American Poker Awards Honour Mike Sexton & Kevin Mathers

American Poker Awards Honour Mike Sexton & Kevin Mathers

The Global Poker Index American Poker Awards are in the bag. Mike Sexton and Kevin Mathers were honoured with a lifetime achievement and special jury awards

American Poker Awards Honour Mike Sexton & Kevin MathersThe Global Poker Index (GPI) American Poker Awards (APA) are in the bag. My plan was to stay awake all evening and tweet win-by-win but the speed of the Global Poker League (GPL) Draft made that impossible.

Talking about speed:

Byron Kaverman was awarded the GPI Player of the Year award. Kelly Minkin picked up the Female Poker Player of the Year award.

World Poker Tour (WPT) stalwart and Poker Hall of Famer, Mike Sexton, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s been a good year for Sexton after the release of his biography Life’s a Gamble.

Twitter robot Kevin Mathers also picked up a special award for his contributions to the industry. Looking through social media, it proved to be one of the most popular picks of the night.

Here are the winners.

Media Person of the Year

Joey Ingram
Kevin Mathers
Donnie Peters
Jason Somerville

Industry Person of the Year

Jack Effel, WSOP Tournament Director
William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Director of Poker
John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director
Matt Savage, TDA Founder & WPT Executive Director

Breakout Performance of the Year

Josh Beckley
Asher Conniff
Cate Hall
Kelly Minkin

Tournament Performance of the Year

Jonthan Duhamel, WSOP One Drop High Roller
Mike Gorodinsky, WSOP Poker Players’ Championship
Joe McKeehen, WSOP Main Event
Anthony Zinno, WPT LA Poker Classic

Event of the Year (Buy-In Under $2,000)

WSOP Colossus
WPT500 at ARIA
SWOP Millionaire Maker
WPTDeepstacks – DSPY Championship

Event of the Year (Buy-in Over $2,000)

Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA
WSOP Main Event
WSOP One Drop High Roller
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year

Poker Central Launches 24/7 TV Network
SHRPO Live Streams 4 Final Tables Simultaneously
WSOP Online Bracelet
WSOP Colossus

Charitable Initiative of the Year

Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso)
Charity Series of Poker (Matt Stout)
Tiger’s Poker Night (Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation)
WSOP One Drop High Roller/Little One for One Drop

Poker Presenter of the Year

Sarah Herring
Kara Scott
Joe Stapleton
David Tuchman

Poker Moment of the Year

Anthony Zinno Back to Back WPT Titles
WSOP Colossus Attracts Over 22,000 Players
Phil Hellmuth Wins 14th Bracelet at WSOP
Daniel Negreanu Busts 11th in the WSOP Main Event

Poker Media Content of the Year

BUST, an Insider’s Account of Greenville’s Underground Poker Scene (Brad Willis)
Faraz Jaka Homeless Poker Millionaire, CNN Money (Jaka, Gayles, Carson)
Jason Somerville’s record Twitch Broadcast during WCOOP in September 2015
Joe Giron shoots photo of Negreanu crumbled on the floor after ME elimination


Poker awards are always extremely subjective to the point of annoyance. I didn’t agree with all of the nominations. I thought there were some undeserving, some same-old-same-old, and some missing. However, I think the panel did a good job, and for once there isn’t really much to say except to congratulate Alex Dreyfus and his team for another job well done.