How To Watch Live Poker Streams On Twitch
Card Player Has Handpicked Some Of Poker's Best Twitch Live Broadcasters
If you want to get better at playing poker you can read books, watch recorded training videos and learn through your experience. All of these are great options, but most top players say the best way to learn is to watch a great player do their thing and to interact with them and discuss their approach. It used to be that gaining that kind of access to great players was incredibly hard to do, but in recent years that has all changed due to Twitch.
Right now you might be asking yourself, “What is ‘Twitch’ and what does it have to do with poker?”
Well, Twitch is the world’s foremost video game live streaming community, with more than 100 million unique views across the platform each month. It was created to allow fans of different games to broadcast themselves playing or to check out some of the more highly skilled players ply their craft in order to pick up some tips on how to improve.
The company was founded in 2011 and quickly found success with strategy games like StarCraft and first person shooters like Counter Strike. In recent years the type of broadcasts available on the platform expanded, including the advent of several poker players that dabbled in gaming and who saw the incredible growth of Twitch and the opportunities it provided for poker fans. Now there is a whole subsection of Twitch dedicated to poker streamers.
Several players have risen to the forefront in the Twitch Poker community, with consistent and entertaining broadcasts. Some are up and comers, but a surprising amount of established professionals have taken to the live streaming site to broadcast their play including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Selbst, Fedor Holz and many more. Poker content providers like the Poker Central network, PokerStars TV and Live at the Bike! also have their own channels.
Jason Somerville has become arguably the biggest name in Twitch poker with his ‘Run It UP!’ show has reached the point where he had 37,000 viewers watching him play an event in last year’s World Championship of Online Poker.
That type of engagement is not common with online poker content, and stems in large part from the emphasis on community by most Twitch streamers. The broadcasters interact with the viewers through a chat box, answering questions from them, joking around and just generally having a good time.
If you’re interested in checking out the top broadcasters, head to our new Twitch Poker page right here. We have hand picked some of the best and most popular poker Twitch streams for you to choose from.
Keep in mind that players and tours won’t always be broadcasting. If you’d like to check out every channel that is live and maybe discover some lesser-known players making a name in the stream gaming head to Twitch’s poker section.
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