Kevin Martin Joins Team PokerStars Online

Kevin Martin has just been signed as a sponsored pro for the world biggest poker site, PokerStars. The Calgary native gained prominence after appearing in Season 3 of the Canadian version of Big Brother, but since then he has become a popular poker Twitch broadcaster with 28,106 followers, whose sessions regularly attract more than 1,000 viewers.
PokerStars has increasingly been focussing on Twitch as a means of connecting with a younger audience more used to following video gamers, with the site’s other sponsored Twitch stars including Jaime “jaimestaples” Staples and Jason “Jcarverpoker” Somerville. Compared to these two pros, however, Kevin “GarlicXToast” Martin is a relative novice, and visitors to his KevinMartin987’s Twitch account are greeted by the following message:
“I’m a guy trying to grind out small stake MTT’s while making huge improvements in my game! We strive to entertain! Come along for the ride!”
As a proud member of Team PokerStars Online, visitors to his Twitch account will now also be greeted by the Red Spade logo of his sponsored site PokerStars. Currently a low-stake MTT grinder, Kevin Martin says his aim is to provide a fun, but educational platform for recreational players to visit, with his ultimate goal being to steadily progress up the stakes ladder.
Commenting on the new addition to Team PokerStars Pro Online, Jaime Staples said: “I’m excited to welcome my friend Kevin to Team PokerStars Pro Online. In a short space of time, Kevin has built a fun and entertaining online poker stream, and shown that by focusing on excitement and engagement with audiences, any Twitch streamer can become a big success with some hard work.”
In September 2015, 37,000 viewers tuned in to watch Jason Somerville compete at the final table of PokerStars WCOOP Event #7: $700 NLHE Progressive Super Knockout, with the pro eventually finishing in 6th place for $22,673 (plus a further $15,666 in bounties). In April 2016, Doug Polk then won the most money while streaming on Twitch after capturing the $700 Mountain Series Kilimanjaro event on PokerStars for $162,000.


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