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The Best $1/$2 Poker Vlog

While poker vlogging has blown up over the years, the vloggers with the highest viewerships tend to play higher stakes ($5/$10 and above) with some bigger buy-in tournaments thrown in.

But what about vlogs for the $1/$2 and $1/$3 players?

Look no further!

While I personally play higher ($2/$5 and some $5/$10), I decided to do some $1/$2 poker vlogs since these are the stakes most players play. And instead of making vlogs that focus on comedy and storytelling, I’m sticking to the strategy and hand analysis.

If that sounds like something you’re into, push play, and don’t forget to subscribe.

My First $1/$2 Poker Vlog Session

Once I found a room that allowed for recording (always be sure to ask BEFORE you pull out the camera and hit record), I sat in at $1/$2 and got to work. This game plays more shallow with a $200 max buy-in, and the rake is 10% capped at $5+$1.

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Here are the major hands of note:

  • 88 on 755
  • 97 on T87
  • QQ on T86
  • QQ on Q52
  • AQ on K72
  • QQ on 874
  • KK on KJ4

And yes, I did oddly enough end up getting dealt the EXACT same combo of pocket Queens three times in the same session. I don’t think I’ve ever had something that statistically improbable happen in a single session before.

$1/$2 Live Cash Game Session Results

  • Location: Orange City Poker Room, FL
  • Session length: 5hrs (8pm-1am)
  • Session profit: +$21
  • Hourly: $4.20/hr
  • BB/100 (estimated at 25h/hr): 8.4BB/100

Building Some Big Pots At $1/$2

My next session was about a week later, again at Orange City in Florida. There were some big pots in this session, including a sizable $168 pot on the FLOP with no straddle on and a 3-way preflop all-in as well.

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In this video, I end up using some tools to look at the EV of a couple of hands. You can grab these spreadsheets here, or even use my free poker calculators if you don’t want any extra downloads on your device.

There is also a tiny rant about players hating on vloggers. I know not everyone will agree with me on this, but keep in mind that recording is 100% acceptable in this poker room and also that the player in question came to the original table after me.

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Session #2 Results

  • Location: Orange City Poker Room, FL
  • Session length: 4hrs (9pm-1am)
  • Session profit: +$13
  • Hourly: $3.25/hr
  • BB/100 (estimated at 25h/hr): 6.5BB/100

Episode #3

Coming soon (ETA: mid-December)

How I Record My Poker VLOG

I am using a very simple recording setup to ensure that I don’t become an inconvenience at the table. Here’s what I use:

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: This is what I use to record the footage
  • iPhone 12 Pro: My backup phone for photography, taking notes, etc.
  • Rubber Gear Tie: This holds my recording phone and is flexible so I can find the right angle regardless of the exact seat I’m in

Right now I’m running the video recording the entire session and do my best to take a picture of the board before the dealer wipes it (so I have a timestamp for an interesting hand AND so I have exact card suits). I keep notes on the hands using the HH Keyboard for iOS and track my results using the Poker Stack app.

When it comes to recording my analysis, I use StreamLabs OBS and my Stream Deck to handle on-the-fly scene switching (this helps minimize edit time).

How I Edit My VLOG Episodes

Editing is a multi-stage process right now. This includes combing through the session for interesting hands (I typically write down more hands than those covered in a single video), converting interesting hands to PT4 format and ensuring the HH is perfect, recording, building all images, and then doing the full edit. For software, I use the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, specifically:

  • Photoshop: For the on-screen hand/card images
  • Premiere Pro: For the actual video edit
  • Audition: For audio edits (which are plentiful given my current recording setup)

I could save a ton of time in editing by using a different methodology for displaying hand information, but I think the time spent makes for a more enjoyable and educational video. Let me know if you feel differently!



My name is James “SplitSuit” Sweeney and I’m a poker player, coach, and author. I’ve released 500+ videos, coached 500+ players, and co-founded the training site Red Chip Poker. Contact me if you need any help improving your poker game!

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