The rising trend of contracting streaming and online content makers to market poker has contributed to the resurgence of a poker boom. Streamers have accomplished this by broadcasting poker to new audiences.
Hustler Casino Live teamed up with WPT Global to host a star-studded Creator Poker Night livestream in this style. The program included a table with Alexandra Botez, a Woman FIDE Master; Ludwig Ahgren, an esports pundit and participant; and video game casters “QTCinderella” and “Sliker,” as well as Jamie Kerstetter in the commentary box. Furthermore, the show comprised five more content makers from the realms of Twitch, YouTube, and Instagram: Margaux Brooke, “Fuslie,” “Ovilee,” “Sykkuno,” and “Slime.”
The HCL stream has always been an excellent diversion from the overpolished play of more “serious” cash game programs. This stream meets the criteria with its wild energy, ongoing table conversation, and overall sense of the amateurish vibe.
Each player started with a stack of $2,500 chips and a second $2,500 bullet in their pocket. The blinds started at $5/$10 each. Compared to the regular HCL fare, this game was slightly different. There were no professionals present at the table. The dealer had to guide Sliker through the opening hand’s play sequence.
Following an hour of play, blinds increased, and the player with the most money at the end of the session received a trophy and an extra $5,000 to add to whatever they earned at the tables.
Six of the seven players at the table saw the flop first-hand (two players were running late)—the hand-finished in a flurry of frantic explanations about how the showdown works from both sides. Botez won the first hand amid the frenzy.
It was the first series of events that would unfold over the next few hours. Botez finished with the largest chip stack, approximately $10,675. She demonstrated the best understanding of the game (as one would expect from someone who competes in chess tournaments at a professional level). Even though she folded the best hand on the river in response to a ten-times-pot shove from Sykkuno just before the end of the play, Botez was able to secure the victory.
Slime was hot on her tail, trailing her with $10,385, most of which he had given away to busted players. Sykkuno was the only other participant to earn money. QTCinderella, Sliker, and Ludwig all went bust, leaving everyone with a loss of between $600 and $800. The whole stream is available on YouTube.
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