Jaime Staples Becomes Team PokerStars Online ProDecember 16, 2015 1:14 pm
Almost nine months after becoming a ‘Friend of PokerStars’, Canadian pro Jaime Staples has now been named as the latest member of Team PokerStars Online Pro. The 23 year-old may have earned just $9,869 from live tournament, but it is online where Jaime Staples excels, having amassed $627,385 from the online arena, most of which was won playing on PokerStars.
Interestingly, Staples originally wanted to be a professional golfer, but five years ago he found a love of poker, and by October 2014 he subsequently became a full time poker pro. Counted amongst his biggest scores to date is winning the PokerStars Big $109 for $19,000 in March of this year , as well as in November finishing the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in 5th for $22,000.
While Jason Somerville is currently the undisputed king of Twitch Poker streaming, Jaime Staples, too, has managed to build up an impressive following in the one year since he started his first live broadcast from his mother’s basement. Currently boasting 49,298 followers, and 2,755,677 views his Twitch Channel, called PokerStaples, often attracts a couple of thousand viewers at a time, and is especially popular amongst recreational players.
The signing of Jaime Staples, therefore, fits perfectly with PokerStars’ marketing strategy of appealing directly to a younger, iGaming centered audience. The Alberta resident is also known as a tireless worker, and can regularly be seen streaming online, although he does admit he has had to rely on some help to get to where he is today. As Staples explains:
“[Twitch Poker streaming] is simple to get off the ground. But to improve, you may need to outsource some of your work.”
Jaime Staples’ signing by PokerStars was announced at the conclusion of the recent European Poker Tour stop in Prague, and viewers can next see Jaime Staples in action on Saturday, December 19th as part of his regular Twitch Poker streaming schedule. Following news of his Team PokerStars Online Pro sponsorship, a number of the site’s top pros rushed to express their congratulations, including Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Randy Lew, and Maria Ho.