Earlier this month the Twitch Poker streaming platform was hacked and 125GB of sensitive data was published for all to see on the 4Chan message board. The information, including streamer incomes dating back to 2019 has revealed some incredible high numbers and huge incomes.
Poker Streamers Twitch Income Revealed
The hackers claim to have aimed at Twitch because of the increasingly poor behaviour of the community and how harmful it has become. They described it as “a disgusting toxic cesspool”.
The gross payouts of the top 100 highest-paid Twitch streamers from August 2019 until October 2021: pic.twitter.com/3Lj9pb2aBl
— KnowSomething (@KnowS0mething) October 6, 2021
Twitch, now owned by Amazon, has done its best to calm the panic, but with encrypted passwords now posted online and this data dump being labelled as “Part One”, there could be more hurt to come.
Figures from this story that are of note are the rise of payments from $517 million to $889 million for the first nine months of 2020 and 2021 respectively.
The Wall Street Journal revealed that 1% of streamers took home half of the payments while 75% didn’t average more than $120 per month. In actual fact, only 81 streamers earned more than $1 million in the last two years.
Not Many Poker Streamers Crushing Twitch
The question on everybody’s mind right now will no doubt be about how much poker streamers are earning from Twitch Poker.
The answers from the table below show that it’s not as much as people think. A thread on the 2+2 forum was littered with comments about how it’s not a great show for poker.
One pointed out that chess streamers are beating poker, which wasn’t expected. Super-Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura has earned $700k since starting his streaming side-gig, putting poker players who specialise in this into the shade.
Biggest Twitch Poker Streamer Earnings:
|Overall Rank||Streamer Name||Earnings|
Lex Veldhuis Biggest Earner among Poker Streamers, TrueGeordie Surprising 2nd
Dutch streamer Lex Veldhuis took top spot in the rankings with an impressive income, although that didn’t stop people poking fun on 2+2 saying that he’s part of a bunch that make more from Twitch than poker.
Incredibly, second place goes to “True Geordie”, real name Brian Davis. More of a football and UFC/boxing podcast producer than anything else
Davis is a friend of Charlie Carrel and got some free coaching in order to get his game quickly up to scratch. He now organises home games with friends and streams the proceedings.
“Spraggy” is clearly doing okay, too, but look below that and the numbers don’t represent anything great for what amounts to two years of work.
A special mention has to go to “apestyles” who is a legend of the game with almost $20 million in online winnings. He obviously won’t care a hoot how much he makes from streaming and only treats it as part of his passion.
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