– General Information –
Andrew Neeme is an American professional poker player and poker vlogger. He is from the state of Michigan.
Neeme started as an online cash game player, but now he focuses on live cash games in Las Vegas and California. He also has sporadic live tournament results.
However, what he’s best known for is his vlogs. His YouTube channel currently has 172,000 subscribers and the videos he uploads tends to get around a hundred thousand views. With those numbers, he’s one of the most successful poker YouTubers on the platform.
He also started to host “meet-up games”, or MUG’s for short – these are live poker events in which he and his fans can play against each other. He, joint with his fellow vlogger and close friend Brad Owen, and major poker YouTuber Doug Polk, bought an ownership stake in the Lodge Poker Club & Card Hosue in Austin, Texas in January 2022.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2004: He starts playing online poker recreationally while working as an intern for music labels. It takes years before he turns online poker into his main source of income.
- 2009: He moves to Las Vegas to play live cash games full-time after Bugsy’s Room, the online room he played on, gets shut down due to lack of traffic.
- 2016: He starts uploading poker vlogs to his YouTube channel.
- 2019: He comes in 6th in a $1,100 No Limit Hold’em tournament at the Wynn Summer Classic for $11,816. That is his biggest single live tournament cash to date.
– Andrew Neeme’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Neeme earned a degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University. After graduating from college, he started working for music label companies as an intern. He first found a job in London, then in Los Angeles.
However, despite liking the music industry, he wasn’t satisfied with his salary. He found online poker at the start of the Moneymaker boom, in 2004. Eventually, he discovered that with a bit of studying, he can turn that into a reliable source of income.
Neeme describes the early stages of his career as such on the about page of his website:
“Eventually I was earning more on a now defunct poker site called Bugsy’s Room than I was at my music marketing job. I started in the micro stakes and made my way up to $10/$20NL utilizing bankroll management the entire way. As the poker site started to lose traffic, I made the move to Las Vegas to become a live pro.”
Bugsy’s Room shut down in 2009. Neeme has been grinding live cash games in Vegas since then. In 2016, his career took another important turn when he started his poker vlogs on YouTube – more on that later.
→ Live Tournaments ←
As we wrote above, tournaments have never been the focus of Neeme’s career, that has always been cash games.
His tournament scores are sporadic. According to the Hendon database, he has cashed for $100,162 combined in 36 events over the course of 11 years.
The first result on his score sheet is from November 2010. He came in 26th place in a $340 No Limit Hold’em tournament at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza for $873.
Since then, whenever he plays a tournament, he always buys in for $100-$1,500 events. The only exception to that is a €2,500 NLHE event at the partypoker MILLIONS in Rozvadov in which he took 35th place for €5,300.
However, that is not his biggest live tournament score to date. That is from June 2019, when he finished 6th in a $1,100 NLHE event at the Wynn Summer Classic for which he got $11,816.
The only other time he made a live tourney payday for more than $10,000 was in June 2016. He came in 5th in a $500 tournament at the same series, the Wynn Summer Classic. That time he pocketed $10,582.
→ World Series Of Poker ←
Andrew Neeme hasn’t won any WSOP gold bracelets yet. However, he did cash in 10 World Series events for $33,935 combined.
That biggest cash out of those five is $7,307. He came in 32nd out of a field of 1,837 players in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event in 2013.
→ Live Cash Games ←
This is what Neeme’s bread and butter is when it comes to poker. He usually plays mid-stakes, in $5/$5 and $5/$10 NLHE cash games, most often.
As for live streamed cash game shows, he has appeared on Live at the Bike streams twice. Once in September 2017, and once more in August 2018. He played $5/$10 NLHE on both occasions.
In the August 2018 stream, he battled against other famous poker vloggers, such as Brad Owen and Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno. Neeme commentated on LATB games as well.
He also played a $5/$5 No Limit Hold’em cash session live in front of Run It Up Reno’s cameras in August 2019. That line-up featured famous poker streamer Jason Sommerville as well.
Most of the time, Neeme is playing in casinos in Las Vegas or California. He often plays $5/$10 at the Bellagio, as evidenced by his vlogs.
→ Online Poker ←
As we wrote above, Andrew Neeme started off as an online cash player in the early 2000’s. He played on the now defunct poker site Bugsy’s Room. The loss of traffic there pushed him to switch to live cash games.
In 2020, when all WSOP events had to be played online due to the coronavirus pandemic, Neeme made it into the money in 5 events (1 on WSOP.com and 4 on Natural8-GGNetwork). In 2021, he added two more WSOP Online cashes to his tally. The biggest one of these 7 cashes is for $14,022, which he got for finishing 6th in the $500 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Deepstack Online event in July 2021.
Apart from those, no online results of his, be it tournaments or cash games, are recorded on the internet. He also tweeted about playing online PLO cash games multiple times in 2012, but with no mention of the site or his screen name.
Wrapped up another super long online PLO session that saw me down 14+ buyins and finished in the black. 4600 hands. Exhausted.
— Andrew Neeme (@andrewneeme) September 26, 2012
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→ Internet Persona ←
Neeme has one of the most subscribed poker channels on YouTube with 172,000 people following him on the site, as of the time of writing this article. He uploaded his first poker vlog in October 2016.
His channel was created in 2011. Only one video of his is available from before the vlogs. However, he deleted some videos of his videos in January 2017.
Neeme hit 100,000 subscribers in January 2019. He currently averages about half a million views a month, with each of his recent vlogs receiving 90,000-260,000 hits per piece. His monthly subscriber gain recently went up, now averaging around 2,000 new subs each month. That is still a drop from his peak in early 2017, when he gained around 7,000 subscribers per month on average.
Neeme also streams on Twitch occasionally. When he does, he goes live on Jason Sommerville’s channel RunItUp. Neeme is well connected with other poker vloggers – for example, he’s a close personal friend of Brad Owen.
He and Owen started hosting so-called meet-up games, or MUG’s for short, for their online viewers in 2017. These are fan meet-ups in which the famous vloggers and their fans can play some poker against each other.