YouTube is in the process of cracking down on content that promotes internet gambling sites.
The removed videos from Staples and Jarvis either had direct links to poker sites, or were promotional in nature.
YouTube Terms Ban Linking to Poker Sites
Online poker is often viewed differently than casino gaming, which is pure chance. But poker is still considered a skill-based form of gambling.
YouTube’s terms and conditions prohibit creators from linking to gambling sites. They classify such actions as promoting “illegal or regulated goods.” This category can include everything from “online gambling casinos” to drugs and guns.
Poker YouTube Pocalypse update. 134 videos gone. 24 vlog channel, 110 poker channel.
— Jaime Staples (@jaimestaples) June 1, 2019
Poker Players’ Appeals Fall on Dear Ears
YouTube allows content creators to appeal decisions. However, anybody who’s tried to appeal thus far has been denied. Derek Gomez, for example, noted that his appeal was “snap denied” by YouTube.
Staples, who’s one of the biggest poker YouTubers, had over 130 videos removed from his channel in early June. Similarly, Jarvis had around 100 videos taken off his page.
Other poker YouTubers who’ve been affected by these moves include Gomez, Elias Gutierrez, Andrew Neeme, Alec Torelli, and Parker Talbot.
These YouTubers received strikes for violating the site’s terms and conditions. A first strike bars one from uploading videos for one week. Three strikes can potentially result in termination and all videos being removed from one’s channel.
What Will Popular Poker YouTubers Do?
It’s doubtful that the YouTubers in question will simply quit using the site. After all, YouTube is the largest video site in the world.
However, they may be convinced to dedicate more time to Twitch streaming. Twitch has been very gambler-friendly, especially with regard to the poker community.
Staples and Jarvis both have large Twitch followings. Therefore, they should have no trouble keeping their content careers afloat.