Nominees announced for the first annual Global Poker Awards. Vitalijs Zavorotnijs wins WPT Barcelona. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Nominees for 13 Global Poker Awards announced

The Global Poker Index and Poker Central have announced nominees for many of the categories of the 2019 Global Poker Awards, set to be held on April 5th from the PokerGo Studios in Las Vegas.

Nominations were revealed for thirteen out of twenty awards that will be given out during the ceremony: Tournament Performance of the Year, Breaking Player of the Year, Streamer of the Year, Vlogger of the Year, Best Podcast, Best Broadcaster, Poker Journalist, Media Content, Industry Person, Tournament Director, Mid-Major Tour/Circuit, Event and Mid-Major Tour/Circuit, Event of the Year and Moment of the Year. Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell will be accepting awards for GPI Player of the Year and Female Player of the Year.

In addition to the thirteen awards, special awards will also be given to Lifetime Achievement in Poker Award, Charitable Initiative, Jury Prize, a People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year and a PocketFives Legacy Award. Nominees were determined from a panel of 130 members selected from a short list.

Poker fans can watch the festivities live on PokerGo on April 5th with a subscription.

Quick hitters

– On Sunday, Vitalijs Zavorotnijs took down the 2019 World Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event to win $678,000, outlasting 1,227 entries over five days. The prize was the largest of Zavorotnijs’ career and puts his live tournament career total over $1 million.

– The Bellagio poker room cage was robbed on Friday night, with the alleged thief dying after a shootout with police. Investigators are trying to determine whether the thief is the same one who stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the Belagio Casino back in November 2017.

– Missed the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meeting from earlier in the month? PartTimePoker’s David Huber breaks down the proceedings with timestamps.

– The PokerStars 13th Anniversary Sunday Millions event has been announced for April and is increasing the buy-in for $215 for the event. Meanwhile, participation in the weekly tournament has decreased every month since the buy-in fee was decreased from $215 to $109.

– Monday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video is part 6 of CFTheNatural’s series on “What are the Odds?” a look at difficult spots while playing Pot Limit Omaha. In this episode, CFTheNatrual finds games that are loose and wild.

Best poker videos on the Web

– The return of Joey Ingram on YouTube on Monday featured a rail of a $5/$10/$25/$100 PLO session from Live at the Bike:

– In his latest vlog, Andrew Neeme talks about why he has been playing a lot of Meet Up Games lately before reporting on a recent trip to Rounders in San Antonio.