“Vlogging” gaining in popularity with poker players
Video Blogging, or Vlogging, has become a popular way for fans to take a peek into the lives of professional poker players. Vloggers will turn on their cameras at the tables – both poker and kitchen – to give viewers a glimpse into their daily routines, as well as their poker strategies. Some players have accumulated a large following on YouTube, and the trend will more than likely see an upswing in 2018.
One of the most prominent vloggers is Andrew Neeme. He has gathered a following of 75,000 subscribers on YouTube, and uses the platform to broadcast his journey as a Las Vegas mid-stakes pro. His videos routinely attract more than 100,000 views, due in part to his upbeat personality even when lady luck isn’t by his side at the tables. He routinely provides in-depth analysis of the action, giving tips to help budding poker players. He has broadcast video from different points on the map, from Vegas to London to Barcelona.
Tim Watts is another popular vlogger with almost a cult-like following. He has received over 11 million views since launching his first video in 2012 and continuously adds to the hundreds of videos he has posted on YouTube. Currently, more than 30,000 users have subscribed to his channel. His approach is to show only the highlights of the games, and doesn’t spend a lot of time providing hand analysis.
Several high-stakes players have also joined the vlogging world. Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, and Matt Berkey are capitalizing on their fame to promote their vlogs and connect with fans. Negreanu has taken things a step further, providing coverage of his activities away from the felt. During the WSOP, for example, he posted a vlog that gave insight into his daily routine during the WSOP, starting with a trip to the gym and ending with his performance at the tables. It’s all in day’s work for Kid Poker.