Poker Live Streams from WSOP, Twitch, YouTube & More
It's a whole new world of poker streaming out there.
From the biggest live poker tours around the world to the smallest of microstakes grinders playing from their bedrooms there's an endless stream of fresh, engaging poker content out there to watch, enjoy and learn from.
On this page you'll find a quick guide to some of the best live poker streams from around the world (Live or on replay) and the most popular online poker streams from Twitch.tv.
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Poker Live Streams
Whether it’s live streams from the floor of the biggest poker tournaments around the world, Twitch streams, YouTube, VODS (Video on Demand), or even online poker networks there's pretty much something for everyone when it comes to poker live streams.
Generally, it's 100% free although you can also pay a minimal amount for great poker services like Poker Central (which broadcast the WSOP online) or to follow individual Twitch streamers.
Here a quick primer on the various ways that you can stream live poker content on the web.
Poker Tournament Live Streams
Poker tournament live streams are an amazing way to watch poker tournaments you can't be there in person for. In a lot of ways, it's even better than being there as you get professional commentary and ongoing promos along with it.
With the major leap in technological improvements over the years you can now follow live streams from dozens of major poker series (WSOP, WSOPE, EPT, WPT) and plenty of local tournaments (888Live, Unibet Live etc) with amazing quality.
Most poker tournament live streams have full day, cards-up coverage with expert commentary from top pros to give more insight into the game and its players. The flagship tournament series in the poker world – the World Series of Poker – has also introduced live streaming for the Main Event on Poker Central alongside its traditional coverage on ESPN.
PokerStars Live is the flagship product in the tournament live stream segment with high-end production values and multiple-day coverage from all of its major tournament stops.
Action typically picks up on live stream from Day 2 of an EPT Main Event or the PCA and continues through to the moment the champion is crowned. Major side events like the $25k+ High Roller events also get live stream coverage.
Live commentary is provided by hosts James Hartigan, Matt Broughton and Joe Stapleton alongside plenty of guest commentators. Pros including Lex Veldhuis, Liv Boeree and Daniel Negreanu drop in regularly to give their insight into hands played and provide great color commentary.
Twitter and live stream interaction is encouraged with lots of giveaways and contests for PokerStars swag, tourney tickets and more. Passwords are also distributed for regular freerolls with lots of free cash and prizes given away to live stream viewers.
To sign up for your own PokerStars account to take advantage of the deals and freerolls, create your account via our review page by clicking the banner to the right.
PokerStars executives also pop by the live stream to give sneak previews of new features coming up on the PokerStars client or address ongoing issues with the online poker community.
To promote the EPT and its various other tournaments and one-offs, PokerStars has spent a considerable amount of money creating a very polished product.
All of the PokerStars live streams are also free of charge and available for streaming nearly everywhere in the world.
In fact, the entire PokerStars video archive is available on PokerStars.tv. PokerStars Live Streams are available from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, EPT Sochi, EPT Monte Carlo, EPT Barcelona and EPT Prague.
ESPN (WSOP) Poker Live Stream
The World Series of Poker has experimented with various forms of live streams over the years with varied success. For the 2018 WSOP and beyond, the WSOP continues its partnership with ESPN and PokerGO for daily live video coverage of the Main Event.
The World Series of Poker Europe at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov also has live streams for all of its final tables including the Main Event.
partypoker Live Streams
One of the new major players on the live tournament scene partypoker has jumped into the poker live stream field full force with partypoker TV.
partypoker TV provides live streams from all of its major live tour events including the partypoker Millions and its co-branded partypoker/WPT events like WPT Montreal.
You'll also find Big Game action, 1,000s of archived footage from past events, brand new poker documentaries and tips & tricks from partypoker pros.
The partypoker Live Tour has expanded greatly over the past few years to rival the PokerStars stops in more ways than one, not the least of which is professional poker star power.
Poker Central is the world’s first 24/7 poker-only TV network and has been slowly but surely revolutionizing the way we consume poker content.
The Poker Central network has a subscription service called PokerGO ($10 per month).
