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  1. After two rounds of voting by both a voting panel consisting of poker industry insiders, poker media and fans alike, the nominations for the 3rd Global Poker Awards have been finalized. The ceremony, which takes place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on Friday, February 18, will hand out 26 awards in a variety of categories, including three People’s Choice awards determined solely by the fans. The field of finalist includes plenty of poker’s biggest stars including Doug Polk, Michael Addamo, Ali Imsirovic, Daniel Cates, Lex Veldhuis, and Brad Owen. Polk also leads the list of those with multiple nominations, a select group that features Imsirovic, Cates, Jeff Platt, Joe Stapleton, Jamie Kerstetter, and Johan ‘YoH ViraL’ Guilbert. Three of the winners have previously been announced with Imsirovic earning the 2021 GPI Player of the Year Awards, Nadya Magnus taking home the 2021 Female Player of the Year Awards, and David Mzareulov claiming the inaugural 2021 Mid-Major Player of the Year awards. And the 2021 GPA 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 As usual, the World Series of Poker had an incredible impact on the poker world this year with some of the most gripping moments coming out of the series. Aldemir's domination of the WSOP Main Event, Cates epic comeback from on big blind in the $50K PPC, and Friedman's back-to-back-to-back $10K Dealer's Choice titles are all history-making performances. GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Chris Brewer Kyna England Johan Guilbert Vanessa Kade PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo Stephen Chidwick Ali Imsirovic David Peters Four of the toughest high-roller players on the planet make this an intimidating category. Chidwick won this award at the last awards, Imsirovic is the 2021 GPI Player of the Year and PokerGO Tour 2021 Player of the Year, and David Peters is the 2021 U.S. Poker Open champ and sits fifth on the Hendon Mob's All-Time Money List. That said, no one really came close to Michael Addamo in 2021 and all eyes will be on him as the favorite. TWITTER PERSONALITY Will Jaffe (@dankness3) Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKetstetter) Kitty Kuo (@kittykuopoker) Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) BEST STREAMER Kevin ‘kevinmartin’ Martin Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg Jonathan ‘apestylespoker’ Van Fleet Lex ‘LexVeldhuis’ Veldhuis The poker world is in a golden era of online streaming where not only can someone learn the game quickly and cheaper than ever, but can become a part of a community helmed by one of their favorite poker personalities. The strength of these nominations is only bolstered by a long list of quality streamers who are not included. BEST VLOGGER Jaman Burton Ryan Depaulo Brad Owen Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau BEST INDUSTRY PERSON Tony Burns Jack Effel Mori Eskandani Matt Savage BEST TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR Paul Campbell Justin Hammer Ray Pulford Andy Tilman BEST EVENT Seminole Hard Rock Rock ’N’ Roll Open Opening Event World Series of Poker Main Event Wynn Mystery Bounty Wynn Millions The Wynn showing up twice on this list is a nod to how the Las Vegas poker room took a giant leap forward this year in stepping up for the tournament community in the face of the pandemic. But know that the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida has also been making waves when it comes to must-play events. In order to win, one of them will have to usurp the event that many, year-in and year-out, capture the hearts of poker players from all over the world - the WSOP Main Event. BEST PODCAST Poker In The Ears (James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton) The Chip Race 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 Another can't miss category with Kerstetter as the emerging voice on the WSOP broadcast, Jeff Platt shining as the WSOP's sideline reporter, and commentary vets Ali Nejad and Joe Stapleton consistently delivering the goods whenever they are on the air. BEST LIVE REPORTER Merom ‘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 (paywall) Read all of the nominated stories - including and especially Lance Bradley's piece on PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg for PocketFives - at the links above. (Except for Rabin's piece which is behind a paywall.) BEST MEDIA CONTENT: PHOTO Antonio Abrego: Adam Friedman Defeats Phil Hellmuth for 3rd straight WSOP 10K Dealer’s Choice Title 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 Andrew Neeme and Paul Graydon: The Villain Who Stole Christmas Last Call Pokeridokumentii Jeff Platt “Stand Up For Me, Please!” Remko Rinkema: Run It Back with Stefanie Ungar Run It Once: Meet The Jungleman Watch all of the nominated videos at the links above. FANS CHOICE: BEST HAND Daniel Cates gets Leng to fold in $50K PPC Doug Polk makes epic fold vs. Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes Poker Nicholas Rigby pulls monster bluff during late stages of WSOP Main Event Quads over quads on Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event There were a number of amazing hands captured live this year and which of the above (which you can view) you enjoy the most depends on if you like pleasure or pain. For those who enjoy being the hero, Polk's hero fold and Rigby's bluff are the stuff poker dreams of are made of. On the opposite side, the pain inflicted on Leng and Chang Liu, is some of the most memorable of the year. FANS CHOICE: BEST TROPHY Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup MSPT South Dakota State Championship Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship WPTDeepstacks Gold Coast FANS CHOICE: POKER PERSONALITY Johan ‘YoH ViraL’ Guilbert Greg ‘Greg Goes All In’ Liow Jonathan Little Masato Yokosawa Fans have until Wednesday, January 26th to vote for their favorite Poker Personality, even if they voted in the first round.
