One of the best ways to learn about the many facets of poker is to watch the pros go about their business. The live streaming platform Twitch has become a dual-purpose entertainment and education portal for budding poker enthusiasts. Many poker players and personalities now live stream their online poker sessions, allowing viewers to watch the trials and tribulations players experience even in the biggest events.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a speedy internet connection to catch Twitch’s biggest poker personalities, although it does help if you only have a handful of devices connected to maximise bandwidth.
If you’re a visual learner and an active Twitch user, we’ve listed five of the most popular poker personalities with Twitch channels dedicated to the game of poker for you to follow.
1. Nick Walsh
Nick Walsh has more than a decade of expertise in the live and online poker scene. He plays professionally and commentates on some of the biggest multi-table tournaments online hosted by PokerStars. In fact, Walsh regularly hosts PokerStars’ very own official Twitch channel, working as the channel’s very own production manager. You can find their live poker channel in the footer of the homepage. Walsh successfully brings a human element to the strategic analysis of poker games at whichever level he plays or commentates on. From a playing perspective, Walsh now focuses largely on the Spin & Go poker format at PokerStars, having started out playing professionally at the cash game and sit ‘n’ go tables.
2. Ben Spragg
Poker personalities don’t get much humbler than Ben “Spraggy” Spragg. The British poker pro has vlogged his meteoric rise to stardom for several years now, developing a large and loyal band of followers on Twitch. At the time of writing, Spraggy’s total Twitch followers has broken the 161,000 mark.
Spraggy regularly competes in some of the biggest PokerStars events online, streaming his tables to his thousands of viewers. His successes in the 2020 and 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) vlogged for all to see. He is a prime example of how a professional poker should act in this game – never too high when he wins and never too low when he loses. It helps viewers to understand that winning and losing is part and parcel of the poker journey.
3. Lex Veldhuis
Dutch professional poker maestro Lex Veldhuis is another Twitch streamer that thousands flock to watch play online. Veldhuis started out as a competitive gamer, plying his trade in the popular PC game of StarCraft before turning his hand at cash games in Las Vegas. After crushing the cash games, Veldhuis went on to play regularly online. He enjoyed a very deep run at the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and he landed a further six-figure prize in the 2021 WCOOP.
According to his Twitch bio, Veldhuis has been a poker pro for the last 18 years and has been live streaming his journey for the last six. He’s transparent about his online poker bankroll too, buying in for upwards of $100,000 a month to try and win the biggest events.
4. Flix (xflixx)
Flix is a German professional poker player and poker coach who’s been vlogging his own poker journey for the best part of a decade. Flix streams his online poker tournament action almost daily and has cultivated a follower base of almost 70,000 at the time of writing, which is no mean feat given that this is a German-speaking channel.
More recently, Flix has started to vlog his experiences at live poker events too, including those on the European Poker Tour (EPT) circuit. He’s been present at the final table of some of the EPT’s Main Events, capturing the drama and intensity of these huge tournaments and even catching a word with some of the lucky winners too. It’s one of the most immersive poker channels on Twitch right now.
5. Sebastian (peacendloove)
If you’re looking for a Twitch poker channel from someone wholesome that’s just vlogging their online poker grind, look no further than Sebastian AKA peacendloove. Sebastian has been playing poker professionally for just a couple of years, having taken up the game casually as recently as 2015. He started vlogging his poker journey as he attempted to grind his online poker bankroll up from $100 to $10,000 – a challenge he eventually completed.
This quintet of Twitch streamers live and breathe poker. If you’re just as passionate about the game as they are you’re guaranteed to find engaging content at your fingertips whichever channel you choose.