One of the most popular poker streamers on Twitch is joining the rapidly growing Partypoker Team Online, as Jaime Staples has announced that he will soon become the latest member of the online poker room’s streaming stable.
While Staples won’t be joining the team immediately, he will start streaming under the Partypoker banner on May 4.
Staples Among Most Popular Twitch Poker Streamers
Jaime will join a team that already includes his brother Matt, along with several other prominent Twitch poker streamers. With more than 120,000 followers, Staples is one of the top poker content creators on Twitch today, with most of his time on stream spent playing tournaments, where he has won $950,000 through online play.
“I am so excited for the future,” Staples wrote on Twitter following the announcement. “I’ll be working alongside @JeffGrossPoker to grow the new roster of @partypoker Team Online into the best ambassadors we can be for the game.”
Jaime and Matt have a history with another Partypoker sponsored streaming outfit. Bill Perkins, who founded the Thirst Lounge – which is now sponsored by Partypoker – once challenged the two brothers to a $150,000 prop bet in which each had to reach the same weight within a single year.
The challenge came from the fact that Matt weighed in at just 134 pounds, while Jaime, who weighed 305 pounds, would likely have to lose significant weight. But the Staples boys were up to the challenge, managing to both reach 188.3 pounds on the same day to win the bet.
Partypoker Envisions Massive Streaming Operation
Jaime Staples will be joining a team that also features streamers like Hristivoje Pavlovic, Steven Kok, CardsChat ambassador Jeff Gross, Ryan Schoonbaert, Courtney Gee and several others.
But while Partypoker may already seem like it has enough streamers to dominate the sector, the company has much bigger plans.
“I wanted to put a team together for Twitch. I like Twitch, so I looked around, saw who was the best and approached them,” Partypoker partner Rob Yong told CalvinAyre.com last week. “We are going to have a team of 30 people, but they are going to be working.”
Partypoker has embarked on a new strategy that was designed to bring them to the forefront of online poker content creation. While the poker room had previously been lacking in terms of a Twitch presence, it is now hoping that it can offer up 24/7 content that will help them engage the poker community through both its new Team Online and its existing stable of live pros like Fedor Holz, Patrick Leonard, and Ludovic Geilich.
That goal has been embodied in the Partypoker247 channel on Twitch, which launched on March 1. Along with broadcasting play from the variety of streamers that now make up the site’s Team Online, the new channel plans to feature coverage of major live events from around the world.