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Global Poker Index Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees have been announced for the Global Poker Index Awards.

It’s award season nearly everywhere you turn. Ricky Gervais just finished excoriating Hollywood when he hosted the Golden Globes and the Oscar nominations are riling up people for a bunch of different reasons.

Now it’s poker’s turn.

The Global Poker Index announced the semifinalists for the 2019 Global Poker Awards on Monday and fan voting is now open. There are 25 different categories this year including Final Table Performance of the Year, Twitter Personality of the Year and Podcast of the Year. Some of the awards will be selected by the GPI committee, but there are several different categories that are open to fan voting.

Make Your Voice Heard

They are:
People’s Choice: Poker Personality of the Year
People’s Choice: Hand of the Year
Streamer of the Year
Vlogger of the Year
Podcast of the Year
Player Awards – Breakout Player, Final Table Performance, Twitter Personality of the Year
Media Awards – Journalist, Broadcaster, Content Written, Photo and Video of the Year
Industry Awards – Industry Person, Tournament Director, Event & Mid-Major Circuit/ Tour of the Year

It’s a ranked voting system where you pick your top three for each category. Your first choice earns five points, your second gets three points and your third option gets one point. The exception here is the People’s Choice: Poker Personality of the Year category which is currently accepting write-ins.

There isn’t much time to vote since it closes Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11 p.m. Eastern time. After voting has been concluded and the rest of the awards have been determined, there will be an award ceremony on March 6, 2020, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

What Happened Last Year

That will be the second Global Poker Awards. The first took place on April 5, 2019, and there were 13 different categories that year. John Cynn won the inaugural Tournament Performance of the Year Award for taking down the World Series of Poker Main Event, and the WSOP Main Event also won Poker Tournament of the Year. The WSOP Main Event is nominated again this year, but it’s facing stiff competition from the PokerStars Players Championship and Triton Poker Series’ London Million for Charity.

There’s no Poker Tournament Performance of the Year this time around, but there is a Final Table Performance of the Year award this time. This year’s nominees are Alex Foxen, Chino Rheem, David Baker, Hossein Ensan, Phillip Hui, Ramon Colillas, Bryn Kenney and Bryn Kenney.

Yup, you read that right. Kenney has been nominated twice for two separate final table performances. He won a bunch of tournaments last year, but the two final tables up for an award are his Aussie Millions win and his Triton Montenegro Main Event victory.

The media awards this year have been expanded to include separate categories for videos, photos and the old-fashioned written word, but last year it was all lumped into Media Content of the Year and that award went to Lance Bradley and his book “The Pursuit of Poker Success.”

Bradley is up for the Written category this year for his story “A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life.”

There are tons of other categories and nominees if you want to check them out here.

Contentious Contenders

Lots of the nominees were ecstatic about the awards and encouraged their followers to vote for them. Joey Ingram was nominated for five awards and, as you would expect from a Twitter Person of the Year nominee, encouraged his swarm of Twitter followers to vote for him.

But as with pretty much any award, not everyone was happy with the list of nominees. Doug Polk:

Polk then went on a tweet spree detailing his frustration with not being nominated. If you’re so inclined to read them all, then head on over to his Twitter account.

Do you think Doug Polk is right? Are there any other people, moments or tournaments you feel got snubbed? Leave your comment below with your complaints or predictions about who is going to take home some gold this year.