The Global Poker Index (GPI) Global Poker Awards will take place on April 5 in Las Vegas. The event will be live-streamed on PokerGO and a number of prestigious awards will be given away on the night. One of those prestigious awards will be the Poker Personality of the Year award. The GPI has been accepting votes from the public and the last day to vote is April 3 – till 11 pm PST.
After the nominations were gathered last Thursday, the GPI announced the names of the final four nominees for 2018 Poker Personality of the Year. They are Lex Veldhuis, Jonathan Little, Johnnie Moreno and Brad Owen.
The People’s Choice Award is not a popularity competition. The GPI stressed that this award will go to the person who was the best ambassador of the game in 2018 and one works hard on and off the felt to create a positive impact in the poker world. Another criteria for this award is that the winner must consistently connect with his or her audience via any platform.
The four nominees are definitely deserving of the award as one can see from their respective contributions over the past few years and in 2018 in particular. Below is a quick glance at each of the nominees and their contributions to the world of poker.
Lex Veldhuis
Lex Veldhuis is also running for Broadcaster of the Year and Streamer of the Year at the 2018 Global Poker Awards. Veldhuis is the only Twitch streamer to make the final cut for the 2018 Poker Personality of the Year title.
Veldhuis is a PokerStars Team Online Pro who travels to major live-streamed tournaments to deliver some poker commentaries. The Dutch poker pro’s “RaSZi” channel currently sits at the top five most-watched Twitch streams, according to total viewership hours recorded over the last 30 days.
Veldhuis has amassed around 155,000 followers on Twitch. His inaugural Lex Live Spring Festival just wrapped in Belgium this past week.
Jonathan Little
Little is a two-time WPT winner and is known for being one of the most prolific poker strategy producers. His scope of work ranges from online coaching, strategy books, to free live-streamed strategy talk. He is a dedicated, hard working poker junkie who is setting a new standard in delivering personalized, engaging content to the average poker player.
Little has just under $7 million in tournament cashes under his belt. He was thrilled to know that he had made it to the final four nominees for Poker Personality of the Year. He celebrated his nomination by creating a video on his website dedicated to his fans.
Johnnie Moreno
Moreno has been playing cash game poker for the past 11 years, grinding the tables in San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Aside from that, he frequently travels to document the trials and victories of those in the mid-stakes cash scene. Using the nickname “JohnnieVibes”, Moreno is putting an emphasis on positive energy and displays the same in every work he does.
His fans believe he should also have made it to the list of final nominees for the Vlogger of the Year category but they will have to be content to see him still in the running for the Poker Personality of the Year title.
Brad Owen
Brad Owen and his fans have another reason to celebrate after the poker vlogger has been named one of the final four nominees for the Poker Personality of the Year award. Just two days earlier, Owen celebrated a milestone in his YouTube channel after his subscribers went past the 100,000 mark.
Like Moreno, Owen’s name wasn’t included in the Poker Vlogger of the Year short list, which caused a little bit of disappointment among him and his followers. But making it to the Personality of the Year shortlist, gives him another opportunity to win a prestigious award and bring more value to his brand.
This is the first ever showcase of the Global Poker Awards. We will have to wait a few more days to find out who the eventual winner of the Poker Personality of the Year award turns out to be!

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