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.
Congratulations to everyone who won an award tonight, 2017 was a good year for poker and I think the industry has a lot of great, hardworking people who have made poker what it is today.
— Doug Polk [Favorite Coin] (@DougPolkPoker) February 23, 2018
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 Year||Bryn Kenney|
|2017 Female Player of the Year||Kristin Bicknell|
|People's Choice Award||Andrew Neeme|
|Breakout Player||Artur Papazyan|
|Tournament Performance||Scott Blumstein, WSOP Main Event|
|Moment of the Year||Ema Zajmovic becoming the first female to win WPT title|
|Event of the Year||partypoker Millions North America|
|Mid-Major Circuit Event||WPTDeepStakes|
|Video Blogger||Andrew Neeme|
|Poker Streamer||Jaime Staples|
|Broadcaster of the Year||Nick Schuluman|
|Journalist of the year||Lance Bradley|
|Media Content||Poker Central's Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story|
|Industry Person||Matt Savage|
|Poker's Biggest Influencer||Cary Katz|
|Lifetime Achievement in Poker||Norman Chad, Lon McEachern|
|Charitable Initiative||Jacob Zalewski, One Step Closer Foundation|
|Jury Prize||Eric Danis|
|PocketFives Legacy Award||Ari Engel|
If you missed the ceremony, you can watch a replay below:
– 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.
In a more general sense, I dislike it when people sweep things under the rug or downplay these issues. Daniel was a strong critic of Epic Poker and Annie Duke, and he was right to do so. An apologist might complain he was belittling her.
— SrslySirius (@SrslySirius) February 22, 2018
– 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.