5 Twitch Streams You Must Watch2 years ago
In the words of the famous 90's juggernaut, Randy 'Macho Man' Savage - "the cream will always rise to the top"! Such is the case with Twitch poker streamers. There are plenty of broadcasts you can tune into, but some of them are clearly ahead of the curve.
That's why we compiled a list of five streamers you absolutely must watch! Are there other players out there who deserve similar recognition? Certainly, but let's be honest, even top 5 five list is pushing it considering the amount of content those streamers produce compared to the amount of time average Twitch poker viewer is able to invest in watching. With that out of the way, let's get to it!
Felix “xflixx” Schneiders
While other streamers tend to emphasize entertainment over education, Felix's stream is perhaps the best place for micro and small stakes players who want to improve as poker players. "Xflixx" started building his social media presence 'before it was cool' (his "Running it UP!" series is a YouTube classic) and that makes him one of the more experienced streamers out there.
He's cool, calm and collected, his stream has a very friendly and easy going atmosphere (which can be a breath of fresh air if you're not really into the whole 'degen' thing) and it's a perfect place to learn some poker and have fun in the process. If you end up liking the stream enough to become a subscriber "Xflixx" offers a bunch of perks associated with that like free ebooks and hand reviews.
Benji "Spraggy" Spragg
Benji is pretty much the whole package. He's a long-term winning player (with hundreds of thousands of dollars in lifetime winnings) and professional coach with the mastery of numerous different holdem variants from head's up cash games through SNG's to multi-table tournaments.
"Spraggy" is entertaining to watch and the quality of his stream is top notch. He also cares about the added value for his viewers as he participates in and promotes the Online Poker League events that offer great returns for the participants.
Jaime "Pokerstaples" Staples
Jaime is the one who basically got this whole Twitch poker show on the road. He was among the first popular poker streamers and he's still going strong. "Pokerstaples" set the benchmark when it comes to viewer interaction, he's good at answering questions and verbalizing his thought processes so there's a fair amount of both education and entertainment to be had from watching his stream.
Besides, the epic weight loss bet against Bill Perkins that Jaime and his brother Matt got themselves into, gives viewers another reason to tune into "Pokerstaples" stream to follow his progress in what has the potential to be one of the most epic proposition bets in poker history. And speaking of poker history, at this point Jaime is basically a living part of it, at least as far as Twitch.tv is concerned and that alone should be reason enough to tune into his broadcast.
Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot
Parker is kinda like Jaime Staples version 2.0. He got inspired to start streaming because of the "Pokerstaples" success and he basically became an overnight success. After PokerStars decided to retire the SuperNova Elite program that Parker was a member of, it was a time for him to swap high stakes SNG's for high stakes MTT's and at this point, it's pretty safe to say that the transition was successful.
“TonkaaaaP” is a fairly high-octane personality, his stream is often extremely entertaining and his viewers had the chance to witness some big +$100,000 scores on the stream. Team NeverLucky is one of the fastest growing brands in the world of poker and if you're not following Parker Talbot you're certainly missing out.
Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis
Lex is slowly becoming the absolute rockstar in the world of Twitch poker streamers. The entertainment value of his broadcasts is off the charts and if you remember him from his WSOP appearances or big televised cash games you know that his skill isn't lacking either.
Lex is extremely funny, he's one hell of a storyteller and even though he used to be primarily a Holdem and PLO cash game player, he made a successful transition to the world of multi-table tournaments and he has some final tables to show for it - lots of them in fact. 2017 SCOOP was a bit disappointing for RaSZi results wise, but he's currently in the process of making up for that. If you want to witness his insane heater and the punishment that he inflicts on other players to the tune of Ahnuld quotes now is the perfect time to tune in!
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