Chidwick Claims Peer’s Prize for Toughest Opponent 

Before the night got underway, much of the anticipation centered around which player would be lauded as the one everyone else wished to avoid. Long held as one of the very best players in the game, British poker crusher Stephen Chidwick outran Brian Altman, Stephen Song and Alex Foxen to take home the award.

Both GPI Players of the Year took to the stage to thank their friends and families for supporting them along the way, with Stephen Song and Cherish Andrews being the overall and Female winners of the awards. Both were delighted to win in tough categories, with Andrews in particular very emotional about the love and support of her parents.

World-renowned poker pro Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates picked up the “Best Performance at a Final Table” award for his victory at the 2022 WSOP Poker Players Championship, his second consecutive bracelet in arguably the most prestigious of events. Talking about his dressing up in comedic outfits to take on the world’s best, Cates told the crowd,

“I was playing tournaments all the time, and I was bored. I wanted to spice it up a bit, so that’s the reason I ended up in those outfits.”

Jordison & Rampage Scoop Up Top Awards 

One of the night’s biggest awards was the “GPI Breakout Player of the Year,” which went to Angela Jordison, who struck a win for underrepresented women everywhere as she claimed the trophy.

“I never thought I’d be travelling coast to coast playing tournaments, and I left it all on the felt,” she told Drea Renee during the evening. Jordison’s victory was well-earned, as she has truly become a star in the last twelve months, having gone from long-time cash game PLO player to NLHE Tournament crusher.

Ethan Yau a.k.a. ‘Rampage,’ won two awards on the night: “Best Vlogger” and “Best Poker Personality.” Rampage’s dry wit throughout the evening kept the show rolling along, with his banter with Jeff Platt a highlight of the evening.

Gregory ‘Greg Goes All In’ Liow beat out Caitlin Comesky and Joey Ingram for the “Best Content: Video” award after his video “Poker vlogger who doesn’t understand that the voice-over is done in post” had hundreds of thousands of people cackling.

Phil Ivey Calls it a Comeback 

With a total of 27 awards handed out on the night, the “Best Twitter Personality” was Will Jaffe in a hotly contested category. Another such winner was James Hartigan, who was thankful for the many people who helped him along the way, not least Executive Producer Francine Watson and on-screen co-host Joe Stapleton for the role they played in the PokerStars broadcast team being recognized.

In an amusing award, the “Comeback Player” was revealed as Phil Ivey, who, after being away from the competitive tournament felt in some time, made a concerted effort to be present and correct in 2022. This was lauded as a comeback, but, in what came as no surprise to anyone, Ivey didn’t show up to accept the award.

The “Best Event” gong was, of course, hotly contested. Would it be an annual staple, such as an EPT stop in Barcelona or the World Series of Poker Main Event? Not this time! In fact, the 2022 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas won the best event. In a touching speech, Adam Pliska thanked the World Poker Tour’s huge fanbase and players who turned up while crediting partners from the Wynn Casino.

You can watch the whole show right here on PokerGO if you’re an annual subscriber.

If you simply want to check the results, here are all the winners from a magical night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

GPI Poker Player of the YearStephen Song
GPI Female Player of the YearCherish Andrews
GPI Mid-Major Player of the YearStephen Song
PGT Player of the YearStephen Chidwick
GPI Breakout PlayerAngela Jordison
Best Final Table PerformanceDaniel Cates – WSOP $50k Poker Players Championship
Poker ICONGabe Kaplan
Players’ Choice for Toughest OpponentStephen Chidwick
Comeback PlayerPhil Ivey
Best Twitter PersonalityWill Jaffe
Charitable InitiativeThe Star Entertainment Group for raising funds for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on behalf of Shane Warne
Best StreamerKevin Martin
Best VloggerEthan Yau
Rising Star in Content CreationCaitlin Comeskey
Best Industry PersonJack Effel – WSOP
Best Tournament DirectorRay Pulford – Wynn Las Vegas
Best EventWPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas
Best Mid-Major Tour/FestivalRUNGOOD Poker Series
Best BroadcasterJames Hartigan
Best PodcastOnly Friends Podcast – Matt Berkey, Melissa Schubert, Landon Tice, and others for Solve4Why
Best Media Content: WrittenJennifer Shahade – “How Becoming a Poker Pro Helped Me Accept a Personal Tragedy” for The Wall Street Journal
Best Media Content: VideoGregory Liow – “Poker vlogger who doesn’t understand that the voice over is done in post”
Best Media Content: PhotoHayley Hochstetler – “Glantz Pulls Million Dollar Bounty” for PokerNews
Fans Choice: Poker PersonalityEthan Yau
Fans Choice: Best HandWild J4 vs 89 hand between Robbie Jade Lew and Garrett Adelstein
Fans Choice: Best TrophyWSOP Main Event Bracelet
Fans Choice: Fave Live StreamHustler Casino Live


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Paul Seaton has been a professional poker writer and reporter for 12 years at the World Series of Poker, on the European Poker Tour and as part of the World Poker Tour team too. Passionate about interviewing many of poker’s best such as Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth Paul has been nominated for a Global Poker Award for Best Written Content.

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