The first edition of the annual GPI American Poker Awards will be held in Los Angeles in February. On this occasion 14 awards will be presented, including GPI player of the year, GPI female player of the year, rising star, best tournament performance, best ambassador, best poker innovation of the year and many more. PokerWomenNews has a seat in the awards’ nomination panel and leading up to the award ceremony we will take a look at and discuss some of the categories from a female perspective – today Media Person of the Year. The criteria are:
“Award presented to the American or Canadian media person judged to have been a leading personality in poker media during the 2014 poker season. Media members are an integral part of the poker world. The best media members have the ability to connect poker fans with the poker world through articles, blogs, photographs or through other means.”
Even if there are a bunch of great women in the poker media our choice for the first edition of the APA was obvious. We nominate a journalist with the highest integrity. An advocate for poker who worked tireless for the poker community, especially in regard to investigating the Full Tilt Poker scandal. We nominate Diamond Flush.
The anonymous poker writer Diamond Flush recently passed away after a struggle with cancer. The news of her passing saw players all around the world pay tribute to the independent writer, who gained legendary status in the aftermath of Black Friday and the Full Tilt scandal. At Subject : Poker she worked with Noah “NoahSD” Stephens-Davidowitz and Thomas Bakker to shed light on every aspect of the Full Tilt Poker scandal. For this website and her own diamondflushpoker she wrote about the misuse of players funds, the secret bank accounts of Chris Ferguson, the first story on Full Tilt’s French investor, the distortion of truth in the Lederer Files and much more. It’s significant that Howard Lederer backed out of an planned interview with Diamond Flush at the last moment.
Besides her groundbreaking work uncovering the Full Tilt scandal Diamond Flush did a great job promoting poker across America. As a resident of New Jersey she helped to introduce regulated online poker in her home state and she was always there to help players with any kind of issues.
One could argue that the most significant work by Diamond Flush was done between 2011 and 2013, but until this summer Diamond Flush kept writing substantial posts about the industry, regulation of online poker, the Fult Tilt remissions payments and Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to “shut down the internet”. The last piece Diamond Flush wrote was on Amaya’s acquisition of PokerStars. Even if it’s too late for Diamond Flush to receive the American Poker Award it’s not too late to honor this exceptional journalist and her contribution to the poker community.
Kara Scott for being such a great ambassador for poker as a player and a presenter and sideline reporter for World Series of Poker and the Premier League. Not to mention her numerous blogs on poker and her often hilarious tweets. Freelance writer Jennifer Newell for her commitment and insight in the industry and her particular focus on women in poker and how to attract more women to the game. Donna Blevins for her poker podcast Big Girl Poker Chat and her work within the industry as a journalist, coach, speaker and board member of Florida State Director for Poker Players Alliance. Producer and presenter Sarah Grant for her always entertaining, relaxed and well-informed video interviews for PokerNews and PokerStars.
Who do you think deserves to be nominated Media Person of the Year?