Every year BLUFF.com asks their loyal readers to have their say in the BLUFF Readers Choice Awards and this year they turned out in droves. Leading the way this year were some of the biggest newsmakers of 2014 including Dan Colman, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville. Here are the winners of the 2015 BLUFF Readers Choice Awards.
Best On the Felt Story
Making a WSOP Main Event final table once is an impressive enough feat. Doing it twice in a row is apparently enough to lock down not only nearly $2,000,000 in earnings but also a BLUFF RCA. Mark Newhouse‘s back-to-back November Nine appearances took 42% of the total votes, beating out Victoria Coren-Mitchell becoming the EPT’s first two-time champ, Dan Colman winning The Big One for One Drop, Kevin Boudreau making his return to live poker and the WSOP Player of the Year race between George Danzer and Brandon Shack-Harris.
Best Off the Felt
You can’t really buy a BLUFF RCA but the folks at Amaya Gaming came pretty close. In June Amaya, a publicly traded Canadian gaming company, shocked a lot of people by ponying up nearly $5 billion to buy online poker giant PokerStars.com. That purchase scooped up 33% of the votes to narrowly beat out the Borgata counterfeit chip scandal which finished runner-up ahead of the $2.5 million overlay at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, the arrests of Paul Phua and Richard Yong and Howard Lederer showing up at the Poker Hall of Fame ceremony.
Favorite Broadcast Crew
This category turned out to be a two-horse race with the WSOP broadcast crew, consisting of Lon McEachern, Norman Chad and Kara Scott, barely edging out the EPT Live team; James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Marc Convey and Matt Broughton. Those two teams accounted for 76% of the total votes with the WSOP on-air talent drawing 41% of the votes for the win. The other two nominees, the World Poker Tour and Heartland Poker Tour teams, finished third and fourth respectively.
Favorite Web-based Poker Show
Out of the 12 categories this year this one was the biggest victory. Jason Somerville turned his massive Run It Up! following loose on the voting and it lead to a runaway victory for Somerville. Run It Up! walked away with 66% of the vote while the 2+2 PokerCast and the PokerNews Podcast finished second and third with 12% and 11% respectively. Two first-time nominees, Poker Fraud Alert and Thinking Poker, rounded out the top five with Poker Fraud Alert finishing in fourth place with just 11 more votes than Thinking Poker.
Not much of shock in this category as 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Dan Colman took 53% of the votes to scoop up yet another award he doesn’t care about. Finishing second and third were two players who broke out in a big way during the 2014 WSOP: Melissa Burr (2nd) and Brandon Shack-Harris (3rd). Colman’s win in this category was never really in doubt though with Burr garnering only 14% of the total votes.
Best Final Table
Another category that basically came down to two nominees. Colman’s Big One for One Drop final table, which included Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, Rick Salomon and Tobias Reinkemeier had the biggest buy-in of the year and with Colman’s post-tourney performance, most of the buzz too but that didn’t help. Finishing 11% ahead of the $1 million buy-in event was the Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. That event, won by Phil Ivey, had Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Mike McDonald, Isaac Haxton nad Fabian Quoss and finished with just over 40% of the votes.
Favorite Male Poker Player
Easily the most visible poker player on the planet, Daniel Negreanu has his fair share of haters but that didn’t matter as “KidPoker” walked away with a win in this category again. Negreanu, finishing with 43% of the votes, beat out runner-up Ivey who got only 20%. In the years that this category has existed, Negreanu has won every single time. Rounding out the top five were Phil Galfond, Antonio Esfandiari and Jason Mercier.
Favorite Female Poker Player
To some it probably feels like Vanessa Selbst just wins everything. That theme carried over to this category as Selbst, the all-time leading female money earner, bagged up 36% of the votes, while the next three players, Maria Ho, Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Liv Boeree each earned 18% of the votes to finish in a near-tie for second place. Selbst has now won this RCA three years running.
Favorite California Poker Room
Only once in the history of the BLUFF RCA has the Commerce Casino not come out on top of this category. This year they earned 37% of the votes to beat the Bicycle Casino by 8%.
Favorite Nevada Poker Room
The Aria Resort & Casino managed to hold on to this category with 43% of the votes, beating out the Bellagio by just 3%. The Wynn and Planet Hollywood finished third and fourth respectively.
Favorite Northeast Poker Room
Home to the World Poker Tour Championship, the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City earned just under 50% of the votes to finish well ahead of runner-up Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Favorite Florida Poker Room
The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood has developed a reputation as a major player in the live poker space in the United States. They won his RCA with 49% of the vote beating out the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa buy 27%.
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