Global Poker Awards Announces 2019 Semi-Finalists and Opens Fan Voting

After a preliminary voting round, done by a panel of experts in each category, poker players, members of the poker industry and poker media, we’re proud to present you the semi-finalists for the Global Poker Awards 2019.

The Global Poker Index wants to thank all participating panel members for their votes and feedback in each of the categories. Selection was done by using a system similar to the Oscars, a mathematical equation is used to find the “magic number” for each category. To find the magic number, we take the total number of ballots submitted for the category and divide it by 5 (4 expected nominees +1) To read more about the exact voting process, please click here

Fan Voting on Mobile – Direct links to ballots

We’ve added direct links to the ballots for fans wanting to vote on a mobile device. We still suggest you vote on a desktop/laptop

2019 Global Poker Awards Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists are listed in alphabetical order

GPI Breakout Player of the Year

  • Aaron VanBlarcum – GPI Profile – 2019: 9 results, 2 wins, 5 Top 10, GPI PoY #236
  • Andrew Wisdom – GPI Profile – 2019: 31 results, 5 wins, 12 Top 10, GPI PoY #167
  • Ben Farrell – GPI Profile – 2019: 23 results, 2 wins, 8 Top 10, GPI PoY #31
  • George Wolff – GPI Profile – 2019: 23 results, 1 win, 14 x Top 10, GPI PoY #65
  • Guillaume Nolet – GPI Profile – 2019: 13 results, 2 wins, 7 Top 10, GPI PoY #56
  • Ramón Colillas – GPI Profile – 2019: 18 results, 1 win, 2 Top 10, GPI PoY #161
  • Robert Campbell – GPI Profile – 2019: 14 results, 2 wins, 7 Top 10, GPI PoY #143
  • Simon Brändström – GPI Profile – 2019: 5 results, 3 wins, 4 Top 10, GPI PoY #334

Final Table Performance of the Year

  • Alex Foxen WPT Five Diamond (Joyce, Davies, Neff, Park, Jaffe, Kamphues, Serock, Afriat) – THM Stats & Results
  • Bryn Kenney Aussie Millions (Del Vecchio, Hinrichsen, Taylor, Wakeman, Lee, Crawshaw, Glasspool, Ostby) – THM Stats & Results
  • Bryn Kenney Triton Montenegro Main Event (Tang, Jetten, Bodyakovskiy, S Greenwood, Phua, Seidel, Eibinger, Koon) – THM Stats & Results
  • Chino Rheem PCA Main (Strelitz, Wellenbach, Veksler, Ramon, Altman, Manole, Ladouceur, Deadman) – THM Stats & Results
  • David Baker WPT LAPC (Cimbolas, Elias, Moussa, Smith, Yea, Carroll, Castrillon, Meskin) – THM Stats & Results
  • Hossein Ensan WSOP Main Event (Sammartino, Livingston, Gates, Maahs, Cai, Marchington, Su, Skrbic) – THM Stats & Results
  • Phillip Hui WSOP 50K Players Championship (Arieh, Esposito, Yockey, S Deeb, Cates, Oppenheim, Ivey, Sammartino) – THM Stats & Results
  • Ramon Colillas PSPC (Martini, Rivera, Baumstein, Koonce, Perreault, Jattin, Shakerchi, Duta) – THM Stats & Results

Twitter Personality of the Year

  • Barny Boatman -“barnyboatman” Profile
  • Daniel Negreanu -“RealKidPoker” Profile
  • Jamie Kerstetter -“JamieKerstetter” Profile
  • Joe Stapleton -“Stapes” Profile
  • Joey Ingram -“Joeingram1” Profile
  • Kevin Mathers -“Kevmath” Profile
  • Kitty Kuo -“kittykuopoker” Profile
  • Matt Salsberg -“msalsberg” Profile
  • Matt Savage -“SavagePoker” Profile

Journalist of the Year

  • Chad Holloway
  • Drew Amato
  • Haley Hintze
  • Joey Ingram
  • Lance Bradley
  • Nick Jones
  • Remko Rinkema
  • Robbie Strazynski

Broadcaster of the Year

  • Ali Nejad
  • Brent Hanks
  • David Tuchman
  • Jamie Kerstetter
  • Jeff Platt
  • Joseph Stapleton
  • Lex Veldhuis
  • Lynn Gilmartin
  • Maria Ho
  • Nick Schulman
  • Tony Dunst

