PokerStaples teams up with PokerStars

Hello everyone, thanks for hanging out welcome back to the stream, we're going to be playing some tournaments today...Oh...this isn't Twitch.

Welcome to my new blog where I will be writing about my life, poker, being a live-streamer, and how that all fits together. This is probably the first time most of you have heard of me, so today I will give you some background as to who I am. I'd also like to clarify where I am going.

I started playing poker around five years ago. My brother had more play money chips than me, and that wasn't going to fly. After making quick work of the play money games, I decided it was time to try my hand at real money poker. I remember thinking: "What should my screen name be? Well I'm going to be the best one day, so having my real name would be the smartest. I don't want to be known as DonkeyPolice, but as Jaime." Maybe that naïve confidence gave me the start I needed to get here.

After the initial learning curve, I had some okay results. I made enough money to support myself during school, but it wasn't anything to write home about. University took most of my time. In my third year, I decided to stop doing what I was expected to do and started doing what I wanted to do. The confidence to quit school and play poker full time took a while to gather, but it's paid off.

That was seven months ago. I dropped out of school. At the same time, Twitch poker came into existence. I saw Jason Somerville streaming one day and thought, "I can do that. I want to do that." I started right away.

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Live streaming has lots of challenges. In the beginning I mumbled, didn't know what to say, didn't know how to react to comments, good or bad. Add in technical issues alongside learning to promote yourself and streaming has proven to be a great challenge. All of those things were with one goal in mind: sharing the experiences I had gained as a poker player. I wouldn't be anywhere close to the same person without the thought process poker teaches. It is important to me that I share that with other people. Growing the Twitch community, I get to remember what it's like to have that first Royal Flush, and at the same time, I get to remember what it's like to lose to a bigger set. Sharing in those first experiences has been a re-birth of poker for me. Now with a company like PokerStars along side me, I aim to grow that community even larger and make even more of an impact on this great game.

I play almost exclusively tournaments ranging from $3 to $320 (who knows, maybe even $,1050 soon.) Five days a week I share that grind on I'm not officially Team Online yet. I have a sponsorship with PokerStars which is an honour, but to achieve Team Online Status, I need to make Supernova. The other focus of my stream is trying to become a better player. One day I would like to play all the biggest events against the very best players. I'm not at a level where I can do that yet, but I'm working hard at climbing the ladder. Tune in as I work my way there.

Thanks for watching. . . .er. . . reading.

Jaime Staples
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