PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards 2015

Jason Somerville and Kara Scott

With a few Player of the Year Awards already out there in the poker industry when we created our own annual "Spirit of Poker" awards we wanted to recognize a different type of player.

At PokerListings our mission is to bring new players into the game so we felt a true poker award had to acknowledge something above and beyond just tournament wins or big scores.

Results matter, sure. But it’s the players who bring joy, heart, imagination, innovation and timelessness to poker who truly inspire us and others to pick up the game -- and then spend a lifetime trying to master it.

Our debut PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards – won by Luca Moschitta, Naoya Kihara and Pierre Neuville – captured exactly what we had in mind. Our 2014 winners - Dominik Panka, Thor Hansen and Shannon Shorr - did likewise.

And as we found out in the public voting, our idea of true poker “spirits” continues to touch a chord among poker players so we’re thrilled to announce the next group of nominees for the 2015 Spirit of Poker Awards.

Click on the individual award headers for more on each player and to vote for your favorite in each category! Voting is open until August 31!

After public voting narrows the nominee list down to three our PokerListings panel of experts will vote to determine the winner. Awards ceremony will be at the 2015 Battle of Malta in November.

2015 Most Inspiring Player Award

 

  • Martin Jacobson
  • Davidi Kitai
  • Leo Margets
  • Aditya Agarwal
  • Dominik Nitsche
  • Anatoly Filatov
  • Jason Somerville
  • Max Pescatori

Rising Star Award

 

  • Adrian Mateos
  • Dzmitry Urbanovich
  • Fedor Holz
  • Charlie Carrel
  • Sabina Hiatullah
  • Akira Ohyama
  • Pablo Gordillo
  • Claudico

Living Legend Award

 

  • Konstantin Puchkov
  • Dan Heimiller
  • Barry Greenstein
  • James Woods
  • Humberto Brenes
  • Jackie Cachia
  • Padraig Parkinson
  • Erik Seidel