Duhamel Out, Jacob Defeated
PokerStars and former WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel have parted ways, Alex Jacob's run on Jeopardy! has ended and over 150,000 poker fans watched Daniel Negreanu stream play-money poker on Twitch.
Jonathan Duhamel Out at PokerStars
Jonathan Duahmel, the 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion, and PokerStars have officially parted ways after four years.
The news became official earlier this week but has been suspected since earlier in the month when he showed up to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown patchless.
Duhamel has been part of Team PokerStars since January 2011 and was one of the high-profile pros on the team. Details of his departure were not made public.
PokerStars Pros have also been making regular appearances on Twitch programming, including Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree. It is possible that PokerStars is going to move more towards retaining pros with high social value like Jason Somerville and Negreanu now that Twitch programs can regularly bring in 50,000 viewers or more per episode.
Alex Jacob Defeated After Six-Day Streak on Jeopardy!
Former poker pro Alex Jacob is no longer the reigning Jeopardy! champion. After winning six straight episodes Jacob was finally dethroned on Monday.
Jacob's six-day total of $151,809 is currently 15th all-time for Jeopardy! champions. Ken Jennings is the all-time champion with over $2.5 million.
Jacob had been criticized for the way he played the game. Some of this unorthodox strategies included random question selection to find Daily Doubles and taking a few seconds to answer questions in order to eat up clock.
In the end it was his lack of knowledge of social media that was his downfall. In his last Final Jeopardy! question, he answered that Twitter was the social media company sold in 2012 for $1 billion. The correct answer is Instagram.
150,000 Watch Daniel Negreanu Play Free-Money Poker
Don't believe that Twitch is the next big thing? Poker fans proved it last week when over 150,000 players tuned in to watch Negreanu compete in a play-money game.
Negreanu hopped on Twitter and announced that he was going to "try" Twitch last week and fans flocked in. Over 4,000 subscribed to his channel and 150,000 decided to watch and see what he would do.
His massive audience reinforces what Jason Somerville and many other Twitch poker personalities have been saying on the popularity of the medium.
Online poker streaming has been popular for the last couple of years, but Twitch takes it to another level thanks to the possibility of fans actually getting up close and personal with their favorite players.