February 03, 2021
Gripsed Poker’s Evan Jarvis does something many other streamers don’t: stream instantly on Twitch. When it comes to online poker where to play it is pretty self explanatory. However, if you’re looking to connect with like-minded gamers or hone your skills, your first thought might not be Twitch – but it should be.
What is Twitch?
For those who haven’t heard of Twitch, it is an online platform that connects viewers (such as poker enthusiasts) with streamers who broadcast their video game (recorded or live streaming). Twitch isn’t just limited to game content. It also shows non-playing radio or music streams. Another benefit of Twitch is that it is interactive and allows viewers to ask questions or leave comments.
Live streaming on Twitch
Nothing compares to live streaming. It’s a direct link between viewer and broadcaster, something YouTube comments or forums can’t replicate. It allows instant feedback on games for instant improvement.
“I’ve always loved helping people. That’s why I started creating content in 2008, ”says Jarvis. His YouTube channel now has over 77,000 subscribers and he hints that he has something special planned for the 80,000 subscriber milestone.
Jarvis switched back to live stream gaming in 2019 to reconnect with his two passions: helping people and playing poker.
“I haven’t been in the game for a while and I felt like something was missing in my life. I’ve worked hard on a lot of projects, but the fun element was missing in my life. I thought getting back into online poker would bring that joy back to life, and it did something, but online poker alone didn’t give me that spark … When I started streaming again and getting that community involvement, my love for life came back “
Evan Jarvis, also known as Gripsed, returned to live streaming with his $ 50-1 million bankroll challenge. Within the first month, Jarvis landed a huge $ 50,000 score on the stream – how’s that for success?
Advantages of No Delay Streams
When it comes to broadcasting live poker gameplay, it certainly has its perks. “I can give viewers instant feedback on their games (users can redeem ‘Channel Points’ to get feedback on their hands from Jarvis) and it allows me to be more helpful when people have questions about software, websites, or the like. ”
There’s nothing more frustrating than going on a live stream and having to wait 4-5 minutes to get an answer to a question – it takes the “live” element out of the equation. With the direct connection between viewer and broadcaster, viewers no longer have to wait long for their questions to be answered. This creates a deeper connection.
However, live streaming also presents streamers with unique challenges. “It’s definitely a challenge because I have more of a poker face and have to be careful what I say along the way
Hands. It also makes it a little harder for viewers to watch the action, but I always take my case off when it comes to all-in situations or when I make my final decision to call or fold. “
No delay currents are not for everyone. You need to act with the utmost professionalism in order to target a larger audience. So if you are concerned about non-written situations, delay streams may not be unsuitable for you.
On the flip side, the openness of live streaming creates closer ties with viewers, and closer ties make it more of a hangout with friends than a lonely experience. Take MTT poker for example, it can be lonely and isolating when you’re away from a table, but with live streaming on Twitch it’s like working out a poker session with friends.
Benefits of streaming for streamers
Twitch is about building deep relationships, while live streaming is about bringing together a community of like-minded people who have the same hobby and want to share the journey with other people. Being able to entertain and befriend people with the same interests as you helps tick off one of the most basic human needs – being social. If you think about the nature of the game, it’s relatively lonely (with the exception of the cooperative gameplay). So if you have a platform like Twitch that unites individual players, you can see how this would create a sense of community.
For streamers looking to improve their views, you can’t focus on short-term growth as this goes against what live streaming is all about – the connection. Instead, you need to keep showing up regularly to increase your audience. If you want to strengthen the bond with your viewers, it’s critical to have a schedule that they can rely on so they can rest assured that you will be there at your scheduled times. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; It’s also about engaging your emerging community.
Since his return to streaming, Jarvis has slowly but steadily increased his average viewership and currently sits at around 130 average viewers – with the hope of soon surpassing the 200 mark. For Jarvis, his goal is to help his community. Some of the dedicated ways it attracts an audience are:
- Home games with additional money to the prize pool,
- Freebies where players can win free entries or a percentage of their daily winnings, and
- No delay in streaming so viewers get that instant connection and feedback.
If you’d like to watch Evan Jarvis’ live streams and see if it’s your mood, visit http://twitch.tv/gripsed and click the “Follow” button. Jarvis currently broadcasts weekends from noon to late (Eastern Standard Time).
- Free money Friday
- Hit the streamer on Saturdays and
- The Sunday sweat
Jarvis is still on the hunt for his breakthrough, but because he has so much fun connecting with his community on Twitch, he doesn’t have the same urge to “win big” as it can be disempowering at times to pursue big profit. Poker is still a game and the point of any game is to have fun. Twitch helps create an environment where like-minded people can communicate and play for fun, improve their game, and achieve their poker goals.
If you’re ever around on the weekend, check out Evans Stream and #LetsGetStackin, and don’t forget to join the growing poker community on Twitch.
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