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Daniel Negreanu Captures “Moment of the Year”

American Poker Awards

The 2nd Annual American Poker Awards were held last week at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The awards presentation and poker conference are presented in association with The Global Poker Index (GPI).

The awards ceremony capped off a busy day for the GPI, which earlier held the inaugural Global Poker League (GPL) draft as well.

Negreanu and Beckley Win  

PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu won an award for “Moment of the Year” for his epic elimination last summer during the WSOP Main Event.

Eventual winner Joe McKeehen hit a straight on the river to bust him in 11th place, literally sending Negreanu to the floor and depriving him a spot in the “November 9”.

Americas Cardroom pro Josh Beckley took home the “Breakout Performance of the Year” award. Beckley found the spotlight with his deep run in last year’s WSOP Main Event, eventually finishing second and earning nearly $4.5 million.

Sexton Honored

Mike Sexton, the longtime World Poker Tour (WPT) broadcaster and poker pro was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Mike has been a long time respected player and figure within the poker community. He’s also recently released a biography, called “Life’s a Gamble”.

2nd Annual American Poker Awards WinnersKara Scott

  • MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR - Donnie Peters, Editor-in-Chief, PokerNews.com
  • TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - Anthony Zinno, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
  • MOMENT OF THE YEAR - Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in WSOP Main Event
  • EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN UP TO $2,000) - WSOP Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
  • EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN OVER $2,000) - WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, Florida
  • INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR - Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director
  • CHARITABLE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR - Charity Series of Poker, Matt Stout
  • POKER PRESENTER OF THE YEAR - Kara Scott (pictured right)
  • MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR - Joe Giron's elimination photo of Daniel Negreanu in WSOP Main Event
  • JURY AWARD - Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers
  • 2015 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Byron Kaverman
  • 2015 GPI FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Kelly Minkin

A Job Well Done

This year’s American Poker Conference, Global Poker League Draft, and American Poker Awards ceremony were an absolute success.

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees.

Mediarex Sports & Entertainment and CEO Alex Dreyfus did a great job, and have left no doubt about the strength and direction of poker throughout the US and around the world moving forward.

Keep up with all your daily poker news and updates right here on Rakeback.com


By Dan Dececco, Rakeback.com Freelance Author

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