Nominations announced for Player of the Year Awards Gala

The list of nominees to be honored at Card Player's inaugural Player of the Year Awards Gala in Los Angeles on February 15 was recently published, revealing a roster that reads like a "who's who" of the professional poker world. Players selected for recognition in top achievement include Men Nguyen, Michael Gracz, and Phil Hellmuth, among many, many others.

A majority of the awards handed out will be voted on by pro players. Exceptions include two accolades to be bestowed upon Men Nguyen and Doyle Brunson for their outstanding careers, both recent and cumulative. Nguyen is this year's recipient of the "Player of the Year Award" - his fourth - which will be awarded along with a $10,000 seat to the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in July. Brunson will be stepping up to receive a "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Bodog.com is producing and sponsoring the gala, and is anticipating the attendance of the poker world's top rounders and luminaries along with numerous celebrity poker players and fans. The show is scheduled to take place immediately prior to the World Poker Tour's L.A. Poker Classic championship event at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA, on February 16. Bodog.com has secured actor Brad Garrett, star of "Everybody Loves Raymond," to be the Master of Ceremonies.

"In helping to grow the poker industry as a whole and to bring more exposure to the stars of poker, the players -- the Player of the Year Awards Show will further cement poker's prominence in the mainstream -- and Bodog.com is proud to be the gala's exclusive sponsor," said Calvin Ayre, Bodog.com founder and CEO, and host of the awards show.

Below is the Player of the Year Awards Gala Nominations List:

Best Cash Game Player
Barry Greenstein
Chip Reese
Phil Ivey

Poker Ambassador
Daniel Negreanu
Mike Sexton
Doyle Brunson

Best No-Limit Player
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Ivey
Daniel Negreanu

Most Entertaining Player
Phil Hellmuth
Mike Matusow
Daniel Negreanu

Best Heads-Up Player
Todd Brunson
Phil Ivey
Phil Hellmuth

Best Mixed Game Player
Phil Ivey
Barry Greenstein
Chip Reese

Breakthrough Player
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Gracz
Tuan Le

Most Feared Player
Johnny Chan
Phil Ivey
Daniel Negreanu

Most Underrated Player
Allen Cunningham
David Benyamine
Todd Brunson

Best Celebrity Player
Gabe Kaplan
Tobey McGuire
Jennifer Tilly

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