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Negreanu, Sexton, Zinno Collect 2015 American Poker Awards
After the buzz of the Global Poker League draft in the afternoon the American Poker Awards took the stage at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles last night to fete the best in North American poker last year.
Dressed in their finest evening attire - a rare occasion for many of the nominees - dozens of the game's biggest contributors were called to the podium to accept their due.
To begin the evening the pre-determined awards based on Global Poker Index rankings were handed out to Byron Kaverman, the 2015 GPI Player of the Year, and Kelly Minkin, the 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year.
Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu's 11th-place finish in the 2015 WSOP Main Event resulted in two spin-off awards - Poker Moment of the Year for Negreanu's performance and Poker Media Content of the Year for Joe Giron and his photo of Negreanu's collapse to the floor when he busted.
Anthony Zinno nabbed the Tournament Performance of the Year award for completing his back-to-back WPT titles at the LAPC.
Two special awards were also presented - one to WPT legend Mike Sexton for Lifetime Achievement and a Jury Award for his contributions to poker to Kevin Mathers.
Complete list of winners and nominees below; winners in bold.
TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Duhamel, WSOP One Drop High Roller
Mike Gorodinsky, WSOP Poker Players’ Championship
Joseph McKeehen, WSOP Main Event
Anthony Zinno, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
POKER MOMENT OF THE YEAR
Anthony Zinno goes back-to-back winning WPT Fallsview, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Over 22,000 players enter WSOP Colossus for chance at a gold bracelet
Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #14 – WSOP 10K Razz Championship
Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in the WSOP Main Event
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN UP TO $2,000)
WSOP The Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPT500 at ARIA, Las Vegas
WSOP Millionaire Maker, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPTDeepStacks – DSPT Championship, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary
EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN OVER $2,000)
Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, Las Vegas
WSOP Main Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WSOP One Drop High Roller, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL
INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Jack Effel, WSOP Vice President and Tournament Director
William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Director of Poker
John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director
Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director
CHARITABLE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso)
Charity Series of Poker (Matthew Stout)
Tiger’s Poker Night (hosted by Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation)
WSOP One Drop High Roller / Little One for One Drop
MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR
POKER PRESENTER OF THE YEAR
POKER INNOVATION OR INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Poker Central launches 24/7 television network
SHRPO (in conjunction with PNIA) livestreams four FT’s in same room/at same time
WSOP adds online bracelet event (with live final table)
WSOP introduces ‘The Colossus’
MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR
BUST, an Insider’s Account of Greenville’s Underground Poker Scene (Brad Willis)
Faraz Jaka Homeless Poker Millionaire, CNN Money (Jaka, Gayles, Carson)
Jason Somerville’s record Twitch Broadcast during WCOOP in September 2015
Joe Giron shoots photo of Negreanu crumbled on the floor after ME elimination