Thursday, July 09, 2015

TheTrooper97 Vlog on YouTube Review

TheTrooper97 is a guy who moved to Las Vegas to pursue his dream of being a professional poker player. He documents his life by taking a camera everywhere he goes and posts videos to his YouTube channel a few times a week.

When I first discovered TheTrooper97 I thought he came off as a little abrasive. He definitely has an "in your face" style in his videos, complete with plenty of foul language. After watching more and more videos though he became more likable and his Starbucks fueled rants became more endearing. After watching about 10 episodes I'm officially hooked and can't wait to binge watch the back catalog.

My favorite part of the vlog is the Las Vegas scenery. The establishing shots of different Vegas hotels that start every episode are downright cinematic. It's really surprising how good these shots are considering it's just one guy with a point and shoot camera. Sometimes I find myself thinking "how did he get that shot" and wondering where he is shooting from (spoiler alert: parking garages). The music is also great and usually matches the mood of the corresponding video. Some of the videos capture the gritty side of Las Vegas rarely seen in mainstream productions.

TheTrooper mostly plays poker at Planet Hollywood. I'd like to see him explore other casinos around town, but I'm sure that will come eventually. Poker is the main topic of the vlog but there's plenty of other stuff to keep non-poker fans entertained. If you're someone like me who likes to watch anything Las Vegas related then you should probably head over to TheTrooper97Vlog YouTube Channel and check out the videos.

I'm predicting this vlog is going to get really popular really soon. He already has a following among poker players but as far as I know the "Vegas" community hasn't really picked up on it. I haven't heard of any Las Vegas blogs or podcasts mentioning TheTrooper97... yet.

I tried to pick a couple of videos that I feel are representative of the vlog with some good Vegas footage and came up with these two. Warning: Rated R language. Enjoy.