Global Poker Awards celebrates Top Performers of 2023

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Photo Credit – GPI

The 5th annual Global Poker Awards wrapped up its festivities earlier this week with 29 trophies awarded throughout the night, highlighting exemplary player performances and standout contributions in the poker industry. Held in the PokerGO® Studio at Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, the evening ceremony saw its halls filled with its share of poker players, personalities, and well-known figures within the community.

Repeat winners were seen all around beginning with four-time recipient of the GPI Female Player of the Year, Kristen Foxen. Players’ Choice for Toughest Opponent also saw third time straight winner Stephen Chidwick, stand up to the title once again, remaining to be the only player to do so in history. First time GPA winners such as GPI Poker Player of the Year Bin Weng and GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year Nick Pupillo, were likewise honored for their outstanding performances along with Isaac Haxton who claimed the PokerGO Player of the Year title with three wins, fourteen cashes and over $7.2 Million in PGT winnings.

Other figures who emerged as maiden winners included Jans Arends (Breakout Player), Toby Stone (Tournament Director), Ali Nejad (Broadcaster), Marle Spragg (X/Twitter Personality), Jaman Burton (Vlogger), Daniel Sepiol (Final Table), and Bert Stevens (Streamer). Content creators who have helped transform poker into a whole new ordeal, were also recognized for their contributions including Caitlin Comeskey for the Best Short-Term Content Creator award, Greg Liow for Fans’ Choice – Personality, and The Chip Race as a returning recipient for Best Podcast. 

Global brands World Poker Tour (WPT), Pokerstars, and World Series of Poker, similarly added awards to their roster of achievements with WPT Prime coming out as this year’s Best Mid-Major Tour/Circuit and  Adam Pliska as Best Industry Person. Pokerstars LIVE on the other hand, was Fans’ Choice as Best Live Stream and saw its lead director for EPT Toby Stone, clinch his first career GPA. WSOP lastly, was proud to have its Main Event dubbed as the Best Event of the year. 

Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Additionally, Asian Poker Tour joined the list with its Taipei Lion Trophy voted as the Best Trophy by the community. A pillar of the industry, Doyle Brunson’s dedication to the game was also commemorated with the 2023 Poker Icon award. The night ended with Ali Nejad offering his gratitude to all those who helped him clinch this award, from mentors, inspirations, down to his fans. 

Global Poker Awards Winners

Category Winner
GPI Poker Player of the Year Bin Weng
GPI Female Player of the Year Kristen Foxen
GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year Nick Pupillo
GPI Breakout Player Jans Arends
Best Industry Person Adam Pliska
Best Tournament Director Toby Stone
Best Stand-Alone Festival/Series Wynn Millions
Best Event WSOP Main Event
Best Mid-Major Tour/Circuit WPT Prime
Best Broadcaster Ali Nejad
Charitable/Community Initiative  Nadya Magnus
Best Final Table Performance Daniel Sepiol at WPT Championship
GPI Award of Merit GGPoker Game of Gold
Poker Icon Doyle Brunson
The Hendon Mob Award Casey Kastle
Best X/Twitter Personality Marle Spragg
Best Vlogger Jaman Burton
Players’ Choice for Toughest Opponent Stephen Chidwick
Best Podcast The Chip Race
PokerGO Player of the Year Isaac Haxton
Best Short-Form Content Creator Caitlin Comeskey
Best Streamer Bert “Girafganger” Stevens
Fans’ Choice – Personality Greg “Greg Goes All-In” Liow
Fans’ Choice – Best Live Stream PokerStars Live
Fans’ Choice – Best Trophy Asian Poker Tour Taipei Lion Trophy
Fans’ Choice – Best Hand Triton London
Best Media Content – Photo Rachel Kay Winter “Schulman Cool”
Best Media Content – Video PokerGO: Doyle Brunson Celebration of Life
Best Media Content – Written The Tales of Billy Baxter: The Final Days of Stu Ungar (David Hill for


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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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