The team at the Global Poker Index is always busy at the end of one year and the beginning of the next. They have to check the tallies and double-check the top-performing players, resulting in the final announcement of the GPI Players of the Year for three major categories and all qualifying countries. It’s a lot of work.

With the conclusion of the previous year, the Global Poker Index team also needs to prepare for the annual awards production in Las Vegas. It’s far more than the production itself, though, as they have to determine all voting categories, wrangle a panel of judges for some categories, create web pages for those which will be determined by the public, and put together an “in memoriam” video to remember all in the poker community who passed away in the past year.

As the entire process comes along, GPI announces the most pertinent information as it becomes available.

Right now, we have a date for the ceremony and a preview of the categories – at least some of them – for voting in the coming weeks.

March 3 in Las Vegas

The poker community can put the 4th Annual Global Poker Awards on their calendars. The Global Poker Index (GPI)  and The Hendon Mob (THM) will host the festivities alongside PokerGO on the evening of Friday, March 3. And it will, of course, take place in the PokerGO Studio at Aria on the Las Vegas Strip.

As in past years, there will likely be a red-carpet entrance and a livestream of the ceremony, free to the public. More details will follow.

There will be more than 25 awards presented at the upcoming ceremony representing the 2022 poker year. Some will remain the same – Poker ICON, Players’ Choice for Toughest Opponent, Best Vlogger, Favorite Poker Personality, etc. But there will be new categories as well, including Rising Star in Content Creation and Fave Live Stream.

GPI will release the full list of categories this month.

POY Honors

Three trophies already have new owners. The GPI and THM will present actual trophies to those winners at the ceremony.

For the three Player of the Year categories, only two players need show up to receive them. That is because Stephen Song won the overall POY categories and the Mid-Major POY titles for 2022. Cherish Andrews won the Female Player of the Year for the first time.

Song and Andrews will receive formal invitations to the ceremony and perhaps be there to receive their awards and give any speeches they choose.

A Look Back

Last year, in mid-February, the 3rd Annual Global Poker Awards took place at the PokerGO Studio to honor the best of 2021. The Players of the Year were:

  • GPI POY: Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • GPI Female POY: Nadya Magnus (USA)
  • GPI Mid-Major POY: David Mzareulov (Azerbaijan)
  • PokerGO Tour POY: Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Several members of the poker community received special honors:

  • Best Charitable Initiative: Veronica Brill (USA) for raising funds for KL Cleeton’s van
  • THM Achievement Award: Kevin Mathers (USA)
  • GPI Award of Merit: Maria Konnikova (USA) for her book The Biggest Bluff
  • Poker ICON Award: Mike Sexton (USA) posthumously

The rest of the awards depended upon voting panels, public voting, and a mix of the two in some cases. More than 50K people took part in the voting. And the winners were:

  • Best Broadcaster: Jeff Platt (USA)
  • Best Event: WSOP Main Event
  • Best Final Table Performance: Adam Friedman (USA) at WSOP Dealer’s Choice Championship
  • Best Hand (Fan Choice): Doug Polk v Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes Poker
  • Best Industry Person: Matt Savage (USA)
  • Best Live Tournament Reporter: Christian Zetszche (Germany)
  • Best Media Content Photo: Enrique Malfavon (USA) for WSOP Main Event bubble
  • Best Media Content Video: Remko Rinkema (Netherlands) for PokerGO’s Run It Back
  • Best Media Content Written: Lance Bradley (Canada) for PocketFives’ Isai Scheinberg interview
  • Best Podcast: Poker in the Ears with James Hartigan (UK) and Joe Stapleton (USA)
  • Best Streamer: Benjamin Spragg (UK)
  • Best Tournament Director: Paul Campbell (USA)
  • Best Trophy (Fan Choice): Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup
  • Best Twitter Personality: Jamie Kerstetter (USA)
  • Best Vlogger: Brad Owen (USA)
  • GPI Breakout Player: Johan Guilbert (France)
  • Poker Personality (Fan Choice): Masato Yokosawa (Japan)
  • Toughest Opponent (Player Choice): Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)