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Nominees Announced for 2018 American Poker Awards

 Nominees Announced for 2018 American Poker Awards

After taking nominations for the different awards that will be offered, officials with the Global Poker Index announced the final nominations for their Fourth Annual American Poker Awards.

There is a slew of familiar names that dot the different awards that are being offered. Joe Ingram, who for years has offered up his views on the poker world through his “Poker Life Podcast,” is up for a couple of awards this year (Podcast of the Year and Video Blogger of the Year), joined by Daniel Negreanu (Biggest Influencer and Video Blogger) and Matt Savage (Biggest Influencer and Industry Person). By far, however, the output from the stables of Poker Central dominated the nominations.

Poker Central topped everyone in the field with six nominations, ranging from their “made for television” events such as the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters to their broadcasting team of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman. Even their financial backer, Cary Katz, was named one of “Poker’s Biggest Influencers,” an award which should garner a great deal of attention.

These awards will be voted on by a blue-ribbon committee the day of the 2018 American Poker Awards on February 22:

Breakout Player

DJ Alexander
Michael Del Vecchio
Alex Foxen
Art Papazyan

Tournament Performance of the Year

Scott Blumstein (WSOP Main Event)
Darren Elias (WPT Fallsview)
Bryn Kenney (PSC Monte Carlo Super High Roller)
Doug Polk (WSOP One Drop High Roller)

Moment of the Year

70-year old John Smith makes back-to-back WSOP $ 10K Heads-Up Final Table
Ema Zajmovic – First female player to win an open Main Event on the WPT
Vanessa Selbst and Gaelle Baumann – Selbst loses full house to Baumann’s quads during first round of WSOP Championship Event)
Tom Dwan Returns to the States of America on “Poker After Dark”

Event of the Year

Super High Roller Bowl
partypoker MILLIONS North America
Poker Masters Event #1
WSOP Championship Event

Mid-Major Circuit

Mid-States Poker Tour
RUNGOOD Poker Series
WPTDeepStacks
WSOP Circuit

Journalist of the Year

Drew Amato
Lance Bradley
Bj Nemeth
Steve Ruddock
Jessica Welman

Broadcaster of the Year

Nick Schulman
Joe Stapleton
Lon McEachern
Ali Nejad

Media Content of the Year

Adrian Moreno in Tears following Win in WSOP Little One for One Drop (Amato)
Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story (Poker Central)
Poker Brat: The Phil Hellmuth Story (Phil Hellmuth)
Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising his Two Boys (Bradley)

Podcast of the Year

PokerCentral Podcast
PokerNews Podcast
Poker Life Podcast
TwoPlusTwo Podcast

Video Blogger of the Year

Joe Ingram
Daniel Negreanu
Andrew Neeme
Doug Polk

Poker Streamer of the Year

Jeff Gross
Bill Perkins
Jason Somerville
Jaime Staples
Parker Talbot

Industry Person of the Year

Tony Burns
Sean McCormick
Adam Pliska
Matt Savage

Poker’s Biggest Influencer

Cary Katz
Daniel Negreanu
Doug Polk
Matt Savage

There will be other awards handed out the night of the American Poker Awards that have already been determined:

2017 GPI American Player of the Year:  Bryn Kenney
2017 GPI Female Player of the Year:  Kristen Bicknell
Award for Lifetime Achievement
Award for Charitable Initiative
Jury Prize
PocketFives Legacy Award
People’s Choice Award – Poker Personality of the Year

The People’s Choice Award is being voted on at this time by the general public. Visit the dedicated page for this award and be sure to cast your vote. It is also the only vote that is handled by the voice of the poker community. Counting that award, there is a total of 20 awards that will be handed out during a very busy ceremony!

The 2018 American Poker Awards will be handed out on February 22 at Andaz in West Hollywood, CA, beginning at 7PM.

