Twitch Poker Pioneer Jaime Staples Joining partypoker’s Team Online

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Online poker pro Jaime Staples is set to join partypoker's Team Online starting on May 4.

Twitch Poker pioneer Jamie Staples has announced that he will be joining partypoker’s emerging Team Online.

Over the past few weeks, partypoker has been incredibly active in announcing a steady stream of online poker pros to their newly formed Team Online, their squad of streaming poker players aimed at promoting play for the online site. On Friday, came the biggest announcement yet. Former PokerStars ambassador Jaime Staples will officially become part of the fledgling team as of May 4. The May 4 date falls 90 days after Staples announcement that he was leaving PokerStars.

Jaime Stapes’ story is well-known to those who have followed the rise of poker streaming in recent years. He started streaming poker from the basement of his mother’s house where he cultivated a healthy online following. PokerStars took notice and he took up a position as a “friend of PokerStars”. That turned into a full-time position as a Team PokerStars Online ambassador in late 2016.

Jaime and his younger brother Matt enjoyed a year of skyrocketing popularity in 2017 as they participated in the #UltimateSweat prop bet. With a significant weight discrepancy between them, the brothers were tasked by businessman and fellow poker player Bill Perkins to get within a pound of each other in a year. The duo accomplished that task, winning $150,000 in the process and the story of Jaime’s transformative weight loss made mainstream news.

Then, just over a month ago, the relationship with PokerStars came to an end. Staples posted a video announcing that he was stepping away from the online poker giant to pursue a new opportunity.

“I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time.

It appears as if that opportunity has now presented itself.

According to Staples own Twitter account, he will not only be joining partypoker’s Team Online as a player but he and Jeff Gross, another former Team PokerStars Online pro who has teamed up with partypoker, will be taking a leadership role on the team, helping to grow the team.

In addition to Staples’ expertise in the ‘Twitch streets’, he brings one of poker’s largest online followings to partypoker. His Twitch channel features more than 120,000 followers, while his Twitter following is over 31,000 strong. He also has a pair of Youtube channels that, combined, have over 87,000 subscribers.

Although not officially a member of Team Online as of yet, Jamie Staples is the eleventh poker pro named to the team.

The first streamer named in mid-February was his brother Matt Staples. He was then joined by Hristivoje ‘ALLinPav’ Pavlovic. The announcements didn’t stop as Travis ‘dramaticdegen’ Darroch, Patrick ‘XxXMLGPROXxX’ Tardif, Alan ‘hotted89’ Widmann, Ryan ‘RSchoonbaert’ Schoonbaert, Courtney ‘courtiebee’ Gee, Steven ‘DWstevie’ Kok, Monika ‘HeyMonia’ Zukowicz and Jeff Gross all signed on.

Should Jaime Staples and Gross be working side-by-side to keep the partypoker Team Online roster fresh, it would not be their first time building a streaming stable. The pair were instrumental in the construction of Bill Perkins’ ‘Thirst Lounge 10’, a roster of personalities that are featured on Perkins’ own partypoker sponsored Twitch channel.

In the meantime between now and May 4, Staples has implied that nothing will really change.