From vloggers to streamers, hand analysers to live event coverage, there’s tons of amazing poker content available for free on YouTube.
But which poker content creators earn the most money from their YouTube channels?
Forbes recently released its annual YouTube rich list, which shows the highest-earning content creators across the entire platform. MrBeast (23-year-old Jimmy Donaldson) topped the list for the first time with a jaw-dropping $54 million in earnings, overtaking 10-year-old toy reviewer Ryan Kaji, who has topped the list for the last two years running (Kaji slipped to seventh with $27 million earned).
Here’s a look at the full Forbes YouTube rich list:
- MrBeast – $54 million
- Jake Paul – $45 million
- Markiplier – $38 million
- Rhett and Link – $30 million
- Unspeakable – $28.5 million
- Nastya – $28 million
- Ryan Kaji – $27 million
- Dude Perfect – $20 million
- Logan Paul – $18 million
- Preston Arsement – $16 million
The amounts listed also include money made outside of YouTube from endorsements etc.
This list got us thinking, as did a recent video from poker vlogger Rampage where he outlined his YouTube earnings from 2021.
With so many awesome poker YouTube channels, who do you think would make the Poker YouTube rich list?
Obviously, we’ll never really know. The list we’ve put together below is pure speculation.
For the sake of our list, we’re only including individual content creators rather than brand and tour channels such as the World Series of Poker, PokerStars, World Poker Tour etc. And we’re not taking poker earnings into consideration.
So let’s get to it. In no particular order, here’s who we think would be on the Poker YouTube rich list.
Laying the strongest claim to the king of poker YouTube crown has to be Brad Owen. With 556,000 subscribers at the time of writing, Owen’s poker vlogs consistently exceed 600,000 views and are often up into seven figures. Based on the earning information shared by Rampage (see below) we simply have to assume that Brad Owen would top this list, and deservedly so. He also sells merchandise based on his vlog catchphrases and recently became a part-owner of The Lodge cardroom in Austin, Texas.
Next up we’re going with Rampage (a.k.a. Ethan Yau), the only person on this list whose earnings we actually know. In a recent video, Rampage showed his audience (on his Ethan Yau channel) what he earned through YouTube in 2021 and the amount was an incredible $183,839. Rampage has 126,000 subscribers at the time of writing and his vlogs always have viewership in the hundreds of thousands.
Considered by many to be the godfather of poker vlogging, Andrew Neeme’s channel has inspired countless other poker players to start filming their sessions for our entertainment. With 171,000 subscribers at the time of writing, plus a merchandise line, podcast and viewership per video frequently in the hundreds of thousands, it’s a safe bet to assume the vlogfather would be on this list. Like Owen, Neeme is also now a co-owner of The Lodge.
The NexGen Poker channel documents the journey of three young guys from Dallas, Texas: Rosey, Frankie and Jack. Not only do they have 135,000 subscribers on YouTube, these guys are also proving very popular on TikTok where they’ve acquired 177,000 followers, which no doubt has a big impact on their YouTube viewership. Full length vlogs are uploaded to their YouTube channel but it’s their short highlight clips (often around a minute in length) which regularly receive more than half a million views. We’re guessing this success would land them a spot on this list.
As the undisputed king of Twitch poker, it’s no surprise that Lex Veldhuis also has a YouTube with more than 100,000 subscribers. He has a seemingly never-ending stream of content that he can pull from his epic Twitch streams and turn into YouTube highlight reels, resulting in tens of thousands of views per video. When you combine this with his Twitch earnings and endorsements, we’ve got to assume that Veldhuis would be on this list.
As part of the next wave of poker vloggers following in Owen and Neeme’s footsteps, Mariano has a built a successful channel with 84,000 subscribers at the time of writing and videos frequently topping 100,000 views. His vlogs are high quality and he could no doubt climb this list over the coming years.
As one of the biggest names in all of poker, Daniel Negreanu is obviously not a full-time YouTuber and doesn’t upload videos consistently. He does, however, have a whopping 600,000 subscribers at the time of writing and goes hard on YouTube during the summers when he uploads a daily vlog from the WSOP. Those videos regularly push 100,000 views, so we’d guess that would be enough to etch Negreanu’s name on the list.
From then on we’d simply be guessing (in fact, we’ve been guessing for this whole list!)
Who have we missed? Who do you think would likely be on this list? Here are some candidates: