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A week ago, the Global Poker Index merged the American and the European Poker Awards to form the Global Awards which is set to take place on April 5 in collaboration with Poker Central and PokerStars. Previously, the Global Poker Index usually held two annual poker award ceremonies, that is, the American Poker Awards and the European Poker Awards were both held separately. Well, no more.

Just a day after closing the nomination period for the inaugural awards, the GPI released the final list of nominees – these were arrived at following the tabulation of the votes of the over 130 Nomination Panel members. Now, everything is set for the event which will be held at Las Vegas-based PokerGO studios where poker enthusiasts from over 20 different countries will be represented.

Here is a glimpse of the full list of nominees:

Tournament Performance of the Year

  • Justin Bonomo (Super High Roller Bowl IV)
  • John Cynn (2018 World Series of Poker Main Event)
  • Maria Lampropulos (2018 PCA Main Event)
  • Dylan Linde (WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic)

Breakout Player of the Year

  • Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic
  • Maria Konnikova
  • Ping Liu
  • Christopher Michael Soyza

Streamer of the Year

  • Jeff Gross
  • Jason Somerville
  • Jaime Staples
  • Lex Veldhuis

Vlogger of the Year

  • Marle Cordeiro
  • Joe Ingram
  • Andrew Neeme
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Doug Polk


  • LFG Podcast
  • PokerCentral Podcast
  • PokerNews Podcast
  • The Chip Race
  • The Fives Poker Podcast


  • Maria Ho
  • Lon McEachern
  • Nick Schulman
  • Lex Veldhuis

Poker Journalist

  • Drew Amato
  • Sarah Herring
  • Remko Rinkema
  • Christian Zetzsche

Media Content

  • Drew Amato (photo: Brunson bids farewell to WSOP)
  • Lance Bradley (book: The Pursuit of Poker Success)
  • Haley Hintze (article: Vayo v. PokerStars)
  • PokerCentral/PokerGO (Super High Roller Club: Schulman featuring Nejad)

Industry Person

  • Angelical Hael (World Poker Tour)
  • Cary Katz (Poker Central)
  • Matt Savage (WPT, TDA)
  • Ty Stewart (World Series of Poker)
  • Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker)

Tournament Director

  • Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock)
  • Paul Campbell (ARIA)
  • Jack Effel (World Series of Poker)
  • Kenny Hallaert (Unibet Open)

Mid-Major Tour/Circuit

  • 888poker LIVE
  • RUNGOOD Poker Series
  • Unibet Open
  • WPTDeepStacks
  • WSOP Circuit

Event of the Year

  • partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event
  • Super High Roller Bowl IV
  • WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
  • WSOP Main Event

Moment of the Year

  • Jeremy Hilsercop received PSPC Platinum Pass via Christmas Day viral video
  • Joe Cada wins The Closer after finishing 5th in WSOP Main Event
  • Doyle Brunson plays his final WSOP event
  • Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop, completing Super High Roller Streak

Other Trophies to be Presented at the Global Poker Awards:

  • 2018 GPI Poker Player of the Year (Alex Foxen)
  • 2018 GPI Female Player of the Year (Kristen Bicknell)
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker
  • Charitable Initiative
  • Jury Prize
  • PocketFives Legacy Award
  • People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year