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‘Wolfgang’ Becomes First Poker Vlogger To Reach 1 Million Subscribers

Content Creator’s YouTube Channel Saw Rapid Growth Over Last Year

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Alexander 'Wolfgang' SeibtA penchant for low stakes, some savvy play on the table, and a deep understanding of YouTube production and analytics recently helped the Wolfgang Poker channel reach more than 1 million subscribers.

Alexander “Wolfgang” Seibt began the account in 2020, but utilizing YouTube Shorts and catering to those who prefer some lower-limit poker has helped vault the channel to the top among poker vloggers and streamers. The channel became the first to reach the seven-figure subscriber mark.

“We have been on a speed run over the past few months and we just recently hit a million subscribers, which is surreal to say,” Seibt said last week to mark the occasion.

YouTube Poker Chart Topper

For the feat of earning those subscriber numbers, Seibt received a commemorative plaque from YouTube, which he showed off while detailing his rise to vlogging success. He had originally hoped to make $300 to freeroll his local casino cash game buy-in, and ended up far surpassing his expectations.

“I had no idea that the journey would take me this far. It’s honestly just crazy to say that we’ve hit a million subscribers.”

Click here to read more about Alex ‘Wolfgang’ Seibt.

YouTube began rewarding content creators who utilized the Shorts feature more in an effort to compete with TikTok. These videos are just one minute or less in length, and with low-stakes poker hands, Wolfgang was able to capture an increasing audience over the last year. As a result, many of his fellow vloggers have also turned to shorts to boost their numbers.

Wolfgang Poker now tops the YouTube subscriber numbers of other poker vlogging heavyweights such as Masato Yokosawa (834,000), Daniel Negreanu (783,000), Brad Owen (701,000), Doug Polk (400,000), Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau (270,000), the NextGen Poker guys (206,000), Andrew Neeme (192,000), Jonathan Little (174,000), Joey Ingram (153,000), Mariano Grandoli (147,000), Jeff Gross (118,000), Ryan DePaulo (109,000), Bart Hanson (91,000), Jamie Staples (65,000), Lex Ozias (58,000), Jeff Boski (56,000), Johnnie ‘Vibes’ Moreno (55,000), Jaman Burton (50,000), and Tim ‘The Trooper’ Watts (50,000).

(Note: These numbers do not count other platforms such as Twitch, where a large number of online poker streamers have also developed huge followings.)

Wolfgang also has more than double the YouTube subscriber count of some of the most popular poker tours and casino cash game streams, such as World Poker Tour (565,000), PokerGO (514,000), Hustler Casino Live (301,000), GGPoker (261,000), Bally Live Poker (218,000), Triton Poker (203,000), PartyPoker Live (176,000), and The Lodge Live (152,000).

In fact, the only poker YouTube channel with more subscribers than Wolfgang is online poker giant PokerStars, with 1.72 million. Keep in mind that PokerStars is said to have more than 50 million registered users overall, and has posted nearly 4,000 videos to their account since starting in 2009. Seibt, meanwhile, hit 1 million subscribers on less than 500 videos, starting ten years later.

As a former editor of a popular YouTuber, Seibt brought a deep production background to the operation. The Dallas, Texas based pro originally went viral with a video showing him win a $1,000 pot with pocket kings. The hand attracted more than 100 million views across all Wolfgang’s media channels, and he’s since totaled nearly 600 million views overall.

In his recent video, Seibt and his editor Lucas took a look at some of the channel’s recent trends, which included more than 88 million views in a week and 194 million in the last 90 days.

Some Play, But A Lot Of Work

While poker vlogging may look like fun, the entire production involves plenty of work. The process is much more than just rolling into a casino and playing poker.

Wolfgang shoots b-roll (extra footage) and property photos when he’s away from the table, takes notes on individual hands, and much more. He had to hire a full-time editor, with Seibt heading to casinos and card rooms several times a week. He also uses two phones and a video camera to capture the action and the scene. It may be a lot of work, but the effort appears to be resonating with viewers.

With an ability to attract a newer, younger audience to poker, Wolfgang has attracted advertisers beyond YouTube and many card rooms also now pay to have him play at their facilities. As he reaches one million subscribers, Seibt is pleased to be working hard at something he loves.

“The money mixed with the freedom mixed with me not having to work a normal job is always enticing,” Seibt told Card Player.