Jason Mercier Does the Double at GPI American Poker Awards

February 24th, 2017 | by Kaycee James
Jason Mercier American Poker Awards

Another glitzy GPR American Poker Awards is in the books and this year Jason Mercier came out on top. (Image: revolutionpix for GPI)

The third annual Global Poker Index (GPI) American Poker Awards recently named its class of 2017 and leading the way with two awards was Jason Mercier.

As part of the GPI’s ongoing mission to recognize talent and turn poker into a sport with rankings akin to the ATP in tennis, the great and the good made their way to LA on February 23rd.

Taking place inside the Sofitel Beverly Hills, the ceremony saw everyone from GPI leader Alex Dreyfus to Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu pay homage to 2016’s top industry figures.

In the lead up to the event, Mike Sexton was the talk of the town thanks to his three nominations.

But when the trophies had been handed out, it was Mercier who walked away as the man of the moment.

Mercier Makes it Two

Nominated in the Moment of the Year category for his impressive run at the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Mercier got the nod over Sexton, Griffin Benger and David Peters.

The American kicked off his 2016 WSOP campaign with a 35th place finish in Event 15, the $1,500 Eight Game Mix event (10 June).

From there he went on to win Event 16 ($10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball) on June 11, take second in Event 20 ($10,000 Seven Card Razz) on June 13 and the clinch another win just two days later in Event 24 on June 15 ($10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship).

Just 14 days after winning his second bracelet of the years, Mercier had racked up another six cashes and, by the time the Series was over, he’d notched up 11 in-the-money finishes.

Thanks to that run, Mercier not only won the Moment of the Year Award, but he was named the WSOP GPI Player of the Year.

GPI Recognizes Old and New

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Jason Somerville (Twitch Streamer of the Year) and Joey Ingram (Poker Podcast of the Year) won awards for the social media efforts.

Beyond the new breed of players picking up wins, poker player and TV producer Mori Eskandani was acknowledged for his services to poker with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The man behind shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker has long been close with the game’s top players, including Phil Hellmuth who congratulated his friend via Twitter.

“Mori gets the only standing ovation at the #AmericanPokerAwards!!  The poker world KNOWS what he Mori has done for us.  Thanks Mori,” Hellmuth tweeted.

Overall, the GPI American poker Awards was another success and yet another sign that poker is growing as both an industry and a sport.

Third Annual GPI American Poker Awards Winners

GPI Player of the Year = David Peters

GPI Female Player of the Year = Cate Hall

WSOP GPI Player of the Year = Jason Mercier

Breakout Performance of the Year = Maurice Hawkins

Poker Media Content of the Year = Lance Bradley

Mid-Major Circuit of the Year = WSOP Circuit

The Hendon Mob Award = John Holley

Event of the Year = Super High Roller Bowl

Poker Podcast of the Year = Joey Ingram

Media Person of the Year = Joe Stapleton

PocketFives Legacy Award = Cliff Josephy

Twitch Streamer of the Year = Jason Somerville

Charitable Initiative of the Year = Dan Smith

Industry Person of the Year = Sean McCormack

Tournament Performance of the Year = Ari Engel

Lifetime Achievement Award = Mori Eskandani

Moment of the Year = Jason Mercier

Jury Prize = Matt Savage

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