Ingram, Chidwick & Kerstetter Among 2nd Annual Global Poker Award Winners

2nd Annual Global Poker Awards

On Friday, March 6, the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas played host to the second annual Global Poker Awards. The ceremony, which was hosted by Maria Ho and Drea Renee, recognized players, media and industry professionals for their accomplishments in 2019.

Poker Hall of Famer Johnny Chan was honored with the inaugural Poker ICON award, while "Miami" John Cernuto, became the second recipient of the Hendon Mob Award.

Here’s a look at all those who claimed Global Poker Awards (a full list of nominees appears at the bottom of this article)

GPI Breakout Player of the YearRobert Campbell
Final Table Performance of the YearPhillip Hui – WSOP Poker Players Championship
Twitter Personality of the YearJamie Kerstetter
Players Choice for Toughest OpponentStephen Chidwick
Streamer of the YearLex Veldhuis
Vlogger of the YearAndrew Neeme
Podcast of the YearThe Grid: Jennifer Shahade
Industry Person of the YearPaul Phua – Triton Poker
Tournament Director of the YearMatt Savage
Event of the YearPokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Bahamas
Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the YearRunGood Poker Series (RGPS)
Journalist of the YearJoey Ingram
Broadcaster of the YearNick Schulman
Media Content of the Year WrittenPoker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris for D&B Publishing
Media Content of the Year PhotoDrew Amato: Dario Sammartino folds at WSOP
Media Content of the Year VideoJoey Ingram – Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories
People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the YearJonathan Little
People’s Choice for Hand of the YearRyan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo
Award of MeritTournament Live Reporters
Poker ICON AwardJohnny Chan
Hendon Mob Award"Miami" John Cernuto

Repeat Winners

The awards kicked off with Kristen Bicknell claiming the GPI Female Player of the Year award for the third year in a row, while her significant other Alex Foxen took GPI POY for the second straight year.

The power couple wasn’t the only back-to-back winners. Lex Veldhuis and Andrew Neeme both won again for “Streamer of the Year” and “Vlogger of the Year” respectively, while the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) claimed “Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year” after doing so in 2018.

Finally, poker photographer Drew Amato was victorious for “Photo of the Year” to claim an award for the second year in a row.

Joey Ingram Claims Two Awards

The Mike Postle scandal was arguably the story of the year, and it is the coverage of which that has helped net Joey Ingram four nominations in the Global Poker Awards. His “Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live” won for Media Content: Video, and he also claimed the award for Journalist of the Year

Full List of Winners

Here’s a look at all the categories with the winners of each award bolded.

Breakout Player

Final Table Performance

Twitter Personality

Player's Choice for Toughest Opponent




  • DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu
  • Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram
  • The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley, Donnie Peters
  • The Grid: Jennifer Shahade

Industry Person

  • Phil Galfond - Run it Once Poker
  • Cary Katz - Poker Central/PokerGO
  • Paul Phua - Triton Poker
  • Matt Savage - WPT/TDA

Tournament Director

  • Tony Burns - Seminole Hard Rock
  • Paul Campbell - Aria
  • Jack Effel - World Series of Poker
  • Matt Savage - WPT/TDA

Event of the Year

Mid-Major Tour/Circuit


  • Lance Bradley
  • Haley Hintze
  • Joey Ingram
  • Nick Jones


  • Jamie Kerstetter
  • Jeff Platt
  • Nick Schulman
  • Joe Stapleton

Media Content: Written

Media Content: Photo

Media Content: Video

People's Choice for Poker Personality

People's Choice for Hand of the Year

Pictures courtesy of Global Poker Index

  • Check out the results from the second annual Global Poker Awards. @Joeingram1 claimed to trophies.

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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