When the poker community is unhappy, they sure as hell make sure they are heard and that’s precisely what went down during last years Global Poker Awards. It was controversial for a number of reasons including important nominations in categories being left out and the judging process.
The Global Poker Awards announced the award categories last week and announced new and improved ways to declare the winner. The problem with poker at the moment is that it is so atomized that there is no single subject matter specialist in the industry. A poker room floor manager is no expert on Twitch and an online poker pro is not best equipped to judge who is doing the best job behind-the-scene.
So this year, the Global Poker Awards will go through several iterations before declaring its winner in every catergory. The nominees will be judged by a specialist panel, that understands the category, as well as a broader panel and finally the public vote that will qualify as one panelist’s vote. The system has been designed by the team to be more inclusive this year, making sure no one is left out but also striking a balance between the public opinion and judges consensus.
There are 25 awards up for grabs on the 6th of March in Las Vegas. Several categories will be returning and some new. The ‘Media Content of the Year’ has been further split into photographers, broadcasters and writers, unlike last year when they clubbed all these three categories. The Lifetime Achievement Award has been replaced with the Poker ICON award. Here’s a look at the list of final categories:
GPI Breakout Player of the Year
Final Table Performance
Event of the Year
Media Content: Written
Media Content: Video
Media Content: Photo
People’s Choice: Poker Personality
People’s Choice: Hand of the Year
Players Choice: Toughest Opponent of 2019
GPI Poker Player of the Year (rankings)
GPI Female Player of the Year
The Hendon Mob Award
PocketFives Legacy Award
GPI Award of Merit
To acknowledging a great year of poker and the people who worked hard to make it happen!