Account holders can watch live streaming tournaments and cash games featuring big-name poker and entertainment. Live stream coverage includes the WSOP, the new US Poker Open, the reboot of Poker After Dark and its signature Super High Roller Bowl. Original programming like poker documentaries and off-beat features are included too.
Check out the Poker Central YouTube and Twitch Channels for access to some of their programming or sign up directly at Poker Central.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/pokercentral
Streaming activities: High Stakes Poker Cash Games & Tournaments, Player Interviews, Poker Documentaries
Bellagio Poker on the Strip
For many years Bellagio was THE place to play poker. You could make the argument it still is but its gotten some stiff competition from Aria and overseas card rooms like Dusk Till Dawn and King’s Casino.
Well Bellagio is joining the online revolution with its very own Twitch channel. Bellagio Poker on the Strip (or POTS as its been branded) shows live poker from the Bellagio Poker Room.
So far Bellagio has broadcast $5/$10 and $10/$20 but they have plans to go even higher if there’s enough interest. Dan O’Brien, Danielle “Dmoongirl” Andersen and Mike Del Vecchio have all appeared on the show so far with Dallas Scott doing some commentary.
BellagioPOTS is a fascinating concept that shows off an alternate use for Twitch in real life and promote both Bellagio and poker in general. So far, so good.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/bellagiopots
Streaming activities: Live poker at Belagio. Mostly $5/$10 and $10/$20 NLHE
Live at the Bike
The Bicycle Casino was the first real-life casino to broadcast poker games over the Internet so it makes sense they would jump on board the Twitch train. Live at the Bike generally runs twice a week with a $5/$10 NLHE game on display.
It’s a fantastic place to see local talent along with some out-of-town grinders on occasion. Bart Hanson, JJ De La Garza, David Tuchman and Alec Torelli are among the personalities who have provided commentary for Live at the Bike.
The only downside to Live at the Bike is that its older videos are only available to subscribers.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/liveatthebike
Streaming activities: Live poker at the Bike. Generally $5/$10 NLHE.
Borgata Live, Sky Poker, WSOPE at King's Casino, etc…
These are hardly the only products in this segment, however, and companies like Poker Night in America, Crown Casino’s Aussie Millions and the Seminole Hard Rock have all produced exceptional live poker streams.
The Borgata in New Jersey and Sky Poker in the UK also produce great regular live streams. Dusk Till Dawn poker room in Nottingham also has occasional live streams of its cash games.
Another major player in the cash-game streams is King’s Casino in Rozvadov. High-stakes PLO and No-Limit Holdem cash games featuring King’s owner Leon Tsoukernik and major European stars are ongoing.
With a recent deal to host the World Series of Poker Europe for the next half-decade or so, King's is also streaming bracelet events from the floor of the casino.
Twitch Poker Live Streams
Twitch Poker is a major force in the poker live streaming world and in just a few short years has pretty much transformed poker strategy and entertainment.
Originally a platform for video gamers to stream their action for fans, poker players have now embraced it as a means to connect with fellow players and fans and give an inside look into the life of an online poker player.
Jason “Jcarver” Somerville essentially pioneered the Twitch space with his Run It Up brand. His craft and dedication makes for a wildly entertaining stream that focuses on “running it up” and explaining intermediate to expert poker strategy as he plays.
He’s already built a legion of fervent fans and has expanded his coverage to include live streaming commentary from the Aussie Millions and his own poker festival in Reno, Nevada.
Jaime “PokerStaples” Staples, Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot, Doug “WCGRider” Polk, Lex “RasZi” Veldhuis and Randy “Nanonoko” Lew are just a few of the other poker stars who have embraced streaming live on Twitch.
Twitch is not just for individuals, however. Major online poker sites like partypoker, Unibet Poker and 888poker have also taken to Twitch to stream a number of successful events via the platform.
Why Watch Poker on Twitch?
Amongst old-school poker pros the belief used to be that once you found a way to beat poker, you kept everything that you learned a secret. Giving away that information was, well, giving away your edge.
