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Twitch poker content has exploded over the past couple of years and now live card rooms are getting in on the act. Casinos like the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles regularly stream live poker on Twitch and fans can’t get enough.

A new show will be joining the Twitch family of channels starting next week. The Bellagio in Las Vegas has announced their new Bellagio Poker on the Strip series that will feature NL Hold’em players competing in one of the city’s most popular poker rooms.

What Is Bellagio Poker on the Strip?

Poker on the Strip is similar to other live poker shows like Live at the Bike. It will feature players competing in NL Hold’em cash games. The programs typically air with a 15-minute delay and are complete with hole cards and commentary.

The Bellagio Poker Room announced the new endeavor last Friday but was slack on the details. Presently, we know when and where the first few games will be played, but not much else.

When to Watch

Episodes of Bellagio Poker on the Strip start on April 26 and continued every Wednesday at 7 pm through May 24.

The schedule is as follows:

  • April 26 – $2-$5-$10 NL with a $500 – $2000 buy-in
  • May 3 – $2-$5-$10 NL with a $500 – $2000 buy-in
  • May 10 – $2-$5-$10 NL with a $500 – $2000 buy-in
  • May 17 – $2-$5-$10 NL with a $500 – $2000 buy-in
  • May 24 – $10-$20 NL with a $800 – $5000 buy-in (possibly higher limits)

After the 24th, the games will go on hiatus for the 2017 World Series of Poker. It is then scheduled to return after the summer.

At the moment, we don’t know who will be playing in the games. Will they be first come, first serve or will the games be invite-only? The Bellagio Poker Room is presently accepting requests from those that want to play in the game.

Bellagio has yet to announce who will be providing commentary on the games, so make sure you let them know if there’s anyone you’d like to hear on a regular basis.

One would assume that there would be a number of invites to local pros and others that will be in the area leading up to the summer, but this hasn’t been announced.

Bobby’s Room Edition Perhaps?

With this being the Bellagio, some are going to expect a Bobby’s Room edition of POTS. The May 24th edition could open the door for such an occurrence. There are multiple high stakes pros in the area that could play in such a game, especially if they decide to hold it during the WSOP.

If such an edition were held, would they stick to NL Hold’em or hold a rotation format as has been popular with high stakes pros in the past? Bellagio could naturally dictate the format, but they’d certainly alienate certain players.

Depending on which players decide to commit, we could see some live high stakes mixed game action streaming on Twitch. I’d tune in!

James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.