The 2020 Global Poker Awards took place inside the PokerGO Studio on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday night and it was a who’s who from the international poker scene that was rewarded for their excellence in 2019. Before you read about all winners, check out the full list of nominees right here.
The night, hosted by Maria Ho and Drea Renee, kicked off with the Global Poker Index Player of the Year and Female Player of the Year awards, given to poker power couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell who both went back-to-back.
Other players that had outstanding years and were recognized for their play on the felt included Breakout Player of the Year Robert Campbell, Ryan Riess for his amazing 10-high call in Monte Carlo, and Stephen Chidwick for being selected by his peers as “Toughest Opponent.” Phil Hui won the award for “Final Table Performance” with his epic victory in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2019 WSOP. You can relive that entire final table on PokerGO right here.
In the events categories, the RunGood Poker Series was awarded “Mid-Major Tour of the Year” for the second straight year while the PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas took down the “Event of the Year”. Fitting into the events category as well, the Tournament Live Reporters were honored with the Award of Merit, accepted by Tim Duckworth.
Both “Miami” John Cernuto and Johnny Chan were recognized for the totality of their poker career with the former receiving the “Hendon Mob Award” and the later receiving the “Poker ICON Award.” See a full overview of all award winners in the overview below.
|Award of Merit||Tournament Live Reporters|
|Broadcaster of the Year||Nick Schulman|
|Event of the Year||PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Bahamas|
|Final Table Performance of the Year||Phillip Hui – WSOP Poker Players Championship|
|GPI Breakout Player of the Year||Robert Campbell|
|Hendon Mob Award||“Miami” John Cernuto|
|Industry Person of the Year||Paul Phua – Triton Poker|
|Journalist of the Year||Joey Ingram|
|Media Content of the Year Photo||Drew Amato: Dario Sammartino folds at WSOP|
|Media Content of the Year Video||Joey Ingram – Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories|
|Media Content of the Year Written||Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris for D&B Publishing|
|Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year||RunGood Poker Series (RGPS)|
|People’s Choice for Hand of the Year||Ryan Riess 10-high call at EPT Monte Carlo|
|People’s Choice: Personality of the Year||Jonathan Little|
|Players Choice for Toughest Opponent||Stephen Chidwick|
|Podcast of the Year||The Grid: Jennifer Shahade|
|Poker ICON Award||Johnny Chan|
|Streamer of the Year||Lex Veldhuis|
|Tournament Director of the Year||Matt Savage|
|Twitter Personality of the Year||Jamie Kerstetter|
|Vlogger of the Year||Andrew Neeme|
Relive the entire Global Poker Awards ceremony on PokerGO right here.