Global Poker Awards 2019: 25 awards to the best representatives of the poker industry
For those who don’t know: the Global Poker Awards are the youngest and largest poker awards in the world. The event is organized by statistical sites like Global Poker Index, The Hendon Mob, and the most famous American channel PokerGO, which owns the rights to broadcast many poker shows, including High Stakes Poker. By the way, the channel will relaunch the last one this year.
The GPA in the current format has been held only 2 times. From 2012 to 2017, there were two separate awards: for Europe and America. Last year, Global Poker Awards received many critics for the strange selection of candidates; therefore, the voting procedure was modified in 2019.
Now it has three stages. In these, the final winners of the remaining four contestants are determined by open voting.
Who won the Global Poker Awards 2019?
Poker ICON — Johnny Chan
The winner of one of the new categories, poker ICON, was unveiled on March 5. The first winner is an important person in the history of world poker. Chan won the WSOP Main Event consecutively for two years. 1987 and 1988, and a young Phil Hellmuth prevented him from winning it in 1989.
Breakout Player of the Year — Robert Campbell
It wasn’t shocking to see this Australian player take this award. In 2019 he won two WSOP golden bracelets and was the best player.
Interestingly, Robert is an eSports player and was previously one of the world's best Pokemon players.
Final Table Performance of the Year — Phil Hui
The American received this title for playing at the final table of one of the most difficult events of the WSOP — $50,000 Players Championship, an event played by the best players in the world.
Industry Person of the Year — Paul Phua
This award was deservedly received by the Malaysian businessman who organizes the highest stakes events in the world — Triton Poker Super High Roller. Last year they held the most expensive poker tournament in history, Triton Million for Charity with a buy-in of £1,050,000.
The following awards are more related to online poker.
Journalist of the Year — Joey Ingram
The American vlogger is known for his regular podcasts featuring various poker players and the ability to discuss any ongoing topic
Joe won another award, this time for Best Video of the Year for his investigation into the Michael Postle scandal, accused of fraud on the Stones Live Show:
Streamer of the Year — Lex Veldhuis
Among a large group of streamers, the best one was the Dutchman. Its main competitors were two famous players: Ben Sprague and Matthew Staples.
Lex was so involved in the game and streams last year that he suffered a heart attack.
Twitter Personality of the Year — Jamie Kerstetter
The first unexpected winner for non-US poker fans. Jamie has 24,000 followers on Twitter, slightly less than Rob Yong.
Vlogger of the Year — Andrew Neeme
The title of “best vlogger” in 2019 was also given to a little-known person outside the United States. Neeme is a live game promoter, and all his vlogs are dedicated to Las Vegas and other US cities. He was competing with Daniel Negreanu himself.
It can be seen that, although the Global Poker Awards 2019 have the word “Global” in its name, there is still a certain bias towards people from the United States, which is some case is quite logical, and not so much in others.
We can see that many online poker room ambassadors are mentioned in the GPA of 2019. Lex Veldhuis is a member of the PokerStars team, Matthew Staples is sponsored by partypoker, and Daniel Negreanu by GGPoker Network.
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