If you’re familiar with streaming or online gaming, you might interested to know there’s a growing community of poker Twitch streamers.
If you haven’t used Twitch before, it is a live streaming site that focuses on video game streaming. Viewers can watch streamers play a variety of games live and can interact with the streamer through the chat.
One of the first people to stream online poker on Twitch was Jason Somerville, a poker pro from New York and a World Series of Poker bracelet holder. Jason brought online poker into the Twitch realm and has earned the affectionate nicknames of the “Godfather of Twitch Poker” and “The Twitchfather”.
Now, poker is the 37th most popular game being streamed on Twitch, according to Twitch Metrics.
With hundreds of people streaming poker daily, how do you choose which channel to watch? Let’s take a look at the top five poker Twitch streamers.
*I have excluded Twitch channels that do not stream in English, do not feature a live streamer/host, and that no longer focus on poker content.
5. MattStaples, Matt Staples
Starting off our list as the 9th most watched poker channel, and 7th most watched English poker channel is Matt Staples. Matt is a full-time poker player and streamer, and streams mid-high stakes online tournaments around four days per week.
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Matt is a member of the partypoker online team. His brother Jaime is also a partypoker team member and streams poker over on his own channel, PokerStaples, where he is the 15th most watched English poker channel.
Matt started his Twitch channel in 2015 and has amassed 97.1k followers since then. While Jaime does have more followers at 146k, Matt averages around 3,700 viewers per stream and Jaime averages around 1,500 viewers, which brings Matt higher on the list.
4. Kevinmartin, Kevin Martin
Kevin, who also goes by K-Mart, is currently the 8th most watched poker channel on Twitch, and the 6th most watched English poker channel. Like Matt, Kevin is also from Calgary! Do they put something in the water that makes you excel at poker?
The 28-year-old is a part of GGSquad, a team of Twitch poker streamers recruited by GGPoker. The team includes other big names in Twitch poker like Easterdamnz, Egption, KakiTee, Jaktiss, ALLinPav, and GingePoker.
Kevin first started his channel in 2014 and currently has 102k followers on Twitch. While he doesn’t appear to have a formal streaming schedule, it looks like he streams anywhere from one to four days per week.
Aside from playing online poker professionally, Kevin also won Big Brother Canada 5 after previously appearing on the third season.
3. Apestylespoker, Jonathan Van Fleet
Coming in at number three is user apestylespoker, otherwise known as Jonathan Van Fleet. Jon lives in Austin, Texas and has been playing in online poker tournaments for the past 15 years. He has also played in the World Series of Poker both online and in-person, and will be playing at the 52nd WSOP in Las Vegas later this year.
According to his Twitch profile, Jon has over $4 million profit in multi-table tournaments. He also puts his poker skills to use coaching poker seminars online and has been doing so for over 10 years.
Although he only started his Twitch channel in late October 2020, Jon has already gathered over 26.5k followers. Apestylespoker is currently the 6th most watched poker channel, and the 4th most watched English poker channel.
2. easywithaces – Fintan Hand
Fintan Hand is a 30-year-old professional poker player from Ireland, and has the coolest and one of the most unique names I have ever heard. Fintan believes he is the only person in the world with his name and I don’t doubt it.
Fintan started streaming in 2015 and now has a Pokerstars sponsorship and 107k followers. Through playing in online tournaments, he’s earned over $50,000. He will also play at the 52nd WSOP later this year, which will be his first WSOP appearance.
Easywithaces is the 5th most watched poker channel, and the 3rd most watched English poker channel. Like others on this list. Fintan doesn’t appear to have a set streaming schedule, but streams anywhere from four to six times per week on average.
1. Spraggy, Ben Spragg
Ben Spragg, better known online as Spraggy, tops the list in the number one spot. Hailing from England, Spraggy streams most days of the week but doesn’t appear to have a set schedule.
Ben’s Twitch channel is the oldest on the list, and was created in 2008. Since he started streaming, Ben has amassed 120k followers. His is the 2nd most watched poker channel, the 2nd most watched English poker channel, and the 400th most watched English channel overall.
Over the course of his poker career, both online and in-person, Ben has earned over $80,000. Like Fintan and Jon, Ben will also be playing in the WSOP this year.
Aside from poker, Ben also occasionally streams Call of Duty: Warzone, Portal 2, and has recently taken up streaming chess.