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Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament Set for Sunday

 Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament Set for Sunday

Continuing a 45-year tradition of celebrities from a variety of entertainment genres supporting the officers who serve the citizens of Los Angeles, the Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament and Casino Night will be held on Sunday night.

Held at Avalon Hollywood, the long-running fundraiser is held to benefit employees of the Los Angeles Police Department and their immediate families who have experienced circumstances, such as death in the line of duty or debilitating illness that forced them out of the LAPD. The Foundation assists those widows and/or orphans of officers by ensuring that they have funds for immediate expenses and future ones such as college funding, medical care, or other necessities.

The poker world is throwing their support behind the Foundation’s fundraiser. PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable division of PokerStars and The Stars Group, is once again serving as a sponsor for the tournament. “Without their support, we may not be able to hold this event,” Al Atkins, the Executive Director of the Foundation, stated as his group prepared for the gala. “It means a great deal to us and we are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support.” As a part of their support for the Foundation, PokerStars and The Stars Group have contributed the Grand Prize for the celebrity poker tournament – a trip to participate in the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Paradise Island in the Bahamas this January.

PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, the Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.

Stepping up for the first time as a supporter of the gala is Poker Central. The organization, through its streaming service PokerGO, has been a part of the World Series of Poker and broadcast its own Super High Roller Bowl for the past three years. It is thought, through their support, that the celebrity poker tournament will be either broadcast live or taped for future broadcast on PokerGO.

In addition to raising needed funds for the Foundation, the group is taking the time this year to celebrate one of the people that have supported it. Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on September 22, is being feted by those attending the Foundation’s fundraiser. Lasorda has tirelessly worked to support the efforts of the Foundation over the years and they now are saying “Thank You” in a rather large way.

Some of the celebrities that will be on hand for the event include Lasorda, former Foundation Board of Directors member and Los Angeles Laker legend Jerry West, broadcasting legend Larry King, Rocky star Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed), Ultimate Fighting Champion legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, actress/model Joanna Krupa, former World Wrestling Entertainment “Diva” Torrie Wilson, and actor/poker player Lou Diamond Phillips, are all confirmed to be on the guest list. Former World Series of Poker Championship Event winner Jamie Gold and poker professional Maria Ho are confirmed from the roster of notable poker players to be coming to the event, but it is also possible that more could show up as well as other surprise guests.

The party will have something for everyone. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, a photo booth, raffles, and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment and sports items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & PIT maneuvers, dinner with Lasorda and more.

Tickets are still available for the event on Sunday night, with a seat at the poker tables with the glitterati costing $ 250 and a “party only” ticket going for $ 100. The money goes to a great cause as the charity fundraiser is the only one run by the Foundation for the year. For more details, be sure to visit the dedicated webpage for the event.

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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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Nominees Named for 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards

 Nominees Named for 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards

In preparation for the fifteenth annual awards ceremonies, the powers that be with the Global Poker Index have announced the nominees for the 2016 GPI European Poker Awards. Much like their counterpart in the United States that honors the best in the Americas, the European Poker Awards looks to honor the best in European poker over the previous 12 months. In 11 categories, the crème of European poker will be honored on May 3 during the European Poker Tour Grand Final festivities in Monte Carlo with a prize that has come to be recognized as a very prestigious award.

Two of the awards – for GPI Player of the Year and GPI Female Player of the Year – are actually determined before the awards are even handed out. By usage of the Global Poker Index’s tabulation system, points are awarded to players for their best 13 finishes over the course of a calendar year. Overall in 2015, the GPI POY was Germany’s Fedor Holz, who will be honored alongside the GPI Female Player of the Year, the United Kingdom’s Liv Boeree, during this year’s ceremonies.

In the other nine categories, a selection committee will determine who will receive the European Poker Award. In some of these categories, the competition will be as fierce as if they were battling it out on the baize for a championship.

For Tournament Performance of the Year, these are the four nominees:

Adrian Mateos’ victory at the 2015 EPT Grand Final
Barny Boatman’s second World Series of Poker bracelet win at the WSOP-Europe
Fedor Holz Wins World Poker Tour Alpha8 Las Vegas
Mustapha Kanit wins EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller

Of these four selections, Mateos’ victory at last year’s Grand Final solidified his place as one of the true up and coming stars of the tournament poker world. With that victory and his WSOP-Europe victory in 2013, Mateos is now two-thirds of the way towards completing poker’s “Triple Crown,” something that only five men have completed in the annals of poker (Mateos needs a WPT title to complete the trifecta). While Boatman’s win was a nice one for the “Old Guard,” Mateos’ win was a significant one for the future.

