The Global Poker Awards is a yearly event that honors the best and brightest in the poker world. This year, 38 players were selected from 167 nominees to recognize their achievements and accomplishments.

Ali Imsirovic Leads the Pack at Global Poker Awards

Last Friday, the third annual Global Poker Awards were held to celebrate some of the finest in the business from the year 2021. Ali Imsirovic was the show’s star, winning not only (GPI) Player of the Year but also two additional honors.

The tournament was conducted at PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas in collaboration with the Aria Casino. The tournament returned in 2021 after a pandemic-induced hiatus, and was hosted by poker pro Jeff Platt. The host wasted no time in getting the program started and injecting some comedy into the proceedings.

“It’s nice to see you again,” Platt remarked. “We’re back after a 23-month hiatus to honor the absolute best our industry has to offer.” 



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The Global Poker Index and Hendon Mob host the Global Poker Awards. The awards honor the industry’s and field’s top performers. President of the Global Poker Index, Eric Danis, also made some introductory comments. 

Danis stated, “It’s been 23 months of pain, and here we are.” “I’m glad to report that we have 13 nations represented this year, making the Global Poker Awards truly global.”

The GPI Players of the Year are honored as part of the event. Imsirovic was the major winner of the night. He also won the PokerGO Tour POY and Player’s Choice for Toughest Opponent titles, in addition to the GPI championship.

On the women’s side of the GPI, Nadya Magnus was also named POY. Azerbaijan’s David Mzareulov won the Mid-Major POY award.

Other honors were also given out.

Several awards were handed out during the evening, including those for players, industry workers, and the media. Among them were the following:

  • Person of the Year in the Industry
  • Poker Photo of the Year 
  • The Most Excellent Podcast
  • The Most Effective Media Content (written and video)

Brad Owen won the prize for Best Poker Vlogger. He has over 576,000 YouTube followers and posts stuff on a weekly basis. In addition, he just acquired a stake in the Lodge Poker Club in Texas.

The prize for Best Charitable Initiative went to Veronica Brill. She tried to raise money for a handicapped-accessible vehicle for poker player K.L. Cleeton, who awarded the prize, in 2021.

He said, “Thank you for your courage.” “I appreciate your friendship. And, most importantly, thank you for being incredible.”

Brill expressed his gratitude to the whole poker community.

“We have a lot of disagreement in poker,” she remarked. “Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are always squabbling, and Doug Polk is constantly pitted against the whole poker community, but when we really need it, we come together and do what’s right, and we support one other.”

“This isn’t an award for me; it’s an award for the poker community, and I’m accepting it on their behalf.” As a result, I’d want to express my gratitude to everyone of you for your contributions, as well as to K.L. for being an outstanding member of our poker community.”

Enrique Malfavon won Photo of the Year for capturing the bubble kid during the World Series of Poker Main Event. When Kevin Campbell was knocked out of the world’s greatest poker tournament, he was stunned and speechless.

Here’s the whole list of winners, as well as a video of the entire awards ceremony.

Global Poker Awards in 2021

Award Winner
Player of the Year for Men Imsirovic, Ali (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
FePlayer of the Year for Men Magnus Nadya (Russia, Florida)
Player of the Year in the Mid-Majors Mzareulov, David (Azerbaijan)
Player of the Year on the PokerGO Tour Imsirovic, Ali (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Breakout Performer on GPI Guilbert, Johan (France)
Year’s Best Final Table Performance Friedman, Adam (United States)
Best Hand, according to the fans Doug Polk is a well-known figure in the (United States)
Best Trophy as voted by the public WPT Champions Cup Mike Sexton is a member of the Sexton family.
ICON OF POKER Mike Sexton is a member of the Sexton family.
Person of the Year in the Industry Matt Savage (Matt Savage) is a (United States)
Director of the Tournament of the Year Aria – Paul Campbell (United States)
Award for Charitable Initiative in 2022 Veronica Brill (USA) Veronica Brill (USA) Veronica Brill (USA) Veronica Brill
The Year’s Best Event Main Event of the World Series of Poker
Personality of the Year on Twitter Kerstetter, Jamie (United States)
The Hendon Mob Award is given to a group of people that live in He Kevin Mathers is a musician from the United States (United States)
Reporter for the Best Live Tournament Zetzsche, Christian (Germany)
Video is the best kind of media content. Rinkema, Remko (Netherlands)
Best Written Media Content Lance Bradley is a professional basketball player (Canada)
Streamer of the Year Spragg, Benjamin (United States)
Vlogger of the Year Owen, Brad (United States)
Photo of the Year Enrique Malfavon is a character in the film Enrique Malfavon (United States)
The Most Excellent Podcast Poker in the Ears is a game where you play poker using your ears (James Hartigan, James Stapleton)
Broadcaster of the Year Platt, Jeff (United States)




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