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2018 American Poker Awards Nominations – One Writer’s Choices

 2018 American Poker Awards Nominations – One Writer’s Choices

In just a bit more than two weeks, the Fourth Annual American Poker Awards will take place at Andaz in West Hollywood, CA. The yearly celebration of the best in North American poker – and a day of discussion about the state of the game – is presented by PokerStars and has become one of the more highly respected honors that can be received in the game of poker. To be able to honor the best, you must have nominations…and that’s where the process currently is.

Last week ballots were sent out to members of the nomination panel, one of which was this writer, to determine who would be officially nominated for on of the 13 awards up for grabs (Kristen Bicknell will be awarded 2017 Female Poker Player of the Year and Bryn Kenney will be awarded the 2017 American Poker Player of the Year award). I’ve never taken these nominations lightly, but I do look to offer my vote to those who might be on the fringe of making it into one of the nomination slots. As such, as I went through the nomination ballot, I went with choices that, while they may not win, they have the honor of being nominated.

For Breakout Player of the Year, there are a couple of choices that are hard to overlook. Art Papazyan won two World Poker Tour events in the past year to firmly establish himself as one of the up and coming stars in the game. Another player who also showed his mettle was Mike Del Vecchio, as witnessed by his recent run at the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event. Either one of these men would be outstanding choices.

For Poker Moment of the Year, here’s where I was looking a bit deeper. It is tough to overlook Papazyan’s two WPT victories, Harrison Gimbel’s completion of poker’s Triple Crown or Scott Blumstein’s dominant performance at the World Series of Poker Championship Event final table, but these two choices deserved to be noted. First, Ema Zajmovic’s effort in becoming the first woman to win an open event on the MAIN WPT tour was groundbreaking, especially as it came more than 15 years into the tour’s existence. The other choice I made was the clash between Gaelle Baumann and Vanessa Selbst at the 2017 WSOP Championship Event, which eventually saw Selbst sent to the rail during the first level after Selbst’s full house was routed by Baumann’s quads.

Podcast of the Year is always difficult because of the number of quality podcasts out there. For years Joe Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast has been the benchmark (and he will be nominated), but Bernard Lee’s “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” has also delivered some excellent quality. My second choice was not talking about the game per se, but talking about the mental aspect. “Poker on the Mind” from Dr. Tricia Cardner and Gareth James offers outstanding advice for improving the mental approach to the game, something that isn’t always seen in our business.

For Best Tournament Performance, World Champion Blumstein’s run is a lock for the nominees. Thus, I went with Darren Elias’ WPT Fallsview championship, which put him in the pantheon of players who have won three WPT titles (Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno and David ‘Chino’ Rheem are the others). My second choice was Christian Harder and his breakout win at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event, an outstanding victory over a tough field.

For Poker Media Content of the Year, there were two choices that stood out. First was Martin Harris’ work at PokerNews and his interview with Jack Binion. In that interview, Harris got the definitive story as to the Johnny Moss/Nick Dandalos “heads up match” in 1949 (it is well worth the look for the historical implications). Second was Chad Holloway’s story on poker player Matt Jarvis’ move into the business world. Although this writer wrote about Jarvis’ new calling five months earlier, Holloway brought a great story in Jarvis as he looked to make sure he has a good life for he and his family rather than chasing the tournament circuit.

For the rest of the nominations…OK, maybe I didn’t deviate from the norm that much! Here’s a look at my choices for nominations in the other categories, with some commentary:

Industry Person of the Year

Bryan Mileski, Mid-States Poker Tour founder/operator
Bill Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Director of Poker Operations

Event of the Year

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, Hollywood, FL
partypoker MILLIONS North America, Playground Poker Club, Montreal

(Hey, ANYONE can pick the WSOP Championship Event!)

Mid-Major Circuit of the Year

Mid-States Poker Tour
Heartland Poker Tour

Poker Journalist of the Year

Allen Rash
Jessica Welman

(Two people that I have worked with over the 15 years I’ve been in this business that deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements in the realm of poker journalism)

Video Blogger of the Year

Daniel Negreanu
Joe Ingram

Streamer of the Year

Dutch Boyd
Jason Somerville

(If you’re not checking out Dutch Boyd’s streaming efforts, you’re missing out)

Biggest Influencer on Poker

Cary Katz
Daniel Negreanu

Broadcaster of the Year

Lon McEachern
Mike Sexton

(This will be the final time that Sexton might be recognized for his groundbreaking work with the WPT)

So, who will be the nominees? We’ll have to have some patience as the nomination process will conclude next week and the announcement of the nominees will follow. Then, on February 22, poker’s biggest awards night will take place in Tinseltown, complete with the fanfare that it deserves.

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3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards Winners Celebrated

 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards Winners Celebrated

The important poker people were in Beverly Hills last Thursday receiving their shimmering trophies at the 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards. It was kind of like Sunday night’s Oscars except nobody posted about it on Facebook and David Peters was correctly announced as GPI Player of the Year on the first try.

Many of the usual awards were handed out (if a two-year precedent can establish the “usual”) like GPI Player of the Year, Female Player of the Year, Moment of the Year, and Tournament Performance of the Year. Times change, though, and so do the awards. One sign of the times was the addition of Twitch Poker Streamer of the Year and Poker Podcast of the Year.

Some awards were eliminated: Poker Presenter of the Year and Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year are gone. Event of the Year was also consolidated into one award, rather than having two separate ones for tournaments with different price points.

It should also be noted that the two Player of the Year awards were based on the Global Poker Index’s scoring rankings in 2016. It was a completely objective award; everyone already knew who won it, as opposed to several awards whose winners were up to the voting committee.

The winners of the categories with multiple nominees are indicated in italics.

GPI Player of the Year

David Peters

GPI Female Player of the Year

Cate Hall

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mori Eskandani

Charitable Initiative of the Year

Dan Smith Charity Drive

PocketFives Legacy Award

Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy

The Hendon Mob Award

John Holley

Jury Prize

Matt Savage

Tournament Performance of the Year

Kristen Bicknell wins 2nd WSOP bracelet ($ 1,500 Bounty)
Ari Engel wins Aussie Millions
Maurice Hawkins wins WSOPC Cherokee, back-to-back WSOPC
Mike Sexton wins WPT Montreal

Moment of the Year

Griffin Benger’s AA vs William Kassouf’s KK showdown at the WSOP Main Event
Jason Mercier goes on heater: captures (2) WSOP bracelets and a 2nd in a week to secure WSOP PoY
David Peters needing 3rd at EPT Prague to win GPI PoY does exactly that and takes the title from Fedor Holz
Mike Sexton mounts unbelievable comeback to win his first WPT title at WPT Montreal

Breakout Performance of the Year

Ari Engel
Maurice Hawkins
Ankush Mandavia
Sam Soverel

Event of the Year

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Super High Roller Bowl
WSOP Main Event
WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Mid-Major Circuit of the Year

Heartland Poker Tour (HPT)
Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)
World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)
WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS)

Industry Person of the Year

Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director)
Jack Effel (WSOP VP Intl’ 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

Media Content of the Year

Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives)
Life’s a Gamble (Mike Sexton, D&B Poker)
Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong Documentary (Matthew Showell, PokerListings)
Jason Somerville provides live Aussie Millions coverage on his Twitch channel

Twitch Poker Streamer of the Year

Kevin Martin “kevinmartin987”
Jason Somerville “jcarverpoker“
Jaime Staples “pokerstaples”
Parker Talbot “tonkaaaaP”

Poker Podcast of the Year

Poker Life Podcast with Joe Ingram
Full Contact Poker with Daniel Negreanu
PokerNews Podcast
TwoPlusTwo Pokercast

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2nd Annual American Poker Awards Honors Best in North American Poker

 2nd Annual American Poker Awards Honors Best in North American Poker

In front of a packed ballroom at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, the 2nd Annual American Poker Awards were held on Thursday evening. Created by the chairman of the Global Poker Index, Alexandre Dreyfus, to celebrate the best of North American poker (much like its counterpart in the European Poker Awards), the ceremonies didn’t disappoint anyone as the crème of the poker world in 2015 were honored for their achievements.