An entirely new generation of poker player is taking a vastly different approach by live streaming themselves playing online poker.
The way we learn to play poker has changed immensely over the last 10 years. It used to be you would purchase a few books about the game, start a play money account and maybe fool around on a forum asking a few questions.
These days there are expensive training sites, coaches and more. But one of the simplest ways to learn, however, is just by watching another person play.
Years ago it would have been unheard of for a poker pro to give away all their playing secrets via a live stream but more and more pros are looking at it as an alternative way to make money and build their brand.
How Does Twitch Poker Streaming Work?
It’s pretty simple really. A poker player sets up their own Twitch channel and then records himself or herself playing online poker with a slight delay (usually a few minutes to keep opponents from getting an unfair advantage).
Viewers can subscribe to follow the player's channel, get updates for when that player is live on stream. When watching the channel you can then comment and interact in the chatbox.
What Do I Need to Start Watching Poker Live Streams?
Just an internet browser and a connection that’s decent enough for streaming video. Poker is a bit unusual on Twitch as it’s generally the only game being played for money but if the game is legal in your jurisdiction then it’s legal to stream.
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Is Twitch Poker Free?
Streaming on Twitch is 100% free but you can subscribe to a specific player's channel for $4.99 to support the person behind the stream. You also get special perks like being able to chat when the account is in subscriber-only mode.
You can also purchase Twitch Turbo if you want to skip all ads but streamers generally take breaks to display ads anyways.
Who Are the Best Twitch Poker Streamers?
The overall number of poker streamers is still growing but there are a few groundbreakers who have already built up a significant fan bases. We mentioned some of the biggest names who have built their reputations on Twitch but there are always new and exciting poker streamers joining the platform.
Fair warning: some poker streamers can be sporadic as to when they actually stream but if you’re checking regular peak poker times Monday-Friday and on Sundays for the tournament grinds there are usually plenty going.
Streaming channels also "host" other streamers when they themselves are offline to provide more fresh content.
PokerStars' Twitch.tv channel is an awesome one-stop shop for everything poker. The channel hosts everything from the biggest online tournaments to various episodes from the European Poker Tour.
You never know exactly what you’re going to get on PokerStars whether it's Randy "nanonoko" Lew commenting on the WCOOP, DNegs sounding off on the $100k High Roller at the PCA or popular online pals Ben "Spraggy" Spragg and Fintan "Easywtihaces" Hand laughing it up on the Sunday grind.
Of course it’s all PokerStars related content so you aren’t going to see anything from the WSOP or WPT or other online poker sites. PokerStars has the advantage of almost limitless hours of content, though, and they can always bring out one of their famous pros for special promotions.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/pokerstars
Streaming activities: NLHE, PLO, live, online, tournaments, cash, TV events
partypoker has become a favorite among die-hard poker players again and tends to bring back fond memories of stacking fish back in the early 2000s. These days partypoker has been building a lot of momentum with a new rec-friendly site and a burgeoning live tour that has been raising eyebrows with massive guarantees
The site’s official Twitch channel, partypokertv, fits right into those categories with a very fun, educational stream that offers exceptional guests from various members of Team partypoker to completely new faces.
partypokertv got a significant boost in 2017 when Twitch megastar Moldran started stopping by the channel to play some poker. Moldran is one of the most famous Blizzard streamers and rose to fame playing WoW and Diablo but he’s also passionate about poker.
The stream also includes the likes of new partypoker Team Online ambassadors Jeff Gross, Jaime Staples, Matt Staples, Alan "Hotted" Widmann, Ryan Schoonbaert and Courtney Gee. You can also catch partypoker Pros Kristen Bicknell, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Anatoly Filatov from time to time.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/partypokertv
Streaming activities: Online poker, MTTs, cash games, interviews
Jason “Jcarver” Somerville
Jason “Jcarver” Somerville is the Michael Jordan of poker streaming. He’s far-and-away the most popular live streamer in poker with millions of views and he also offers the most polished experience.
