After just about two years away, the World Poker Awards returned on Friday evening, celebrating the folks and occasions who made headlines within the poker business in 2021.
Hosted via Jeff Platt and Drea Renee, the awards display used to be a little bit like the sport of poker itself – a laugh, informal, and full of moments that stay you short of extra. Positive, it used to be clunky every now and then but in addition an excessively touching display. The printed used to be full of heartfelt speeches from award recipients and an total authentic sense of elation amongst the ones playing the chance to get again to celebrating the sport in individual, 23 months after the closing awards rite.
Numerous the awards have been introduced forward of the rite together with the ones passed out to Ali Imsirovic (GPI Participant of the 12 months), Nadya Magnus (GPI Feminine Participant of the 12 months), and David Mzareulov (GPI Mid-Main Participant of the 12 months) for his or her achievements at the felt.
Maria Konnikova used to be commemorated with the GPI Award of Advantage for authoring her e book The Greatest Bluff. Veronica Brill used to be stated with the Charitable Initiative Award this 12 months for spearheading the hassle to assist fellow participant Okay.L. Cleeton acquire the much-needed particular transportation so he may just make it to Las Vegas to take part within the International Collection of Poker. Kevin Mathers (aka @Kevmath) used to be rightly known with a Carrier to Poker Award for his numerous and continuous contributions to the sport for the easier a part of a decade.
In the end, the GPI regarded again at the lifetime of one in all poker’s final ambassadors, Mike Sexton, and bestowed his legacy with the 2021 Poker ICON award.
Adam Friedman took down the trophy for the stacked class of Highest Ultimate Desk Efficiency together with his ancient back-to-back-to-back victories within the International Collection of Poker $10,000 Broker’s Selection.
Some other too-close-to-call class used to be the GPI Breakout Participant of the 12 months through which well-liked French poker professional and content material author Johan Guilbert used to be known.
A couple of Lovers Selection awards grabbed the highlight together with Doug Polk successful Highest Hand of 2021 for his fantastic fold to Phil Hellmuth on Prime Stakes Poker. Additionally, skilled poker professional and content material author from Japan, Masato Yokosawa, crowned the cruel class of favourite Poker Persona.
When the highest 100 gamers have been requested who the Hardest Opponent within the recreation used to be in 2021, they chose Ali Imsirovic, sending him to the rostrum to simply accept his 2nd award of the night.
Right here’s a have a look at the remainder of the 2021 GPA Recipients:
2021 International Collection of Poker Primary Match
Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg
Highest Twitter Persona
Highest Business Individual
Highest Match Director
Paul Campbell – Aria Hotel & On line casino
Poker In The Ears – James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton
Highest Media Content material: Written
Lance Bradley – Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both
Highest Media Content material: Video
Remko Rinkema/Run It Again for PokerGO
Highest Media Content material: Photograph
Enrique Malfavon for PokerGO – The WSOP Primary Match Bubble
Highest Are living Reporter
Christian Zetzsche, PokerNews
Lovers Selection Highest Trophy
Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup