With the expanding team of streamers on Team RIU and the addition of RIU 247, sometimes there’s just too much content for you to consume. We’re here to help you out with our weekly installments of ‘Up and Running’.
‘Up and Running’ will serve as a way to catch you up on all of the action on Twitch by the Team RIU pros from the previous week.
The first weekend of the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker brought, as expected, a ton of action on Twitch from the Team RIU streamers.
Fresh off of one of the biggest cashes of his career in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, Jaime Staples made his return to the Twitch streets on the first weekend of WCOOP. He streamed on Sunday, September 9 and carried the momentum from Barcelona into the stream. In Spain, he finished 60th and earned $23,013 for his efforts, which was good for the second largest cash of his live poker career.
In what was his first stream since July 29th and also the first time since his brother, Matt, was announced as the newest member of Team RIU, Staples cashed in five events over a nearly 10-hour stream.
After his live success in Spain, the Canadian stayed in Europe, but headed over the United Kingdom to stream his WCOOP action. He cashed in the $44 progressive knockout, the $55 no-limit Omaha hi-lo WCOOP event, the $16.50 bounty builder and the Bigger $27.
While Staples made his return to Twitch, Lex Veldhuis and Jason Somerville continued to stream every day of the WCOOP season.
Veldhuis’ Friday and Saturday streams were just a warm up for Sunday’s action. He cashed the $215 HORSE, the $530 PLO and the $55 Daily Marathon during his first two streams, but there was a lot more that came on Sunday.
Aptly titled ‘Biggest Grind,’ Veldhuis cashed in nine events during his Sunday session. He cashed for a total of $2,191 and made the final table of the $82 hyper six-max event, earning $1,238 for his run.
Unlike Veldhuis, Somerville’s massive day came on his Friday stream, where he profited $13,462 on Day 2 of the $2,100 no-limit hold’em four-max WCOOP event. It was the second five-figure score of WCOOP by Team RIU after Jeff Gross’ ninth-place finish in last week’s Super Tuesday.
Somerville’s skills on the felt are well documented, but it helps to make a deep run when you turn a straight flush with 37 players remaining.
Saturday’s stream was uneventful for ‘JCarver,’ but he did manage to use a slow day to make Day 2 in the $215 8-game. On Sunday, the Day 2 of that 8-game event was the focus of his stream. He went on to cash for over $2,100 and turned a tidy $1,424 profit on the day after busting a $530 satellite.
Ben Spragg streamed on Friday and Sunday. He cashed in $55 daily marathon, a $27 no-limit hold’em deepstack event and a $22 no-limit hold’em progressive knockout event. His friend and fellow European streamer Fintan Hand also put together a stream on Saturday.
WCOOP action continues throughout the rest of this week and into the weekend, before concluding on Monday, September 17. Be sure to tune into Twitch for the continued streams from Team RIU as the series moves into the home stretch.