Silverware for Somerville, Stapleton and Mercier at the American Poker Awards
Amid the canapés and the champagne it proved a good night for three members of PokerStars family last night, as the third annual GPI American Poker Awards took place in Beverley Hills.
Jason Somerville's work behind the microphone earned him the Twitch Poker Streamer of the Year award, being nominated alongside some pretty tough and familiar opposition that included Kevin Martin and Jaime Staples.
As the face of EPT and now PokerStars Championship coverage, Joe Stapleton has been our dependable go to man for being centre stage. That meant that we, along with countless other of his "babies" were thrilled to hear that Stapes had collected the Media Person of the Year Award.
Jason Mercier arguably provided several memorable moments last year, not least his on stage proposal to his now wife Natasha. But he won the Poker Moment of the Year award for his two bracelet wins within a week at the 2016 World Series of Poker, which ultimate led to the WSOP Player of Year award.
"It was really cool to win Moment of the Year for 2016. I'm not sure I have ever had or will ever have another week like I experienced during the WSOP last summer," he said. "Getting first, second and then first in three consecutive championship events definitely was an amazing feeling. It's rare to catch such a heater, and I'm just grateful and fortunate that I was able to catch fire like that."
Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and Amaya Inc., said, "This is tremendous and very well deserved recognition for Jason Mercier and Jason Somerville, and we congratulate them both. We are delighted for their continuing achievements and winning moments. Oh, yeah, and that guy Stapes did pretty good too!"
Congratulations to all the winners at last night's awards. For more pictures and details of the other winners last night, go to the American Poker Awards homepage.
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