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Negreanu Awarded at APAs

3 March 2015, By:
Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Colman were among those recognized this past weekend at the first annual American Poker Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.
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Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Colman were among those recognized this past weekend at the first annual American Poker Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.

Doyle Brunson had successful cancer surgery and will be back at the tables soon and Jason Somerville will now broadcast Run it UP under the PokerStars umbrella.

Negreanu, Selbst, Colman Among Winners at First Annual American Poker Awards

On Friday the best and brightest of the poker industry gathered in Beverly Hills, CA for the first annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony is the equivalent of the long-running British Poker Awards and was adapted by Global Poker Index CEO Alex Dreyfus.

The ceremony was all-encompassing recognizing players, industry leaders and media superstars. Most awards were determined by a 60-person panel comprised of top media members and industry personnel.

Dan Smith was recognized for finishing 2014 in the top spot on the Global Poker Index. Dan Colman was awarded GPI Player of the Year while Vanessa Selbst was awarded GPI Female Player of the Year for the third time in a row.

Daniel Negreanu was recognized as Poker's Best Ambassador topping Phil Ivey, Jason Somerville and Mike Sexton.

The WSOP and WPT both took two awards each. The Monster Stack took the award for best tournament with a buy-in under $2k while the Main Event took the award for the top event above $2k.

WPT Founder Steve Lipscomb took the Lifetime Achievement Award while WPT President Adam Pilska took the award for Industry Person of the Year.

The reception for the APA was overwhelmingly positive and the event is expected to remain an annual tradition that will likely be expanded in upcoming years.

Doyle Brunson Has Successful Cancer Surgery

Doyle Brunson underwent surgery on Monday to remove a melanoma from his head. This was the 12th major surgery for the 81-year-old.

Brunson took to Twitter on Monday evening and revealed that everything went well.

Got through surgery at hospital in Phoenix today. All clear.#praisetheLord

- Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) March 3, 2013

There were other areas of concern leading up to this surgery but biopsies proved negative, so it appears that we will be seeing Doyle at the cash tables of Bellagio for a quite a while longer.

Jason Somerville Signs With PokerStars

Showing that it still has its finger on the pulse of the poker industry, PokerStars signed pro player and popular Web series host Jason Somerville to Team PokerStars.

Somerville is a WSOP bracelet winner with over $3.9 million in live tournament earnings. In 2013, he joined Ultimate Poker as a sponsored pro and founded his Web series Run it UP.

After the closure of Ultimate Poker, Somerville continued his series on He will now begin the third season of his show under the PokerStars umbrella.

In a statement from Somerville, he stated, "One of things I've learned in the last few years is that these kinds of relationships are co-promotion partnerships.

"They're not like the old days where a poker site would put a patch on a player, and they would be a walking billboard. That no longer has a return on the investment for the poker site."

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