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  1. Last week, the first ever American Poker Conference preceding the American Poker Awards took place in Los Angeles. A four-panel agenda featuring some of the brightest and most visible minds in the industry led to a few takeaways, which I wanted to share. Live Streams Are Mandatory If you're running a live event, a live stream isn't optional. As DeepStacks Poker Tour's Chris Torina put it, "A poker room should never run an event without social media and a live stream." A live stream results in players and viewers marketing the event for you. Free marketing ftw! Similarly, having commentators who can relate to the audience is critical. As Twitch streamer extraordinaire Jason Somerville put it, when "poker coaches" commentate on live streams, what results is complex analysis that's not relatable to the masses. Read more about dumbing down poker television and live streams. Somerville is an absolute master at relating to the general public. Integrate Live and Online If you don't already know, the World Series of Poker is holding an online bracelet event this year. Across the Atlantic, Dusk Till Dawn has partnered with PartyPoker for an 18-starting day tournament taking place both live and online. These two examples illustrate how you can successfully integrate online poker with land-based casinos. As bracelet winner and longtime PocketFiver Jon Friedberg (pictured) put it during one panel, "Ultimate Poker is an example of what happens when you don't utilize your land-based customer base." The site failed in not one, but two states despite being connected to UFC and Station Casinos. Moreover, integrating live and online poker will bring in new blood, similar to the boom of a decade ago. As conference organizer Alex Dreyfus summarized, "The best tool to acquire new players at a live casino is online poker." Be Careful What You Wish For We've all been clamoring for regulated online poker in the US. And while that's already occurred in three states, regulators have slowed the process of development and promotion rather dramatically. As illustrated by Jeffrey Haas of bwin.party, "overly strict" regulations in New Jersey have made the process of rolling out software updates and bug fixes exceedingly difficult. Giving players what they want can take months due to needing regulatory approval. Haas said New Jersey regulators "care about everything," which is "fantastic for consumer protection," but suffocates software development time. Neil Johnson of the European Poker Tour explained that creating a multi-country tour, which would be similar to creating a multi-state tour in the US, was anything but simple: "You have to work with each regulator to explain live and online poker." So, while we're all pulling for regulated online poker, we should be wary of over-regulation. Stop the Rebuys The final panel of the day in LA featured four high-profile players discussing their vision for the future of tournament poker. One of the main topics discussed was the impact of rebuys, with Somerville saying that the more rebuys a player is allowed, the more the event favors pros. The consensus overall was that being able to buy in once per day, as opposed to unlimited times per day, was optimal. At one point, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) reminded the audience that he once bought in 50 times to a $1,000 rebuy at the WSOP, illustrating the advantage he has due to his deep pockets. Multi-entry tournaments, similarly, have become commonplace. Regarding quantum reloads, Mohsin Charania, who was on the same panel, explained that the reaction by players to Quantum Reloads was "mixed." He added, "For an amateur player it's not advantageous." California Could Take a While Finally, I wanted to discuss California, the holy grail of online poker markets in the US. When asked for the year in which we'd see the first hand of regulated online poker dealt in California, the responses by panelists were 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2022. By the time a bill is passed, sites are created, and regulatory hurdles are overcome, it could be many years before we're discussing regulated California online poker. Therefore, don't hold your breath. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. On Friday, PocketFives was privileged to be in attendance for the first ever American Poker Awards, held at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. Two-hundred and fifty of the brightest and most influential minds in the industry, along with a cavalcade of players, descended upon a ballroom for a four-hour event featuring booze, chicken, and flatulence. Oh yeah, there were awards given out too. Kara Scott served as the host. The first accolade set the stage for the night, with Brandon Shack-Harris accepting his award for Breakout Player in the Year and delivering a speech that included "I have to thank Dan Colman for his leftovers" and "I'm going to try not to fart." Never a dull moment. Awards were given out in groups of four in between meal courses and in case you missed the parade of Tweets, here's who won, courtesy of PokerListings: Lifetime Achievement Award: WPT founder Steve Lipscomb Best Ambassador: Daniel Negreanu GPI Player of the Year: Dan Colman GPI Female Player of the Year: Vanessa Selbst Industry Person of the Year: Adam Pliska, WPT President Tournament Performance of the Year: Mark Newhouse, WSOP Main Event Breakout Player of the Year: Brandon Shack-Harris Event of the Year (buy-in over $2,000): WSOP Main Event Event of the Year (buy-in under $2,000): WSOP Monster Stack Innovation of the Year: Twitch Charitable Initiative of the Year: All In for Kids Media Content of the Year: Brad Willis, "Stages / Never Stop Fighting" Media Person of the Year: Chris Grove, Online Poker Report Chris Grove was at our table and passed around the award after he won. Yes, it was heavy, in case you're wondering, and for Grove, was well-deserved. Steve Lipscomb brought up an entourage that included Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Adam Pliska, and Vince Van Patten to accept his award, while Brad Willis' Media Content of the Year win seemed unexpected, as it went up against Jason Somerville's "Run it Up" series. Willis was not in attendance. Innovation of the Year going to Twitch's adoption of poker seemed like a no-brainer and Daniel Negreanu winning Best Ambassador cost this author $10. A slew of poker players were in attendance, including Negreanu, Chris Moorman, Mark Newhouse, Sam Trickett, Bertrand Grospellier, Tiffany Michelle, Maria Ho, Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Mohsin Charania, Somerville, Martin Jacobson, and Tony Dunst, the latter of whom told us that he has been diving head-long into daily fantasy sports on sites like DraftKings as of late. Nolan Dalla, who moderated a panel at the day's industry conference, called the awards "one of the most exciting nights in poker history," while Mike Sexton, whom we chatted it up with on several occasions, said, "Congrats to all winners and losers at the American Poker Awards and thanks to Alex Dreyfus for making it happen." Alex Dreyfus (pictured), a co-founder of Winamax and the head of the Global Poker Index, organized the awards, which we're certain will be renewed for next year. Dreyfus' peers resoundingly praised him throughout the awards and conference for his vision, passion, and devotion to poker. We appreciate being an integral part of the awards. PocketFives co-founder Adam Small was a member of the eight-man jury that selected the winners, while Editor-in-Chief Dan Cypra was a member of the nominating panel. