Twitch takes online interaction to a whole new level, and there’s nowhere this fact is more prevalent than with Twitch Poker. Poker on Twitch allows you to not only play with and against the streamer, but –unlike many other games – you can actually win money. For any hardcore grinder, this is an opportunity you simply can’t ignore. Of course, Twitch Poker is not only for the super serious players; it embodies the ecumenical nature of the game is for everyone, of every skill level – of you know where to look.
Finding the best home games on Twitch can seem a little overwhelming, like being plunked into the middle of a foreign metropolis. Well, I’m here to act as your guide until you get your bearings. The first step is showing you around, letting you know where to find the best home games on Twitch and explaining why they are the best.
Let’s start with that.
What makes some Twitch home games better than others?
Action is action, right? Anyone who’s ever been on a really bad date can tell you that doesn’t hold true in life, and certainly not when it comes to poker – a microcosm of life where the consequences of ouremotions and actions is amplified. There are actually two characteristics that make some action far superior than others.
#1. The games are hosted by some of the best poker streamers (and all around streamers) on Twitch.tv.
#2. The games have extra cash added to the prize pools, which means you get a bigger payout than normal for your buy-in level.
One thing all these home games have in common is that they are hosted on PokerStars, so if you don't have an account there yet, sign up here. Also, keep in mind that you cannot join a new club from your mobile device, so you’ll have to find a PC to submit your application.
Now, to the next question:
When and where can you find the best Twitch home games?
Jonathan Little's Homegame League (US Friendly). Jonathan has weekly prizes for each game, plus it’s a league that boasts a solid spread of perks. 1st place in the league is over $2,000, and he gives the winner of each weekly tournament a coupon for $100 off any training products as well as a copy of his book, The Main Event with Jonathan Little. The players who come in 2nd and 3rd get coupons for $50 and $20, respectively.
You can also rack up points in the league to win sweet, sweet perks like entry onto a $1,000 WSOP event or EPT equivalent (with $500 for expenses thrown in for good measure), coupons for training products, coaching sessions with Jonathan and other pros as well as valuable poker strategy books.
The times of Jonathan’s games can fluctuate from month to month, but they generally start around the 4pm ET mark. Just keep checking his website for updates.
Evan 'Gripsed' Jarvis' Free Money Friday. Start your weekend right with Team Grisped! Every Friday you can pull up a chair and get down to the felt in our PokerStars Home Games club and in private tourneys on top-notch sites like 888Poker, Carbon Poker and America's Cardroom. I’m talking exclusive access to 100 small buy-in tourneys and $1,000 in added every week that make for payouts with incredible value.
The action starts every Friday at 4:30pm ET (20:30 GMT), and the pay off will pad your bankroll big time.
Jason 'jcarverpoker' Sommerville's Lucky Dollar. Jason sweetens the pot by adding cash to the top 3 spots, sometimes more depending on how many entrants are in the event. He also pays a bounty to the player who eliminates him. Fun stuff, right? (The winning amount is paid via PokerStars transfer.)
Jason's game usually starts around 3pm EST, but it can swing 1 or even 2 hours either way, so if you really want to make sure you don't miss the game, then just be on Twitch watching the stream so you can hear the announcement.
Gripsed's Free Money Friday REMIX. When you've busted Jason's Lucky Dollar, don't fret - Gripsed has his own Lucky Dollar on Partypoker with $100 added to the prize pool and a slew of other events, including the Saturday Special on Carbon Poker (which is US friendly, and has a whopping $500 added to the prize pool). Pretty sweet for a $5 rebuy! For full details on events check out here.
Some streamers are offering home games on demand. Jason Sommerville was the pioneer on this front and the fans have really taken a liking to it. Jaime ‘PokerStaples’ Staples also offers home games on demand to replace his former Thursday Evening Chili Cup Series. To get involved in home games on demand, tune in to Twitch Poker.
So, is there a best option?
As much as we love the game, many of us won’t be able to make it to every game. If you’re running tight on time and want to get the most bang for your buck, then Gripsed's Home Games are by far the best option (yes, we're biased). On top of our PokerStars games, Gripsed adds over $1,500 every week to the 'must play' events.
Oh, and where else can you win a piece of a top player's WSOP Main Event as part of extra promo? That's what I thought!
Simply put, while all the Twitch home games I’ve mentioned are solid, Gripsed is the nuts. There’s no better way to build your bankroll, get feedback on your play, and make new friends who share a common interest (i.e. love for the game of poker) than pulling up a chair with the fine people at Gripsed. Here you can hang out with your favorite internet personalities and score free money and free giveaways.
I'll see you next weekend! Til then, get stackin’!