His Run It Up Challenge on Twitch.tv has the simple but compelling premise of turning $50 into $10,000 playing on WSOP.com NV. It’s an oldie but a goodie. The $4.99 subscriber charge is definitely worth it in this case as subscribers get quite a bit of exclusive content.
Somerville is arguably the most consistent poker streamer you’ll find on Twitch.tv and does an excellent job of explaining fundamentals.
Where to stream: Twitch.tv/jcarverpoker
Streaming activities: Non-stop MTTs, NLHE, Mix Games
Jaime “PokerStaples” Staples & Matt Staples
Jaime Staples is a powerhouse streamer originally from Canada who regularly streams MTTs. Staples does a great job of explaining his actions while playing and has developed a devoted group of followers from all over the world.
Staples is very consistent and actually streams every day of the week when he can. He usually plays tournaments so he’ll end his day after he busts out of the big ones on the weekend.
Staples and his brother Matt became well known in the streaming world for an epic $150,000 weight-loss/weight-gain bet with Bill Perkins (they won) and keeps expanding his audience with his earnest approach to staying healthy and balanced while travelling and playing poker.
Matt has dramatically upped his games and action over the past 18 months and become a powerhouse streamer in his own right. Both Jaime and Matt have recently signed on as new Team Online ambassadors for partypoker alongside pals Jeff Gross and Bill Perkins.
No Limit Gaming
If you like watching brilliant, groundbreaking online and live poker players play high-stakes tournaments and cash games on live stream you won't find better than No Limit Gaming.
No Limit Gaming is the brainchild of German wunderkind Fedor Holz and co-founder Stefan Schillhabel, who you might recognize from, oh, basically, dominating the Super High Roller poker scene over the last 5 years.
The full No Limit Gaming team is made up of about 12 members who you'll catch streaming 2-3 times a week - mostly playing poker but also dabbling in eSports from time to time.
Team members also include Steffen Sontheimer, Josip Simunic, Rainer Kempe, Julian Thomas, Manig Loeser, Kenny Hallaert and Christopher Frank.
No Limit Gaming has just agreed to a one-year sponsorship with partypoker so expect to see them at the partypoker Live events and running regular promos and pushes on the partypoker platform.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/nolimit_gg
Streaming activities: Online poker, MTTs, cash games, Counter-Strike
Felix “xflixx” Schneiders
If you’re looking to get better at poker, Felix “xflixx” Schneiders’ Twitch channel should be one of the first places you go. Schneiders, who joined Team PokerStars Online in 2013, is a former Magic: The Gathering player from Germany. He’s also one of the best teachers on Twitch and watching his stream is a great way to improve your poker game.
Schneiders offers a calming presence compared to some of the more frenetic streamers but that doesn’t mean his stream is boring. Schneiders' streams a ton of the big events on PokerStars including $1m Spin & Go’s if they happen while he’s online (which is a lot).
Schneiders offers a ton of value to subscribers with freerolls, coaching sessions, free educational materials and more.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/xflixx
Streaming activities: MTTs, freerolls, coaching
Benj "Spraggy" Spragg & Fintan "Easywithaces" Hand
One of the more recent additions to Team PokerStars online, "Spraggy" has built up a big following quickly alongside his frequent streaming partner and fellow PokerStars pal Fintan Hand.
With thousands of watchers the affable and engaging Brit has turned his low to mid-stakes grinds into must-see TV for both his personality and play.
Not to be outdone, his podcast partner Hand, from Ireland, joined him on Team PokerStars and rakes in the viewers in his own right. They run separate channels but often overlap and interact with each other as well as host each other. They also still do the podcast, which is called Off the Rails.
Get to know Spragg & Fintan more in our recent interview:
Thirst Lounge with Bill Perkins
Billionaire Bill Perkins' Twitch channel, which is titled the Thirst Lounge, is truly one-of-a-kind. “Perky” has been one of the most entertaining amateur poker players over the last few years thanks to his close friendships with Dan Bilzerian, Jeff Gross and Brian Rast in addition to some outrageous prop bets.