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. The poker world's elite will gather Thursday night in Beverly Hills at a swank $500-per-night hotel to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of some of their own. The second annual GPI American Poker Awards are designed to recognize the people who have made an impact on the poker industry in 2015. PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, Managing Editor Dan Cypra and Community Manager Kevin Mathers were part of the nominating committee that was responsible for helping put together a list of four nominees in each of the 11 categories this year. Picking a winner in each category is extremely difficult but Bradley, Cypra and Mathers have put together their picks and thoughts on each category this year. CATEGORY: Media Person of the Year The Nominees: Joey Ingram, Kevin Mathers, Donnie Peters, Jason Somerville Mathers: Personally, this is a tough category to predict, even if I'm one of the nominees. The idea of "media" has certainly changed in the past few years with the rapid growth of Twitch. Jason Somerville will be the king of poker on Twitch for as long as he likes, and for that, he's my pick to win this year. CATEGORY: Industry Person of the Year The Nominees: Jack Effel, William Mason, John Pappas, Matt Savage Mathers: This is really a two-horse race between Effel and Savage. While Effel has done an admirable job with the WSOP in the US and Europe, Savage remains a favorite among the poker community. If you've got a question about tournament rulings, nearly everyone turns to Savage for the answer. CATEGORY: Breakout Player of the Year The Nominees:Joshua Beckley, Asher Conniff, Cate Hall, Kelly Minkin Bradley: Some great nominees here including Beckley who went from small buy-in event grinder to Main Event runner-up, but Cate Hall really stands out for me. With no recorded cashes prior to 2015, she really came from nowhere. She finished 2015 by cashing in every World Poker Tour event that she played, four in total, including two final tables. CATEGORY: Tournament Performance of the Year The Nominees: 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) Cypra: Anthony Zinno's run through the L.A. Poker Classic, the second of back-to-back victories, was impressive. The final table was stacked with guys like Chris Klodnicki, Mike Leah, and Peter Neff - and zinno started the final table fifth out of six. CATEGORY: Event of the Year (Buy-in up to $2,000) The Nominees: WSOP Colossus, WPT500 at ARIA, WSOP Millionaire Maker, WPTDeepStacks – DSPT Championship Mathers: A tournament that draws a field of 22,373 total players seems like the easy choice. If you were at a casino that had a poker room, the crowds flocked to play when they weren't part of the Colossus. Issues did come up in regards to payouts and pre-registration, but the stunning success warranted a return for 2016. CATEGORY: Event of the Year (Buy-in over $2,000) The Nominees: Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, WSOP Main Event, WSOP One Drop High Roller, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Bradley: This one is a little tougher. The Main Event is its own spectacle for sure, but not sure this year stands out over any of the last four or five. The Super High Roller Bowl was shiny and new but the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown had almost 1,500 entries thanks to a booming poker market in Florida and the great work of the Seminole staff. It's probably the underdog in this category, but it gets my vote. CATEGORY: Poker Innovation or Initiative The Nominees: 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’ Cypra: Any time the Colossus is an option, I'm going to pick it. 22,000+ entrants. one of the biggest live poker tournaments ever held. Yes, a lower buy-in tournament attracting plenty of players isn't exactly new, but the fact that WSOP staff were able to pull it off, and bring it back for 2016, speaks volumes about just how innovative the idea and execution of the Colossus were. CATEGORY: Charitable Initiative of the Year The Nominees: 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 Bradley: Hate having to say one of these is better than the other, so let me just pick the Chad Brown Memorial Tournament since I was honored to be a part of it this year. All great initiatives here and all worthy of the award. CATEGORY: Poker Presenter of the Year The Nominees: Sarah Herring, Kara Scott, Joe Stapleton, David Tuchman Mathers: Four nominees who do great work in vastly different ways, so it's hard to make a choice. However, my vote goes to David Tuchman. From humble beginnings on Live at the Bike!, Tuchman put in hundreds of hours into the World Series of Poker live streams, along with his tireless efforts for Poker Night in America has served as the voice of poker. CATEGORY: Poker Moment of the Year The Nominees: Anthony Zinno goes back-to-back winning WPT Fallsview and WPT L.A. Poker Classic, Over 22,000 players enter WSOP Colossus for chance at a gold bracelet, Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #14, Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in the WSOP Main Event Cypra: This is a tough choice between Anthony Zinno and The Colossus. Zinno's run was incredible, one like we haven't seen for a while on the WPT. I said I would auto-pick Colossus if it were an option and I'm going to continue to do that. 22,000 players entering a live event that ended in a reasonable amount of time and with few major hiccups and is being brought back this year. CATEGORY: Poker Content of the Year The Nominees: 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 ME elimination Bradley: Brad Willis won this last year and may have topped himself this year with BUST, but longtime photog Joe Giron captured one of the most iconic poker photos of all time when he got Negreanu crumpled on the floor after being eliminated in 11th place from the WSOP Main Event. Give it to Joe.
