Last updated on August 31st, 2022 at 07:00 am
More and more people are into watching streams nowadays — in fact, this year 158 million people actively tune into live streams from the United States alone. This is because streams are free to view and provide a lot of entertainment, so long as the viewer finds a niche or category they want to follow.
Poker is one particular online subculture that is getting a lot of attention these days. The World Poker Tour even reports that online poker attracts 60 million American players out of 100 million from around the world.
As such, if you want to be a poker streamer, now is the right time to get into streaming. Many popular poker streaming channels like kevinmartin and Spraggy already exist in this particular category.
However, streaming poker takes more than just sharing your games online. From putting up a channel to setting yourself apart from the crowd, this article covers the basics of how to become a poker streamer in 2022.
Tips on How to Become a Poker Streamer
Be Sure to have Basic Streaming Equipment
You don’t need fancy equipment to start streaming. One of the basic necessities for online streaming is the microphone, which helps you communicate the thought process behind your moves in an entertaining manner — much like what Lex Veldhuis does on his Twitch streams. In fact, Veldhuis was able to generate his million-dollar revenue from streaming and poker.
After all, when playing poker, one of the most important streaming aspects is the player’s thought process.
Meanwhile, webcams help your viewers assign a face to your voice and streaming channel while a monitor and a computer help you set up the whole production. There are many affordable webcam options out there, too, like the Logitech Logitech C270 and Vitade 960AF.
Choose a Streaming Platform
Streaming platforms give you a space to broadcast your show. Beginners and renowned figures in the poker world alike are on major platforms like Twitch and YouTube. In fact, Daniel Negreanu, one of the best poker players of all time, has over 600,000 subscribers on YouTube. Negreanu has won six World Series of Poker bracelets and taken home more than $42 million in live tournament cashes. People are always interested in his success, and he’s more than happy to provide his unique insights. Meanwhile, Twitch is graced by legends like Jason Somerville who now works as a presenter on the huge poker community, Run It Up.
Set up your Streaming Software
Streaming software helps you produce your show. First, this software helps you encode your video feed in real-time. It converts the live video of your poker room from your computer into a format that is suitable for online broadcasting, like MP4. Another function is that it lets you customize the layout of your show.
Streaming programs like OBS allow you to display both a poker table and a stream chat at the same time so viewers can interact with you and each other. Lastly, the program lets you do live edits like scene switching.
This keeps multi-table poker game streams remain mobile-friendly by showing one table at a time and switching tables when you want to. Major programs like Streamlabs even let you set the shortcut for switching scenes so that the transition from one poker table to the next is smooth and easy.
Customize your Channel
A more advanced feature of streaming software and platforms is that you can use overlays to spice up the look of your stream. For instance, you can add a revolving game chip in the corner or make your channel background a wood texture to imbibe poker rooms.
Adding overlays creates a personality for your channel. It sets your channel apart from other poker streamers — especially since most poker shows can look the same with the game table in the thumbnail. You can attract more audiences with overlays that make your channel look exciting and professional. Fortunately, you don’t have to look too far for overlays. Streaming platforms like Twitch as well as software have expansive overlay libraries that you can choose from.
It’s an exciting time for poker streamers. With several high profile players and channels out there on Twitch and YouTube, it’s crucial to know the basics and tools of the trade that can help set your poker streams apart.
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