PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is hitting its stride. Millions of guaranteed dollars are up for grabs and the competition is as heated as it has ever been. The second half of the SCOOP schedule is getting underway this week with at least $1,000,000 worth of guaranteed cash in play every single day.
For members of Team PokerStars Online who grind a heavy SCOOP schedule, there can also be the added pressure of entertaining thousands of fans. Viewers flock to Twitch.tv to watch pros like Lex Veldhuis, Felix Schneiders and Kevin Martin play their best poker, blast their favorite music and, of course, engage with the chat.
Every call, raise and fold is under the watchful eye of the public and these pros wouldn’t have it any other way. The members of Team PokerStars Online are looking forward to mixing it up on the tables and with the fans.
“My favorite thing about SCOOP is the diversity in both games and buy-in level,” said Lex Veldhuis. Veldhuis, who you can find on Twitch under his own name ‘LexVeldhuis’, is one of the current kings of Twitch poker thanks to his extremely honest and engaging personality. Veldhuis’ show continues to gain momentum and he currently is closing in on 100,000 Twitch followers.
“There isn’t any other series where I can play mixed games as much as SCOOP. I can just gauge how much I know about a game or how much I like to challenge myself and pick a buy-in accordingly.”
German pro Felix ‘xflixx’ Schneiders echoes Veldhuis’ love that SCOOP has something to offer for just about every player looking to get involved with the series.
“I love that SCOOP provides an opportunity for every bankroll to compete,” Schnediers said. “[SCOOP] gives people a unique and prestigious championship experience which will be shared within our Twitch community.”
The Twitch poker community is what is part of the allure for both the streamers and the fans. The shared experience that something important is on the line and there becomes a bit of a bond between the streamer and those who lend their support.
For Kevin Martin, the Canadian Big Brother champion, there’s nothing better than the competition on the biggest of stages.
“Good structures with huge guarantees. Word gets around Twitch poker about who’s going deep in a SCOOP and everyone piles in their stream to support.” Martin says about what he truly loves about streaming.
For some, an integral part of grinding the SCOOP schedule is setting the mood. Nothing can be more empowering quite like an essential playlist. For Martin, he admits if it were up to him he’d be check-raising to some top 40 pop.
“Top five artists that make me play the best poker: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony and One Direction,” Martin said. “My stream hates my music choices, so I usually have to stay away from my favorites.”
Martin’s stream can be found on Twitch under his user name ‘kevinmartin987’.
While on the same PokerStars Team, Schneiders’ stream couldn’t be more opposite in terms of musical taste. The poker coach says that it’s rap, house, and hardcore that keep him pumped up when going deep in a tournament.
For Veldhuis, his “mixed” playlist provides varied tunes, but they all provide the hype.
Despite their musical differences, Veldhuis, Schneiders, and Martin all have one thing in common: they will all be in action during the final week of SCOOP, pumping up the jams while jamming all their chips in the middle. Catch some of the biggest online poker action on their respective streams as PokerStars SCOOP continues through May 21.
Upcoming Scheduled Streams
|5/13||32-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, High Roller] $200K GTD||15:00 ET|
Felix ‘xflixx’ Schneiders
|5/13||29-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, ProKO, Sun Kickoff SE] $250K GTD||8:00 ET|
|5/17||44-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max] $50K GTD||10:00 ET|
|5/20||56-M: $55 NLHE [Sun Kickoff SE] $175K GTD||8:00 ET|
Kevin ‘kevinmartin987’ Martin
|5/20||58-L: $109 NLHE [Main Event] $1.5 Million GTD||14:00 ET|
|5/20||58-M: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event] $4 Million GTD||14:00 ET|