Tweeting the WSOP with Kevin ‘KevMath’ Mathers

Tweeting the WSOP with Kevin ‘KevMath’ Mathers

kevmathIf you want to know what is going on in the world of #PokerTwitter you can curate a Twitter list of all the movers and shakers in the industry, or you can just follow @KevMath. Kevin ‘KevMath’ Mathers is a one man Twitter aggregator and has just announced he will be handling the official @WSOP Twitter account for the World Series of Poker for the 2nd year in a row. I caught up with most familiar name in poker social media:

BC: Congratulations on once again being the man behind the @WSOP Twitter account. Given how many questions you field on a daily basis, this is more of a customer service role than a marketing one right?

KM: It is kinda a customer service role. I’ve been doing this on my own Twitter account for years, people would ask me questions all the time when I worked for Bluff, so it wasn’t like I was doing anything additional. People were saying you “should be getting paid for this Kevin” so I sent a DM to Twitter to Jack Effel asking if he would consider hiring me to run the WSOP Twitter account, and we worked out a deal. Seth Palansky was running the Twitter account previously and ran into a few situations where he wasn’t using the account for customer service reasons. I figured people respected me on Twitter so I offered to help me out and they went with it. [Read more…]

The rise of poker Vlogs

The rise of poker Vlogs

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-13-52-58Last year I wrote a series of articles about how I thought Twitch was going to change the poker industry, and I think for the most part I was right, though probably I didn’t comprehend how saturated it would become. Recently I have started to notice the next big trend in poker and that is the YouTube Vlog. In a short space of time we have seen professional poker players documenting their lives on YouTube much in the way that online stars like PewDiePie, Casey Neistat and Phillip De Franco do.

Poker tends to be behind the times with trends like this, but in this particular instance I think the game being allowed on Twitch really opened the door for the YouTube Vlog.

Triple Crown winner Jake Cody has launched a Vlog and it looks like it will be pretty popular. Doug Polk is currently the king of poker Youtube with a really good channel that seems to be pitched really well to serious and less so serious players alike, with a real gamer style to it. Joe Ingram has an interview podcast which is very revealing and feels like the Joe Rogan Podcast. We are also seeing organic YouTube poker stars emerge like TheTrooper97 and Andrew Neeme who quickly appear to have amassed a big following from nowhere (much in the way Jaime Staples did on Twitch). [Read more…]