There is an interesting caveat laid out for anyone that is looking to be able to vie for the award of being Breakout Player of the Year, one that should be used in considering any “Rookie of the Year” award in poker. According to the rules, any player who, prior to December 31, 2014, made a final table of a WPT or EPT Main event and/or of a WSOP bracelet, High Roller or Super High Roller tournament, was not eligible for this award. As such, there were some competitors who weren’t considered because they had achieved one of those goals. Still, the battle for Breakout Player of the Year should be an interesting one with these men:

Charles Carrel
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Fedor Holz
Rainer Kempe

With Holz taking down the GPI Player of the Year honors, will the panel be more apt to give the Breakout Player trophy to someone else? Could Urbanovich, who has been one of the true breakouts of 2015, take down the award, or could it go to Kempe, who really snuck in under the radar over the course of last year? Nothing against Carrel, but he is up against some extremely long odds if he is going to be walking away from Monte Carlo with a European Poker Award for 2015.

As with the American Poker Awards, the European Poker Awards will also hand out the following honors:

Media Person of the Year
Industry Person of the Year
Event of the Year (Buy-in under €2000)
Event of the Year (Buy-in over €2000)
Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year
Moment of the Year
Poker Media Content of the Year

For a full list of the nominees, be sure to check out the European Poker Awards website and, if a person is interested in registering to attend the ceremonies, that same website can service your needs.

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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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Nominees Announced For 2nd Annual American Poker Awards

 Nominees Announced For 2nd Annual American Poker Awards

With the presentation of the awards just over a month away, the eleven categories in contention – and the four nominees in each category – have been announced for the 2nd Annual American Poker Awards, which will take place at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, on February 25.

In its inaugural year, Alexandre Dreyfus and the Global Poker Index put together an outstanding show that honored the best that North America had to offer the poker community over the 2014 calendar year. The organization and their nomination committee hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to the 2015 roster of nominees either, picking the crème of  some of the best performances of the past twelve months. In addition to these performances, some of the best individuals in the industry receive recognition that is sometimes lacking.

There are several categories when it comes to actual performance on the felt. For Tournament Performance of the Year, the four nominees are all excellent and any of them would be worthy of taking home the 2015 AMA for the category. Jonathan Duhamel’s victory in the 2015 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller, Joe McKeehen’s dominant rout of the “November Nine” on his way to the World Championship, Mike Gorodinsky’s skills in winning the WSOP Poker Players’ Championship and Anthony Zinno’s World Poker Tour victory at the L. A. Poker Classic are all nominated for the award and it will be a tough choice between the quartet.

For the Moment of the Year in North American poker, it is once again a difficult field. Zinno earns his second nomination for his back-to-back WPT victories at the WPT Fallsview and the L. A. Poker Classic and the WSOP sweeps the rest. The WSOP’s “Colossus” and its 22,000-plus player field, Phil Hellmuth winning his 14th WSOP bracelet and Daniel Negreanu’s tantalizingly close run to making the “November Nine” round out the foursome of nominees in this category.

The two Event of the Year categories – one for tournaments under a $ 2000 buy-in and one for tournaments over a $ 2000 buy-in – should also provide for some interest. The WSOP’s “Colossus” makes a second appearance here in the under-$ 2000 category alongside the WPT500 at ARIA in Las Vegas, the WSOP’s Millionaire Maker event and the WPT DeepStacks Championship at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, Canada (the only non-U. S. nomination in the field, unless you want to count Kara Scott in the Poker Presenter of the Year category).

The over-$ 2000 category will definitely be a battle of the heavyweights. Two of the biggest buy in events in the poker world – the WSOP One Drop High Roller (and its $ 1 million buy-in) and the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl held at ARIA in Las Vegas (and its $ 500,000 buy-in) – are the headliners in this category. The other two events, which are “just” the tournament that is considered the World Championship of the sport (the WSOP Championship Event in Las Vegas) and one of the more popular events on the WPT circuit (the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown), round out the category.

Arguably what might be one of the most contentious categories will be Media Content of the Year. The four entries in this category span visual media, the written word and the burgeoning world of live streaming, encompassing everything that the media is supposed to do in bringing the world around us – and, in this particular instance, the world of poker – to us in unprecedented ways. Any of the nominees – writer Brad Willis’ BUST, his four-part look at the history of Greenville, SC’s, underground poker scene; CNN Money’s Faraz Jaka:  Homeless Poker Millionaire; Jason Somerville’s record-breaking Twitch broadcast during the World Championships of Online Poker in September 2015 and photojournalist Joe Giron’s painfully revealing shot of Daniel Negreanu upon his elimination from the 2015 WSOP Championship Event – would be well deserving of this honor.

A full list of the nominees for the eleven awards can be found on the American Poker Awards website and Poker News Daily will present a “predictions show” later this weekend. For those that cannot make it to California for the presentations this year, they will be broadcast over Twitch in what will be a monster day for the AMA and other groups associated with the organization.

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