Two awards were already determined before the statues were handed out. The GPI Player of the Year, Byron Kaverman, accepted his award for being the best player in North American for 2015 and Kelly Minkin picked up her trophy for being the GPL Female Player of the Year. After that, it was off to the voted awards, of which 11 were up for grabs.

Joe Giron defeated some excellent competition in one of the toughest categories in Media Content of the Year to take home the trophy. Giron’s work as the photojournalist for the World Series of Poker – and in particular his in-the-moment shot of a collapsed Daniel Negreanu upon his knockout from the Championship Event of the WSOP – was able to defeat 2014 AMA winner Brad Willis and his four-part series on the South Carolina underground poker scene, Faraz Jaka’s autobiographical CNN story on his nomadic tournament poker journeys and Jason Somerville’s record-setting Twitch broadcast of his WCOOP final table to capture the top prize.

One of the surprises of the 2015 APAs was in the Tournament Performance of the Year category. Going up against such powerhouse moments as Joe McKeehen’s domination of the WSOP “November Nine,” Mike Gorodinsky’s Poker Players’ Championship win at the WSOP and Jonathan Duhamel’s “Big One for One Drop” victory, Anthony Zinno’s second part of a back-to-back win on the World Poker Tour at the L. A. Poker Classic was thought to be a long shot. That long shot came home, however, as Zinno picked up the statue and the honors for the best tournament performance of 2015.

Another deserving victor was Matt Stout and the Charity Series of Poker. In the Charitable Initiative of the Year category, Stout and the CSOP faced off against other very qualified charitable causes in the Chad Brown Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods’ Poker Night and the WSOP One Drop High Roller/Little One for One Drop and were able to emerge with the APA trophy. “Thank you so much to the players, casino and sponsors that have gotten behind this thing in a way I could only dream of,” Stout said to his supporters over his Facebook page. “You are quite literally helping me complete my life’s work.”

In addition to these awards, these were the other eight awards that were handed out during the ceremonies on Thursday night:

Event of the Year (Buy-in under $ 2000) – The Colossus at the WSOP Event of the Year (Buy-in over $ 2000) – The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Moment of the Year – Daniel Negreanu’s elimination in 11th place, WSOP Championship Event Breakout Performance of the Year – Joshua Beckley Poker Presenter of the Year – Kara Scott Media Person of the Year – Donnie Peters Industry Person of the Year – Matt Savage Poker Innovation of the Year – WSOP, Online Bracelet Event

A select panel also took the time to choose two “lifetime achievement” awards, and the only reason that those words are in parenthesis are because the people that the awards were given to have so much yet to give to the poker community. For his variety of work in the poker world, Kevin ‘Kevmath’ Mathers was the recipient of a 2015 APA. For his longtime efforts as an ambassador for the game of poker, WPT host Mike Sexton also was honored with a 2015 APA. The audience was more than appreciative of these awards and both men were extremely humbled about being honored by their peers.

With that, the 2015 American Poker Awards are in the books. Now we can start looking towards 2016 and wondering what special moments in North American poker may be honored a year from now when the ceremony’s roll around again.

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Handicapping the 2016 American Poker Awards

 Handicapping the 2016 American Poker Awards

When it was first unveiled in 2015, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from Alexandre Dreyfus, the Global Poker Index and, in particular, the inaugural American Poker Awards. What the North American poker world received was a gift:  it was a ceremony befitting of its counterpart from “across The Pond” with the European Poker Awards, with the elaborate ceremony honoring the best in North American poker and attended by some of the biggest names in the poker community. The poker world will once again turn out as, on February 25, the 2nd Annual American Poker Awards will take place.

Held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, the ceremony is only the capstone for what will be a hectic day. The first round draft picks for the Global Poker League will take place, as will a host of other seminars and discussions featuring poker professionals and industry insiders. But the ceremonies and dinner for the American Poker Awards and the recipients of those awards will be what draw many to sunny Southern California for the day.