  4. [caption width="650"] The 2016 American Poker Awards winners[/caption] Thursday night at the posh SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, a veritable "who's who" of the poker world gathered for the second annual American Poker Awards (APA). The brainchild of Global Poker Index founder Alex Dreyfus, the awards honor the best the industry had to offer in 2015. The second-to-last trophy of the night was the Jury Award, determined by the APA's jury. With an introduction from PocketFives President and Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley, the award went to none other than PocketFives Community Manager Kevin Mathers. Mathers received a standing ovation on his way to the podium from the right side of the room and told the crowd, "This is pretty sweet, I have to say… Thanks to the jury for this award… I have to thank Tatjana Pasalic. If it weren't for her, maybe, I'm sitting at home and watching this on Twitch or doing something. Thank you very much, everyone." [caption width="348" align="alignright"] Kevin Mathers and his APA trophy[/caption] "I was disappointed to not win the Media Person of the Year award, but I am glad that it went to Donnie Peters," Mathers said. "He certainly deserved to win. The fact that the American Poker Awards Jury decided to award me this year's Jury Award was certainly a pleasant surprise." Mathers, who formerly anchored the player relations arm of Bluff, was also up for Media Person of the Year, an award that went to PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "Wow," a genuinely surprised Peters began. "Knowing who I was up against, I definitely did not think I was going to be winning this award… Thank you to everyone I have worked with over the years at PokerNews and iBus [Media], whether that be past or present or in the future. Without you guys, I wouldn't be in the position I'm in today." Towards the end of the evening, Daniel Negreanu gave out the award for Charitable Initiative of the Year. The nominees in this category were the Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso), Charity Series of Poker (Matt Stout), Tiger's Poker Night (Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation), and the WSOP One Drop High Roller / Little One for One Drop. Matt Stout's CSOP was the winner, giving CSOP its first APA win. "I started the Charity Series of Poker because I absolutely love playing poker for a living, but didn't think I gave back enough to the world for me to be satisfied on a deep level personally," Stout said after the win. He thanked the CSOP's host casinos for their support. [caption width="550"] Matt Stout at the APAs[/caption] The World Series of Poker received a considerable amount of love. The WSOP Colossus, which had over 22,000 entrants last year and is returning again in 2016, won for Event of the Year (buy-in up to $2,000). Josh Beckley, the runner-up in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, won for Breakout Player of the Year. Also WSOP-related, the online bracelet event won for Poker Innovation or Initiative, Joe Giron's iconic photo of Daniel Negreanu busting in 11th place from the 2015 Main Event won Poker Content of the Year, and Daniel Negreanu's elimination was good enough for Poker Moment of the Year. [caption width="400" align="alignright"] Joe Giron's photo of Daniel Negreanu[/caption] To close out the evening, World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton was presented with the APA's Lifetime Achievement Award, which he posted on Twitter that he was not expecting to get. Last year, the same award went to WPT founder Steve Lipscomb. Here were the winners of the 2016 American Poker Awards: Media Person of the Year The Nominees: Joey Ingram, Kevin Mathers, Donnie Peters, Jason Somerville Winner: Donnie Peters Industry Person of the Year The Nominees: Jack Effel, William Mason, John Pappas, Matt Savage Winner: Matt Savage Breakout Player of the Year The Nominees: Josh Beckley, Asher Conniff, Cate Hall, Kelly Minkin Winner: Josh Beckley Tournament Performance of the Year The Nominees: Jonathan Duhamel (WSOP One Drop High Roller), Mike Gorodinsky (WSOP Poker Players' Championship), Joe McKeehen (WSOP Main Event), Anthony Zinno (WPT LA Poker Classic) Winner: Anthony Zinno (WPT LA Poker Classic) Event of the Year (Buy-in up to $2,000) The Nominees: WSOP Colossus, WPT500 at ARIA, WSOP Millionaire Maker, WPTDeepStacks – DSPT Championship Winner: WSOP Colossus Event of the Year (Buy-in over $2,000) The Nominees: Super High Roller Bowl, WSOP Main Event, WSOP One Drop High Roller, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Winner: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Poker Innovation or Initiative The Nominees: Poker Central launches 24/7 television network, SHRPO (in conjunction with PNIA) live-streams four final tables in same room at same time, WSOP adds online bracelet event (with live final table), WSOP introduces Colossus Winner: WSOP online bracelet event Charitable Initiative of the Year The Nominees: Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso), Charity Series of Poker (Matthew Stout), Tiger's Poker Night (Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation), WSOP One Drop High Roller / Little One for One Drop Winner: Charity Series of Poker Poker Presenter of the Year The Nominees: Sarah Herring, Kara Scott, Joe Stapleton, David Tuchman Winner: Kara Scott Poker Moment of the Year The Nominees: Anthony Zinno goes back-to-back winning WPT Fallsview and WPT LA Poker Classic, Over 22,000 players enter WSOP Colossus, Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #14, Daniel Negreanu busts in 11th from the WSOP Main Event Winner: Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in the WSOP Main Event Poker Content of the Year The Nominees: 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 Main Event elimination Winner: Joe Giron Jury Award Winner: Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Mike Sexton GPI Female Player of the Year Winner: Kelly Minkin GPI Player of the Year Winner: Byron Kaverman