His Twitch channel is always entertaining with streams from his yacht, insane freerolls and a collection of high-profile guest stars. Subscribing to Perkins' channel might just be the best decision you ever make on Twitch.tv as he’s been known to give away insane poker packages to the Bahamas.
Now under the partypoker umbrella of streamers, expect the opportunities to win amazing live packages on the Thirst Lounge to grow even further.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/thirstlounge
Streaming activities: Poker, cash games, freerolls, lifestyle, shenanigans
Everybody from Bill Perkins to Michael Phelps wants to hang out with Jeff Gross. There’s a reason he’s nicknamed “Professional Best Friend." And thanks to the wonders of Twitch.tv, you can hang out with Gross as well.
Gross takes his game seriously and does a great job of educating both experienced and new players alike. Most of the time you’ll find Gross playing tournaments with various stakes but he also does a large number of giveaways to his followers.
Gross is friends with the Dan Bilzerian crew so you never know who might show up on the stream (or if he’ll be playing from a yacht). A recent addition to Team partypoker online, you'll catch most of Gross' action there.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/jeffgrosspoker
Streaming activities: Poker, MTTs, lifestyle, freerolls
Good ole RaSZi. One of the most dynamic poker players to ever appear on TV, Lex Veldhuis translates very well to the Twitch.tv format with a stream that matches his entertaining personality.
The Dutch pro frequently streams MTTs in addition to a bit of gaming, especially survival game H1Z1. Veldhuis has always had a bit of an edge to his commentary and his dry wit makes for a refreshing change on Twitch. Good stuff all around - and his epic wins while on stream have broken more than few records.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/lexveldhuis
Streaming activities: MTTs, gaming, H1Z1
Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot
Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot’s energy when he’s streaming is simply infectious. The Toronto native was initially inspired by his friend Jaime “PokerStaples” Staples but has since developed his own style.
Known primarily for streaming MTTs, Parker has recorded some huge scores while streaming including winning the Thursday Thrill for $109,000. He’ll also switch things up and play a little BlackJack sometimes if his followers are hankering for some gambling action.
Easily one of the most consistent and popular MTT streamers around.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/tonkaaaap
Streaming activities: NLHE tournaments, drunken blackjack.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Another big-time pr with millions in career earnings, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier has been slowly dipping his feet in the Twitch.tv water over the past few years and brought his already substantial fan base with him.
It wasn’t that long ago that ElkY would have been streaming Starcraft instead of poker, considering that’s how became famous, but these days it’s all poker (with a little bit of Hearthstone on the side). And he has a ton of poker talent to share.
As anyone that’s ever interviewed him knows, ElkY can be a little hard to understand thanks to his incredibly fast-talking nature. He also speaks in French, however, if people in the chatbox ask for it so he’s probably a little easier to follow for French-speaking fans.
ElkY still provides an entertaining stream and you can tell he thinks about the game at a very high level.
Where to stream: www.twitch.tv/elky
Streaming activities: NLHE MTTs, Hearthstone
Unibet Poker does Twitch streaming right. The upstart online poker site is always doing something interesting with the occasional live stream from Sam Grafton, Charlotte van Brabander and even Viktor “Isildur” Blom (one time).
In addition to the regular online poker stuff Unibet also offers a great live stream of their Unibet Open events as we mentioned above. Alongside the poker main event Unibet also hosts an eSports Battle Royale with legit eSports stars like Rotterdam, Reckful and SuperJJ stopping by to play a Sit & Go.
There’s always something new on the channel and some of the streamers will even switch it up and stream some Hearthstone. It’s honestly a very fun stream, which can’t be said for most corporate streams.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/unibetpoker
Streaming activities: MTTs, cash games, live poker, Hearthstone, special events
Kevin Martin, also known as @KevinRobMartin on Twitter or KevinMartin on Twitch, is a streamer that plays all the stakes and has built a huge following.
Martin is no stranger to being in front of the camera as he appeared on Big Brother Canada and actually won the whole thing during his second appearance on the program.
