of the Year (Buy-in over € 2000) EPT Barcelona Main Event
  Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year Norwegian Championship broadcast
  Moment of the Year John Gale returns from three years off
  Media Content of the Year Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold
  Jury Award Neil Stoddart
     
2014 Poker’s Best Ambassador George Danzer
  Tournament Performance of the Year Martin Jacobson
  Breakout Player of the Year Jack Salter
  Charitable Initiative of the Year REG Charity
  Lifetime Achievement Award Pierre Neuville
  Media Content of the Year Victor Saumont, Nosebleed
  Media Person of the Year Marc Convey
  Industry Person of the Year Leon Tsoukernik
  Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year Unibet, launching their own gaming platform
  Event of the Year (Buy-in up to € 2000) Battle of Malta
  Event of the Year (Buy-in over € 2000) EPT Vienna Main Event
  GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion
  GPI Female Player of the Year Liv Boeree
  Polish Player of the Year Dominic Panka
  Ukrainian Player of the Year Eugene Katchalov
  Irish Player of the Year Dermot Blain
  French Player of the Year Erwann Pecheux
  Russian Player of the Year Anatoly Filatov
  Spanish Player of the Year Adrian Mateos Diaz
  Italian Player of the Year Mustapha Kanit
  UK Player of the Year Oliver Price
     
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Barny Boatman
  Rookie of the Year Adrian Mateos Diaz
  Poker Personality of the Year Roger Hairabedian
  Tournament Performance of the Year Philipp Gruissem
  Online Player of the Year Toby Lewis
  Industry Person of the Year Neil Johnson
  Event of the Year FTP Galway Festival
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Ana Marquez
  Live European Player of the Year Ole Schemion
  Belgium Player of the Year Davidi Kitai
  Finnish Player of the Year Joni Jouhkimainen
  French Player of the Year Benjamin Pollak
  UK Player of the Year Stephen Chidwick
  Irish Player of the Year Dermot Blain
  Italian Player of the Year Dario Sammartino
  Dutch Player of the Year Govert Metaal
  Spanish Player of the Year Adrian Mateos Diaz
     
2012 UK Player of the Year Roberto Romanello
  Lifetime Achievement Award Gus Hansen
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Lucille Cailly
  French Player of the Year Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
  Rookie of the Year Ole Schemion
  Tournament Performance of the Year Davidi Kitai
  Online Player of the Year Jens Kyllonen
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Simon Trumper
  Poker Personality of the Year Kara Scott
  Event of the Year EPT Barcelona
  GPI Player of the Year Marvin Rettenmaier
  German Player of the Year Marvin Rettenmaier
  Belgian Player of the Year Davidi Kitai
  Finnish Player of the Year Juha Helppi
  Irish Player of the Year Dermot Blain
  Italian Player of the Year Andrea Dato
  Austrian Player of the Year Ivo Donev
  Spanish Player of the Year Cesar Garcia
     
2011 Poker Personality of the Year Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
  Rookie of the Year Andrey Pateychuk
  Tournament Performance of the Year Pius Heinz
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Natalia Nikitina
  Online Player of the Year Ilari Sahamies
  Event of the Year WSOP-E Cannes
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Warren Lush
  Player of the Year Sam Trickett
  Lifetime Achievement Award Jesse May
     
2010 Rookie of the Year Jake Cody
  Tournament Performance of the Year James Bord
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Liv Boeree
  Online Player of the Year Andreas Torbergsen
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Gerard Serra Retamero
  Poker Personality of the Year Tony Guoga
  Player of the Year Jake Cody
  Lifetime Achievement Award Nic Szeremeta
     
2009 Player of the Year Vitaly Lunkin
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Sandra Naujoks
  Rookie of the Year Antoine Saout
  Tournament Performance of the Year Jeff Lisandro
  Online Player of the Year Patrick Antonius
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Tony Guoga
  Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year Edgar Stuchly
  Lifetime Achievement Award Bruno Fitoussi
     
2008 Player of the Year Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier
  Tournament Performance of the Year Peter Eastgate
  Rookie of the Year Ivan Demidov
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Sandra Naujoks
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Jonathan Raab
  Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year Rob Yong
  Lifetime Achievement Award Marcel Luske
     
2007 Player of the Year Alex Kravchenko
  Tournament Performance of the Year Annette Obrestad
  Rookie of the Year Soren Kongsgaard
  Leading Lady of the Year Award Katja Thater
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Madeleine Harper
  Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year Rob Gardner
  Lifetime Achievement Award Thomas Kremser
     
2006 Player of the Year Roland de Wolfe
  Tournament Performance of the Year Vicky Coren
  Rookie of the Year Mats Iremark
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Roy Houghton
  Lifetime Achievement Award John Duthie
     
2005 Player of the Year Rob Hollink
  Tournament Performance of the Year Rob Hollink
  Rookie of the Year Patrik Antonius
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Sabine Hazoume
  Lifetime Achievement Award Dave Colclough
     
2004 Player of the Year Marcel Luske
  Tournament Performance of the Year Martin de Kniff
  Rookie of the Year Jani Sointulla
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Andres Burget
  Lifetime Achievement Award Dave Ulliott
     
2003 Player of the Year Dave Colclough
  Tournament Performance of the Year Gus Hansen
  Rookie of the Year Juha Helppi
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Teresa Nousiainen
  Lifetime Achievement Award Lucy Rokach
     
2002 Player of the Year Gary Bush
  Tournament Performance of the Year Barny Boatman
  Rookie of the Year Kirill Gerasimov
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Adele Brujin
  Lifetime Achievement Award Liam Flood
     
2001 Player of the Year Marcel Luske
  Tournament Performance of the Year Simon Trumper
  Rookie of the Year Alex Kravchenko
  Poker Staff Person of the Year Thomas Kremser
  Lifetime Achievement Award Pascal Perrault

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