  5. [caption width="640"] The 2nd Annual American Poker Awards are February 25 in Beverly Hills[/caption] After collecting votes from over 80 industry heavyweights, the Global Poker Index has chosen the nominees for its 2nd Annual American Poker Awards. The event returns to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 25, and will recognize North America’s standout poker players, industry professionals and tournaments of 2015. Here is the full list of this year’s nominees by category: Tournament Performance of the Year Vying for the tournament performance award are four pros with over $35 million in total live cashes between them. Jonathan Duhamel, Mike Gorodinsky and Joe McKeehen were nominated for their showing during the 2015 WSOP, while Anthony Zinno joins the list for his win at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. 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 Zinno’s spectacular back-to-back WPT title wins in February and March also puts him in the running for the Moment of the Year award. The smashing success of the inaugural WSOP Colossus tournament is also recognized, along with Phil Hellmuth’s bracelet win #14. Daniel Negreanu’s 11th place finish in the WSOP Main Event could be considered both impressive and heartbreaking at the same time, and takes the fourth nomination for the category. Breakout Performance of the Year Joshua Beckley (2015 earnings: $4,612,957) Asher Conniff (2015 earnings: $1,317,619) Kelly Minkin (2015 earnings: $603,680) Cate Hall (2015 earnings: $396,686) 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 / Little One for One Drop Media Person of the Year PocketFives’ own Kevin Mathers, Twitch pioneer Jason Somerville, poker podcaster Joey ‘Chicago Joey’ Ingram and PokerNews Editor-In-Chief Donnie Peters are all up for the Media Person of the Year award. Poker Presenter of the Year Sarah Herring Kara Scott Joe Stapleton David Tuchman Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year Poker Central launches 24/7 television network SHRPO (in conjunction with PNIA) livestreams four FTs 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 ME elimination Last but not least, Kelly Minkin will receive the award for the 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year, while Byron Kaverman will take home the honor of the overall 2015 GPI Player of the Year. GPI’s American Poker Conference will be held earlier in the day and will feature discussions on Poker Media, Women in Poker and eSports. Also scheduled for that day is the inaugural Global Poker League draft, in which managers from the league’s 12 teams will choose players to fill out their 2016 season rosters. A jury will convene one day before the awards to decide the winners of each category. Visit the American Poker Awards website to find out more information or to register for the event.
  6. [caption width="640"] The third annual American Poker Awards go February 23 in Beverly Hills, California[/caption] Wednesday morning saw the announcement of all nominations for the third annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards, which take place Thursday February 23 at the Sofitel Beverley Hills in Los Angeles. It’s World Poker Tour host and all-round legend of the game Mike Sexton who headlines the nominations with three. Sexton is up for Tournament Performance of the Year and Moment of the Year for his win at the WPT Montreal. Away from the tables, Sexton has also been recognized in the Best Media Content category for his book Life’s a Gamble. Joining Sexton in the Tournament Performance of the Year category are Ari Engel for his Aussie Millions Main Event win, Kristen Bicknell for her bracelet victory in the WSOP No Limit Hold'em Bounty event, and Maurice Hawkins for his WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event success. Engel and Hawkins are also both nominated for Breakout Performance of the Year, along with Ankush Mandavia and Sam Soverel. PocketFives’ very own President and Editor In Chief Lance Bradley is up for two awards: Best Media Content for his article Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey, and for Media Person of the Year. “It’s such an honor to be nominated for two American Poker Awards. In both categories I’m thrilled to find myself amongst people that are not only colleagues, but friends as well,” said Bradley. “The fact that my piece about Bob and Charlie has resonated with so many, both inside and outside of the poker world, means the world to me. Being able to write stories like that is one of the many, many reasons I love covering poker.” Up against Bradley for Media Person of the Year are Sarah Herring, Joe Stapleton and David Tuchman. Meanwhile, joining Sexton and Bradley in Media Content of the Year recognition are Matthew Showell for Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong and Jason Somerville for his Aussie Millions Twitch stream. The Moment of the Year category is sure to be an interesting one. You have Griffin Benger’s infamous AA vs KK clash with William Kassouf in the WSOP Main Event; Jason Mercier’s WSOP heater that saw him win two bracelets, come second in another event (and almost bank an extra $1.8 million from Vanessa Selbst); David Peters finishing third at EPT Prague to snatch the GPI Player of the Year title from Fedor Holz; and the aforementioned Sexton WPT victory. Two new awards have been introduced this year: Twitch Streamer of the Year and Podcast of the Year. The nominees for Twitch Streamer are a line-up of the usual suspects: Jason ‘jcarverpoker’ Somerville, Jaime ‘PokerStaples’ Staples, Kevin ‘KevinMartin987’ Martin and Parker ‘TonkaaaP’ Talbot. Daniel Negreanu (Full Contact Poker) is up against Joe Ingram (Poker Life Podcast), Matthew Parvis and Sarah Herring (PokerNews Podcast) and Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry (TwoPlusTwo PokerCast) in the Podcast of the Year category. The only awards that have already been decided go to David Peters and Cate Hall for GPI Player of the Year and GPI Female Player of the Year, respectively. For all nominations, see below. TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Kristen Bicknell, WSOP No Limit Hold’em Bounty Ari Engel, Aussie Millions Main Event Maurice Hawkins, WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event Mike Sexton, WPT Montreal MOMENT OF THE YEAR Griffin Benger’s AA vs William Kassouf’s KK showdown in the WSOP Main Event Jason Mercier goes on historic one-week heater at the World Series of Poker David Peters, needing 3rd at EPT Prague to take GPI PoY from Fedor Holz, does exactly that Mike Sexton mounts incredible comeback to win first WPT title in Montreal BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Ari Engel Maurice Hawkins Ankush Mandavia Sam Soverel EVENT OF THE YEAR Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, FL Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, Las Vegas WSOP Main Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Bellagio, Las Vegas MID-MAJOR CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Heartland Poker Tour Mid-States Poker Tour WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Tony Burns, Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Jack Effel, WSOP VP International Poker Operations & WSOP Director Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director & TDA Founder MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley Sarah Herring Joseph Stapleton David Tuchman PODCAST OF THE YEAR Full Contact Poker (Daniel Negreanu) Poker Life Podcast (Joe Ingram) PokerNews Podcast (Sarah Herring, Matthew Parvis) TwoPlusTwo Podcast (Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives) Life’s a Gamble (Mike Sexton) Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong (Matthew Showell, PokerListings) Twitch coverage of the Aussie Millions (Jason Somerville) TWITCH STREAMER OF THE YEAR Kevin Martin 'KevinMartin987' Jason Somerville 'jcarverpoker' Jaime Staples 'PokerStaples' Parker Talbot 'tonkaaaP' *Finalists for Twitch Streamer of the Year were selected by Twitch, however the members of the GPI American Poker Awards Jury will select the winner of this year’s Award.
