1. Best On the Felt Moment: Carlos Mortensen finishes 10th at the World Series of Poker Main Event. The November Nine would have become more interesting if the 2002 WSOP Main Event winner (and Poker Hall of Fame nominee) had made the final table. Unfortunately for Mortensen, some questionable play when ten remained meant he suffered the fate of being the bubble boy.
2. Best Off the Felt Moment: Scotty Nguyen elected into the Poker Hall of Fame. Since the Poker Hall of Fame nomination process was opened to the public in 2009, Nguyen appeared on the final ballot all five years. His antics at the 2008 $50,000 HORSE Championship likely cost him votes during the election process, but it appeared time healed old wounds. Nguyen joined Tom McEvoy in the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
3. Favorite TV Personality: Lon McEachern (ESPN). While Norman Chad received the nomination for the 2013 BLUFF Reader’s Choice Awards, McEachern maintains a solid presence as the lead of the broadcast team, a role he’s held since the 2002 WSOP.
4. Favorite Podcast: Jason Somerville – Run It Up. Soon after the launch of Ultimate Poker in Nevada in April, Somerville started a series in which he documents his attempt to turn $50 into $10,000 on the site. During that time, he’s created over 70 videos on his Youtube channel, with a subscriber base of over 11,000 followers, with over one million total views.
5: Breakout Performer: Steven Silverman – After taking a few years off to go back to college, Silverman returned to the tournament circuit with a pair of super high roller victories at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo and the first WPT Alpha8 event in Florida. His 2013 earnings topped $2.2 million.
6. Favorite Male Poker Player: Mike Matusow – Never at a loss for words, Matusow came back from a quiet 2012 to reassert his status among the poker elite. A victory at the $25,000 NBC Heads-Up National Championship over Phil Hellmuth was followed up by his fourth WSOP bracelet in June.
7. Favorite Female Poker Player: Jamie Kerstetter – A regular on the live and online tournament circuit, Kerstetter’s recent signing as a sponsored player with PartyPoker’s New Jersey site meant a return to the US after leaving for Mexico after Black Friday.
8. Best Final Table: One Drop High Roller The biggest event at this year’s World Series of Poker featured several high-stakes specialists including Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Perkins and Nick Schulman, but it would be Anthony Gregg defeating Chris Klodnicki to win the platinum bracelet and close to $5 million.
9. Favorite Online Cash Game Player: Tom Dwan – Full Tilt Poker re-emerged in 2013 as Dwan became one of the sites “Professionals”. His year also included a restart of his long-dormant grudge match against Daniel “Jungleman” Cates.
10. Second Best Poker Follow on Twitter: Corey Burbick – The Florida pro has plenty of devoted followers, tweeting his unfiltered opinions about whatever pops into his mind.
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