Multi-stage voting process has begun
The Global Poker Index (GPI) and The Hendon Mob have announced the categories for the 4th Global Poker Awards. A total of 29 trophies will be awarded at the ceremony, scheduled for March 3, 2023 at the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas.
Preliminary ballots went out yesterday to the voting panel consisting of poker players, media members, and poker industry figures. Voters will narrow down the lists in each of several categories – some of which are quite long – before final round voting begins on January 29. The list of finalists will be announced on February 2.
Three of the winners are already known, as they are determined by the 2022 Global Poker Index rankings. Stephen Song has won both the GPI Poker Player of the Year and the GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year trophies and Cherish Andrews is the GPI Female Player of the Year winner.
Fans get their say
There are three new categories this year: Rising Star in Content Creation, Fave Live Stream (a GPI Fans Choice Award), and Best Comeback Player. Players eligible for Best Comeback Player cannot have been ranked in the top 1,000 in the Global Poker Index in any of the three previous seasons. Because of the pandemic, the three seasons that count for the award are 2018, 2019, and 2022.
In addition to the Fave Live Stream, the other Fans Choice awards (ones where it’s up to the public to decide the winner from the list of finalists, if that wasn’t obvious) are Poker Personality, Best Hand, and Best Trophy.
The big winner in last year’s Global Poker Awards was Ali Imsirovic, who won three trophies: GPI Player of the Year, PokerGO Tour Player of the Year, and arguably the coolest one of the three, Players Choice for Toughest Opponent, which was determined by the top 100 players in the Global Poker Index.
The entire categories list for the 4th Global Poker Awards is below:
GPI Poker Player of the Year
GPI Female Player of the Year
GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year
PGT Player of the Year
GPI Breakout Player
Best Final Table Performance
Players’ Choice for Toughest Opponent
GPI Award of Merit
The Hendon Mob Award
Best Twitter Personality
Rising Star in Content Creation
Best Industry Person
Best Tournament Director
Best Mid-Major Tour/Festival
Best Media Content: Written
Best Media Content: Video
Best Media Content: Photo
Fans Choice: Poker Personality
Fans Choice: Best Hand
Fans Choice: Best Trophy
Fans Choice: Fave Live Stream