YouTube To Ban All Poker Channels

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YouTube To Ban All Poker Channels
08:38
21 Feb

YouTube’s censorship algorithm seems to be targeting poker channels again. No channel is safe.

YouTube’s ban hammer has always been a somewhat unpredictable foe, especially for gambling content creators. Back in 2018, there was a flurry of gambling channels getting videos taken down and occasionally getting wholesale banned

Every attempt to get an explanation resulted in automated responses stating that YouTube did not allow “violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.” Unless you’re playing your roulette the Russian way the odds of a gambling channel qualifying are low.

The first time around these bans were largely slot machine players, but in June last year poker channels were up on the block. Players like Andrew Neeme and Jaime Staples started reporting multiple videos being taken down.


Once again, YouTube responded to complaints with automated responses that failed to explain why this content was being removed.

In the wake of yet another burst of anti-poker bans at the start of this year poker players are now working out how to fight back.


Previous issues were dealt with on a channel by channel basis. Now Jaime Staples is trying to put together something approaching a poker YouTuber’s union

By joining together the hope is that YouTube will view the appeals as part of a major issue, instead of in the inconsistent and unfair way they have done in the past. If you want to join the fight you can get in touch with him on the details on his Twitter:


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Jon is a freelance writer and novelist who learned to play poker after watching Rounders in year 9. He has been giving away his beer money at cards ever since. Currently he is based in Bristol where he makes sporadic donations to the occasional live tournament or drunken late night Zoom session. He ...Read more

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