American Poker Awards Scheduled for February

The Global Poker Index, the world's most prominent leaderboard ranking for tournament poker players, has announced the dates for its fourth annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel on February 22.

The American Poker Awards are like the Academy Awards of the poker industry. It is a time to recognize the unique contributions of an elite group of players over the past year. As the industry is ever-evolving, the award categories are not set in stone. GPI president Alex Dreyfus will announce the categories for this year's Awards in the coming weeks.

Last year's APA ceremony honored David Peters as the GPI Player of the Year. Other big winners last year were Maurice Hawkins, who won Breakout Player of the Year for his endurance on the WSOP Circut, and Mori Eskandani, who claimed the Lifetime Achievement Award for years of dedication as a poker TV producer.

Last year's event included 18 awards. According to a statement from Dreyfus, there could be fewer categories this year. He confirmed there would be “over a dozen” categories. Two of the awards have already been decided, and the winners named: the American Poker Player of the Year, and GPI Female Player of the Year, which will go to Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell, respectively.

The GPI has yet to set a date for the European counterpart to the ceremony. Dreyfus said he is waiting to secure a sponsor for the event.

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