American Poker Awards See Andrew Neeme, Cary Katz in the Spotlight

February 23rd, 2018 by Jon Sofen

At the 2018 American Poker Awards in Los Angeles, Andrew Neeme scooped two trophies and Cary Katz sparked some debate. But was anyone even watching?

Andrew Neeme vlogger American Poker Awards

Andrew Neeme was the biggest winner at the 2018 American Poker Awards, scooping two trophies. (Image: turntupvegas.com)

From inside a small, but packed, banquet room at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel, WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin hosted the fourth annual APAs while dozens, at times even hundreds, of people watched on livestream.

Vlogging Victory

Neeme, a Las Vegas grinder who mostly plays $5/$10 and $2/$5 cash games, wasn’t the first to introduce vlogging to the poker community. You can credit Tim “TheTrooper97” Watts for starting the poker vlogging trend. But Neeme has perfected his craft.

On Thursday night, Neeme received recognition for his impact on poker and for helping to attract more players to the game. He was rewarded with a pair of trophies, Video Blogger of the Year and People’s Choice Award.

Neeme wasn’t in attendance to accept his awards, as he was in South Africa on a poker field trip. But he did post a humbling acceptance tweet.

“MASSIVE thanks to everyone who voted in the American Poker Awards. When all the hours put into a project resulted in true value for the audience (entertainment, info, or whatever the case) it’s an awesome feeling,” Neeme tweeted.

Neeme received over 10,000 fan votes in the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year, beating out Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Little, and Doug Polk for the award.

Full List of 2018 American Poker Awards Winners

  • Breakout Player: Art Papazyan
  • Tournament Performance: Scott Blumstein (WSOP Main Event)
  • Moment of the Year: Ema Zajmovic, first woman to win a WPT title.
  • Event of the Year: partypoker MILLIONS North America
  • Mid-Major Circuit: WPTDeepStacks
  • Journalist of the Year: Lance Bradley
  • Broadcaster of the Year: Nick Schulman
  • Media Content: Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story
  • Podcast: Poker Central Podcast
  • Video Blogger: Andrew Neeme
  • Poker Streamer: Jaime Staples
  • Industry Person: Matt Savage
  • Poker’s Biggest Influencer: Cary Katz
  • 2017 GPI American Player of the Year: Bryn Kenney
  • 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year: Kristen Bicknell
  • Lifetime Achievement in Poker: Norman Chad and Lon McEachern
  • Charitable Initiative: Jacob Zalewski, One Step Closer Foundation
  • Jury Prize: Eric Danis
  • PocketFives Legacy Award: Ari Engel
  • People’s Choice Award: Andrew Neeme

Influencer Kerfluffle

Only one award winner, Cary Katz, sparked much dissent. The Poker Central founder who also regularly competes in high-stakes games was voted in as “Poker’s Biggest Influencer,” beating out Doug Polk, Daniel Negreanu, and Matt Savage.

Katz’s impact on the game hasn’t been on the felt, although he’s no fish at the table. He’s played an integral role in creating new high-roller events, such as the Poker Masters and US Poker Open, along with bringing back the once popular Poker After Dark show. But some on social media aren’t convinced his contribution to the game is truly defined as an “influencer” by modern social media standards.

6 Responses to “American Poker Awards See Andrew Neeme, Cary Katz in the Spotlight”

  1. joeisi says:

    Nice to see Lon and Norman honoured. They are greats of the game for their legendary brodcasting. Their contributions from the boot have definitely made Poker and WSOP what it is today.

  2. Bob Roberts says:

    I like Andrew a lot but he and all the other vloggers just copy Trooper. Trooper isn’t the best looking or the best poker player and his personality is an acquired taste but he makes the best videos and makes more of them that anyone else. Jamam, a self confessed Trooper copyist is the only one bringing something new to the table. His videos show tremendous imagination and effort. So this award is bullshit. In a golf competition it’s the one with the fewest strokes that wins, not the cutest.

    • Greg Jaynes says:

      Agree somewhat. Trooper deserves some consideration not for just being first but having to slog thru the absurd hatred from those clowns on 2+2. After they mauled Trooper it just wasn’t the same to do it to those who came next but you can bet they would have whoever was first.

      But the award isn’t really BS. Andrew deserved it.

  3. asedu says:

    Have wierd filing about this. I dont know most of these people LUL, exept Dug, Jonathan, Daniel(too be honest did not hear anything about Jonathan for a while… but I’m not reallt following the scene, am I?). But congratz anyway, right? Although maybe I’m being a fan-bro but, streamer of year Jamie? I would money it’s Lex. The only thing I can add is great that PS (PP coulds take a bote DAMN!) that it’s more importaint to get Influencers Jamie and aothers to promot your stuf than Ronaldo.

  4. motobud says:

    Congrats to all the winners..

  5. paulsmall007 says:

    not many people even in the poker field, soon there all gonna be legends if u had any name in the sport at one time

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