Maurice Hawkins, Ari Engel, and Jason Mercier were among the select few who were felicitated at the recent third annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards, jointly presented by PokerStars and the Global Poker Index (GPI). The ceremony was held at the Sofitel Beverly Hills. In total 17 awards were presented to personalities from various aspects of the poker industry.
The Tournament Performance of the Year was scalped by Engel for winning the Aussie Millions Main Event (AU$1.6 Million) after overcoming a field of 732 entries.
Hawkins won the Breakout Performance of the Year Award, for his splendid collection of scores that included four World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit gold rings, along with three of those from Main Events.
The Moment of the Year award fell to Mercier, who kept the entire poker world of fans bedazzled at the 2016 WSOP, by winning two bracelets, one runner-up finish and more.
Engel and Hawkins, along with Lance Bradley were nominated in two categories. Bradley took the Media Content of the Year for "Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey."
The sole winner to receive a standing ovation was veteran Mori Eskandani, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Eskandani, a legendary poker-films producer was awarded by Scott, who spoke quite emotionally about the maker.
John Holley took home the Hendon Mob Award for his consistent cashes on the Circuit.
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