First-Ever Global Poker Awards Announce April Ceremony Debut
The first-ever Global Poker Awards have been announced by Poker Central and the Global Poker Index (GPI), with the debut ceremony to be held on April 5, 2019, at the PokerGO studio within Las Vegas’s ARIA Resort & Casino. The event will be live-streamed on Poker Central’s PokerGO service, with PokerStars also on board as the ceremony’s title presenter and sponsor.
The Global Poker Awards, a new offshoot of Mediarex Group’s Global Poker Index (GPI) family of poker content, merges and replaces other poker awards presentations of recent years, including the GPI’s American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards. These award ceremonies proved quite popular with the global poker community, and the move to streamline and unite the awards into what is expected to be an annual ceremony boosts the overall GPI brand association while removing some discontinuity and redundancy.
A total of 20 awards will be handed out to this year’s recipients, designed to honor a broad spectrum of both the industry and the player community. As stated by the GPI’s press announcement, “The ceremony will bring together the world’s most successful poker players, industry leaders, and members of the media.”
A full list of categories and nominations will be announced in the near future. These awards are likely to be similar in scope to those found in the earlier American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards. In the coming weeks, a nomination panel will vote to determine this year’s awards finalists, and then a select jury committee spanning the industry will vote for each category’s winners.
“We’re thrilled to deliver streaming coverage of the first-ever Global Poker Awards show live from the PokerGO Studio,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central. “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best and brightest while providing PokerGO subscribers a front row seat for all the festivities.”
“Our global initiatives behind the European Poker Awards and the American Poker Awards come together starting this year,” said Eric Danis, GPI president. “We’re excited to bring recognition to the poker world’s best players and most prominent industry contributors on an unprecedented scale.”
The GPI continues to offer perhaps the world’s most popular player ranking systems, while the Hendon Mob player database (also owned by Mediarex, remains one of the planet’s most comprehensive sources for tourney results. Poker Central’s PokerGO service has stabilized as a subscription-based service offering top-quality poker content, while PokerStars continues on as a primary sponsor and presenter of the GPI-related awards ceremonies.