Those categories feature some of the greatest moments from 2015 as well as highlight some of the top performances and players from the preceding year. Without further ado, let’s take a look at these categories and try to forecast who will take home the award come February 25. (Bold indicates pick.)

Tournament Performance of the Year

Jonathan Duhamel, WSOP One Drop $ 1 Million High Roller
Mike Gorodinsky, WSOP $ 50,000 Poker Players’ Championship
Joe McKeehen, WSOP $ 10,000 Championship Event
Anthony Zinno, WPT $ 10,000 L. A. Poker Classic

While I would love to take Zinno’s second leg of his back-to-back run of WPT titles in early 2015 with this selection – or even Duhamel’s win at the One Drop – McKeehen’s utter domination of the WSOP Championship Event makes this category a no-brainer. McKeehen grabbed this tournament by the throat on Day 7 and, even after a four-month break, never relinquished that grasp. You can probably count the number of mistakes that McKeehen made at the final table on one hand and have fingers left over…that, fans, is a Tournament Performance of the Year winner.

Moment of the Year

Anthony Zinno, back-to-back WPT championships (WPT Fallsview, WPT L. A. Poker Classic)
22,000-plus players enter “The Colossus”
Phil Hellmuth wins WSOP Bracelet #14 – WSOP $ 10,000 Razz World Championship
Daniel Negreanu exits 11th in the WSOP Championship Event

While all of these are excellent choices for the Moment of the Year, there is only one choice. It didn’t matter what level of poker fan you were – or whether you even were a fan of the game – people for some reason were transfixed by Negreanu’s deepest run in the WSOP Championship Event in his career. Perhaps because of Negreanu’s effervescent charms, perhaps because of his skill in the game, perhaps because of his self-promotion…EVERYONE seemed to be pulling for Negreanu to make it to the “November Nine.” When he came up two slots short of the goal, it (along with McKeehen’s dominant chip stack) seemingly pulled all of the air out of the Amazon Room. That’s what a Moment is supposed to do…be a snapshot of time that people fixate on.

Breakout Performance of the Year

Joshua Beckley
Asher Conniff
Cate Hall
Kelly Minkin

Beckley is the odds-on favorite here from his runner-up finish in the Championship Event, but Conniff’s story of winning what could be the final-ever WPT World Championship (hey, we’ll see how long that Champions’ Invitational lasts) – about how he really didn’t want to play in it, then got in by a satellite through the New Jersey online poker rooms, so he decided to just go ahead and win the tournament – could push him past Beckley. Minkin’s “Last Woman Standing” run at the WSOP Championship Event is nice, but it won’t top Beckley or Conniff.

Event of the Year – Buy-in under $ 2000

WSOP “The Colossus,” Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
WPT500 at ARIA Las Vegas
WSOP “Millionaire Maker,” Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
WPT DeepStacks – DeepStacks Poker Tour Championship, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary, Canada

The WPT DeepStacks event is the ONLY thing outside of the U. S., unless you want to count Kara Scott, that has been nominated for an American Poker Award. While it would be nice for it to win, it isn’t going to happen. “The Colossus” was a bold move by WSOP and Caesars officials and it paid off for them, for the most part (a few controversies over the payouts, but I digress). The “Maker” will be eclipsed in this category again (was beaten last year by the “Monster Stack”) and the WPT500, while a great tournament, just doesn’t have the panache to battle.

Event of the Year – Buy-in over $ 2000

$ 500,000 Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA Las Vegas
WSOP $ 10,000 Championship Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
WSOP $ 1 Million One Drop High Roller, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL

The Super High Roller Bowl was a shot in the dark that paid off. Nobody – ARIA, the brand new streaming network Poker Central, POKER PROductions (the producers of the broadcast) – knew whether there would be any players that would actually come out for it or not. In the end, they got an outstanding broadcast out of the proceedings which helped Poker Central demonstrate what they wanted to do with their network with their innovative programming. It’s good to see the tournament will return again in 2016 and we can only hope it is just as entertaining.

