The Twitch Poker Tribune is a weekly blog bringing you the latest news and best clips of the week from the world of Twitch poker, as well as shining a light on streamers you should check out.

THIS WEEK:

  • The Spraggy Show
  • Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot wins Stadium Series High Heat for $261K
  • Clips of the week
  • Ones to watch

The Spraggy Show

We’d already seen Lex Veldhuis and Fintan Hand enjoy big final table streams and scores so far this Stadium Series.

On Wednesday night, it was Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg’s turn in the spotlight.

Having battled their way through the opening day, both Spraggy and Fintan returned for Day 2 of the $5,200 Heat 25-H yesterday (July 29), with the former third in chips and the latter ninth, respectively.

Unfortunately for the lads and everyone watching, Twitch Poker was denied an undoubtedly massive event when Fintan busted in tenth place for $14,732, just missing out on the final table.

Spraggy would make it, though, and more than 30,000 people tuned in to watch him battle against some of the game’s very best players, including Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood and Mikita “Fish2013” Badziakouski.

He was guaranteed a payday of at least $16,721. Not bad for a guy who was streaming 2c/5c cash games for an audience of ten people four years ago.


After explaining his strategy to James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton in a pre-game interview alongside Fintan (“When you guys are watching the cards-up coverage, just remember, I’m just trying to ladder, baby. I’m staying out of trouble.”)

That game plan didn’t stop him from getting in the mix though, including what he himself claims might have been an ICM punt.


We then witnessed Spraggy ladder all the way to third place, having a short stack most of the time.

In the first hand following “gordon0410” busted in fourth, Spraggy’s tournament would also reach its conclusion.


For his efforts, Spraggy banked $70,633 for his largest ever career score, and with more than 30,000 people watching, broke his viewership records in the process.

Congrats, Spraggy.


Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot wins Stadium Series

If you were tuning in to the Stadium Series cards-up coverage over on the PokerStars Twitch channel, you’ll have noticed former Twitch beast and all-round good guy Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot on commentary duties, railing his good friends Fintan and Spraggy.

Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot

Talbot was in a particularly good mood as the previous night (July 28) he emerged victorious in $2,100 Weekly Stadium Series High final for a massive $261,489 score.

To celebrate, Talbot then jumped on Fintan’s stream and broke the news that he would be returning for one night of celebratory streaming this Friday (July 31).

You won’t want to miss the return on TonkaaaaP on Twitch.

Head over to his channel and give it a follow so you’ll know when he goes live.


Clips of the week

The four-high bluff gets through. WHAT?!


A trip down memory lane.

It’s not often you get a 10 million chip stack.


“That’s exactly what we were hoping, Griff.”


It’s not always easy with aces.


Ones to watch:

TjennoE – www.twitch.tv/tjennoe

As both a member of Lex Veldhuis’ community and Fintan Hand’s Team ATB stream team, “TjennoE” is well-versed in the world of Twitch.

He grinded his way up the mid-stakes on his channel and has streamed some big results from massive fields.

Check him out.

“TjennoE” in action

HayDawg – www.twitch.tv/haydawg_

With a PhD in Computer Science, you could call Tom “HayDawg” Hayton the new Doctor of Twitch poker.

Or don’t. Y’know. Whatever.

Do check out his stream though. Hayton is an aspiring poker player and streamer who took part in the #DareToStream challenge and enjoyed streaming so much he decided to carry on. He’s been grinding poker for the past five years so he knows a trick or two.

Tom “HayDawg” Hayton

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