- All-in-One Guide to Execute Safe and Secure Payments when Playing Poker Online
- How a Stoic Mindset Can Make You a Much Better Poker Player
- Paulius Plausinaitis wins GGPoker WSOP Winter Main Event for $1.2 million
- Rainer Kempe: Poker Results & Memorable Hands
- Paulius Plausinaitis Becomes A Millionaire in GGPoker WSOPC $1,700 Main Event ($1,236,361)
Over the last 12 months Jason Mercier won two WSOP bracelets, snagged WSOP player of the year, got married and accumulated over $1m in winnings.
After last night you can add an American Poker Award to that rather lengthy list of achievements.
Mercier got his award in the highly-competitive Best Poker Moment category beating Griffin Benger vs. Will Kassouf and David Peters’ clutch’ POY victory.
Ari Engel, Cate Hall, Maurice Hawkins, Dan Smith and Peters were also among the profession poker players who won awards at the 2017 American Poker Awards in Beverly Hills last night.
Stapleton Takes Media Person of the Year
Long-time poker commentator and TV personality Joe Stapleton took home media person of the year.
Stapleton has appeared on numerous programs over the years including the EPT, GPL, The Final Table and many others.
Interestingly Cate Hall, who won Female Player of the Year, graciously accepted her award but mentioned she didn’t think there should be a separate award for female players since men and women are equals at the poker table.
Lance Bradley, of PocketFives.com, took home Poker Content of the Year for his heartwarming tale of Bob Brundige’s life-changing journey to the WSOP Main Event.
PokerListings’ Matt Showell was also nominated in the category for the video documentary Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong.
Joe Ingram won Podcast of the Year for his celebrated Poker Life Podcast, beating out newcomer Daniel Negreanu and his Full Contact Poker Podcast.
Here’s a complete look at all the winners from last night:
GPI Player of the Year
GPI Female Poker Player of the Year
Media Person of the Year
Industry Person of the Year
Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director)
Jack Effel (WSOP VP Intl’ Poker Operations, WSOP Director)
Sean McCormack (ARIA Director of Poker Operations)
Matt Savage (WPT Executive Tour Director, TDA Founder)
Breakout Performance of the Year
Tournament Performance of the Year
Kristen Bicknell wins 2nd WSOP bracelet ($1,500 Bounty)
Ari Engel wins Aussie Millions
Maurice Hawkins wins WSOPC Cherokee, back-to-back WSOPC
Mike Sexton wins WPT Montreal
Mid-Major Circuit of the Year
Heartland Poker Tour (HPT)
Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)
World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)
Event of the Year
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Super High Roller Bowl
WSOP Main Event
WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
Charitable Initiative of the Year
Dan Smith Charity Drive
Lifetime Achievement Award
Moment of the Year
Griffin Benger’s AA vs William Kassouf’s KK showdown at the WSOP Main Event
Jason Mercier goes on heater: captures (2) WSOP bracelets and a 2nd in a week to secure WSOP PoY
David Peters needing 3rd at EPT Prague to win GPI PoY does exactly that and takes the title from Fedor Holz
Mike Sexton mounts unbelievable comeback to win his first WPT title at WPT Montreal
Poker Media Content of the Year
Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives)
Life’s a Gamble (Mike Sexton, D&B Poker)
Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong Documentary (Matthew Showell, PokerListings)
Jason Somerville provides live Aussie Millions coverage on his Twitch channel
Twitch Streamer of the Year
Kevin Martin “kevinmartin987”
Jason Somerville “jcarverpoker“
Jaime Staples “pokerstaples”
Parker Talbot “tonkaaaaP”
Poker Podcast of the Year
Poker Life Podcast with Joe Ingram
Full Contact Poker with Daniel Negreanu
PocketFives Legacy Award
Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy
Hendon Mob Award (Most circuit results in 2016)