Andrew Neeme Interview: Vlogger Meetup Game on the Road at Run it Up Reno


Andrew Neeme and also his online poker vlogging peer Brad Owen took their prominent meetup cash money video game to Run it Up Reno on Monday night. Also in the reasonably village of Reno, Nevada, a sizable crowd of followers packed the back space at the Peppermill poker room for some beers, small talk, and also a laid-back video game of $2/$ 5 no-limit hold ’em.

Neeme as well as Owen have well over 200,000 consolidated YouTube subscribers which is challenging to pull off in the poker particular niche. In contrast, vloggers Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno, Jaman Burton, and Tim “TheTrooper97” Watts, all enjoyable content providers, each have less than 40,000 subscribers.

They’ve turned a lot of those customers into hardcore fans. Some of whom also follow them around the nation to compete in these meetup video games (CUP).

One player in the game, Brian, that stays in San Diego is a CUP regular. Andrew describes him as the “MVP of the meetup games,” a suitable nickname for a person ready to make the 550-mile trek.

The poker session began around 6 pm and I pulled Neeme away from the table around 8:30 for an interview. He was up about $500 at the time, so he was, as you ‘d anticipate, in excellent spirits.

Poker Like it Should Be

Many of us fell for this video game during the online poker boom age, back prior to the headphone-wearing GTO robots chowing down on quinoa as well as broccoli took over the card spaces.

When I first started playing cards in 2003, we packed our confront with greasy burgers, and also table talk always maintained the video game lively. The meetup video game at Peppermill reminded me of those magnificence days.

Few, if any kind of, used earphones. Gamers talked around greater than just ranges and solvers. As well as the online casino fed everybody free beef nachos that were quite yummy as well as, also much better, extra oily– just the means I like it.

Evolution of the MUG

Neeme and Owen have built their co-meetup game into quite a popular regular event. They’ve hosted the games in card rooms all over the country in Baltimore, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and also Reno. He praised Monday’s host venue.

“The Peppermill is lacking nothing that we wish they incorporated in the other card rooms,” he told CardsChat. “It’s cool that we get this back room here to keep the group separate. Obviously the dealers are pros, the cocktail waitresses are on point, so it’s a great spot.”

The game had four tables going although some players, including poker funny guy Joe Stapleton, had already gone busto and left by the time I arrived. While that’s an impressive turnout, it pales in comparison to some recent MUG’s.

“The biggest one was the Maryland Live (near Baltimore),” Neeme said. “We had 22 tables running and a waiting list. It was pretty crazy.”

Neeme said the players on Monday were “mostly (Reno) locals with other players scattered around.”

Future Plans for Andrew Neeme

Owens and Neeme clearly have a good thing going with their vlogs and meetup games. It’s quite refreshing to watch a lively game of poker in the headphones and GTO era.

But I also know Andrew could reach a larger audience in another niche such as travel. He’s extremely talented in front of and behind the camera. And anyone who watches his vlogs knows that to be true. Poker is a relatively small niche and although he has over 114,000 YouTube subscribers and his fans flock to his MUG’s, I wondered if he considers branching outside of poker.

“Sure, definitely thought about it,” he told me. “The size of the market (in poker) is smaller than a more general topic. When you’re speaking about poker hands, you’re speaking a foreign language to a lot of people.”

But he also understands that his fans come for the poker, and he doesn’t want to scare them off.

“The thing about the poker audience is that it’s a very passionate audience. So, the people who are into it, they want to consume as much of it as they can.”

I brought up the possibility of splitting up his YouTube channel into separate channels to cover multiple niches without running off his poker fans.

“As of right now, my attention is already split in so many different ways, even within poker. We’re doing these meetup games. There’s so much travel to do with that. And I’m still making my own videos and doing the editing and playing poker itself, and I have a podcast with my fiance. So, it’s hard to also do an entirely different subject matter.”

You can catch Andrew’s podcast with his fiance, Busi, at

Psyched to Run it Up in Reno

Jason Somerville’s Run it Up Reno has exploded over the past couple of years. The current series of mostly low-stakes poker tournaments, is running until April 22.

Many popular poker personalities such as Chris Moneymaker, Joe Stapleton, Benj “spraggy” Spragg and, of course, Somerville, have joined Neeme, a member of Team RIU, in Reno this week. Other than having an opportunity to play with the pros, Andrew explained why Run it Up has become such a massive event.

“A lot of it just stems from Jason’s personality,” he said. “He’s always been a very positive and upbeat character. He’s not one to get into the trolling and all that stuff. And he sees that poker needs a social aspect of it to thrive.”

“I don’t think it matters if it’s in Reno or Los Angeles or New York City. I think people want to be a part of that sort of vibe.”

But it isn’t just Somerville and the other familiar faces bringing players to Peppermill for RIU. Neeme says the event is “very approachable” and the players who compete at RIU “really enjoy the game and like playing with others who enjoy the game.”

That’s the same formula Andrew and Brad utilize to grow the meetup games. And also it’s clearly functioning. Probably, that is why Jason Somerville pled Neeme to sign up with Team Run it Up.