Nominees have been announced for the upcoming American Poker Awards in February. A New Jersey PokerStars Spin and Go player gets lucky. Read about these stories and more in today’s Hit and Run.

American Poker Awards Announces Nominees

The Global Poker Index has unveiled its list of nominees in nine categories for 2017’s American Poker Awards ceremony.

Mike Sexton leads the list of nominees with three nominations including nods in “Tournament Performance of the Year,” “Poker Moment of the Year” and “Media Content of the Year” categories. Ari Engel and Maurice Hawkins also each garnered two nominations.

The nominations were selected by a panel of 70 players, industry members, tournament organizers, casino staff and sponsors. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 23rd at 8 PM PT.

Check out the American Poker Awards website for a full list of nominees for awards in the following categories: Breakout Performance, Event, Mid-Major Circuit, Industry Person, Media Person, Podcast, Media Content and Twitch Stream.

Quick Hitters

– Some poker players have all the luck. Watch a PokerStars New Jersey player at a Spin and Go tournament, take down a very rare $100,000 prize. Spin and Go prize pools are awarded randomly after the tournament starts and can vary from 2x-1000x the buy-in. The $120,000 prize pools are awarded only once every 500,000 tournaments.

– Part Time Poker is releasing a series of poker training videos for free to our visitors. The videos were originally produced by poker training site GrinderSchool.com as a premium offering. So far, introductory videos have been posted for 6-max players: 3-betting in 2015 and How to Master 6-max.

– One of the biggest days in sports happens this Sunday. Of course, we’re talking about Super Bowl LI where New England is currently a 3 point favorite. In addition to the game itself, the day also gets a lot of attention for the selection of Super Bowl prop bets, with betting lines ranging from mundane to just downright wacky.

– An internet gambling bill was recently introduced in New Hampshire, but some observers are pessimistic about its chances of progressing.

– The Global Poker Index rankings have been tweaked for this year’s leaderboard. The new rankings will put greater emphasis on larger tournaments. Here is a look at how the rankings are affecting players so far through the first month of the year.