Suomalaisilla menestyksekäs historia GPA:n edeltäjägaalassa

Suomalaisittainkin jännittävät Global Poker Awardsit järjestetään ensi kuussa vasta kolmatta kertaa, mutta pokerialan merkittävimmän gaalan historia ulottuu jopa pokeribuumin toiselle puolen. Viimeisen 21 vuoden aikana voittajakehässäkin on poseerannut lukuisia suomalaisia.

Gaala sai alkunsa vuonna 2001 nimellä European Poker Awards. Tuolloin palkintokategorioiden lista oli huomattavasti nykyistä lyhyempi, ja gaalan nimen mukaisesti ehdolla oli vain eurooppalaisia. European Poker Awardseja järjestettiin aina vuoteen 2016 asti, ja rapakon takana kehitettiin vastaava American Poker Awards -gaala vuonna 2018. Vuonna 2019 gaalat yhdistyivät ja siirtyivät Global Poker Indexin alaisuuteen sekä PokerGO:n televisioitavaksi.

Suomalaiset loistivat European Poker Awardseissa etenkin gaalan alkuvuosina. Vuonna 2003 Suomeen tuli peräti kaksi pystiä viidestä mahdollisesta, kun nuori pokerikomeetta Juha Helppi (etusivun kuvassa) valittiin Vuoden tulokkaaksi ja Teresa Nousiainen Poker Staff Person of the Year -palkinnon voittajaksi.

Suomalaiset voittivat Vuoden tulokkaan palkinnon kolmesti putkeen, kun Jani Sointula (2004) ja Patrik Antonius (2005) pokkasivat pystit takanreunalle.

Vuodesta 2009 eteenpäin gaalaan lisättiin palkintokategoria Vuoden nettipelaajalle, ja suomalaiset menestyivät alusta alkaen loistavasti. Antonius sai kyseisen kunnian heti vuonna 2009, ja tämän jalanjäljissä seurasivat Ilari Sahamies (2011) sekä Jens Kyllönen (2012).

Kyllösen 10 vuoden takaisen voiton jälkeen ei kaikille avoimissa kategorioissa ole suomalaisvoittajia saatu. Kenties tilanne korjaantuu kuukauden kuluttua, kun Vuoden videotuotannon palkinto jaetaan Las Vegasissa?

Poker Awards -voittajat kautta aikojen:

European Poker Awards

2001

  • Player of the Year: Marcel Lüske
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Simon Trumper
  • Rookie of the Year: Alexander Krawtschenko
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Thomas Kremser
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Pascal Perrault

2002

  • Player of the Year: Gary Bush
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Barny Boatman
  • Rookie of the Year: Kirill Gerasimov
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Adele Brujin
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Liam Flood

2003

  • Player of the Year: Dave Colclough
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Gus Hansen
  • Rookie of the Year: Juha Helppi
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Teresa Nousiainen
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Lucy Rokach

2004

  • Player of the Year: Marcel Lüske
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Martin De Knijff
  • Rookie of the Year: Jani Sointula
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Andres Burget
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Ulliott

2005

  • Player of the Year: Rob Hollink
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Rob Hollink
  • Rookie of the Year: Patrik Antonius
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Sabine Hazoume
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Colclough

2006

  • Player of the Year: Roland De Wolfe
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Victoria Coren
  • Rookie of the Year: Mats Iremark
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Roy Houghton
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: John Duthie

2007

  • Player of the Year: Alexander Krawtschenko
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Katja Thater
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Annette Obrestad
  • Rookie of the Year: Søren Kongsgaard
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Madeleine Harper
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: Robert Gardner
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Thomas Kremser

2008

  • Player of the Year: Bertrand Grospellier
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Sandra Naujoks
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Peter Eastgate
  • Rookie of the Year: Ivan Demidow
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Jonathan Raab
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: Robert Yong
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcel Lüske

2009

  • Player of the Year: Witali Lunkin
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Sandra Naujoks
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Jeff Lisandro
  • Rookie of the Year: Antoine Saout
  • Online Player of the Year: Patrik Antonius
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Tony G
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: Edgar Stuchly
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruno Fitoussi

2010

  • Player of the Year: Jake Cody
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Liv Boeree
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: James Bord
  • Rookie of the Year: Jake Cody
  • Online Player of the Year: Andreas Torbergsen
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Gerard Serra Retamero
  • Poker Personality of the Year: Tony G
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Nic Szeremeta

2011

  • Player of the Year: Sam Trickett
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Natalya Nikitina
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Pius Heinz
  • Rookie of the Year: Andrei Pateitschuk
  • Online Player of the Year: Ilari Sahamies
  • Event of the Year: World Series of Poker Europe 2011
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Warren Lush
  • Poker Personality of the Year: Bertrand Grospellier
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jesse May

2012

  • GPI Player of the Year: Marvin Rettenmaier
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Lucille Cailly
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Davidi Kitai
  • Rookie of the Year: Ole Schemion
  • Online Player of the Year: Jens Kyllönen
  • Event of the Year: European Poker Tour Barcelona
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year: Simon Trumper
  • Poker Personality of the Year: Kara Scott
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Gus Hansen
  • Austrian Player of the Year: Ivo Donev
  • Belgian Player of the Year: Davidi Kitai
  • Finnish Player of the Year: Juha Helppi
  • French Player of the Year: Bertrand Grospellier
  • German Player of the Year: Marvin Rettenmaier
  • Irish Player of the Year: Dermot Blain
  • Italian Player of the Year: Andrea Dato
  • Spanish Player of the Year: César García
  • UK Player of the Year: Roberto Romanello

2013

  • GPI Player of the Year: Ole Schemion
  • Leading Lady of the Year Award: Ana Márquez
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Philipp Gruissem
  • Rookie of the Year: Adrián Mateos
  • Online Player of the Year: Toby Lewis
  • Event of the Year: FTP Galway Festival
  • Industry Person of the Year: Neil Johnson
  • Poker Personality of the Year: Roger Hairabedian
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Barny Boatman
  • Belgian Player of the Year: Davidi Kitai
  • Dutch Player of the Year: Govert Metaal
  • Finnish Player of the Year: Joni Jouhkimainen
  • French Player of the Year: Benjamin Pollak
  • Irish Player of the Year: Dermot Blain
  • Italian Player of the Year: Dario Sammartino
  • Spanish Player of the Year: Adrián Mateos
  • UK Player of the Year: Stephen Chidwick

2014

  • GPI Player of the Year: Ole Schemion
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Liv Boeree
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Martin Jacobson
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Jack Salter
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in unter 2000 Euro): Battle of Malta
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in über 2000 Euro): European Poker Tour Vienna Main Event
  • Industry Person of the Year: Leon Tsoukernik
  • Poker’s Best Ambassador: George Danzer
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: Raising for Effective Giving Charity
  • Media Content of the Year: Victor Saumont (für „Nosebleed“)
  • Media Person of the Year: Marc Convey
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: Unibet (for opening their online poker platform)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Pierre Neuville
  • French Player of the Year: Erwann Pecheux
  • Irish Player of the Year: Dermot Blain
  • Italian Player of the Year: Mustapha Kanit
  • Polish Player of the Year: Dominik Pańka
  • Russian Player of the Year: Anatoli Filatow
  • Spanish Player of the Year: Adrián Mateos
  • UK Player of the Year: Oliver Price
  • Ukrainian Player of the Year: Eugene Katschalow

2015

  • GPI Player of the Year: Fedor Holz
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Liv Boeree
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Adrián Mateos
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Dzmitry Urbanovich
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in unter 2000 Euro): Norwegian Championships Norway Cup
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in über 2000 Euro): European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event
  • Moment of the Year: John Gale (for his three-year comeback)
  • Media Content of the Year: Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold
  • Industry Person of the Year: Hermance Blum
  • Media Content of the Year: Jesse May
  • Media Person of the Year: Remko Rinkema
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: Norwegian Championship broadcast
  • Jury Award: Neil Stoddart

American Poker Awards

2014

  • Poker’s Best Ambassador: Daniel Negreanu
  • GPI Player of the Year: Daniel Colman
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Vanessa Selbst
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Brandon Shack-Harris
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Lipscomb (Gründer der World Poker Tour)
  • Industry Person of the Year: Adam Pliska (Präsident der World Poker Tour)
  • Media Person of the Year: Chris Grove (Reporter von Onlinepoker)
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Mark Newhouse (beim Main Event der World Series of Poker)
  • Media Content of the Year: Brad Willis (für die PokerStars-Blogs „WSOP 2014: Stages / Never Stop Fighting“)
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in über 2000 Dollar): Main Event der World Series of Poker 2014
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in unter 2000 Dollar): Monster Stack der World Series of Poker 2014
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: „All In“ for Kids Poker Tournament Presented by CHOP & WPT Foundation
  • Innovation of the Year: Twitch (für Livestream-Poker)

2015

  • GPI Player of the Year: Byron Kaverman
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Kelly Minkin
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Sexton
  • Award for Contributions to the Industry: Kevin Mathers
  • Media Person of the Year: Donnie Peters
  • Industry Person of the Year: Matt Savage (Founder of the Tournament Directors Association and President of the World Poker Tour)
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Anthony Zinno (beim LA Poker Classic der World Poker Tour)
  • Breakout Performance of the Year: Joshua Beckley
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in über 2000 Dollar): Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown der World Poker Tour
  • Event of the Year (Buy-in unter 2000 Dollar): The Colossus der World Series of Poker 2015
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: Charity Series of Poker (entgegengenommen von Matt Stout)
  • Poker Presenter of the Year: Kara Scott
  • Poker Moment of the Year: Daniel Negreanu (wurde 11. im Main Event der World Series of Poker)
  • Poker Media Content of the Year: Joe Giron (for his Daniel Negreanu photo)
  • Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year: First online poker tournament held at the 2015 World Series of Poker

2016

  • GPI Player of the Year: David Peters
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Cate Hall
  • WSOP Player of the Year: Jason Mercier
  • Breakout Performance of the Year: Maurice Hawkins
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Ari Engel (im Main Event der Aussie Millions Poker Championship)
  • Moment of the Year: Jason Mercier (for his performance at the 2016 World Series of Poker )
  • Industry Person of the Year: Sean McCormack (Pokerdirektor im Aria Resort & Casino)
  • Media Person: Joe Stapleton
  • Media Content: Lance Bradley (für „Bob, Charlie And A Life-Changing WSOP Main Event“)
  • Podcast: Joe Ingram (for “Poker Life Podcast”)
  • Twitch Streamer: Jason Somerville
  • Event of the Year: Super High Roller Bowl
  • Mid-Major Circuit of the Year: Circuitturniere der World Series of Poker
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mori Eskandani (Produzent von Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker und der National Heads-Up Poker Championship)
  • Jury Prize: Matt Savage
  • PocketFives Legacy Award: Cliff Josephy
  • The Hendon Mob Award: John Holley (for most cashes in the Hendon Mob)
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: Dan Smith (für „Charity Run“)

2017

  • GPI American Player of the Year: Bryn Kenney
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Kristen Bicknell
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Artur Papazyan
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Scott Blumstein (beim Main Event der World Series of Poker)
  • Moment of the Year: Ema Zajmović (bei der WPT Playground)
  • Event of the Year: partypoker Millions North America
  • Mid-Major Circuit of the Year: WPTDeepStacks
  • Journalist of the Year: Lance Bradley
  • Broadcaster of the Year: Nick Schulman
  • Media Content of the Year: Dead Money
  • Podcast of the Year: PokerCentral Podcast
  • Video Blogger of the Year: Andrew Neeme
  • Poker Streamer of the Year: Jaime Staples
  • Industry Person of the Year: Matt Savage
  • Poker’s Biggest Influencer of the Year: Cary Katz
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker: Norman Chad & Lon McEachern
  • Charitable Initiative of the Year: One Step Closer Foundation
  • Jury Prize: Eric Danis
  • PocketFives Legacy Award: Ari Engel
  • People’s Choice Award: Andrew Neeme

Global Poker Awards

2018

  • GPI Poker Player of the Year: Alex Foxen
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Kristen Bicknell
  • Tournament Performance of the Year: John Cynn (beim Main Event der World Series of Poker)
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Almedin Imširović
  • Streamer of the Year: Lex Veldhuis
  • Vlogger of the Year: Andrew Neeme
  • Podcast of the Year: David Lappin, Dara O’Kearney (für „The Chip Race Poker Podcast“)
  • Broadcaster of the Year: Maria Ho
  • Poker Journalist of the Year: Sarah Herring
  • Media Content of the Year: Lance Bradley (for his book “The Pursuit of Poker Success”)
  • Industry Person of the Year: Angelica Hael (Vice President of the World Poker Tour )
  • Tournament Director of the Year: Paul Campbell (Aria Resort & Casino)
  • Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year: RUNGOOD Poker Series
  • Event of the Year: Main Event der World Series of Poker
  • Moment of the Year: Justin Bonomo (beim Big One for One Drop)
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker: Doyle Brunson
  • Charitable Initiative: Robbie Strazynski (for his “Run Well” campaign)
  • Jury Prize: Drew Amato
  • PocketFives Legacy Award: Chris Moorman
  • People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year: Brad Owen

2019

  • GPI Poker Player of the Year: Alex Foxen
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Kristen Bicknell
  • Final Table Performance of the Year: Phillip Hui (bei der Poker Player’s Championship)
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Robert Campbell
  • Player’s Choice for Toughest Opponent of the Year: Stephen Chidwick
  • People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year: Jonathan Little
  • People’s Choice for Hand of the Year: Ryan Riess (for his correct call with 10 high at the Main Event of the European Poker Tour in Monte-Carlo )
  • Twitter Personality of the Year: Jamie Kerstetter
  • Streamer of the Year: Lex Veldhuis
  • Vlogger of the Year: Andrew Neeme
  • Podcast of the Year: Jennifer Shahade (für „The Grid“)
  • Broadcaster of the Year: Nick Schulman
  • Journalist of the Year: Joey Ingram
  • Media Content of the Year (Written): Martin Harris (for his book “Poker and Pop Culture”)
  • Media Content of the Year (Photo): Drew Amato (for his picture of Dario Sammartino at the WSOP Main Event )
  • Media Content of the Year (Video): Joey Ingram (für sein Video „Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live“)
  • Industry Person of the Year: Paul Phua (für Triton Poker)
  • Tournament Director of the Year: Matt Savage (World Poker Tour)
  • Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year: Rungood Poker Series
  • Event of the Year: PokerStars Players Championship
  • Award of Merit: Pokerturnier-Livereporter
  • Poker Icon Award: Johnny Chan
  • Hendon Mob Award: John Cernuto

 

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