Global Poker Awards announces new voting process following previous criticism
Several changes have been made in response to concerns over the voting process
The organization behind the Global Poker Awards (GPA) has just released details of the new process, just a few days after the date for this year’s ceremony was confirmed. The awards will take place in Las Vegas in early March, and there is a whole new scenario for how the awards will be granted. GPA went through some criticism from different fronts on the poker sector due to the obsolete voting process that ended up in casual name recognition having a lot of influence in a few categories in last year’s GPA awards, and the award organizers heard those complaints loud and clear.
Now, based on the details shared by the organization this year, the design of how the awards are granted has been well thought out and updated. The intention is for the experts in each category to be the only ones making the choices. In the words of GPA in the press release, “Gone are the days of nomination panel members voting in each and every category and a small jury panel determining the winners, the new process will seek more expert voters in each individual voting category. Those who are experts in media categories, will vote for media categories, those who are passionate about podcasts will vote in the podcast category and so on.” In addition, once the experts choose the names for inclusion (which is what causes the criticism in the first place), the voting members will be the ones determining who the winners will be.
To complete this year’s process to select the winner, for each category, there will be three different rounds of voting. During the last round, the winners for each category will be decided, with first, second and third place selections made for each one.