When it comes to Live poker and televised poker tournaments, things are not looking good. Therefore, players and poker fans and turning it to streaming platforms so they can enjoy watching players play poker. Thus, YouTube has become one of the primary sources of poker streaming content. Over the past few years, many poker pros started offering poker streaming gaming on their channels, such as Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme. They managed to amass a massive base of followers and fans.
Poker Streaming Channels Taken Down Randomly
Sadly for all the poker fans, YouTube has begun to remove many poker videos from the streaming platform in what appears to be a random fashion. It seems that YouTube is closing channels and removing videos. It is happening regardless of how many subscribers they have, or the number of stakes involved. Content creators are sometimes they lose their entire channels without breaking any rules.
Jaime Staples is a pro poker player with a PartyPoker sponsorship on his Twitch channel. He started to spearhead the situation in February. The Canadian player stated that he believes that there is a fault with the YouTube algorithm. It is the algorithm that is responsible for filtering content that violates the TOC of the platform. He is currently compiling all data from the different content creators and poker streaming pros who suffered from the faulty algorithm. He is hoping that with the help of knowledgeable employees, they can update the algorithm, so it doesn't flag the poker streaming content and remove it.
Poker Players Speak Against the Faulty Algorithm
Brad Owen is one of the most popular vloggers who has 195k subscribers to his channel who suffered from the inconsistency of the algorithm. He stated that he had five poker streaming videos removed in February, and he received a strike. He said that he appealed, and three out of these appeals were accepted, and the rest were not, including the video that landed him a strike. On the other hand, the two rejected videos appeared once again, as YouTube added them to his channel and removed the channel's Strike. Funnily enough, YouTube removed another video around the same time, and he received a warning.
The main issue is that there is no rhythm or reason behind it; therefore, the poker streaming channels do not know how to react or what to do to avoid it. The good news is that when they appeal, and a human checks the content, they quickly overturn the algorithms or the bot's decision. Of course, that is not the case every time. As sometimes, YouTube removes all videos in a channel, and they can take up to a week before they are back up. That would have a tremendous effect on the monetization and income of the poker streaming channel owner.