Global Poker Awards Nominees Announced

The Global Poker Index released its list of nominees for the third installment of the Global Poker Awards, which will be streamed live from the PokerGO Studio at Aria on Friday, Feb. 18.

GPI Awards

The nominees for the best poker personality are…. (Image: GPI)

Twenty-six awards will be given out by the GPI, which announced the finalists in 18 categories, including Best Final Table Performance, Best Twitter Personality, Best Streamer, and more. The awards honor recipients from across the poker world and will provide fans with the opportunity to see many familiar faces on the live stream, as well as some new ones, like breakout player of the year nominee Kyna England and Twitter personality of the year nominee Kitty Kou.

Preliminary voting to determine the nominees was conducted by individual panels consisting of a cross-section of poker-industry insiders. Poker fans were also encouraged to weigh in on some of the awards, including the Fan’s Choice Best Hand and Best Trophy. While voting is closed in those categories, fans can still cast their votes online for their favorite poker personality, through Jan. 26.

And now, (in our best Oscar voice), the nominees are:


Best Final Table Performance

  • Koray Aldemir, WSOP Main Event
  • Jeremy Ausmus, WSOP PLO High Roller
  • Daniel Cates, WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship
  • Adam Friedman, WSOP $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Max 

GPI Breakout Player

  • Christopher Brewer
  • Kyna England
  • Johan Guilbert
  • Vanessa Kade

Players Choice for Toughest Opponent

  • Michael Addamo 
  • Stephen Chidwick
  • Ali Imsirovic
  • David Peters

Twitter Personality

  • Will Jaffe
  • Jamie Kerstetter
  • Kitty Kuo
  • Kevin Mathers

Best Streamer

  • Kevin Martin
  • Benjamin Spragg
  • Jonathan Van Fleet
  • Lex Veldhuis

Best Vlogger

  • Jaman Burton
  • Ryan DePaulo
  • Brad Owen
  • Ethan Yau

Best Industry Person

  • Tony Burns
  • Jack Effel 
  • Mori Eskandani 
  • Matt Savage

Best Tournament Director

  • Paul Campbell
  • Justin Hammer
  • Ray Pulford
  • Andy Tillman 

Best Event

  • Seminole Hard Rock Rock ’n’ Roll Poker Open
  • WSOP Main Event
  • Wynn Mystery Bounty
  • Wynn Millions

Best Podcast

  • Poker in the Ears — James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton
  • The Chips Race Poker Podcast — David Lappin, Dara O’Kearney
  • The Doug Polk Podcast — Doug Polk
  • The Heart of Poker — Kara Scott

Best Broadcaster

  • Jamie Kerstetter
  • Ali Nejad
  • Jeff Platt
  • Joe Stapleton

Best Live Reporter

  • Mickey Doft
  • Timothy Duckworth
  • Chad Holloway
  • Christian Zetszche

Best Media Content Written

  • Lance Bradley: Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both
  • Alex O’Brien: How a $10K poker Win Changed How I Think
  • D’Arcy Maine: While Battling Brain Cancer, Michael Graydon Lives World Series of Poker Dream
  • Charles Rabin: From Immigration ‘Cage’ to Newest Poker Champ at Hard Rock. An Afghan Refugee’s Luck Turns

Best Media Content Photo

  • Antonio Abrego: Adam Friedman defeats Phil Hellmuth 
  • Hayley Hochstetler: The End of an Era
  • Enrique Malfavon: The WSOP Main Event Bubble Bursts
  • Danny Maxwell: Brandon Shack-Harris and his umbrella at WSOP

Best Media Content Video

  • Paul Graydon and Andrew Neeme: The Villian Who Stole Christmas
  • Last Call Pokeridokumentii
  • Jeff Platt: Stand Up for Me, Please!
  • Remko Rinkema: Run it Back with Stephanie Ungar
  • Run it Once: Meet the Jungleman

Fan’s Choice Best Hand

  • Daniel Cates gets Ryan Leng to fold 
  • Doug Polk makes epic fold against Phill Hellmuth on “High Stakes Poker”
  • Nicolas Rigby’s monster WSOP Main Event bluff
  • Quads over quads at WSOP Main Event

Fan’s Choice Best Trophy

  • Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup
  • MSPT South Dakota State Championship
  • Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship
  • WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast

Fan’s Choice Poker Personality

  • Johan Guilbert
  • Greg Liow
  • Jonathan Little 
  • Masato Yokasawa
Written by
Bob Pajich
Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn't like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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