The annual Global Poker Awards has been the epitome of success since 2019, with professional poker players as well as media personalities merrily receiving the recognition they earned throughout the year. Hard work and dedication greatly paid off for Bosnian-American pro Almedin Imsirovic this 2021 as he captured a trio of awards, including the Global Poker Index Player of the Year title. The crowning festivities, which recently took place at the PokerGO Studio, Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, also celebrated icons such as Mike Sexton, Jamie Kerstetter, and Veronica Brill among others.

Almedin Imsirovic at Global Poker Awards (Image Source: Pokernews)

It’s been 23 months of misery, and here we are”, highlighted Eric Danis, President of the Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob. “I’m proud to say that we have representation from 13 countries this year, making this truly the global poker awards.” 

With a two-year gap following the Covid-19 health situation, many were thrilled to finally see the return of the Global Poker Awards ceremony this February 2022, which was hosted by Jeff Platt and Drea Renee. The festivities kicked off with the announcement of three outstanding performances on the felt, including Ali Imsirovic as GPI Player of the Year, Nadya Magnus as GPI Female Player of the Year, and David Mzareulov as GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year. Best Twitter Personality Jamie Kerstetter likewise defended his title for the second year in a row along with other repeat winners, such as Paul Campbell for the Best Tournament Director and Brad Owen for the Best Vlogger award.

This is not just an individual award. I have the greatest tournament staff in the world. I love this job. I love this industry. I love the players, and I’m just so proud of the recognition and so proud of what we’ve accomplished at Aria.”, said Campbell in his acceptance speech.

Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton (Image Source: Pokernews)

More renowned winners followed suit, including Russian-American writer Maria Konnikova, who received the GPI Award of Merit for her work “The Biggest Bluff”, and poker personality Veronica Brill who received the Charitable Initiative award for her efforts in raising money to specially assist Kenneth “K.L.” Cleeton’s transport for the live 2021 World Series of Poker. Additionally, legend Mike Sexton also sealed his legacy with the 2021 Poker ICON award, accepted by longtime broadcast partner Vince Van Patton on his behalf.

While famous characters in the industry graciously accepted their newly minted awards, it was 27-year-old Imsirovic who found himself returning to the spotlight for a second time after scooping the Player’s Choice for Toughest Opponent award in the Global Poker Awards. Well-deserved, Imsirovic is a poker beast in his own right, having claimed over a dozen six-figure scores and PokerGO Tour titles alone in 2021, the largest of which was the $50K NLH Super High Roller Bowl Europe back in September where he bagged $598,000 for his win.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible, It feels surreal. I couldn’t even describe the shock and disbelief my 18-year-old self would have,” commented Imsirovic.

2021 Global Poker Awards Winners

  • Charitable Initiative: Veronica Brill
  • GPI Award of Merit: Maria Konnikova
  • GPI Female Player of the Year: Nadya Magnus
  • GPI Mid Major Player of the Year: David Mzareulov
  • GPI Player of the Year: Ali Imsirovic
  • PokerGO Tour Player of the Year: Ali Imsirovic
  • Poker ICON: Mike Sexton
  • The Hendon Mob Award: Kevin Mathers
AwardWinnerCountry
Best Final Table PerformanceAdam Friedman, WSOP 10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Max ChampionshipUSA
GPI Breakout PlayerJohan GuilbertFrance
Player’s Choice for Toughest OpponentAli ImsirovicBosnia & Herzegovina
Twitter PersonalityJamie KerstetterUSA
Best StreamerBenjamin “Spraggy” SpraggEngland
Best VloggerBrad OwenUSA
Best Industry PersonMatt SavageUSA
Best Tournament DirectorPaul CampbellUSA
Best EventWorld Series of Poker Main Event
Best PodcastPoker in the Ears – James HartiganEngland
Poker in the Ears – Joseph Stapleton for PokerStarsUSA
Best BroadcasterJeff PlattUSA
Best Live ReporterChristian ZetszcheGermany
Best Media Content: WrittenLance Bradley for PocketFives (Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both)Canada
Best Media Content: PhotoEnrique Malfavon for PokerGO: The WSOP Main Event Bubble BurstsUSA
Best Media Content: VideoRemko Rinkema for PokerGO: Run it Back with Stefanie UngarNetherlands
Fans Choice: Best HandDoug Polk makes epic fold vs. Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes PokerUSA
Fans Choice: Best TrophyMike Sexton WPT Champions Cup
Fans Choice: Poker PersonalityMasato YokosawaJapan