  7. Two weeks ago, inside the packed-to-capacity ballroom of a posh Beverly Hills hotel, a small-town Canadian girl stood in front of some of poker’s best players and most important movers and shakers and simply put, owned the room. As Kara Scott looked out at the crowd at the 2016 American Poker Awards, where she was serving as host, she can be forgiven if she took a moment or two to reflect on just far she’d come to get to this point. Literally. And figuratively. Scott was born and raised and Northern Alberta, but it hasn’t been home for some time now. She’s lived in London and Rome before moving to Ljubljana, Slovenia in early 2016. It made for 30-plus hours of travel to get to Los Angeles to oversee the third annual APAs. While her new hometown might be tough to spell, Scott feels right at home living in the city of just 280,000 with her husband, Giovanni Rizzo. “It’s got two l’s and two j’s in it, so it’s a little difficult, but it’s probably the best place I think I’ve ever lived in my life, and I love it unreservedly,” said Scott. ”For a Canadian kid, it’s the best place to live if you’re going to be outside of Canada.” [caption width="400" align="alignright"] Kara Scott has been an 888poker ambassador since 2016.[/caption] Having lived in cultural centers like London and Rome already, Scott is thrilled with the change of and has fallen in love with some of the things that make Slovenia so unique. “They just celebrated 25 years of independence from the former Yugoslavia, so as a country in itself, it’s really quite young,” said Scott. “You see a lot of all wooden bicycles, dudes with really ironic, but not ironic beards, and there’s lot of artists, and their music is super important.“ The Slovenian sense of culture comes from the government showing a willingness to let people live and let live, and that attitude impacts the people of Ljubljana in a positive way and that’s a big reason why Scott has come to love it. “They have these laws where buskers are really celebrated, and as long as they don’t do anything like get drunk or act disorderly while they’re performing, they can stay in Slovenia and make money, so there’s always music everywhere,” said Scott. “The people are just – I don’t know – there’s this real sense of freedom and optimism.” While the lifestyle it provides is something Scott really enjoys, at almost 6,000 miles from poker’s epicenter of Las Vegas, it’s not exactly ideal for somebody who spends a good amount of time working in Sin City or Los Angeles. Scott, an 888poker ambassador, works as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. In 2015, she also worked as the commentator for the Super High Roller Bowl and Celebrity Shootout – work that ultimately her win an American Poker Award. Last summer she returned to Super High Roller Bowl, this time to hold down the anchor desk of the live broadcast alongside Jesse Sylvia. “I loved working on the Super High Roller Bowl and Celebrity Shootout for PokerCentral It was amazing, but we did all of the voice stuff in post-(production). While they would edit three or four shows at a time, I would fly in to LA from Slovenia to do a voiceover for a couple of days, and then fly home and then a couple of weeks later fly back up,” said Scott. “It was a hell of a commute, but it was totally worth it." Standing in front of a room full of people is exactly where Scott thought her career was going to when she was younger, but it had nothing to do with Beverly Hills, ballrooms or award shows, but rather reading, writing and arithmetic. Scott graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Education and Linguistics and immediately took off to England to begin her career as a teacher. Getting work wasn’t an issue for Scott at first, but finding something that she found fulfilling was. In between teaching gigs she found herself picking up other work in a totally different field – television. “I was a teacher in London, and I’d given that up a couple of times and gone back to it a couple of times. I’d done producing work in TV and film over there and I loved it,” said Scott. She eventually found herself in front of the camera, covering backgammon in 2005, but if you ask her, she thought her first attempted foray into broadcasting only guaranteed that she’d be a teacher forever. [caption width="640"] Working with Dominik Nitsche for 888poker, Scott ended up being on the other end of the questions[/caption] “I remember going for the audition. I’d read about it, and I didn’t know anything about backgammon, but I played a lot of games, so I was like ‘I’m going to go, I’m going to do my best, and you know what? If I don’t get this job, I give up, because I have a lot of debt, and I’m about to kind of lose my apartment, and this is really hard, and I’m just going to have to go back to teaching',” said Scott. Knowing nothing about the game probably didn’t help matters much, but Scott left the audition believing she had failed miserably, so much so that as soon as it was done, she found herself in a pub, trying to console herself. “I was convinced that I had botched it so badly, so I went outside to the bar across the street and I ordered a glass of whiskey, and I was shaking because I was so upset with myself and then I chipped the inside of my tooth with the glass,” said Scott. “I just burst into tears because I was like ‘gah, everything’s terrible’.” Two weeks later her phone rang and the producers told her she’d gotten the job. Scott was stunned. Not everything was terrible. “They were like, ‘It was a great interview. It was our favorite interview. You were so good,’ and I was like, Really?” said Scott. Next thing she knew, Scott was hosting High Stakes Backgammon and eventually the World Series of Backgammon for British television. Her work there eventually lead her to working in poker, including a stint on Poker Night Live, a British show. “I went through a phase of probably ten years of taking everything that was offered because I was like ‘I have to keep working, Don't know when it’s going to dry up.’,” said Scott. Along the way she’s been on-air talent for a myriad of productions including Sky Poker, the Super High Roller Bowl, the European Poker Tour, High Stakes Poker and probably most importantly, ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP. While the mid-summer work for ESPN gives Scott the chance to cover poker’s biggest event from Day 1, those episodes are taped and prepared after weeks of editing. Covering the WSOP Main Event final table means working live in