PokerStars players and staff honored at the American Poker Awards
Only a few days ago PokerStars players and staff were collecting trophies at the British Poker Awards in London. It served as well earned recognition for their work and the role they play in the poker industry and was celebrated by all of us at PokerStars. Today we woke up to celebrate all over again.
Yesterday the American Poker Awards lit up the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, a ceremony designed to salute the very best the poker world has to offer across the United States and Canada. That included players, the staff who make their lives easier, and the people whose job it is to tell their story. PokerStars is proud to say that three members of its team were among the recipients.
Topping the bill was Daniel Negreanu, who walked away with the award for Best Poker Ambassador.
Only days before he had been presented with the same award (collected on his behalf by Liv Boeree) in London, a mark of the esteem Kid Poker is held in on both sides of the Atlantic. The American version capped off yet another remarkable year for Negreanu, who not only finished second in the Big One for One Drop this summer, going top of the All-Time money list, but he was a first ballot inductee to the Poker Hall of Fame.
Vanessa Selbst is arguably one of the best players of her generation, as well as an icon for women in poker around the world.
Her performances continue to astound, with title after title leaving headline writers without anything original left to say about her poker career. She was rewarded for that again last night, with the Female Player of the Year Award. It's an achievement that will surprise few, but delight many.
Then came the award for the Poker Media Content of the Year, which we declared an interest in a few weeks ago.
We're delighted to say that the award went to Brad Willis, editor and arguably a principle founder of the PokerStars Blog, for his two articles Stages and Never Stop Fighting. They told the story of one woman's fight against cancer while playing the World Series of Poker Main Event last summer. The story touched everyone who read it as Willis captured how important poker can be to someone when the world beyond the tournament room is turned upside down.
Congratulations to all those who were honoured in Los Angeles, especially to our three winners.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.