Are the Global Poker Awards rigged?
Poker players question the recently announced awards
Global Poker Index (GPI) is preparing for the first-ever Global Poker Awards (GPA). It announced the nominees this week, which will be available to take any of the 20 categories for having contributed to the game of poker in 2018. However, some players and poker fans are calling out the awards, which are being presented in conjunction with PokerStars, for some questionable nominees. This is making the poker community how legitimate the awards really are.
According to the GPI, it uses a system to rank over 450,000 poker players from around the world for its GPI, which ultimately leads to the selection of the Male and Female player of the year. However, the GPI apparently uses a different system for the GPA, which includes, in part, submission of votes from the community to determine who makes the shortlist for the GPA categories. 130 individuals have voted, yet nothing is known about who they are and what qualifies them to be able to determine who should be on the shortlist.
There are two specific categories that have really caused an issue and have turned the GPA into nothing more than a sideshow. One is the Vlogger of the Year (VOY) category and the other is the Streamer of the Year (SOY).
The nominees for VOY include Andrew Neeme, Marle Cordeiro, Joe Ingram, Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. That last name stands out like a sore thumb, as Polk did virtually no poker vlogging last year and announced in 2018 that he was giving up the activity to focus on his Upswing Poker site. Even Polk was amused by the GPA nomination, asking on Twitter how he could make the list if he had zero vlogs in 2018. That’s a good question and Brad Owen would probably like to know, as well. Owen has a popular YouTube channel, with videos receiving as much as almost 900,000 views.
On the SOY category, the nominees are Jeff Gross, Jaime Staples, Lex Veldhuis and Jason Somerville. Like Polk, Somerville was virtually absent last year, mostly ignoring his Twitch feed. The list also excluded Parker Talbot, a poker player and Twitch streamer who, while not as active as some, was certainly more active than Somerville last year.
The glaring problems can only result in one of two scenarios – either GPI was extremely clumsy and haphazard in creating its system or the nominations were influenced by outside sources. Either way, the result is the same. The GPA have no relevance to the poker community.