Canadians Vie for 2019 Global Poker Awards

The Global Poker Index is the premier poker player tournament ranking system in the world. It has hosted awards ceremonies in the past to honor American and European players for their accomplishments, but last year, the GPI combined them. It was the First Annual Global Poker Awards held in Las Vegas.

The Second Annual Global Poker Awards is now set for March 6, 2020. The Las Vegas ceremony will honor poker players, events, industry executives, and performances from the 2019 year.

Since this event will honor poker players from around the world, it is no surprise that a number of Canadians will be honored and are nominated for awards.

Predetermined Awards

There are two awards that will honor players who rose to the top of global leaderboards in 2019. Those leaderboards have been in place for years by the Global Poker Index (GPI).

When the year ended, Sam Greenwood topped the Canadian list and became the Canadian National Player of the Year. And while Kristen Bicknell finished third on that list, she won the global Female Player of the Year.

At the March awards, Bicknell will receive her award, while her partner Alex Foxen will receive the overall Player of the Year award.

There are also several awards that will be determined by the voting panel and GPI team:

  • Poker ICON award (replaces Lifetime Achievement) for an iconic figure in the game
  • THM (The Hendon Mob) award for someone who did something exceptional in 2019
  • PocketFives Legacy award for an online poker player
  • Charitable Initiative
  • GPI Award of Merit

List of Award Nominations

These are all of the categories of players up for awards, with Canadian nominees in bold:

GPI Breakout Player:

  • Robert Campbell (Australia)
  • Ramon Colillas (Spain)
  • Ben Farrell (UK)
  • George Wolff (US)

Best Final Table Performance:

  • Hossein Ensan (Germany) at WSOP Main Event
  • Alex Foxen (US) at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
  • Phillip Hui (US) at WSOP Poker Players Championship
  • Bryn Kenney (US) at Triton Poker Super High Roller Montenegro

Best Twitter Personality:

  • Barny Boatman (UK)
  • Jamie Kerstetter (US)
  • Kitty Kuo (Taiwan)
  • Kevin Mathers (US)

Player’s Choice for Toughest Opponent:

  • Michael Addamo (Australia)
  • Kahle Burns (Australia)
  • Stephen Chidwick (UK)
  • Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Streamer:

  • Hristivoje Pavlovic (Australia)
  • Benjamin Spragg (UK)
  • Matthew Staples (Canada)
  • Lex Veldhuis (Netherlands)

Best Vlogger:

  • Jaman Burton (US)
  • Andrew Neeme (US)
  • Daniel Negreanu (Canada)
  • Brad Owen (US)

Best Podcast:

  • DAT Poker Podcast with Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu
  • Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram
  • The Fives with Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters
  • The Grid with Jennifer Shahade

Best Industry Person:

  • Phil Galfond (US)
  • Cary Katz (US)
  • Paul Phua (Malaysia)
  • Matt Savage (US)

Best Tournament Director:

  • Tony Burns of Seminole Hard Rock (US)
  • Paul Campbell of Aria (US)
  • Jack Effel of WSOP (US)
  • Matt Savage of WPT (US)

Best Event:

  • PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas (PSPC)
  • Triton London Million for Charity
  • World Series of Poker Main Event (WSOP)
  • World Series of Poker Big 50 (WSOP)

Best Mid-Major Tour/Circuit:

  • Road to PSPC
  • RUNGOOD Poker Series
  • WPTDeepStacks
  • WSOP Circuit

Best Journalist:

  • Lance Bradley (Canada)
  • Haley Hintze (US)
  • Joey Ingram (US)
  • Nick Jones (UK)

Best Broadcaster:

  • Jamie Kerstetter (US)
  • Jeff Platt (US)
  • Nick Schulman (US)
  • Joe Stapleton (US)

Best Written Media Content:

  • Lance Bradley (Canada) for “A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life”
  • Alleyah Jadavji (Canada) and Hayley Hochstetler (US) for “Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms”
  • Martin Harris (US) for “Poker and Pop Culture”
  • Paul Seaton (UK) for The Unabridged Story of the Hendon Mob”

Best Photo Media Content:

  • Antonio Abrego (US) for “Ryan Laplante in deep thought at WSOP” at PokerNews
  • Drew Amato (US) for “Dario Sammartino folds at WSOP” at Poker Central
  • Joe Giron (US) for “WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin lifted in victory” at WPT
  • Hayley Hochstetler (US) for “Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration” at WSOP

Best Video Media Content:

  • Joey Ingram (US) for “Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live”
  • PokerGO for “Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar”
  • PokerGO for “The Big Blind with Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Norman Chad, Sarah Herring
  • Sam Rega (US) for “Who Makes Money from Professional Poker” on CNBC

Player’s Choice Categories Still Open for Voting

While there are no Canadians in either of these two categories, poker fans can make their voices heard by voting for their favorites on the Global Poker Awards website. Voting closes on January 31 (this Friday) at 8pm PT.

Poker Personality:

  • Joey Ingram (US)
  • Jonathan Little (US)
  • Ryan DePaulo (US)
  • Lex Veldhuis (Netherlands)

Best Hand:

  • Bryce Yockey against Josh Arieh in WSOP Poker Players Championship
  • Ryan Riess 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table
  • Sam Trickett versus Stephen Chidwick at Triton London $1M event
  • Thi Xoa Nguyen folds to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. As the online gaming sectors have changed and grown, particularly in the United States and Canada, she has followed it all and written about it for websites like World Poker Tour and PokerScout. In her free time, she runs a small business, reads, cooks, and enjoys music.


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