The Twitch 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 some up-and-coming streamers you should check out.
- Stadium Series Incoming
- Wins for Spraggy, Arlie and MajinCast
- Streamer Banter Ft. Lex and OP-Poker
- Best clips of the week
- Ones to watch: BowieEffect, New_Dave
STADIUM SERIES INCOMING
As if the world of online poker hasn’t been crazy enough so far in 2020, it’s about to get even crazier.
On Monday PokerStars announced its brand new Stadium Series, this summer’s blockbuster series with an incredible $2 million in prizes added to events and a staggering $50 million guaranteed across the series.
The four-week series kicks off on Sunday 5 July, with things running a little different to other tournament series you’ll be familiar with.
Rather than a long schedule of events, like in SCOOP, the bulk of Stadium Series will be played as weekly heats. These represent standalone tournaments, but with a chance to win your way into one of three tiers of weekly finals held each Sunday.
The buy-ins and guarantees for these will increase every week, all the way to the final weekend – the Grand Final, with a top tier buy-in of $5,200 and $5 million guaranteed.
Needless to say, Twitch Poker will be buzzing throughout. Could it be the biggest series ever streamed?
I am so so excited for the Stadium Series
💫Stand alone daily tournaments
💰 Weekly Main Events with $2.000.000 ADDED total to the prizepools
🤠No re-entries in the mains!!
Going to be streaming the shit out of this!! Back on the nightly schedule grind all month. I cannot wait https://t.co/xbvYQX7lWk
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) June 22, 2020
Incredible series coming up folks. Cant wait to go off during July.
💵 $2,000,000 added!
Incredible content coming your way. Willing to bet this will be the best series for streamers and viewers EVER. https://t.co/4gfAw7oxJl
— Spraggy (@spraggy) June 22, 2020
Did someone say $10,000 worth of !drops everyday?!
This is going to be quite something. https://t.co/8oUTkA7WDi
— Mason Pye (@pyefacepoker) June 22, 2020
Lots of value here, and more twitch drops 🍻 https://t.co/rDRzYYr916
— majincast (@majincast) June 22, 2020
Und weiter geht‘s im Takt!
Interessantes Format, bei dem wir wöchentliche Heats spielen und uns auch noch für das entsprechende Sonntagsfinale qualifizieren können. https://t.co/Et9zoq6sta
— Felix Schneiders (@xflixx) June 22, 2020
WINS FOR SPRAGGY, ARLIE, MAJINCAST
There’s nothing better than following your favourite streamer from registration to victory in a live-streamed tournament, regardless of the buy-in.
This week we were able to watch PokerStars Ambassadors Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg, Arlie “PrincePablo” Shaban, and Tom “MajinCast” Hayward do exactly that.
Spraggy’s victory came in a $109 Progressive Knock-Out event. As the man himself outlines in his tweet, at no point until heads-up was he in a commanding position to take it down.
14 paid. I was 14/14.
7 Handed FT. I was 7/7.
4 left. I was 4/4.
Heads UP. 3 to 1 Chip Disadvantage.
Scummiest trophy of my life.
Fun stream. pic.twitter.com/CsNmQkolht
— Spraggy (@spraggy) June 19, 2020
But take it down he did for $1,979 ($1,003 plus $976 in bounties). You can watch the winning moment below.
Arlie Shaban also found himself forging a major comeback to get in the winner’s circle when he took down the Bigger $33 for $851.
Came back from 1051 chips (half a big blind) to 775,000 chips and the win for $850! Was a wild run https://t.co/yvOgSFWNkP
— Arlie Shaban (@ArlieShaban) June 21, 2020
Later that night he’d also finish second in a $33 Bounty event for $2,500.
There would be no need for a comeback at Tom “MajinCast” Hayward’s final table, as he smoothly ran across it to win an $11 Progressive Knock-Out event for $310 plus $436 in bounties.
You can watch MajinCast’s full stream below.
They might not be life-changing scores for those guys, but who cares when we get to watch the story from start to finish?
We got to see both sides of the story as Lex Veldhuis and James “OP-Poker James” Mackenzie found themself clashing on the same table in the Big $109.
Here’s Lex’s view:
And on the more favourable side, here’s James’:
As if he was watching, Spraggy couldn’t resist a Lex needle.
Funny, normally when you interact you spam your own link! Thanks bud appreciate the shout out
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) June 24, 2020
BEST CLIPS OF THE WEEK
Spraggy is also a pro at putting people on tilt.
My $11 tournament masterclass is out soon. Always try to induce max tilt and then just sit back and get paid. pic.twitter.com/Ymosa2np9f
— Spraggy (@spraggy) June 21, 2020
Puke spot for Felix.
Hold‘em or Fold‘em? pic.twitter.com/vgqthHcV4P
— Felix Schneiders (@xflixx) June 23, 2020
Want to learn Badugi?
“I’m going to whine about this one to Spraggy.”
Keep it up PokerStars…
Check out Hartigan’s EPT rap.
— PokerStars LIVE (@PokerStarsLIVE) June 19, 2020
ONES TO WATCH:
ANDY “BOWIEEFFECT” WILSON – www.twitch.tv/bowieeffect
Andy “BowieEffect” Wilson has been on PokerStars Blog’s radar ever since he took down the $1,050 Thursday Thrill in 2017 for $75K. What made the young Brit’s win special was that he streamed it after being inspired by Lex Veldhuis:
Whaatttt no fucking way hahah. Congrats https://t.co/TB4mTs1bg1
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) December 1, 2017
Since then Wilson’s poker playing has gone from strength to strength. He now has more than $1.2 million in online cashes, some notables including wins in High Roller Club events and a deep run in the 2018 SCOOP-M Main Event (11th for $30K).
Wilson has returned to the Twitch streets lately. Unlike most streamers he doesn’t show his own play, choosing instead to host study sessions where he uses Dominik Nitsche’s app DTO to break down hands.
If you’re looking to improve your own game, check out Wilson’s stream.
NEW_DAVE – www.twitch.tv/new_dave
If you’re looking for some company while you grind the micros, you should check out New_Dave’s stream.
The 28-year-old from the UK is new to the streaming world, but he’s putting in the hours at the micos in the hopes of moving up the MTT stakes.
Go give him a follow.