Poker’s Version of the Oscars: “And the American Poker Award goes to….”
Alexandre Dreyfus thinks really big.
He’s in the process of uniting what’s been a terribly fractured industry up until now, a mishmash of varied and often conflicting personal and corporate interests lacking unity on just about every issue that’s critical for growth. He’s become a truly transformational figure within our business who’s not only doing lots of good for poker, but is also striving to elevate the game’s global stature, thereby reconstructing our own ambitions with the same polished allure normally reserved for sports and popular entertainment.
Dreyfus, via the Global Poker Index (GPI), has already performed some really amazing deeds, particularly with his command of the European Poker Awards, which just completed its 13th year. Everyone who is anyone on the European poker scene attends the annual ceremony. Well, he’s now ready to bring similar enthusiasm and grandeur over to the United States, with a long-overdue concept to be called the “American Poker Awards.”
All I can say is — it’s about time.
The inaugural American Poker Awards will take place on Feb. 27th, at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. That day will also include a poker conference which is not to be missed by anyone holding a leadership position within the poker industry. Best of all, registration is free, although seating is limited. I was asked to moderate a panel discussion on the positive relationship that exists between live and online poker. Here’s the schedule of events, including a complete list of the day’s conferences. CLICK HERE: GLOBAL POKER CONFERENCE FOR NORTH AMERICA 2015
That same evening, the American Poker Awards dinner will take place, honoring those who have worked in poker and performed tasks worth noting. Nominations for several categories are already underway. Many readers may want to get involved in the nominations and making the ultimate selections. Those wanting their voice to be heard who work in poker are encouraged to apply to be part of the nomination panel. CLICK HERE: AMERICAN POKER AWARDS NOMINATION PANEL AND JURY
The awards ceremony will be emceed by Kara Scott, best known for her tireless work in poker for ESPN. Seating is limited to just 200 persons. Therefore, those who are considering attending are encouraged to register now, because the events will certainly be filled quickly. Again, since the program and show is sponsored (announcement coming soon), there is no charge to attend either the conferences or the dinner/awards ceremony. CLICK HERE: REGISTER NOW
The inaugural American Poker Awards includes 14 categories. I have already selected my nominations. In an upcoming article, I’ll post my choices and why I think they merit being honored for their work.
Thanks again to Alex Dreyfus for being a visionary. Let’s hope this night is a big success and the precursor of many years of exciting awards nights yet to come.
Note: Members of the media may apply for a media pass if you CLICK HERE: 2015 APA MEDIA PASS