Earlier this week, the Global Poker Index (GPI) announced that the inaugural Global Poker Awards (GPA) will be held on April 5 and will be available via live stream on PokerGO. A short while after the announcement of the dates, the GPI released the list of nominees of the 20 different categories where players and contributors to the world of online poker. However, the list of nominees was not warmly welcomed by the online poker fans on social media and various poker forums with most of them citing concerns regarding how deserving some of the nominees were.
The Global Poker index has a pretty robust system in place to help in ranking over 450,000 poker players from all over the world and determining who the best performing ones are at the end of the year. In fact, the GPI is reportedly now in the process of patenting the ranking systems. Now, the list of nominees for the April 5 Global Poker Awards was presumably done differently – not much is known about the process that was used.
The GPI did release some information that stated that the nomination of was done by 130 individuals from different corners of the globe – these individuals sent their votes and this is how the organization came up with the list of nominees. Still, this has not been met well with many poker fans since the 130 individuals that voted are not known and nothing has been made clear in terms of the criteria that was used to select them.
Most complaints primarily targeted to specific categories where, apparently, fan-favorite poker players or contributors were not included and in their place were people who should have never featured in the list in the first place. The Vlogger of the Year category, for instance, draw a lot of attention primarily because it included Doug Polk who was not really active in his vlogging for the entire duration of 2018.
The same applied to the Stream of the Year category which included Jason Sommerville who also did very little streaming last year.
This controversy is a huge PR nightmare for the company and therefore it has resorted to addressing the critics instead of just ignoring them and proceeding as planned. This means that all the poker fans that were upset about the nominations can finally do something about it. The GPI is now taking fan nominations and anyone can submit a vote at the Global Poker Awards (GPA) website. This is a great way of dealing with the issue and perhaps a great lesson for the company going forward.