Top 5 Poker Vlogs
Instead of ranking the vloggers 1-5, we have decided to give you, what is in 9to5pokers opinion, the overall Top 5 Poker Vlogs. I think this list should also be an accurate depiction of the public opinion within the poker community. But it really comes down to personal preference and who resonates with you the most. Each vlogger has a little something different to offer. Whether it be the pure entertainment factor that captivates you, artistic cinematograpy chops, big personalities, professional vs. recreational vlogs, hand histories, witnessing the roller coaster of MTT’s, humor, young and old, there is bound to be a poker vlog that fits your demographic. Of course this only applies if you only have time to follow along one vloggers journey, but 9to5poker loves variety, and we highly recommend that you check them all out. Without further ado, lets get started with our reviews.
The general consensus seems to be that Andrew Neeme is currently the king of poker vlogs. His viewership and subscriber base seem to back up this sentiment. Andrew wasn’t the first to the scene of poker vlogs, but he experienced a rapid ascension as he came guns blazing out the gate. Andrew’s humble demeanor, cinematography skills, and poker content quickly captured viewers. He brought something new to the poker vlog landscape, using drones, and traveling to different cities and casinos. In a short amount of time he has already traveled to San Diego, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Indiana, LA and Ohio. He is the Anthony Bourdain of poker vlogs. Andrew reviews hands from each session, and goes into great detail, providing his in depth thought processes throughout the hands at a very high level. We have found Andrew’s vlogs not only to be highly entertaining, but also a great medium of learning and instructional tools. And all for free! No subscription necessary. Andrew is a 10bb winner in most of the games he plays, so if you are going to learn and mirror your game after someone, Andrew Neeme is a great place to start. I can personally attest to this as my winrate has increased by a few BB’s/hr through watching Andrew’s videos. He has helped me to see certain spots I run into out on the grind from a new angle, that I may have played differently in the past. So thanks Andrew!
Andrew was also the first onto the scene that played higher than Live Low Stakes No Limit Hold’em. Andrew has mainly been playing 5/10 as of late, but will also mix in some 2/5 and the random session of PLO. Andrew is a Las Vegas local and gets great footage around Sin City. One thing that separates Andrew from some of the other vloggers is he has done a great job of building his brand. He offers quality t-shirts with what has now become his trademark quote, calling good flops for the Hero “Favorable.” Head on over to andrewneeme.com to purchase yours today. If you have yet to watch a poker vlog, Andrew is a great place to start! And be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE!
We would be doing this article a huge disservice if we didn’t include TheTrooper97. And frankly would lose all credibility. TheTrooper97 is the OG of poker vlogs. The originator of the concept. And his story is probably the most unique. His story started about 2 years ago, when he quit his job as a waiter in Jacksonville, FL, took a huge leap of faith, and drove out to Las Vegas with only $2,000 to his name, no place to live, and a dream to make it as a professional poker player. A chip and a chair so to speak. Now this may have been a bit short sighted, and TheTrooper would be the first to admit this, but his nickname is TheTrooper97 after all. And the Trooper doesn’t quit when his back is up against the wall. He quickly fell on hard times and busted his $2,000 roll, as you can see in his epic video, Contingency Plan, had to get another job waiting tables, and moved into the now infamous dump also known as the Desert Manor. He worked that job until he was rolled again, getting a few stakes along the way. He went nearly busto not too long after, but this didn’t break the Trooper. Tim nutted up, took it like a man, refused handouts, and reluctantly got another job. This time he made it out of the restaurant industry, and got a job at the Linq where he was a dealer for almost a year before they shut down their poker room.
Fast forward to today and TheTrooper97 hasn’t had a job since. If you have ever read the thread on the 2+2 poker forums titled Las Vegas Poker Player Vlogs, you will realize he is the most polarizing figure among the vloggers. He has a very big personality, is often hilarious, and sometimes does things a bit unconventionally, which makes for a highly entertaining vlog for better or worse. Fast forward to today and TheTrooper97 is crushing life. While many of the trolls love to criticize all of the things Trooper does wrong, or they perceive to be wrong, the Trooper has largely upgraded his lifestyle, and leveled up in life. He moved out of his dump into a very nice place. Hasn’t had a job in nearly a year, and had a hot girlfriend for awhile to top it off. He seems to have made some improvements to his poker game as he has been on a bit of a prolonged heater lately, and despite his detractors and critics has made many efforts to spice up his vlog. He had all expenses paid trips to both Aruba and Austria by Intertops. And although they have fallen off the map as of recent, was sponsored by Blind Squirrel. He did a weight loss challenge with the PokerKraut, a 100 hour challenge at MGM which he crushed for $5k, and recently finished up a challenge known as Operation Uptick.
TheTrooper97 most recently took a road trip across America, hitting various poker stops along the way. Trooper is also the only current vlogger to put out nearly daily vlogs. The guy is a straight up hustler. He loves to drink Starbucks, listen to heavy metal, and play poker. The one area he does lack is in poker content, but he includes just enough to get your poker fix. TheTrooper’s biggest strength lies in his editing skills. The guy is a machine. So if this sounds like it might be right up your alley, be sure to check him out, and make sure you hit that LIKE and SUBSCRIBE button!