front of potentially millions of viewers at home. At first, Scott dreaded the thought of being on live TV and not being perfect. Even with years of TV experience now under her belt, Scott got the butterflies even thinking about the idea. “I was really scared. I was excited though. I started to get a little bit of stage fright at that point, and so that scared me,” said Scott. “They used to call me ‘One Take Kara’ and it was important to me to maintain that, and I’d start to make mistakes because I was putting too much pressure on myself and my mind would go blank.” Scott worked with a friend of hers from London that helps actors deal with stage fright and it worked. She’s gone from worrying about being on live TV to enjoying it more than anything else she does. “The World Series in October or November really is my favorite because doing it live is amazing and you just have no room for error. I guess I don’t have time to over-think it. Whereas if I know it’s being recorded, and can do another take if I want to, then I have a tendency to sabotage myself a little bit and get it wrong,” said Scott. The November Nine broadcasts also gave Scott the chance to do something a little bit different from the sideline reporting. Like any poker tournament, the WSOP Main Event final table has extended breaks between each level. Scott is tasked with keeping the audience’s attention even when there were no cards being dealt by reviewing the previous level and going over hands with top pros like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. “I think the highlight for me is probably the first time I sat behind the anchor desk for the ESPN show. That was amazing. I was really proud that they kind of trusted me to carry a 10 or 15-minute segment. It felt like doing something like SportsCenter,” said Scott. ”I love my job being a sideline reporter as well, I do, but that just kind of felt like, oh, there is somewhere for me to continue moving and it’s nice to know that I had somewhere to expand into.“ [caption width="640"] Scott won a 2015 American Poker Award for her work as play-by-play commentator for the Super High Roller Bowl[/caption] She’s since expanded her roles again. In 2015, Scott became the first woman to do play-by-play for a North American poker broadcast when she called the action for the Super High Roller Bowl on NBC Sports Network. Scott sees it as a natural extension of everything she’s done in her career to date – even the stuff from before the TV work. “I love the play-by-play. I’ve never been the analyst, because I don’t want to be the analyst. That’s not my role. I’m not a poker expert. I’m a broadcaster who plays poker and loves the game and is around it all the time, so I can talk about in a certain way,” said Scott. “It’s part of the teacher in me. I like to make sure people are where they’re supposed to be, doing what they’re supposed to be, keeping them on track. It feels like a very natural role to me. I love that.” While she humbly shrugs off the “trailblazer” status of that role, Scott believes that the world of poker is changing – albeit slowly – to be more accepting and inviting of female players and she looks to Twitter and Facebook as a key part of that transition. “I think the advent of social media means that we’re hearing people say thing that they were always saying, but now it’s louder, because we can all read them. They’re there, which is both good and bad, but it’s kind of nice to have a voice for people who are in the minority,” said Scott. While females are vastly outnumbered on the live the tournament scene, Scott sees a day coming where that number is closer to the actual population representation, but don’t count on it happening overnight. “I’ve always thought that it was going to take a little while, like a slow build to that, because bringing women into the game was great, but they come in and they’re still amateurs when they’re playing the game, so it wasn’t going to be this boom of all of a sudden we’re winning all the bracelets and it’s going to be great,” said Scott. Looking back at the women who have come before her in poker, Scott marvels at how they’ve managed to constantly support each other, even if professional and personal differences exist and the struggle hasn’t always been easy. Sitting in the audience at the Women in Poker Hall of Fame ceremony last summer gave her some perspective. “I know Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher pretty well, and I adore them, but I don’t know a lot of the other women from the Women in Poker Hall of Fame and seeing how close they all are, it made sense,” said Scott. “I kind of want to see some of that for my generation, or even the women who are younger than me, I want to see that we kind of reach out and support each other. I think we do in a way that I didn’t see five years ago.” Looking at the generation of women playing the game today, Scott has no difficulty pointing to some she admires. “There are so many really interesting women that I really adore. Danielle Andersen, I’ve been friends with here for a few years now and we always meet up and have breakfast or lunch,” said Scott. “I am just starting to be friends with Julie Anna Cornelius, who I think is lovely. Jamie Kerstetter, because we’ve worked together (at partypoker), I always just had a real respect for her game and her commentary.” Looking ahead at what projects or challenges she wants to tackle next, Scott points to one day doing a show with an all-female play-by-play and commentary team, and she’s already got her partner in mind. “I want to do a show with Maria Ho as the analyst, and me leading it. I think that would be awesome,” said Scott. “I think we’re at the time where that’s okay. I don't think people would find it so weird, especially because she’s such a highly regarded player, and she proved it over and over again that this is who she is.” Scott has also proven herself multiple times in her career and no longer worries about having to go back to teaching geography. She’s reached a point in her career where she’s able to pick and choose what jobs she wants to work or projects she wants to be involved in. “My dad always used to tell me, and he told me this when I first started, when I was doing nothing but standing in the background of a mobile phone commercial, a 12-hour day of walking by while my shoulder showed in the shot, and he was like ‘One day you’re going to have to start turning down good jobs, because you’ve got other good jobs'.” “And it happened,” said Scott.
