Twitch.tv is a streaming website where entertainers can stream anything from eating ramen noodles in front of a camera to playing high stakes poker. Since you’re on this site, we’re guessing you are more interested in the later.
You can find all Twitch poker streamers currently live in the poker section of the website. If you find that there are a bunch of random Russian’s playing slots and reruns of pirated high stakes poker episodes, well, you’ve probably looked at the non-peak hours of poker, which can be quite a bleak place.
So, who are the streamers worth your attention?
Jason Somerville is the king of twitch poker. He regularly gets 5k+ and even 10k+ viewers on his streams, and he has been a long lasting pillar of the twitch poker scene. Specializing in MTTs and high stake hyperturbo’s, his stream includes frequent viewer interaction, a robot crow, and a great “feel” to the entire experience. Even when he runs poorly or takes a few bad beats there is always a relaxed, enjoyable vibe. Self-deprecating and incredibly talented, Sommerville is the grizzled sea captain of the Twitch poker seas.
The versatility of Sommerville’s play is what makes the stream so entertaining. One day he may be playing deepstacked MTTs mixed with exciting hyperturbo SNG action, and the next he might be sitting at high stakes 8 game or dabbling in PLO.
As you start to watch, you’ll start to be in on the little inside jokes that make it feel more like a community than a passive watching experience – pork chops, turkey burgers, and running it up are constant sources of entertainment.
Complete crusher. If you want to get better at MTTs, watch this stream and follow along closely.
Bryan Paris is a devastating MTT player with over 10 million USD in cashes. His stream is less focused on entertaining commentary and more on solid strategy and advice. You will constantly find him final tabling major events and pulling in big cashes live for your viewing pleasure.
Parker Talbot is an 888poker sponsored high stakes MTT crusher who also streams 1k sit and go’s regularly. He combines strategy and entertainment in a way that other streamers can only attempt to emulate, celebrating his victories with whiskey and the occasional blackjack degeneracy (although he has cut back on the table games lately, thankfully). Catch phrase – never lucky!
There is nothing more satisfying than watching Tonka punt off huge stacks in MTTs. Watching him squirm as he goes all in and prays “please no punish” is second only to watching him destroy final tables and lock up massive cashes on stream. Talbot is one of the most entertaining streamers in the business whether losing or winning, and his high level of play in tournaments is a pleasure to watch.
Kevin Martin is a Canadian poker player known to have been on Big Brother Canada, who is returning for season 5 of Big Brother Canada.
He is one of the most improved poker players of all streamers. The difference in his skill level from one year ago and today is night and day. You just have to root for the kid.
He is a relatable streamer as he often plays lower and midstakes tournaments, sometimes mixing in some larger buyin events. Sadly, he will not be streaming until season 5 of Big Brother Canada is finished. When he comes back to the Twitch streets we are keen to see his return to the poker streets.
Doug Polk bills himself as one of the greatest heads up players in the world. His stream focused on bankroll building and the occasional high stake tournament. Unfortunately, he has been more active on youtube and other social media than Twitch as of late and has not streamed for many months. What makes his stream so special? He has played 100k buyin events on stream – not a 100k prize pool, a literal 100k buyin – and battled in high stakes HU and 6max action live. He has a high level of skill and a very entertaining aggressive playstyle.
He will potentially be returning for the Spring Championship of Online Poker. He generally streams to promote his training website, Upswing Poker. Keep tuned – we are going to be producing an Upswing Poker review soon!
Want some laid back fun? This stream is your answer. Ben J Spragg, or “Spraggy”, is a British streamer who made heaps off poker back in the good old days, and has now come back to lower stakes as a streamer. A relative new streamer to the game, he has been putting up consistent numbers of viewers.
Did we miss your favourite streamer? Let us know in a comment below!