Media Content of the Year: Written

  • A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life (Lance Bradley, PocketFives) – Link
  • After 16 Years, It’s Finally Time to Go Bracelet Hunting at the WSOP (Robbie Strazynski, Card Player Lifestyle) – Link
  • Daniel Cates, Ilya Trincher FIle Objection in Phil Ivey WSOP Garnishment (Haley Hintze for FlushDraw) – Link
  • Federal Judge to DOJ: Wire Act Only Applies to Sports Betting (Eric Ramsey for OnlinePokerReport) – Link
  • Kevin Roster Spreads Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms (Aleeyah Jadavji, Hayley Hochstetler for PokerNews) – Link
  • Mastering Mixed Games (Dylan Linde for D+B Publishing) – Link
  • Poker and Pop Culture (Martin Harris for D+B Publishing) – Link
  • Poker Brat’ is born: 30 years later, inside Phil Hellmuth’s stunning arrival (Bernard Lee for ESPN.com) – Link
  • Poker Satellite Strategy (Dara O’Kearney, Barry Carter) – Link
  • The scrappy, seedy origins of the WSOP (Michael Kaplan for the New York Post) – Link
  • The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob (Paul Seaton for PokerNews) – Link

Media Content of the Year: Photo

  • Antonio Abrego: Ryan Laplante at WSOP (PokerNews) – Link to High-res
  • Arturo Alejandro Trejo Meléndez: de la Garza keeps his cool under pressure (Cintermex) – Link to High-res
  • Christian Zetsche: Phil Ivey and Tony G share iPhone notes – Link to High-res
  • Drew Amato: Dario Sammartino at the WSOP (Poker Central) – Link to High-res
  • Elena Kask: Taking a selfie about surviving the bubble (Olympic Casino) – Link to High-res
  • Eric Harkins: Jason Mercier and his dad greet Mercier’s son after winning SHRPO HR – Link to High-res
  • Fabien Richard: Tony G is really happy to win Triton Short Deck event at King’s! – Link to High-res
  • Hayley Hochstetler: Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) – Link to High-res
  • Joe Giron: WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory – Link to High-res
  • Kevin Mathers: Getting that WSOP is almost over but not quite feeling – Link to High-res
  • Mickey May: Drea Renee seems to be less stressed than Adrian Mateos (partypoker) – Link to High-res
  • Tambet Kask: All eyes on the Main Event bubble (Unibet Open) – Link to High-res

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Media Content of the Year: Video

  • 7 Days to Vegas (Eric Balfour for Gravitas Ventures) – Link to Video
  • Chris Moneymaker “Boom, Boom, Boom” (Run it Up) – Link to Video
  • I Am High Stakes Poker: Andrew Robl (Lee Davy, Paul Phua Poker) – Link to Video
  • Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live (Joey Ingram, YouTube) – Link to Video
  • Jean Robert Bellande Loses His Mind $ $650,000!!! (Joey Ingram) – Link to Video
  • Legends of the Game | Stu Ungar (PokerGO) – Link to Video
  • Liv Boeree interviews Bryn Kenney at Triton London – Link to Video
  • Markup Police (Mike Matusow featuring Allen Kessler) – Link to Video
  • The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Norman Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) – Link to Video
  • Who Makes Money from Professional Poker? (Sam Rega for CNBC) – Link to Video

Vlogger of the Year

Podcast of the Year

  • DAT Poker Podcast (Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Daniel Negreanu, Adam Schwartz) – Link
  • Poker in the Ears (James Hartigan, Joseph Stapleton) – Link
  • Poker Life Podcast (Joe Ingram) – Link
  • PokerCentral Podcast (Brent Hanks, Remko Rinkema) – Link
  • PokerNews Podcast (Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt, Chad Holloway) – Link
  • Solve 4 Why Vlogcast (Matt Berkey, Christian Soto) – Link
  • The Chip Race Poker Podcast (David Lappin, Dara O’Kearney) – Link
  • The Fives a PocketFives.com Podcast (Lance Bradley, Donnie Peters) – Link
  • The Grid (Jennifer Shahade) – Link
  • Thinking Poker Podcast (Andrew Brokos) – Link

Streamer of the Year

Industry Person of the Year

  • Adam Pliska (WPT)
  • Cary Katz (Poker Central)
  • Matt Savage (WPT, TDA, etc)
  • Mori Eskandani (Poker PROductions)
  • Paul Phua (Triton, PaulPhuaPoker)
  • Phil Galfond (Run It Once)
  • Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker)
  • Sampson Simmons (Poker Central)

Tournament Director of the Year

  • Danny McDonagh (PokerStars, WPT)
  • Jack Effel (WSOP)
  • Jordan Cutter (Various)
  • Justin Hammer (Various)
  • Luca Vivaldi (Triton Poker)
  • Matt Savage (Commerce, Bay 101, others)
  • Paul Campbell (ARIA)
  • Toby Stone (PokerStars)
  • Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock)

Event of the Year

Mid-Majour Circuit/Tour of the Year

  • BSOP – Brazilian Series of Poker
  • CSOP – Charity Series of Poker
  • MSPT – Mid-States Poker Tour
  • partypoker Grand Prix
  • Road to PSPC
  • RUNGOOD Poker Series
  • Unibet Open
  • WPT500
  • WPTDS – WPTDeepStacks
  • WSOPC – World Series of Poker Circuit

2019 Global Poker Awards – Fan Voting Now Open