  8. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer extraordinaire Matt Clark are back for another episode of The Fives. This week the guys discuss like and dislikes from the U.S. Poker Open, including Jeremy Ausmus, Ali Nejad, Stephen Chidwick and wonder just why Daniel Negreanu can't close anymore. They also recap the Aussie Millions Main Event and the PokerStars Sunday Million 12th anniversary event. Unfortunately, the guys also discuss the "return" of Annie Duke to mainstream media. Lastly, Lance & Matt breakdown the 2017 American Poker Award nominations, including two for Lance himself. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  9. The Global Poker Index and PokerStars presented the 4th Annual American Poker Awards on Thursday night in Los Angeles, CA. The collection of the best in the poker world offered a year’s worth of awards handed out to players, media, and everything else encompassing the game. Poker Central Wins Big Cary Katz and Poker Central lead the unofficial group category for most winners. “Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story” took home honors for Media Content of the year. Matt Berkey’s story of his road to playing the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl captured the voting audience’s attention. Katz himself took down the title of Poker’s Biggest Influencer. The development of Poker Central and PokerGO all happened under the watch as Katz as the businessman continues to grow the game through is new ventures. Poker Central wrapped up its trio of wins with the Best Podcast award. Host Remko Rinkema accepted on behalf of his co-hosts, Brent Hanks, and Will O’Connor. Young Talent Gets Their Due The new generation of poker received their fair share of accolades from the APA voting body. A pair of 25-year-old received hard-earned awards. Two-time WPT Season XVI Champion Art Papazyan collected the Breakout Player award. Papazyan’s wins came in his first two WPT events ever played. Scott Blumstein beat an elite group to score the Tournament Performance trophy. Blumstein’s win in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event defeated Darren Elias, 2018 GPI American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney, and Doug Polk. Other members of poker’s new generation also did well for themselves. Ema Zajmovic’s win at WPT Montreal last February to become the first female champion in an open event in WPT history was recognized for Moment of the Year. Jaime Staples notched a tough group of nominees to emerge with the Streamer of the Year honors. Kristen Bicknell was formally awarded the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year. Andrew Neeme Cleans up The new age of poker is here and Andrew Neeme is in the center of it. The vlogger shipped two wins to further certify himself as one of poker’s new-age godfathers. Neeme won the award for Video Blogger and the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality. Over 10,000 turned out to vote for the latter award and Joe Ingram accepted on behalf of Neeme on both occasions. Telling it like it is PocketFives held their own at the American Poker Awards with site Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley walking away with Journalist of the Year. Bradley was also nominated for Media Content of the Year for “Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy.” Nick Schulman’s rousing rise to the top of the poker broadcasting ranks was made official with his win for Broadcaster of the Year. Longtime ESPN poker commentators Norman Chad and Lon McEachern received the award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. Good day for the World Poker Tour The World Poker Tour had themselves a day with Matt Savage and WPTDeepStacks receiving hardware. The WPT’s Executive Tour Director triumphed in the Industry Person of the Year category. WPTDeepStacks completed their rise from the U.S. circuit to the global stage by taking down the Mid-Major Circuit award. Special Awards and Prizes The venerable Jury Prize went to long-time poker media member and contributor Eric Danis. Joining Danis in the achievement award section was fellow Canadian Ari Engel, who shipped the PocketFives Legacy Award. In a category where literally all nominees are a winner, Jacob Zalewski won the prize for Charitable Initiative for the One Step Closer Foundation. The foundation is a charity whose main goal is to positively impact the lives of those who suffer from cerebral palsy. To date, Zalewski's foundation has raised over $1 million. The American Poker Awards put a bow on 2017 and gave a look ahead at what's to come this year. If the this year's awards are any indication, the poker world is in for a great 2018.
  10. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index and PokerStars present the 4th Annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony, being held in Hollywood, will bring together some of the biggest names in poker to celebrate the achievements of both players and industry members in 20 different categories. There’s a lot to look forward to when the celebration of the year-that-was takes place at the Andaz Hotel this week. PokerCentral Leads The Way There’s no doubt that Cary Katz’ PokerGo streaming service, part of Poker Central, has had an important impact on not just how fans can consume their favorite game but how much poker they now have at their disposal. Poker Central leads the way in award nominations with eight opportunities to pick up a trophy. Both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters are included in the Event Of The Year category. Nick Schulman and the longtime poker voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad are competing for the Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, “Tom Dwan’s Return to Poker After Dark”, Matt Berkey’s “Dead Money” documentary, the Poker Central Podcast and Cary Katz himself are all up for awards as well. Doug And Daniel Go Head To Head It’s no secret that Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk, two of poker’s biggest personalities, have an acrimonious relationship. At the American Poker Awards the pair finds themselves nominated in a trio of categories against one another. Both are nominated for the Video Blogger Award (along with Joe Ingram and Andrew Neeme), The People’s Choice For Poker Personality of the Year (along with Jonathan Little and Andrew Neeme) and Poker’s Biggest Influencer (along with tournament director Matt Savage and Poker Central’s Cary Katz). Players Of The Year A pair of awards are pre-determined as both Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell will be honored for their tournament performances in 2017. Kenney, who destroyed the high roller scene last year, earned himself the 2017 GPI American Player of the Year on the back of 15 six-figure scores. Bicknell will be presented with the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year award with the help of her victory in the $5,000 prelim at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December of 2017 for just under $200,000. The Favorites There’s little doubt that all of the players and industry members that have been nominated are deserving. That said, there are a few that would likely be considered favorites in their respective categories. Vlogger Andrew Neeme crashed the poker personality party in 2017 with his engaging, well-produced vlogs. In a little over a year, the bulk of which