Martin actually shared a house with Jaime Staples (and his younger brother Matt “PokerStaplesPA” Staples) so there’s a fair amount of crossover between their streams, which makes it even better.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/kevinmartin
Streaming activities: NLHE tournaments + Mixed Games
Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic
Joining Matt Staples as just the second official member of Team partypoker Online, Pavlovic has built a big following (42,000 Twitch subscribers) from his home in Auckland, New Zealand (although he is an Aussie originally).
Pavlovic's poker career started just like many of ours did - playing $5 MTTs from his parents' house when he was 18 - but has grown to something much bigger and better than others over the past 8 years due to persistent hard work and an engaging personality.
He now plays the highest-stakes MTTs and shares his hard-earned poker knowledge to his fans and followers on an almost-daily basis. You can catch him streaming the big MTTs on partypoker on his own channel or the partypoker Twitch channel.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/allinpav
Streaming activities: High-Stakes Online NLHE Tournaments
Bryan Paris is a very, very good poker player. And likely one of the best players most poker fans have never heard of.
Just how good is he? He has the second-most online cashes OF ALL TIME! He's also added another $800k in live cashes just to, you know, balance his poker amazingness range.
The 31-year-old Californian has been playing poker (primarily online) since 2007 and when you watch him play on his stream you can just feel the expertise emanating through the screen.
He knows what he's talking about. If you like watching an expert do what they do best, watch Bryan Paris play online poker.
Paris now lives and streams from Amsterdam where he lives with his wife and son. He streams mostly on Natural 8. More from Bryan Paris:
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/bparispoker
Streaming activities: High-Stakes Online NLHE Tournaments
More Infrequent Poker Streamers
Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu needs no introduction to poker players as he’s arguably the most popular poker player in the world. Negreanu is one of the first big-name old-school players to take the Twitch.tv leap and his frenetic style of talking works pretty well on stream as it turns out.
Even better than the actual poker playing is the dialogue. Negreanu has no problem talking about former arch rival Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey’s various legal battles or, well, anything really. He’s not afraid to talk and that makes for a compelling stream. He even peed on the livestream once!
Outside of the chat Negreanu also provides some interesting strategy for old-school games that some of the young guns on Twitch.tv don’t play. The only downside is Negreanu lives in Las Vegas so his chances to stream are low and he usually only has time when he’s visiting his hometown Toronto or on the road. Still, Negreanu is must-watch poker entertainment whenever he’s streaming live.
Where to stream: www.twitch.tv/dnegspoker
Streaming activities: NLHE, Mix Games, Cash MTTs, coaching, lifestyle
Mike “Timex” McDonald
Mike “Timex” McDonald has been one of poker’s top minds since he burst on to the scene by winning EPT Berlin at the age of 18. McDonald has since acquired over $13m in live tournament earnings, started a poker-betting site called PokerShares and perfected a “death stare” worthy of Phil Ivey.
The Waterloo native has always been happy to share his experiences with fans, whether it’s on poker forums, podcasts or, more recently, his personal Twitch channel. You’ll want to check out his stream if you’re looking for an analytical approach to the game and some great stories from McDonald about his time in poker. He’s also very engaging with fans.
He really thinks about the game in a dynamic way and his results speak for themselves… it’s freaking Timex!
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/mikemcdonaldpoker
Streaming activities: MTTs, Hold’em, poker betting advice
Maria Ho is one of the busiest poker players on the planet but still finds time to produce one of the most entertaining Twitch streams around. Ho regularly streams No-Limit Hold’em cash games and tournaments but she really excels at interacting with her fans, which she affectionately refers to as the “Ho-mies.”
She often hangs with her famous poker pro friends like Daniel Negreanu and sometimes Ho even gives her followers a piece of her online MTTs, which makes it a pretty exciting sweat to say the least. She also hosts home games on PokerStars for her followers.
Ho plays a fairly intense live tournament schedule as well and she provides a lot of insight into what it’s like traveling around the world to play high-stakes poker. She’s pretty much a must-watch streamer in the poker world.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/mariaho
Streaming activities: No-Limit Hold’em, Cash, Tournaments
Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz
“It’s a bad day for poker but a good day for charity when Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz starts streaming.”