Jeff Boski is a MTT legend. The guy is a straight crusher, and 9to5poker was stoked when he came onto the vlogging scene. Before Jeff, there were no MTT poker vlogs, and we are not currently aware of any other strictly MTT poker vlogs. If there are, please let us know in the comments below. Jake Cody does cover MTT’s, but he also plays cash games. Jeff is a Las Vegas local, and before he was crushing live tournaments, he was a beast online as you can see by his Hendon Mob. Jeff’s vlogs are pretty basic when it comes to editing and cinematography considering he does most of his filming on his iPhone, but he does a great job with the equipment he is working with, and excels in his choices of backround music. Jeff is also a master troll, often throwing shade in a subtle way at choice vloggers.
Jeff has quickly risen in the vlogging sphere, as a lot of people have taken a liking to his dry humor, and excellent, sometime hilarious commentary on hand histories depicting that poker is not dead, and there are still plenty of fish in the sea. The vlog run good has been real for Jeff as he started off hot, making deep runs in a few tourneys. And his biggest feat so far of winning the $225 Saturday noon Wynn tourney BACK to BACK! Very impressive. Jeff has picked up a sponsorship by PokerTube, and you can check out some of his other content that is exclusive to their channel as well. Jeff has also started selling his own brand of t-shirts with some of his staple quotes from his vlog such as the infamous “And we are out!” and #bag&tag.” All profits go to a great cause, and Jeff doesn’t make a dime off of these shirts. All profits will go directly to the Las Vegas Boxer Rescue, so save a Boxer and rep one of Jeff’s shirts. If he happens to see you wearing one at the WSOP this summer, he will include you in a 1-2 second clip in his vlog. This is optional of course in the event you are a little camera shy. You can purchase one of these shirts on his brand new website jeffboski.com. Keep an eye out for Jeff this WSOP, as we feel this is his year to get the huge score that has eluded him for most of his career. And what better way to witness it than being documented firsthand by Jeff himself. Stay tuned for many more exciting things to come for Jeff, and make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to his Youtube channel!
Brad Owen has been another great addition to the poker vlog world. He is relatively new, having jumped on board about 6 months ago or so. He is another Las Vegas local who plays 2/5, and recently some 5/10 at the Bellagio. Brad reminds us a bit of Andrew Neeme. Andrew Neeme’s little brother so to speak. Although Brad is much taller in stature. He doesn’t quite yet have the cinematograpy and editing skills that Andrew has, but he has vastly improved since his first video. Brad makes up for this with the subtle humor he often interjects into his vlogs. Once again, Brad is another crusher. The bulk of his vlogs are of poker content, and he is one of the few who still film at the tables. He does voice overs of his thought processes in hand, and isn’t afraid to admit when he makes a mistake. We find that Brad offers some of the best hand analysis of the vloggers other than Andrew. Andrew has even made some guest cameo appearances in Brad’s vlog.
Brad has also included some travel in his vlogs, visiting Graton Casino in the Bay Area, the new MGM Harbor back east, and most recently Stones Casino in Sacramento. Brad is an all-around likeable, humble, good guy, and should appeal to the 20-30 somethings poker vlog fans. Brad also presents something a bit unique from the other local Vegas grinders, as he mainly plays off strip despite living in Las Vegas. His home casino is the beautiful Red Rock Casino where he plays 2/5, but has recently been hopping into some 5/10 games at the Bellagio. Brad is up and coming and is gaining more and more viewers and subscribers by the day. We believe he is going to eventually give some of the top guys a run for their money. So go check him out on our site, and be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE.
Last but not least is the legendary Jake Cody. We could go on and on about what a crusher he is, but I think his Hendon Mob speaks for itself. Jake posts vlogs a bit infrequently, but when he does they are of high quality. Jake is currently the most famous of the vloggers in the poker world. Jake is another high stakes player, playing both big tournaments, and cash games. All of these poker vlogs follow pretty much the same format give or take. Mainly including some combination of scenery from the respective cities they live and visit, some dialogue keeping you up to date with what has been going on in their lives outside of poker, hand history reviews, and travel. Jake is no different here. But where he excels is in his cinematography and editing. He is right up there with Andrew Neeme and TheTrooper97 in this regard. And competes with Jeff Boski in his choice of music. Jake has also included a decent amount of travel in his vlogs. One of our favorites was his trip to Macau. Most recently he was in Panama City for a tournament. And he has also filmed from the Hippodrome in London. Keep an eye out for Jake this WSOP, and stay tuned as he said in his last vlog that he hopes to start pumping out more videos as he had fallen on tough times recently, but is ready to get back at it. And as with all of the vloggers, be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE!
Let us know who your favorite vlogger is in the comments below! Or who you would like to see us review in the future!