Poker Vloggers Keep Getting Shun Out of YouTube

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YouTube poker vloggers are speaking out against the platform for taking down gambling-related channels.

Videos are reportedly being flagged by artificial intelligence bots for violating YouTube’s terms of service. Leading to suspended accounts.

Vloggers involved said their accounts are almost always restored following player appeals. But YouTube fails to tell them what part of their content is being flagged as inappropriate.

The lack of communication between the video platform . Its creators has left some gambling vloggers aggravated.

Professional balakplay player Jeff Sluzinski, who posts under the name Jeff Boski, is one of many YouTube creators who has spoken out.

Poker Vloggers Keep Getting Shun Out of YouTube

Sluzinski recently had his entire channel, which contains poker reviews, live streams, and poker tricks, temporarily pulled from YouTube. He has more than 400 videos and 38,000 subscribers on the platform. Makes thousands in income from his videos.

He told Las Vegas Review-Journal: “I find it to be the equivalent of this: Your girlfriend says, ‘If you do that again, I’m breaking up with you.’ You say, ‘What did I do?’ She says, ‘You know what you did.’ Well, I don’t know.”

YouTube has yet to comment on the topic.

Sluzinski shared numerous occasions where the video platform had flagged his videos for ‘harmful or dangerous content’.

He believes YouTube’s AI system may have found links in his content which they interpreted as offshore gambling sites. Others believe accidental illegal links in early content may be to blame. While some have put the changes down to a faulty algorithm.

Poker Vloggers Keep Getting Shun Out of YouTube

Poker vloggers Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme, with 218,000 and 142,000 subscribers respectively, have spoken out about ‘strikes’ received by YouTube.

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Both creators make a sizable amount of income from sharing poker tips and games on their channels. But have been put onto YouTube’s apparent ‘three strikes and you’re out’ system in recent months.

Owen said: “(Poker) is a moving target. We don’t know why. … Many of the videos I’ve had flagged have been up for years. All of this has been very bizarre.”

He said: “You’re not going to stop putting in links to various things. That’s just not going to work. Everything seems to get worked out eventually. But it’s definitely a little bit scary to see major hubs of income threatened.”

Over time, these creators have realized that it isn’t just YouTube that isn’t keen on the content they create.

Poker Vloggers Keep Getting Shun Out of YouTube

Sluzinski streams his online poker sessions on the platform Twitch. Where he has also recently received a warning. The player said the strike was for nudity. Which he believes was due to one of his YouTube videos that was playing in the background of his session. No nudity in any of his videos.

“The universe is just toying with me.” he said.

PartyPoker sponsored pro Jaime Staples is now spearheading the issue to put an end to the allegedly unwarranted bans. The player is compiling data from all creators that have been affected by YouTube in recent months. In the hope of pushing for an algorithm update.

In a video on his YouTube channel, Staples said: “I had five videos removed at the beginning of February and I was given a strike. I appealed those decisions.  Including the video I was given a strike for.