25 trophies to be presented at Global Poker Awards
A record 25 shiny new trophies will be handed out on the night of March 6th at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas; eight of which will be presented to the winners of new categories.
Returning awards include the GPI Poker Player of the Year and GPI Female Player of the Year trophies, which will be presented once again to poker power couple Alex Foxen (2nd year in a row) and Kristen Bicknell (3rd consecutive year).
Other popular returning awards include the streamer, vlogger and podcast categories as well the Event of the Year, Industry Person and Charitable Initiative awards.
Replacing the Lifetime Achievement Award, The Poker ICON will celebrate an iconic figure in the game.
The Tournament Performance Award is replaced by the Final Table Performance Award, with a focus on a player’s performance in the later stages of competition as they march towards victory.
John Holley received The Hendon Mob (THM) Award a few years back. That category was shelved for a while, but returns with this year’s ceremony. The category aims to reward someone who’s done something exceptional on the THM database during the 2019 poker season.
The GPI Breakout Player of the Year remains on this year’s list although the process to determine a winner has been modified. Only players who have never been ranked inside the GPI PoY Top 500 until 2019 are eligible. The GPI will form a list from all these eligible players. That list will then be presented to the Voting Panel who will proceed as normal. For more information on the revamped Awards voting process, please click here.
Now here’s a look at the other new categories:
Players Choice for Toughest Opponent
Members of the GPI100 (Top 100 ranked players on the GPI as of January 1, 2020) will vote to determine who was or they believe would have been the toughest opponent to face in 2019
People’s Choice for Hand of the Year
Poker fans will be busy during the voting process. Not only do they now have a place on the voting panel, they will also have the exclusive right to vote on two awards. Fans will once again be voting for their favorite Poker Personality, but will also be charged to find the Hand of the Year from 2019
Twitter Personality of the Year
Poker Twitter is a thing! So we’ll reward who the voters believe is the most entertaining follow in Twitter
Media Content will be split into three categories this year: Video Content, Written Content and Photo
GPI Award of Merit
Since the Jury Prize can no longer be awarded, the GPI will select a person or organization that deserves to be celebrated for their contributions to poker in 2019
FULL LIST OF THE 25 GLOBAL POKER AWARDS CATEGORIES
AWARDS DETERMINED BY VOTING PANEL
- GPI Breakout Player of the Year (GPI rankings/GPI team sets preliminary list)
- Final Table Performance
- Twitter Personality
- Industry Person
- Tournament Director
- Event of the Year
- Media Content: Written
- Media Content: Video
- Media Content: Photo
AWARDS DETERMINED BY THE FANS
- People’s Choice: Poker Personality
- People’s Choice: Hand of the Year
SELECTED BY THE GPI’s 100 TOP RANKED PLAYERS
- Players Choice: Toughest Opponent of 2019
SELECTED BY THE GPI RANKINGS/AWARDS TEAM
- GPI Poker Player of the Year (rankings)
- GPI Female Player of the Year (rankings)
- Poker ICON
- THM Award
- PocketFives Legacy Award (in conjunction with PocketFives)
- Charitable Initiative
- GPI Award of Merit