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Matt Waxman and Tristan Wade Launch POKERithm
World Series of Poker bracelet winners Matt Waxman and Tristan Wade launched a new poker show a fortnight ago. POKERithm is the latest attempt to turn poker into a team game.
POKERithm has similarities to the Global Poker League, which the Global Poker Index (GPI) created. The Global Poker League only ran for one season despite its initial popularity and relative success. GPI owner Alex Dreyfus hasn’t officially pulled the plug on the Global Poker League, although he seems more interested in launching his own cryptocurrencies these days.
Waxman and Wade decided to use duplicate poker for POKERithm. Four teams of four players sit down with 100,000 chips each. They play a single hand and the stacks reset to 100,000. The exact same hand takes place on the other three tables; the decks are preset.
It makes for an interesting concept and one where viewers see different ways to play the same hand.
Season 0 sees 20 regular matches streamed on Twitch every Tuesday at 16:00 EST. Eight teams play 10 matches each before a special championship match takes place.
Eight POKERithm teams are on show and their rosters are packed with talent. The Archers, GRIT, Hooligang, Moxie, Pioneers, The PositiEVs, The Soulvers, and VikingX are the eight original teams.
POKERithm Team Rosters: The Archers, GRIT Hooligang, and Moxie
|Andrew Lichtenberger (c)||Matt Berkey (c)||Kelly Minkin (c)||Matt Waxmann (c)|
|Angela Prada-Moed||Brian Lamanna||Aki Sherman||Athanasios Polychronopolous|
|Melanie Weisner||Sven Reichardt||Brandon Ageloff||Joe Cada|
|James Collopy||Chris Brand||Mario Mario||Max Young|
|Steve Lichtenberger||Bryce Yockey||Jose Montes||Matt Brady|
|Daniel Buzgon||Jon Turner||Alex Jennings||Justin Young|
|Benny Glaser||Bernard Lee||Scott Clements||Jarod Ludemann|
|Brandon Meyers||Jouhan Allende||Nick Yunis||Mike Del Vecchio|
|Michael Wasserman||Jordan Young||Ismael Bojang||Chris Moon|
|All American Dave||Conrad Simpson||Jessica Dawley|
POKERithm Team Rosters: Pioneers, The PositiEVs, The Soulvers, and VikingX
|Pioneers||The PositiEVs||The Soulvers||VikingX|
|Ronnie Bardah (c)||Cory Waaland (c)||Felipe Ramos (c)||Anton Wigg (c)|
|David “ODB” Baker||Jeff Madsen||Kevin O’Donnell (c)||Steven Van Zadeloff|
|Johnnie Moreno||Drew Gonzalez||Dana Muse (c)||Bryan Piccioli|
|Kane Kalas||Will Givens||Angel Guillen||Peter Eichhardt|
|Ryan D’Angelo||Alex Rocha||Tristan Wade||Ronit Chamani|
|Tyler Patterson||Uncle Ron||Adam Levy||Anna Wroblewski|
|Shane Schleger||Bryan Devonshire||Nick Grippo (c)||Megan Milburn|
|Steve Karp||Wayne Harmon||Vinny Moscati||Kasey Mills|
|Darryl Fish||Michael Moed|
|Matt Vengrin||Layne Flack|
What Does The Future Hold For This Format?
Poker fans love watching big names in action. It is why the televised World Poker Tour events have proven popular in the U.S. for a decade. There is no denying POKERithm has some stellar names among its ranks.
The fact POKERithm takes place in an online poker setting, via their in-house app, means it can continue despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It also means players are not faced with huge expenditure travelling around the world and paying massive buy-ins.
Waxman spoke to PokerNews and told them he wants players to be competive because they love poker and not just because of financial rewards.
“I want people to get happy or angry about decisions they make and strive to be better at poker. But I also want them to be competitive because they love the game and not because of financial reasons. I think a lot of people are intimidated by poker and our industry is limited with its audience because it costs money to play seriously, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll lose your money. POKERithm could be a place where people take free-play poker seriously for a ranking like other video games, and there’s tougher competition the better you get, but it’s also not intimidating for new players to come and compete.”