Using multiple monitors is pretty common amongst poker players. For the likes of Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and Randy ‘Nanonoko’ Lew, having various screens was essential for them to play 24 cash game tables at a time.
For Twitch stars like Lex Veldhuis, multiple monitors are imperative for running a smooth stream.
But how about using multiple screens for watching poker, rather than playing it? That opportunity doesn’t come up very often.
With the Sunday Million 15th Anniversary (SM15) taking place on Sunday, March 21, PokerStars streamers will be broadcasting their individual runs in the $12.5 million-guaranteed tournament live on Twitch. All you have to do is choose which streamer (or streamers) you want to follow.
Of course, as it’s tied for the largest tournament PokerStars has ever run, you’ll no doubt want to play it yourself. The $215 buy-in is a little steep for some players though, so if you want to get in for cheap you’ll be glad to know that satellites are running now on PokerStars (should you qualify, here are some tips from former champs to help you out).
If however, you’re not going to play, all you have to do is kick back, relax, and choose which streamers you’re going to watch.
Here are the candidates.
He needs no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway. He’s a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) champion. A Twitch poker superstar. One of the funniest streamers out there. I mean, you’ve seen his tracksuits, right? If you like your humour drier than a Q♣7♦2♠ flop, Spraggy is your guy.
He’s pretty damn good at poker too and is putting in some lengthy streams of late. Just a couple of weeks ago he finished 17th out of more than 12,000 entries in the Sunday Million, and he recently recorded a $15K score in the $50 Sunday Marathon, so you’ll definitely want to tune in and see what he can do in the SM15.
This guy is getting better every year. In 2019, Fintan “easywithaces” Hand recorded his best poker year to date, headlined by a deep run in the $5,200 WCOOP Main Event for a huge $50,000 score. In 2020 he bettered the previous year, winning his first Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title for $73K, as well as a host of other deep runs and big scores in high rollers.
Heck, just last night (March 18) he won the $530 Bounty Builder for $24K.
Hand is more than capable of going very deep in the SM15. After all, he’s done it before. His best Milly finish was 13th for around $5,000.
For dad dancing, DJ sessions, and finger wags, make sure you tune in to watch easywithaces pump it up.
If you’re looking for something a little different than the poker streams you’ve seen in the past, then Tom ‘MajinCast’ Hayward is your guy.
Throughout his streams (where he usually plays PokerStars tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $215) Hayward somehow manages to drop on-the-money pop culture soundbites, distort his camera in insane ways, and even insert himself into Joe Rogan podcast interviews and Judge Judy courtrooms, all in real-time, while ensuring the poker remains the focal point.
Arguably poker’s most innovative streamer, the New Zealander is even inspiring the likes of Lex Veldhuis. “His use of technology is insane,” Veldhuis told us. “He’s incredible, and he’s teaching me a lot about that stuff.”
If you’re a German speaker and you’re reading this blog post, you’ll no doubt already be familiar with Felix ‘xflixx’ Schneiders. If you’re an English speaker and you haven’t checked out his stream, you’re missing out. This guy does it all, with style.
The ability to switch from German to English (depending on his audience size) means Xflixx can provide a small community feel whilst playing in front of a big crowd.
He’s done pretty well in the Milly in the past too, finishing 72nd for $1,266 back in July 2019. A few months later he enjoyed his largest on-stream score when he cashed the $530 Bounty Builder Series Main Event for $6,995.
Viel Glück, Felix!
While the Europeans are asleep, Arlie ‘Prince Pablo’ Shaban is often found hard at work on PokerStars and Twitch, where he plays the evening schedule in Canada. Unfortunately for him, on Sundays, this means he often misses out on the Milly.
However, Shaban won’t be missing out on a special anniversary edition. “I’m going to be playing but I’ll only fire up the stream if I go super deep,” he told us.
If you’re in the mood for some high-energy streaming, Shaban’s the man.