The 3rd Annual American Poker Awards
The 3rd annual American Poker Awards Show and Conference took place last week in Beverly Hills, California at the Sofitel Hotel. The PokerStars sponsored event brought together the game’s biggest stars and best players.
While the awards show itself is a chance to recognize the accomplishments of players and industry leaders alike, the conference is an opportunity for trending poker topics to be discussed and improved moving forward.
List of American Poker Award Winners
- GPI Player of the Year: David Peters
- GPI Female Player of the Year: Cate Hall
- Media Person of the Year: Joe Stapleton
- Industry Person of the Year: Sean McCormack (Director of Poker Operations – ARIA)
- Breakout Performance of the Year: Maurice Hawkins
- Tournament Performance of the Year: Ari Engel (winning the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event)
- Mid-Major Circuit of the Year: World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)
- Event of the Year: Super High Roller Bowl
- Charitable Initiative of the Year: Dan Smith Charity Drive
- APA Lifetime Achievement Award: Mori Eskandani
- Moment of the Year: Jason Mercier Goes on a Heater: Captures 2 WSOP bracelets and a 2nd place finish in a single week.
- Poker Media Content of the Year: Bob, Charlie and a life changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives)
- Twitch Streamer of the Year: Jason Somerville (jcarverpoker)
- Poker Podcast of the Year: Joe Ingram (Poker Life Podcast with Joe Ingram)
- PocketFives Legacy Award: Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy
- The Hendon Mob Award: John Holley
- APA Jury Prize: Matt Savage
PokerStars’ Mercier Doubles Up
Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier not only received his award for “Moment of the Year”, but also picked up his 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year award for his amazing run last summer. Mercier won two bracelets and had a runner-up performance all in the course of a week at last year’s WSOP.
Mercier wrote “Extremely honored to win ‘Moment of the Year’ for my WSOP run! 2 awards in one night. #feels good.” via his Twitter feed.
Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees.
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By Dan Dececco, Rakeback.com Freelance Author