The Global Poker Index (GPI) is all set to launch the first ever Global Poker Masters (GPM) tournament which is scheduled to take place in Malta on the 21st and 22nd of March. The event is being promoted as the first ever Poker World Cup and will feature some of the biggest names in the professional poker industry. We recently covered a list of most likely participants to the GPM.
Alex Dreyfus, the CEO of GPI is always looking at adopting innovative methods that will promote and spread the game of poker. This is why the GPI has decided to partner with Twitch and provide a live stream of the Global Poker Masters tournament.
The live stream is expected to draw a large audience on the internet and will have only a 30 second day at the most.
The technology used by Twitch allows a 30 second delay to be imposed on the live stream which is very essential as otherwise real time information could be passed to both online and live stream players giving them an unfair advantage. This 30 second delay will eliminate that risk and also give bookmakers the chance to accept live betting and make the event all the more interesting.
In a statement, Dreyfus said
We want to be where the audience is. Our audience is online and on Twitch, and that’s why we are going to use this great and innovative platform to bring our initiatives to a new public
The GPM will also be streamed on a number of other websites including PokerStars.tv, PMU and Winmax. Initial estimates suggest that 300,000 to 1,000,000 viewers could login to view the live stream of the GPM.
It would be OK with us also to record a lower number of viewers — we are in the middle of a learning process and we need this experience to learn how to do better things in the future.
The Twitch live streaming platform has gained a lot of interest in the poker community during the past few months and is considered to be a premier marketing platform for the poker industry. The popular Two Plus Two poker forum recently entered into a partnership with Twitch to embed a live stream of forum members into the forum. The Two Plus Two forum also publishes a full list of active Twitch users who are streaming.
The Twitch live streaming platform will gain a lot more publicity once the GPM event is completed in March.