With live poker taking a break, what better way to get your gambling fix on than binge-watching some amusing YouTube poker content? There are thousands of poker channels to choose from, but none more interesting than the 10 on this list.
I recently gave you a list of 10 ways to pass the time while self-quarantining. Once you’ve taken my advice and played some online poker, caught up on your favorite Netflix shows, and all the other recommendations I gave, every poker player should start binge-watching the incredible YouTube poker content out there.
There’s something — or many things — for every type of poker player on YouTube. And our industry has some incredibly talented content producers who create useful and interesting videos. If you’re looking for a way to be entertained this next month or two, check out these skilled content producers. I have included my favorite video from each channel, so you can get an idea of the type of content you’ll find from that video creator.
(Please note: rankings are completely random and aren’t based on best to worst)
1. Andrew Neeme
Andrew Neeme isn’t the O.G. of poker vlogging, but he’s arguably the G.O.A.T. and one of the earliest poker vloggers. The Las Vegas-based, mid-stakes grinder has been producing high-quality YouTube poker content since 2016. Over the past four years, he’s eclipsed the 140,000-subscriber mark, and for good reason — his vlogs are well produced and the man behind the camera (Neeme) always has a positive, upbeat attitude, and does a phenomenal job analyzing hands he played.
2. Brad Owen
You can’t include Andrew Neeme without his sidekick Brad Owen. The dynamic YouTube poker duo are the two most popular poker vloggers, with over 330,000 combined subscribers. Their meet-up games all around the world attract large crowds and will be missed during the coronavirus shutdown. But you can and should still binge-watch Owen’s channel in the meantime. His goofy, dry sense of humor is hysterical, and his videos can become addictive.
(Bonus drinking game idea: every time Brad refers to pocket jacks as “jiggitties,” take a shot and yell, “please, for the love of God, stop saying that!”)
3. Joey Ingram
“What’s up, Papi?” Joey Ingram’s hard work in publicly investigating Mike Postle last fall is worthy of Poker Hall of Fame consideration. If not for his due diligence, we may never have known just how likely it was that Postle cheated during Stones Live streams. But “Papi” has done far more incredible work than just investigate an alleged cheater. His Poker Life Podcast features some of the best interviews in poker, and he’s outed other wrongdoers in poker. My recommendation is to check out some of his old interviews with Barry Greenstein, a recent one with Mike “Timex” McDonald about his take on coronavirus betting, and my all-time favorite guest on his show, Bill Perkins.
4. Doug Polk
What’s up guys, Doug Polk here. Polk retired from poker over a year ago and recently announced he is done creating YouTube poker content. But since his channel, which has 286,000 subscribers, remains online, you can still binge-watch the heck out of it. Polk has a unique sense of humor and I’ve always respected his willingness to stand up for what he believes in, even though I don’t always agree with what he says. What I like most about his channel is viewers can learn some poker strategy and laugh at the same time.
5. Marle Cordeiro
My only knock on Marle Cordeiro’s YouTube poker channel is that she doesn’t post often enough. In fact, it’s been a couple months since her last uploaded clip, which is a shame. But her limited selection of poker vlogs are highly entertaining, and most of us have plenty of time to watch them these days. Her strong point is her raunchy sense of humor, which is right up my alley. If you’re looking for some laughs and pick up on sarcasm well, this is the channel for you.
6. Ryan Depaulo
Ryan Depaulo doesn’t have the poker community street cred of Neeme and Owen, but he’s arguably the funniest YouTube poker vlogger out there. Depaulo has chosen a unique poker vlogging niche — the degenerate gambler angle — and it suits him perfectly. He’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you consider calling 1-800-BETS-OFF for him, and he’ll make you a little bit jealous of his degen lifestyle. Depaulo has racked up over 46,000 subscribers in just two years of vlogging on YouTube, and he deserves more.
7. Daniel Negreanu
There’s a solid chance the 2020 WSOP will be canceled, so if you’re looking to get in your WSOP fix, check out Daniel Negreanu’s YouTube poker channel. His daily vlogs each year during the series are a national treasure, and truly one of the top highlights at the World Series of Poker. Negreanu posts a vlog every day during the WSOP, and you simply can’t beat the production quality.
8. Live at the Bike
If you’ve never watched Live at the Bike, a cash game show from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, you may not be familiar with Garrett Adelstein, and that’s a shame, because he’s one of the most skilled and interesting high-stakes pros in the world. Live at the Bike, which streams weeknights, has a good mix of low to high-stakes games with players who are more entertaining than most high rollers you’ll find in other games.
9. Jonathan Little
Now that you likely have plenty of extra time on your hands, you might as well sharpen your poker skills. And that means studying, studying, and studying some more. Jonathan Little’s YouTube poker channel is one of the best free poker strategy resources out there. Little is a two-time WPT champion with over $7 million in live tournament cashes, and a proven online poker winner. So, who better to learn from? What makes his channel among the best is he explains poker strategy in an easy-to-learn manner and always has a positive attitude.
10. Liv Boeree
Like Doug Polk, Liv Boeree has mostly moved on from the game of poker. But she’s still producing some high-quality content, albeit on mostly non-poker related subjects, such as the coronavirus video above. Boeree only posts once or twice a month, but she has enough content on her channel to keep you entertained for a while during your self-quarantine period. The former PokerStars ambassador tackles all sorts of interesting topics such as the coronavirus and science, and provides a unique perspective and plenty of facts and statistics to back up her arguments.