Celebrating the best in poker over the last year, the 2022 Global Poker Awards were handed out on Friday night in the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas. Cementing his exceptional performance in 2021, Ali Imsirovic was the big winner of the night, netting three GPA trophies for his efforts. Jamie Kerstetter backed up her 2020 Best Twitter Personality award by winning the same trophy in 2022, while poker ambassador Veronica Brill earned a statue for her charitable works.
Imsirovic “Never in My Wildest Dreams…”
Imsirovic’s excellent performance in 2021 had already locked up two of the GPA statues. His overall tournament work in 2021 picked him up the GPI Player of the Year trophy and his work on the 2021 PokerGO Tour earned him the accolades for PokerGO Tour Player of the Year. Those two were already known prior to the ceremonies, but Imsirovic was still humble in receiving the accolades.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible,” Imsirovic noted in his speech after picking up the dual awards. “It feels surreal. I couldn’t even describe the shock and disbelief my 18-year-old self would have.”
The night wasn’t over for Imsirovic, however. In a highly difficult field of him, Michael Addamo, Stephen Chidwick, and David Peters, Imsirovic earned the nod from his peers. “I feel like I won this one because Addamo isn’t here, to be honest,” Imsirovic joked as he picked up the trophy for Players’ Choice for Toughest Opponent.
The ladies were also well represented during the Global Poker Awards ceremonies. Veronica Brill won for the Best Charitable Initiative Award for her work in aiding KL Cleeton’s efforts to get to the 2021 World Series of Poker. Jamie Kerstetter earned her second GPA for Best Twitter Personality, while Nadya Magnus picked up the statue for GPI Female Poker Player of the Year.
Full List of Winners
The following are a list of those who picked up awards during the 2022 Global Poker Awards ceremonies on Friday evening.
Poker ICON: Mike Sexton
Charitable Initiative: Veronica Brill
Award of Merit: Maria Konnikova
GPI Player of the Year: Ali Imsirovic
GPI Female Player of the Year: Nadya Magnus
GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year: David Mzareulov
PokerGO Tour Player of the Year: Ali Imsirovic
Best Tournament Director: Paul Campbell
Best Final Table Performance: Adam Friedman, WSOP Event #36 $10K Dealer’s Choice
Best Twitter Personality: Jamie Kerstetter
Best Broadcaster: Jeff Platt
Best Media Content – Photo: Enrique Malfavon, PokerGO
Best Media Content – Written: Lance Bradley, PocketFives
Best Media Content – Video: Remko Rinkema, PokerGO
Best Trophy: World Poker Tour Mike Sexton Champions’ Cup
Best Live Reporter: Christian Zetzsche
Best Vlogger: Brad Owen
Best Event: World Series of Poker Championship Event
GPI Breakout Player: Johan Guilbert
Best Podcast: James Hartigan & Joe Stapleton for PokerStars’ Poker in the Ears
Best Industry Person: Matt Savage
Player’s Choice for Toughest Opponent: Ali Imsirovic
Fan’s Choice – Best Hand: Doug Polk laydown against Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes Poker
Fan’s Choice – Poker Personality: Masato Yokosawa
Best Streamer – Ben “Spraggy” Spragg
Poker News Daily would like to congratulate the winners and looks forward to the fourth edition of the Global Poker Awards come 2023!