  2. For the first time since 2019, the Global Poker Index will be calling out new names at the Global Poker Awards when introducing the 2021 Players of the Year as Ali Imsirovic, Nadya Magnus, and David Mzareulov have been confirmed as GPI 2021 Player of the Year winners. Imsirovic, the young high-stakes pro, started the year as the GPI’s overall number #1 and ended up going wire-to-wire, never losing his lead and finishing just above runner-up Chance Kornuth and third-place finisher Shannon Shorr. Imsirovic, who also finished the year as the PokerGO Tour overall leader, is renown for his seemingly routine victories in the regularly running Las Vegas super high roller scene. According to his Hendon Mob profile, Imsirovic recorded 53 in-the-money finishes in 2021 with 14 outright victories. Of his more than $15 million in career live earnings, $6.1 million was earned in 2021. He had 22 six-figure scores, a number that will be naturally augmented by his average five-figure buy-in amount, and three times earned more than $500,000. This included his largest, and last, score of the year, his win in the WPT Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open $25,500 Super High Roller for $695,355. Imsirovic unseats Alex Foxen who was the last player to hold the title, winning back-to-back Player of the Year races in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 GPI POY race was not held due to the pandemic. This will be Imsirovic’s second Global Poker Award after having been named the 2018 Breakout Player of the Year. GPI Overall Leaderboard Top 5 [table id=282 /] This is the first GPI title for Nadya Magnus who earned the 2021GPI Female Player of the Year, making it the first time since 2017 that Kristen Bicknell has not earned that honor. It was a big year for Magnus who recorded 24 in-the-money finishes, good for more than $426,000 on the year with 10 five-figure scores. She started the year out strong with a runner-up finish in the $2,200 event at the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open earning $93,566, her largest result of the year. Kyna England, the MSPT’s 2021 Player of the Year, ended up as the runner-up right behind Magnus on the leaderboard with Las Vegas pro Katie Lindsay finishing the year in third. GPI Female Player of the Year Leaderboard Top 5 [table id=284 /] The GPI introduced a new POY award this year that recognizes players grinding events with buy-ins up to $2,500 and Houston, Texas residence David Mzareulov is the first to win that award. Mzareulov, who according to his Hendon Mob profile has live career earnings totaling more than $658,000, had 10 five-figure scores and well as his career-high cash of 205,000 by finishing in second place in the $1,125 Millionaire Mayhem Poker Series event. GPI Mid-Major Leaderboard Top 5 [table id=283 /] All three players will receive their awards when the Global Poker Awards take place on February 18, 2022, from the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. In addition to the three Player of the Year awards, the ceremony will be handing out a total of 26 awards including GPI Breakout Player of the Year, Final Table Performance, Blest Vlogger, Best Streamer, and Best Broadcasts. There will be three Fan Choice Awards to be handed out as well including Best Hand, Poker Personality, and Best Trophy.
  3. The Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob are finishing the year with a flurry of poker industry news beginning with this week’s announcement that, after a year away, the Global Poker Awards will return to the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on Friday, February 18. Having skipped the industry awards in 2021 due to the global pandemic, The GPI is preparing for the show’s imminent return. The 2021 Global Poker Awards will celebrate the year in poker by handing out more than 20 awards including 2021 GPI Player of the Year, Player’s Choice for Toughest Opponent, Best Vlogger, and the hand-selected Poker ICON award. While the full list of awards have yet to be announced, and some changes are expected, previous awards that are likely to be handed out again include Breakout Player of the Year, Event of the Year, Journalist of the Year, Final Table Performance of the Year, and a variety of poker content awards. The voting process for the awards will be announced in the immediate future with voting to take place early in 2022. Fans will also have their say with three different Fan Choice awards. However, in the meantime, the Global Poker Awards are looking for feedback from the community. “Most award shows you have to submit your candidacy, we looking for more of that,” said Eric Danis, President of the GPI/THM on the most recent episode of their The Poker Show podcast. “We do a lot of work in the background, we have great people that help us but if you know someone, or an article, or anything…that you want to recognize, make to submit that info to us @GPI on Twitter or you can always email us as well.” https://twitter.com/gpi/status/1470785352000491523?s=20 Within 48 hours, the GPI and Hendon Mob were making news again with an announcement of the latest addition to those people “that help in the background” as Kevin Mathers has signed on to join the team as the new GPI/THM Poker Information Manager. Typically, an industry hiring, even an important one, would understandably fly under the radar however Mathers has cultivated one of the most prolific Twitter accounts (@Kevmath) in the poker community by being a constant source of information relied on my recreational and professional players alike. With more than 10 years on the inside of the poker industry, perhaps most well known as the Twitter Czar for the World Series of Poker for a number of years, Mathers is one of the most trusted and popular names in the game. “As one of the most respected sources of information in the poker community, we are thrilled to have Kevin on board,” Danis said. “We have always dreamed of adding Kevin to the team. It means a lot to us to welcome Kev to his new home and we are excited for what he brings to the table.” https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1471513275737149444?s=20
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