Industry Person of the Year

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

This is always a difficult choice because the people who work in the industry “behind the scenes” often do their best work when nothing wrong happens. That could be said for Effel, Mason and Savage, who have done some exemplary work in the tournament poker realm over the years. But to ignore what the PPA and Pappas have been able to do over the past 12 months – with a budget that is about 1/100th of what the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) has at its disposal from sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson – would be a great disservice. It would also allow for the poker community to sound off as one against Adelson in a manner that might capture his attention (not that he would give a damn, but still).

Charitable Initiative of the Year

Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho and Vanessa Rousso, organizers)
Charity Series of Poker (Matt Stout)
Tiger’s Poker Night (Tiger Woods and the WPT Foundation)
WSOP One Drop High Roller/Little One for One Drop

Once again, outstanding choices for the award, but Matt Stout and the Charity Series of Poker have crisscrossed the country with their efforts in fundraising. Whether it is a bank of tournaments in Las Vegas, Hollywood, FL or Atlantic City, Stout is at the forefront of a multi-tournament schedule that raises funds for several worthy causes. Raising money for worthwhile causes is difficult enough; to do it several times and for several days…Stout has his work cut out for him and he always rises to the occasion.

Media Person of the Year

Joey Ingram
Kevin Mathers
Donnie Peters
Jason Somerville

Although we might be stretching the term “media person” for this award, Somerville has become one of the people that the poker community listens to the most. His Twitch broadcasts have set records and his opinions regarding the latest hot topics in the industry are always sought out. Those are the things you need – the audience and an opinion – to be able to have an impact as a member of the media and Somerville has them in spades.

Poker Presenter of the Year

Sarah Herring
Kara Scott
Joe Stapleton
David Tuchman

With all due kudos to the other three members of this category, Stapleton is long overdue for some attention for his work. Heading the livestreams of the EPTLive! broadcasts, Stapleton has brought a unique combination of poker knowledge, comedic timing and self-deprecating humor to those broadcasts, which is entirely necessary when you’re filling hour after hour of people playing cards. If you haven’t checked out a broadcast with Stapleton at the helm, you’re missing a rare treat.

Poker Innovation/Initiative of the Year

Poker Central Launches
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open/Poker Night in America livestreams four final tables/same room/same time
WSOP Online bracelet with live final table
WSOP “The Colossus”

The madness that was the Seminole Hard Rock/PNiA livestream deserves some recognition somehow, but it gets overshadowed here by the debut of Poker Central. Although I’ve been harsh on Poker Central, I’d like to see them work beyond the “growing pains” stage to actually see if they can get on a REAL cable provider. I like my Roku just as much as the next person, but it isn’t my first choice for television programming. If Poker Central continues to move upward, perhaps getting on a cable provider, then the award here is worthwhile…if not, well…even the Grammys gave out Best New Artist to A Taste of Honey over Elvis Costello and The Cars once.

Media Content of the Year

Brad Willis – BUST, an Insider’s Look at Greenville, SC’s, Underground Poker Scene
Faraz Jaka and CNN Money – Faraz Jaka:  Homeless Poker Millionaire
Jason Somerville – September 2015 Twitch broadcast of WCOOP breaks records
Joe Giron – Daniel Negreanu post-elimination in 11th place, 2015 WSOP Championship Event

Poker doesn’t have too many of those “captured in the moment” types of shots that are typical of other sporting endeavors. The shot of Negreanu – with the palms of his hands pressed to his eyes and forehead as he laid on his back on the floor of the Main Stage in the Amazon Room – is about the closest thing we have to a dramatic moment. With this said, I wouldn’t be at all upset if Willis was to win his second AMA in this category; his four-part series on Greenville’s underground poker scene – and the deep scars that remain even today – was incomparable.

What would your choices be? We will find out the winners come February 25 when the 2nd Annual American Poker Awards are handed out.

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