That’s what Mike “Timex” McDonald Tweeted when he found out Holz was starting to stream on Twitch. McDonald was referencing the fact that Holz is so good at online poker that he’s going to make the entire game tougher by revealing his secrets.
In other words: You should be following Holz right now. The German MTT master actually took a unique approach to Twitch by donating all his proceeds from the service to charity. He’s not missing out on too much cash considering he’s earned +$5m playing online and live tournaments.
Unsurprisingly Holz is articulate, insightful and a fantastic player to follow if you’re looking to improve your game.
Where to stream: www.twitch.tv/crownupguy
Streaming activities: NLHE MTTs
The controversial man behind the defunct Poker Spot site, author of Poker Tilt and winner of three WSOP bracelets? Remember Dutch Boyd? Well all these years later he’s still incredibly passionate about poker and produces a top-notch stream on Twitch.
Boyd actually thinks the game at a very high level and you may learn something by watching him play that you wouldn’t necessarily get from other streamers.
Where to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/dutchboyd
Streaming activities: MTTs, educational
Hellmuth doesn’t stream often and you can tell that he’s not the most technologically adept person in the world but that doesn’t take away from his stream. Hellmuth is one of the most famous poker players in the world and that alone pretty much makes him a must-watch on Twitch.
If you love watching the Poker Brat on ESPN there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy his Twitch stream, although he is a much calmer Poker Brat then you might be used to seeing (we’ll blame it on having no live audience).
Hellmuth does have any amazing network of contacts and he sometimes plays Open-Face Chinese Poker for $200 a point or more against his businessmen pals. As you might expect he relentlessly promotes his various business ventures (like the Open Face app he plays) but at this point we’re hoping you’re used to that.
Hellmuth does have the ability draw viewers like almost no one else and he had thousands of viewers pretty much the second he started streaming. He’s definitely worth a follow.
Where to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/philhellmuth
Streaming activities: OFC, poker
Gaëlle Garcia Diaz
Gaëlle Garcia Diaz is not your typical poker player. The Belgian/Spanish model is famous for appearing in some artsy photo shoots as well as hosting various poker events around the world.
Her Instagram account has more followers than Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari combined. Of course Garcia Diaz also plays the game (rather successfully) and that’s the primary focus of her Twitch.tv account.
Garcia Diaz’s Twitch stream is particularly useful for those interested in smaller-stakes events like the MicroMillions on PokerStars. She likes to go on Twitch on Sundays but her streams have been fairly infrequent to start. Garcia Diaz also plays a little Magic: The Gathering so there’s a chance she’ll stream a little bit of that at some point.
Where to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/gaellegd
Streaming activities: Small-stakes MTTs
You might remember Moneymaker from, oh I don’t know, changing poker forever in 2003 by winning the Main Event through an $86 satellite on PokerStars. Even Chris Moneymaker is streaming on Twitch these days.
Moneymaker isn’t as sophisticated as streaming pros like Jason Somerville or Jamie Staples but he makes up for it with his easy-going nature and approachable chatbox. His stream focuses mostly on his home game on PokerStars, which can actually be pretty entertaining.
He streams fairly infrequently but you will often find him streaming on Mondays.
Where to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/teammoneymaker
Streaming activities: PokerStars home games.
It’s something that anyone who’s ever come in contact with her knows but you also get a feel for it when you watch her stream on Twitch.tv (it also might have something to do with the pink table layout). Rockstar/astrophysicist/poker player Liv Boeree is just plain fun.
Boeree mostly plays tournaments while she shares thoughts about the poker industry and life in general with her viewers. She’s also one of the few live streamers who lives in the U.K., which might be of extra interest to anyone located in the region.
Her streams are a little infrequent thus far but certainly worth watching.
Where to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/livboeree/
Streaming activities: MTTs, Q&As, Igor Kurganov cameos
Benger of course was famous as Counter-Strike pro ShaGuar well before he got into poker and you’d expect him to eventually start streaming a little CS as well. Just like ElkY, Benger is another former pro video game player who now makes his living playing cards.
