This year, the Global Poker Index American Poker Awards were engulfed in flames after two of the nominees, and more precisely the Canadian poker veteran Daniel Negreanu and the American poker notable Doug Polk locked horns in an online verbal spat. The intrigue went hot as fire after it became clear that the two poker Titans need to compete in the same categories, including “Video Blogger” and “Poker’s Biggest Influencer”. The saga between the two poker players made the biggest headlines in the poker world over the last few days.
The fourth edition of the American Poker Awards saw the nomination of 54 poker celebrities in 20 different categories. According to Murphy’s Law, the two poker rivals Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk found themselves nominated in the same categories. The two players saw their pride at stake, fiercely struggling to protect it.
The lavish event took place yesterday at Andaz West Hollywood. Poker celebrities were raising their glasses in celebration, eagerly expecting to hear who will leave the event with yet another poker trophy. The adrenaline, excitement and atmosphere were more than amazing. Late in the evening, the waiting game was over as the organizers of the event announced the names of the poker celebrities to go home with an award.
What Happened at the Ceremony?
Contrary to all the expectations, Doug Polk, who was nominated in three categories, could not navigate his way to the award. As aforementioned, the player earned nominations for “Video Blogger”, “Poker’s Biggest Influencer” and “Tournament Performance”. What was even more shocking was the fact that Daniel Negreanu also could not see his name topping one of the two categories in which he was nominated.
Andrew Neeme was the player to take home the trophy for “Video Blogger of the Year”. Cary Katz was the player, who won the award for “Poker’s Biggest Influencer”. In other words, Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk left the ceremony empty-handed. In a recent podcast, Daniel Negreanu questioned the nomination of Doug Polk. It is yet to become clear if the things between the two players will start to warm up a bit or the poker fans will wait for that to happen till hell freezes over.
Nevertheless, the loved-by-many Canadian poker player Kristen Bicknell managed to win an award for “GPI Female Player of the Year” after she scored the most points Global Poker Index (GPI) Points during the 2017 poker season. The Canadian charming lady currently has a live poker bankroll amounting to $1,245,453, but she seems restless to reach new peaks in her career.