Global Poker Awards return in Las Vegas in spring 2021

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After a year of hiatus due to COVID-19, the Global Poker Awards will return in March and the event will take place at the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas.

The Global Poker Awards are back. (Image: PokerGO)

PokerGO will again partner with the Global Poker Index to stream the event live. GPI was barely able to sneak in at last year’s awards show just days before Las Vegas closed. You can watch the show through the PokerGO app if you need to.

Poker Central, the company that developed the subscription-based PokerGO app, began partnering with GPI for the first ever Global Poker Awards in 2019. The ceremony was previously known as the American Poker Awards. Dozens of poker players and media members come together every year to celebrate the top achievements in the industry.

The awards show has a similar format to the Oscars, albeit on a much smaller scale. Every year there are around a dozen categories, nominees in each category, and the winners receive a shiny trophy.

What to Expect from the 2022 Global Poker Awards

The third annual Global Poker Awards will take place in March 2022. No exact date has been set. There will be more than 20 trophies to be won. These include the GPI Player of the Year, GPI Player of the Year, Poker ICON, the Players’ Choice Award for best all-round poker player, the People’s Choice Award for Hand of the Year and other awards that will be selected later.

A popular poker couple, Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell have named GPI Player of the Year and GPI Player of the Year for the past two years (2018 and 2019). Eric Danis, President of the Global Poker Index, spoke to PokerGO’s Jeff Platt on YouTube to discuss the upcoming awards show. He explained why the 2021 Global Poker Awards were canceled.

“It’s been a tough year for most of us and it just didn’t make sense to give awards, obviously not live, because it wouldn’t have been possible,” said Danis. “Even here in Las Vegas, with loose restrictions, it just wouldn’t have made any sense. And to be fair, the topic itself, it just seemed like people’s minds were too far removed from poker to hold a proper awards show. “

Live poker is now booming back from the dead as vaccinations rise around the world and COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease in many places. There should be many events and achievements to celebrate by March 2022.

Written by

Jon Sofen

Semi-pro poker player with 17 years of experience in the felt and more than five years as a professional poker medium.

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