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PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards 2016
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.
Humberto Brenes, Anatoly Filatov and Charlie Carrel again set the bar higher in 2015.
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 2016 Spirit of Poker Awards.
Click on the individual award headers for more on each player and to make your vote. After public voting narrows the nominee list down to three our PokerListings panel of experts will vote to determine the winner.
Voting is open from June 1- August 31.
Awards ceremony will be at the 2016 Battle of Malta in November.
- Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates
- Hui Chen 'Kitty' Kuo
- Mike Leah
- Fatima Moreira de Melo
- Dominik Nitsche
- Luca Pagano
- Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos
- Vladimir Troyanovskiy
- Samantha Abernathy
- Rainer Kempe
- Ivan Luca
- Silje Nilsen
- Walter Treccarichi
- Barny Boatman
- John Gale
- Donnacha O'Dea
- Jan Bendik
- Konstantin Puchkov