Phil Hellmuth Goes Live on Twitch

Phil Hellmuth Goes Live on Twitch

Monday, 10 August 2015

Phil Hellmuth, the man who has entertained (or enraged) millions of poker fans over the years, is now a member of the Twitch fraternity.

Despite being somewhat sceptical of modern poker technology in the past, Hellmuth now appears to be embracing the live streaming platform that's recently seen the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville educate the masses.

Going live on Saturday, August 8, Hellmuth streamed an online game of Pineapple from his Palo Alto home alongside the Head of Poker at Twitch, Eric Diep. As expected, the initial numbers for the stream were strong with 3,372 viewers tuning in for his maiden broadcast.

As it stands, the initial stream is due to be part of a run that will last until Wednesday this week, but where Hellmuth takes things from there is unclear. Having seen that his peers, such as Negreanu, has enjoyed a surge of support over the last few months, it's likely Hellmuth will continue to stream his online exploits.

Beyond Hellmuth's personal reasons for going live, the presence of another high profile poker player in the Twitch arena is great news for the game as a whole. Hellmuth, like Negreanu, has a reach beyond the poker industry which means his streams could help engage a whole new demographic to the game.

Indeed, with millions of users logging into the platform on a daily basis to watch the top gamers in the world do their thing, many of these could seen migrate over the poker world if more high profile figures such as Hellmuth continue to air their wares via Twitch.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth, Twitch