In the meantime Benger is just showcasing poker and it’s a very compelling stream with big tournaments from numerous poker sites. Unlike many of his Twitch.tv poker peers, Benger isn’t tied to one particular site and because he lives in Toronto he’s pretty much able to play on all of them.
That means you regularly will find him playing the biggest tournaments on PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, 888poker, partypoker and pretty much everything in between. Benger also strikes a nice balance between strategy and entertainment with great hand analysis and humorous asides.
Where to stream: http://www.twitch.tv/shaGuar_poker
Streaming activities: Poker, Counter-Strike
Randy "nanonoko" Lew
A certifiable poker legend both online and off, Randy "nanonoko" Lew was one of the first poker pros to slingshot his video gaming past - and the skills it helped him develop - into a new career as a poker pro.
Lew created an entirely new standard for mass multi-tabling online (for which he is still revered) but his legacy in poker has clearly gone far beyond just being a one-trick poker pony.
His live results speak volumes to his overall poker knowledge and he brings with all of his streams. He also has a knack for creating soon-to-be universal poker expressions.
Feels good, man. Great player, great commentator, great personality. Lew is no longer a member of Team PokerStars online and is stepping back from streaming for a while but might pop in to stream from time to time.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/nanonoko
Streaming activities: MTTs
Rupert Elder is one of the most consistent poker pros to come out of the UK. He’s amassed $1.9 million in lifetime live tournament earnings and over $2m in online winnings.
Elder talks poker at a very high level and his stream is highly educational for anyone looking to improve their game. He plays on most major sites including 888poker and PokerStars and usually four-tables. In addition he’s also pretty entertaining while he’s playing.
Where to stream: https://www.twitch.tv/ruperte
Streaming activities: NLHE, PLO, Online MTTs
Kai "StickyRice1" McMinn
Kai "StickyRice1" McMinn is a prolific video game/poker player that has one of the most popular poker streams on Twitch. He tries to stream 8+ hours of video games/poker ever day and it can be quite a ride.
Keep in mind that McMinn plays a lot of Counter-Strike so you won't always find him at the poker tables. McMinn isn't really known for elite poker skills but he does one hell of an entertaining stream that includes an occasionally victory dance or two.
As TwoPlusTwo member Jamie Platinum puts it: "The good thing about Sticky is that he makes us all feel like believers in these games." Amen.
Where to stream: Twitch.tv/stickyrice1
Streaming activities: Cash games, video games
Joe “ChicagoJoey” Ingram
Joe Ingram is all about Pot-Limit Omaha and challenging himself to marathon feats like playing the most hands in one day or reaching Supernova Elite in 80 days.
Ingram broadcasts entirely on YouTube and streaming himself playing is hardly the only thing he does. He also interviews well-known poker pros like Greg Merson, Ebony Kenney and Doug Polk on his video podcast regularly.
He also does ridiculous challenges like trying to turn 3,000 play money chips into 20,000,000 in 24 hours (he came close!). If you like PLO, an upbeat attitude and a plethora of guests than Ingram is your man although his live streams are a little infrequent.
Where to stream: YouTube.com/user/joeingram1
Streaming activities: Interviews, lifestyle, PLO
Poker YouTube Streams and VODS
Twitch isn’t the only site that provides live streaming. It’s not quite as well known but YouTube also offers support for live content and there are a number of poker content creators who release videos on the site.
YouTube is also a prime spot for VODs. Most live stream content creators put their videos up on YouTube once the stream is complete, so anyone can watch them at any time.
Unfortunately quite a few videos on YouTube are posted illegally and are low quality versions of the actual thing. On the bright side most major poker companies have either embraced YouTube or at least put their videos somewhere everybody can watch them.
YouTube alternatives like Vimeo, Daily Motion and Viddler also offer a small amount of poker content. Check our guide to some of the best Poker VLoggers out there including Andrew Neeme, Doug Polk, Daniel Negreanu and more here: