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The 3rd American Poker Awards wraps up in Beverly Hills

27 February 2017

The winners from the 2017 American Poker Awards.

The winners from the 2017 American Poker Awards. (photo by American Poker Awards)

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Third annual American Poker Awards and Conference, sponsored by PokerStars, has recently concluded at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills in a night celebrating the game's brightest stars, breakout players, and standout industry influencers and media persons throughout the Americas. Over 150 top players and industry figures were in attendance both to discuss the future of the poker ecosystem as it moves into 2017 and to celebrate last year's biggest achievements in the game.

David Peters took the most prestigious trophy in a competitive category – GPI Player of the Year – honored for a world-topping performance on the live tournament scene in 2016 that culminated with a 3rd finish at the last-ever EPT Main Event to edge past Fedor Holz in the yearly rankings.

In a night full of recognition, the emotional high water mark arguably came with Mori Eskandani's acceptance (in absentia) of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award, with everyone in attendance opting to give the televised poker pioneer a standing ovation out of respect, regardless. Eskandani, along with his production company PokerPROductions, were instrumental in ushering in the modern age of poker shows on television, having a hand in a majority of the most popular poker programs aired during the last decade – from WSOP coverage, to NBC's National Heads-Up Championship and High Stakes Poker, among others.

In a running theme with the American Poker Awards, this year's categories reflected the game's quick evolution into new media as well, with awards for Twitch Streamer of the Year and Poker Podcast of the Year added alongside established categories. The night was an apt distillation of poker's progress through 2016, and the industry's continued focus on cooperation and innovation was plainly visible.

Here is a complete list of all 2017 American Poker Awards winners:
GPI Player of the Year: David Peters
GPI Female Player of the Year: Cate Hall
Media Person of the Year: Joe Stapleton
Industry Person of the Year: Sean McCormack (Director of Poker Operations – ARIA)
Breakout Performance of the Year: Maurice Hawkins
Tournament Performance of the Year: Ari Engel (winning the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event)
Mid-Major Circuit of the Year: World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)
Event of the Year: Super High Roller Bowl
Charitable Initiative of the Year: Dan Smith Charity Drive
APA Lifetime Achievement Award: Mori Eskandani
Moment of the Year: Jason Mercier goes on a heaters: Captures 2 WSOP bracelets and a 2nd place finish in a single week to secure the GPI WSOP Player of the Year award in 2016.
Poker Media Content of the Year: Bob, Charlie and a life-changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives)
Twitch Streamer of the Year: Jason Somerville (jcarverpoker)
Poker Podcast of the Year: Joe Ingram (Poker Life Podcast with Joe Ingram)
PocketFives Legacy Award: Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy
The Hendon Mob Award: John Holley
APA Jury Prize: Matt Savage

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