The Global Poker Index (GPI) American Poker Awards are back for their second year. Celebrating the best of all aspects of the poker industry, the 2016 American Poker Awards will take place at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The nomination panel of at least 50 people in the industry recently received their invitation to submit their nominations for 11 different categories. Each panelist gets two nominations per category which will be counted to determine the four nominees for each award. A jury will meet on the morning of the awards to select the winners from those nominees.
There are two new categories this year which were added in response to feedback from the inaugural American Poker Awards in 2015:
- Poker Moment of the Year
- Poker Presenter of the Year
A further nine categories are returning from last year:
- Breakout Performance of the Year
- Media Person of the Year
- Event of the Year, buy-in below $2,000
- Event of the Year, buy-in above $2,000
- Tournament Performance of the Year
- Media Content of the Year
- Industry Person of the Year
- Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year
- Charitable Initiative of the Year
Panelists are now able to submit their nominations in all 11 categories with voting closing on January 20.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 25 in Beverly Hills, attended by many of poker’s top players, industry people, and media members. The cocktail and dinner awards show is a time to celebrate the best of poker in 2015.
The “American” in American Poker Awards is meant to include continental America, but Canada had thin representation in last year’s awards. Aside from Daniel Negreanu’s shoo-in title of Poker’s Best Ambassador, Canada was absent from the awards.
Even among the nominations, the only Canadian nominee out of the total 35 was WPT Montreal at Playground Poker Club for Event of the Year, buy-in above $2,000.
In speaking with GPI’s Eric Danis a few weeks after the first-ever American Poker Awards, he explained that he ensured a lot of Canadians were invited to submit nominations, but a low percentage of them responded.
The nominations will be known in a few weeks when voting closes. We’ll bring you those results and hope to see some Canadian representation up for awards.