The 2021 Global Poker Awards were held this weekend in Las Vegas, as they returned after a hiatus last year for obvious reasons. The biggest winner of the awards was the online streaming platform PokerGO.
The biggest names of poker all gathered in Las Vegas over the weekend for the third annual Global Poker Awards. Ben Spragg, Veronica Brill, Maria Konnikova, Jamie Kerstetter, Brad Owen, Doug Polk and the deceased Mike Sexton all were among the winners of this prestigious poker award. Some of the categories in which the winners are awarded are Best Vloger, Best Final Table Performance, Best Streamer, Best Tweet and even The Best Poker Trophy.
Since for a majority of 2021 there were lockdowns all over the world, almost all the awards went to US players and organizations. It was to be expected, since all the biggest events were played on US soil, including the 2021 WSOP.
Nevertheless there were still winners from other countries. England, Canada, Germany, France, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Netherlands and perhaps most notably, Japan as Masato Yokosawa won the Personality award, which shows the really huge strenght of his fanbase.
You can see the full list of winners below:
|BEST FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE||Adam Friedman (USA), WSOP 10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Max Championship|
|GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER||Johan Guilbert (France)|
|PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT||Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)|
|TWITTER PERSONALITY||Jamie Kerstetter (USA)|
|BEST STREAMER||Benjamin Spragg “Spraggy” (England)|
|BEST VLOGGER||Brad Owen (USA)|
|BEST INDUSTRY PERSON||Matt Savage (USA)|
|BEST TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR||Paul Campbell (USA)|
|BEST EVENT||World Series of Poker Main Event|
|BEST PODCAST||Poker in the Ears (James Hartigan (England), Joseph Stapleton (USA) for PokerStars)|
|BEST BROADCASTER||Jeff Platt (USA)|
|BEST LIVE REPORTER||Christian Zetszche (Germany)|
|BEST MEDIA CONTENT: WRITTEN||Lance Bradley (Canada) for PocketFives: Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both|
|BEST MEDIA CONTENT: PHOTO||Enrique Malfavon (USA) for PokerGO: The WSOP Main Event Bubble Bursts|
|BEST MEDIA CONTENT: VIDEO||Remko Rinkema (Netherlands) for PokerGO: Run it Back with Stefanie Ungar|
|FANS CHOICE: BEST HAND||Doug Polk (USA) makes epic fold vs. Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes Poker|
|FANS CHOICE: BEST TROPHY||Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup|
|FANS CHOICE: POKER PERSONALITY||Masato Yokosawa (Japan)|
|CHARITABLE INITIATIVE||Veronica Brill (USA)|
|GPI AWARD OF MERIT||Maria Konnikova (USA)|
|POKER ICON||Mike Sexton (USA)|
|THE HENDON MOB AWARD||Kevin Mathers (USA)|
You can watch the entire ceremony below, as it was streamed for free on the PokerGO YouTube channel: