Global Poker Index has released their 3rd annual American Poker Awards nominees. The awards, hosted by PokerStars will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Sofitel Beverly Hills in Los Angeles at 8 PM.
Nine categories have been selected from a nomination panel consisting of over 70 of the world’s brightest poker minds combining players, casino staff, sponsors tournament organisers and industry members.
Their votes were cast last week online to determine the final list of four nominees per category. This list will then be presented to the Jury Panel on the morning of the ceremony and the winners are expected to be announced on stage during the dinner ceremony.
One of the nominees, 2015 Lifetime Achievement award winner and WPT Ambassador Mike Sexton has been nominated for three categories which are “Tournament Performance of the Year”, “Poker Moment of the Year” for his sensational return victory at WPT Montreal last November and finally “Media Content of the Year” for his book he released in 2016 entitled “Life’s a Gamble”
The “Tournament Performance of the Year” and “Breakout Performance of the Year” will see two tournament grinders Ari Engel and Maurice Hawkins battling it out.
President and Editor in Chief of PoketFives Lance Bradley has also been nominated in two separate media categories.
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year and David Peters, 2016 GPI Player of the Year gives the awards some oomph being both up for “Poker Moment of the Year”
The “Event of the Year” category has World Series of Poker (WSOP) and World Poker Tour (WPT) battling the Super High Roller Bowl and Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for victory.
And rounding up the categories we have The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT), Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), WPTDeepStacks and the WSOP Circuit contending for the “Mid-Major Circuit of the Year” Award.
Should you be interested in attending the event, you can register here http://www.americanpokerawards.com/register
The full list of nominees can also be viewed here http://www.americanpokerawards.com/nominees-2016/