The final four tables of the $2,650 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event will be streamed live Tuesday, August 18, via Twitch. The live cast will begin at approximately 2:00pm Eastern Time, and will be hosted by none other than the Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth.
The event, which boasts a $1 million guarantee, will be open to the public Tuesday and can be followed by the #BigFour hashtag on Twitter.
Poker Fans and Live Streaming
Poker’s popularity on both the live and online fronts appears to be increasing due to live streaming platforms such as Twitch and Google Hangouts. There are already a number of rising poker live streaming personalities who have earned thousands of subscribers to their shows, mostly of which feature online poker.
However, Tuesday’s event will provide a rare glimpse for fans who want to see live action of a big buy-in live event based in the United States. The European Poker Tour, sponsored by PokerStars, often has a dedicated stream for its Main Event and High Roller tournaments, but the SHRPO live stream will be the first of its kind for American viewers who wish to watch US-based live poker tournament programming.
Last year, professional poker player Blair Hinkle took home $1,745,245 for his victory in the SHRPO Main Event in Hollywood, Florida.
Live Streaming and Live Poker Action
For the most part, casino poker rooms have yet to catch on to the latest live streaming trends.
Although plenty of pre-recorded casino slot machine wins can be watched on YouTube, having action at a poker table being streamed live requires poker room managers to ensure players’ hole cards are not being transmitted in real time. The typical stream delay for online poker is 5-15 minutes, but there may be a longer delay during Tuesday’s action at the SHRPO Main Event.
Regardless of how long the stream delay will be, Tuesday’s “Big Four” event promises to be interesting while giving poker fans an opportunity to watch players compete for major prize money in real time.