American Poker Awards were announced on Thursday. Annie Duke past controversies resurface on latest book tour. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and RUn.

Andrew Neeme and Poker Central Lead With Two APAs Each

On Thursday night, the American Poker Awards were held with twenty awards given away on the night. Las Vegas poker player and vlogger Andrew Neeme won two awards, one for Video Blogger of the Year and an impressive victory for the People’s Choice Award. Poker Central also won two awards in their categories for Media Content and Podcast.

Doug Polk, who led the way with three American Poker Award nominations going into the night, came up empty but took the results in stride.

Below is a full list of the awards given away in Los Angeles last night for the 4th annual event:

4th GPI Annual American Poker Award Winners
2017 American Player of the YearBryn Kenney
2017 Female Player of the YearKristin Bicknell
People's Choice AwardAndrew Neeme
Breakout PlayerArtur Papazyan
Tournament PerformanceScott Blumstein, WSOP Main Event
Moment of the YearEma Zajmovic becoming the first female to win WPT title
Event of the Yearpartypoker Millions North America
Mid-Major Circuit EventWPTDeepStakes
PodcastPokerCentral Podcast
Video BloggerAndrew Neeme
Poker StreamerJaime Staples
Broadcaster of the YearNick Schuluman
Journalist of the yearLance Bradley
Media ContentPoker Central's Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story
Industry PersonMatt Savage
Poker's Biggest InfluencerCary Katz
Lifetime Achievement in PokerNorman Chad, Lon McEachern
Charitable InitiativeJacob Zalewski, One Step Closer Foundation
Jury PrizeEric Danis
PocketFives Legacy AwardAri Engel

If you missed the ceremony, you can watch a replay below:

Quick Hitters

– The World Poker Tour stops at the Commerce Casino this weekend when the $10,000 buy-in LA Poker Classic gets underway on Saturday at noon Pacific Time. In year’s past the popular event has attracted a mix of popular poker pros, celebrities, business leaders and others looking to win big. Keep up with the action here.

– Annie Duke isn’t playing much poker these days, but that’s not stopping her from drawing attention from poker community. Duke’s latest book Thinking in Bets is getting great reviews as she promotes her book. However, poker fans are not happy about the mainstream media’s embrace of a poker personality that has been previously involved in high profile scandals.

– The poker world is still buzzing over Viktor Bloom’s impressive win a few days ago in the partypoker LIVE Millions Germany. Matthew Clark from US Poker writes how Isildur’s poker life has come full circle with the victory and looks at what the future may hold for one of online poker’s most popular players.

Speaking of former mysterious online poker pros, High Stakes Poker examines some more recent unknown million dollar winners over the last couple years.

– On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that the state’s forth mini-casino license will be going to Glennwood Gaming for $8.9 million. Glennwood Gaming also owns the Parx Casino. The announcement came a day after Sands Bethlehem’s $9.9 million bid was invalidated due to the proposed casino’s proximity to a mini-casino that is planned to be placed near New Castle, PA in the western part of the state.

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day concludes Carroter’s series on “The Spectrum” of preflop hands. This episode focuses on live play to show how the theory is implemented.