Nominees Announced for 2nd Annual GPI American Poker Awards

American Poker Awards

The nominees have been announced across 11 categories for the 2nd Annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards (APAs). The list of nominees was comprised via balloting from over 80 members of the poker industry, including executives, players, and media.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, once again at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Award winners will be determined via jury vote.

Furthermore, the American Poker Conference will precede the APAs on the morning of. The panel topics will feature discussions on eSports, Women in Poker, and Poker Media. It is also said that the popular Players' Panel will also return.

Here's a full list of all the nominees for each category of the 2nd Annual GPI American Poker Awards:

TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Jonathan Duhamel, WSOP One Drop High Roller
  • Mike Gorodinsky, WSOP Poker Players' Championship
  • Joseph McKeehen, WSOP Main Event
  • Anthony Zinno, WPT L.A. Poker Classic

MOMENT OF THE YEAR

  • Anthony Zinno goes back-to-back, winning WPT Fallsview, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
  • Over 22,000 players enter WSOP Colossus for chance at a gold bracelet
  • Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #14 in WSOP Razz Championship
  • Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in WSOP Main Event

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Joshua Beckley
  • Asher Conniff
  • Cate Hall
  • Kelly Minkin

EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN UP TO $2,000)

  • WSOP The Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • WPT500 at ARIA, Las Vegas
  • WSOP Millionaire Maker, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • WPTDeepStacks DSPT Championship, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary

EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN OVER $2,000)

  • Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, Las Vegas
  • WSOP Main Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • WSOP One Drop High Roller, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • Jack Effel, WSOP Vice President and Tournament Director
  • William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Director of Poker
  • John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director
  • Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director

CHARITABLE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso)
  • Charity Series of Poker (Matthew Stout)
  • Tiger's Poker Night (hosted by Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation)
  • WSOP One Drop High Roller / Litte One for One Drop

MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • Joey Ingram
  • Kevin Mathers
  • Donnie Peters
  • Jason Somerville

POKER PRESENTER OF THE YEAR

  • Sarah Herring
  • Kara Scott
  • Joseph Stapleton
  • David Tuchman

POKER INNOVATION OR INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Poker Central launches 24/7 television network
  • SHRPO (in conjunction with PNIA) livestreams four FT's in same room/at same time
  • WSOP adds online bracelet event (with live final table)
  • WSOP introduces The Colossus

MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR

  • BUST, an Insider's Account of Greenville's Underground Poker Scene (Brad Willis)
  • Faraz Jaka: Homeless Poker Millionaire, CNN Money (Jaka, Gayles, Carson)
  • Jason Somerville's record Twitch Broadcast during WCOOP in September 2015
  • Joe Giron shoots photo of Negreanu crumbled on the floor after WSOP Main Event elimination

Additionally, Byron Kaverman will be honored with the 2015 GPI Player of the Year Award, and Kelly Minkin will be honored with the 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year.

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