The nominees for the 2nd Annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards were announced yesterday. The list of nominees across 11 categories was found via votes from around 80 members of the poker industry, including PokerWomenNews. A jury will determine the winners of each category, and the award ceremony will take place at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, on February 25.
Even though most of the nominees are men, it’s worth noticing that two of the categories consist of 50 percent women. In the important Breakout Performance of the Year category we find Cate Hall and Kelly Minkin alongside Joshua Beckley and Asher Conniff. Needless to say both Hall and Minkin got our votes, but it’s positive to discover that a significant part of the poker industry has chosen to nominate Minkin and Hall as well.
Even if Minkin does not win the category, she is sure to be honored with the award for 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year as she claimed the top spot of the Player of the Year Ladies list in front of Esther Taylor-Brady and Cate Hall.
The experienced TV and video presenters Kara Scott and Sarah Herring have made their way into the category Poker Presenter of the Year along with Joe Stapleton and David Tuchman. And on the list of Charitable Initiative of the Year Maria Ho and Vanessa Rousso are indirectly among the nominees as they hosted the Chad Brown Memorial Tournament.
You can find the list of all the nominees here. Be sure to check out the winners, when we return with the results late February.