Have Poker VLOGS Become Boring?

07 Jul

The widespread attention poker has got in the past few years is not to be ignored, and a lot of it is down to VLOGS and social media platforms. Many of the big pros have hopped on the train and kept things fun for the most part by sharing their poker experiences online. But are VLOGS getting better? Are more people watching? And is there room for newcomers? Well it’s something worth discussing.

So if you have a history of a player like Daniel Negreanu, you will certainly have some traction behind you. For your average poker fan, vlogs like these are surely entertaining:

Having the opportunity to follow a player of such caliber is very fortunate, and we have the internet to thank for that! However when it comes to analytics, a channel like this does not come close to the top dogs on YouTube in terms of revenue or analytics. With tens of millions of dollars in earnings and a charismatic player behind the camera, should we not see these numbers skyrocket?

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Or perhaps the average viewer is not entertained? From analytics, it’s apparent that strictly no poker player has close to one million subscribers which means that there is only a small minority of players who can actually rely on it for a living. Therefore it’s probably not best served as a way to make serious money.

But is it the actual poker that people find uninteresting? Unlikely, with videos like these having collected insane views:

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The gambling aspect of poker is clearly still a huge part of why it receives so much attention. So does it then boil down to the significance of the player vlogging? Compared to the random guy who videos at your local casino? This could perhaps be the case.

Brad Owen certainly paved a way for this type of work. As Brad’s most popular video, maybe thumbnailing the amount of money you’re willing to put on the table is a way to get people to recognise your channel:

Judging by his most popular videos, his thumbnails for making a great video include showing how much he gambles with, premium hands, and action runouts. As you would expect.

But for a poker player starting right now to start vlogging? What hopes do they have? It’s likely that as a money making route, there are certainly easier routes that require a lot less time and energy. Or you could also come about it from a different angle. Players like Marle Spragg are making the game more comical for sure:

All in all, there has not been much growth in the past few years with vlogging poker. However streaming poker on twitch, providing online YouTube content, and poker TikToks are sources of entertainment that are becoming a lot more prevalent. It’s likely that we will continue to see this form of entertainment grow going forward.

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