Arlie Shaban, a Canadian poker streamer and a former Big Brother Canada contestant, recently shocked the Twitch Poker world when he completed his epic marathon challenge of streaming poker live on Twitch for 1000 hours over 125 consecutive days.
The 29-year-old streamer was then soon appointed as an Ambassador for Jason Somerville’s Run It Up. He became the first non-PokerStars pro to join Team Run It Up.
Now, the popular Twitch personality has been tasked with a Herculean challenge by PokerStars.
On Sunday, during his WCOOP stream on Twitch, PokerStars sent him a personal message saying “Hello Arlie, It’s been a long time since your last challenge. How would you feel about a new one? We have something for you. Go to psta.rs/HeyArlie”
Then a letter from someone claiming to be the Poker Gods appeared on the PokerStars Blog addressed to Shaban. The letter tasked him not one or two but 12 challenges titled as the “12 Labours of Arlie” mimicking the “12 Labours of Hercules” from Greek mythology.
The letter cautioned “Some of them will be easy. Some will be difficult. And while some might seem obvious, be warned… some will be so complex you won’t even know where to start.”
The streamer unsurprisingly accepted the challenge and said, “F**** right I wanna do this! Challenge accepted. Bring it on”.
A day later, Shaban received his first Herculean challenge. The Poker Gods challenged him to “Skin the Dutch Lion.” He is further instructed to “Go find the lion. Challenge him. Get him alone and defeat him. Take his skin and put it on.”
Shaban took only a couple of hours to decode the message, as he challenges the Dutch PokerStars Team Pro Lex Veldhuis on Twitter for a heads-up match.
As expected, Dutch poker pro Veldhuis accepted the Shaban’s challenge without showing any fear.