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The American Poker Awards: Who Came Out on Top?

Dniel Negreanu

The inaugural American Poker Awards were held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Friday February 27th. The awards presentation and poker conference are the idea of Alexander Dreyfus, CEO of the Global Poker Index and the Hendon Mob.

This new event allows the poker industry to recognize its best, and most accomplished players over the course of the past year. As well, individuals who work behind the scenes, and people that promote the poker industry are recognized.

Team PokerStars pro, Daniel Negreanu won the “Pokers Best Ambassador” award. Deservingly so, he has quickly become the worldwide face of poker, while continuing to win on the felt. Vanessa Selbst won “GPI Female Player of the Year” and World Poker Tour founder Steven Lipscomb received a “Lifetime Achievement” award.


Here's a full list of the American Poker Award winners: 

  • Poker's Best Ambassador: Daniel Negreanu
  • GPI Player of the Year: Dan Colman
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Vanessa Selbst
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Brandon Shack-Harris
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: World Poker Tour founder Steve Lipscomb
  • Industry Person of the Year: WPT President Adam Pliska
  • Media Person of the Year: Online Poker Report's Chris Grove
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Mark Newhouse in WSOP Main Event
  • Media Content of the Year: Brad Willis for PokerStars Blog's "WSOP 2014: Stages / Never Stop Fighting"
  • Event of the Year (buy-in over $2,000): World Series of Poker Main Event
  • Event of the Year (buy-in under $2,000): WSOP Monster Stack
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: "All In" for Kids Poker Tournament Presented by CHOP & WPT Foundation
  • Innovation of the Year: Twitch for Live Streaming Poker

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This new event is just one way to bring attention to the players and all the good the poker community does. Chances are this will become an annual event and help grow the game worldwide. Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees.


By Dan Dececco, Rakeback.com Freelance Author

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