occurred in 2017, he’s amassed over 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He’s up against some heavy hitters including the award-winning Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, but his consistent vlogging has opened up the new space of poker content like none other. The Broadcaster of the Year category is stacked with class as well. Longtime ESPN WSOP commentator Lon McEachern, Poker After Dark’s Ali Nejad and the lovable voice of both the PokerStars EPT and Poker Night In America, Joe Stapleton are some of live poker’s biggest assets. But the smooth delivery and easy-to-grasp hand analysis of Nick Schulman took over the coverage of the High Roller Bowl and was as highly-acclaimed as one could be by just about everyone who heard it. In the Podcast category, there’s some amazing content to be had, but the longevity and entertainment of the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast with Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry may have an edge this year. The trio does it all: addressing poker’s biggest issues, answering listener email, expounding on the latest #pokertwitter drama all while giving their listeners a glimpse into their real lives. It could be a close one, but it should be their year. An Industry Showcased Performances both at the table and away will be celebrated with both players and industry members getting their due. The categories of Breakout Player, Tournament Performance and Moment of the Year shine a light on the people and moments of 2017 that players and fans won’t soon forget. Event Of The Year, Industry Person of the Year, Journalist of the Year and the Media Content category celebrate the efforts of some in the world of poker who dedicate their time to showcasing the game we love. A Pair For PocketFives PocketFives.com is not without its own nominations this year as well. President and Editor-In-Chief of PocketFives.com, Lance Bradley, scored a nomination for Journalist of the Year for his work covering the personalities of both the live and online poker scene. Additionally, his article entitled "Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy" was honored with a nomination for Media Content of the Year. Special Awards A handful of awards are without nominations but will be unveiled on Thursday including the Charitable Initiative award, the Jury Prize, our own PocketFives Legacy Award (celebrating an online legend who has made great strides in the live tournament circuit) and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. In a field that thrives on competition of the highest order, the American Poker Awards is more of a celebration of another successful year of those moments and individuals that expand the reach and grow the game of poker.
  11. The poker world will unite in Las Vegas on April 5 when the Global Poker Index and Poker Central hold the new, unified, first-ever Global Poker Awards, presented by online poker site PokerStars. The GPI have decided to merge the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards into a single event. The new ceremony, which will be held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, will bring celebrate all facets of the poker industry from around the world. It will be a recognition of the players, industry leaders and members of the poker media that have made their mark on the game throughout the year. The ceremony will hand out twenty awards in a variety of categories that recognize the top-tier players, live tournaments and tours, and the biggest stories in poker. “We’re thrilled to deliver streaming coverage of the first-ever Global Poker Awards show live from the PokerGO Studio,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central. “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best and brightest while providing PokerGO subscribers a front row seat for all the festivities.” The full list of categories and their nominees will be announced at a later date. Prior to the ceremony, a nomination panel will help determine each of the finalists of each category. Then, the winners are selected by a jury consisting of members of the poker industry. “Our global initiatives behind the European Poker Awards and the American Poker Awards come together starting this year,” said Eric Danis, Global Poker Index president. “We’re excited to bring recognition to the poker world’s best players and most prominent industry contributors on an unprecedented scale.” Although categories have yet to be announced, one should expect many of the categories from past years to make a return. These include GPI Player of the Year, GPI Female Player of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, Tournament Performance of the Year, Event of the Year, Moment of the Year, Poker Media Content of the Year, a Jury Prize, People’s Choice and a Lifetime Achievement award. Just last year, the American Poker Awards also addressed the emerging segments of poker streaming, vlogging, podcasting and poker 'influencers', all of which were awarded trophies. The PocketFives Legacy Award, an award presented to an online legend who has made outstanding contributions to the live tournament circuit, will also be returning at the Global Poker Awards. PokerStars, which has been a sponsor of the GPI’s award shows in the past, return to be the premier sponsor for the event.
  12. When the poker industry gathers in Las Vegas Friday night to celebrate the best of 2018 at the Global Poker Awards, PocketFives.com will honor a player who has collected more accolades over the course of his online poker career than any player in the 15-year history of the site. Chris Moorman, one of the most successful players in online poker tournament history, is this year’s recipient of the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards. “Chris’ success in the online poker world is nearly unmatched. When it came time to pick which player to recognize this year, there was never really any debate,” said PocketFives President & Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate one of the most well-respected members of our community on such an important night.” Between 2008 and 2011, Moorman reached the #1-ranking on PocketFives a record 13 times and has held that spot for a total of 24 weeks. He’s the all-time leader in PocketFives Triple Crowns earned with 29 and arguably most impressively, Moorman’s $15,851,900 in online earnings makes him the all-time leader. While he originally made a name for himself in the online poker world, Moorman has also had success in the live arena as well. In 2014, he won the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic Main Event for $1,015,460. He followed that up with a World Series of Poker bracelet win in 2017. His lifetime live earnings are nearly $5.7 million. “It’s a great honor to receive this award. Without PocketFives, I’m not sure I would've had the same drive for success,” said Moorman. “When I discovered the site 10 years ago it motivated me to put in the volume and try to be the best I could be during my early years as a tournament player.” Moorman is the third player to receive the PocketFives Legacy Award. In 2017, Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy received the first PocketFives Legacy Award at the American Poker Awards. The 2018 recipient was Ari Engel. The awards show will be streamed for free on PokerGO Friday at 5 pm PT.

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