Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau Faces Swings Amidst Growing Successes

Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau is living the highs and lows that come with the highest stakes poker has to offer. Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau has enjoyed a meteoric rise in poker over the last few years. He won the $25,200 High Roller during the WPT World Championship festival at Wynn Las Vegas in December for $894,240, and between live and online poker, Yau has claimed a World Series of Poker bracelet and four WSOP Circuit rings.

Rampage also features prominently in some of the biggest live-streamed cash games in the world, as he did Wednesday night on Hustler Casino Live – playing $25/$50/$100 No Limit Hold’em.

He’s done all of that, and more, while building up one of the most popular poker vlogs in the world. Rampage’s YouTube channel just passed the five-year mark, boasts 224,000 subscribers, and carried Rampage to two Global Poker Awards a few weeks ago – Best Vlogger and Best Poker Personality.

But even amidst all these successes, the volatility of poker – especially at its highest levels – can rear its ugly head. Rampage lost about $16,000 while the Hustler Casino Live stream was running, but as the game continued post-stream he lost a six-figure pot towards the end of the night. According to a Substack post he wrote shortly after the game wrapped, it’s part of a $400,000 downswing Rampage is in the midst of over the last few months.

A few years ago, such a sum would’ve been beyond dizzying for Rampage, and he’s had some nice wins during his Hustler Casino Live sessions as well. In the immediate aftermath, he was still able to contextualize his appreciation for the opportunity to travel from Las Vegas, where he lives, to play in such a big game.

“Tonight, I lost piles. I can’t win or lose that much if I’m playing any regular Vegas game, whether it’s $25/%50, unless it’s a private $100/$200 game,” Yau said. “It’s nice to be able to come to L.A. and play Hustler whenever I want,” said Yau. “The cash games here don’t really compare to any other.” Took my biggest L today off stream. […]

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