PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards 2016

Pokerlistings Spirit Awards 2016

Update: It's official! The 2016 winners of the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards are set. And they are:

  • Most Inspiring Player: Felipe "Mojave" Ramos
  • Rising Star: Silje Nilsen
  • Living Legend: Konstantin Puchkov

A big thank you to all who voted and congratulations on our very worthy winners!

We hope to see all of you at the 2016 Battle of Malta!


With several Player of the Year Awards already out there in the poker industry, when we created the 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 to learn more about each player. Awards ceremony will be at the 2016 Battle of Malta in November!

MIP nominee Mike Leah

2016 Most Inspiring Player Award

  • Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates
  • Hui Chen 'Kitty' Kuo
  • Mike Leah
  • Fatima Moreira de Melo
  • Dominik Nitsche
  • Luca Pagano
  • Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos
  • Vladimir Troyanovskiy

2016 Rising Star Award

  • Samantha Abernathy
  • Rainer Kempe
  • Ivan Luca
  • Silje Nilsen
  • Walter Treccarichi

2016 Living Legend Award

  • Barny Boatman
  • John Gale
  • Donnacha O'Dea
  • Jan Bendik
  • Konstantin Puchkov