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  1. Late last week, professional poker player and insanely popular online streamer Jason JCarverSomerville (pictured) was announced as the newest member of Team PokerStarsPro. It was not the most shocking of news, but it was still a welcome decision, especially after Somerville was unceremoniously dumped by Ultimate Poker. He kept streaming his online poker sessions, though, and this weekend began his first broadcasts on Twitch under the PokerStars banner. View his channel. To a poker outsider, it might not seem like much. After all, Somerville has streamed for quite some time and is just streaming some more. But airing his Run it Up show on the new PokerStars Twitch channel is a leap forward. Somerville will still be viewed by a niche audience, but it has a chance to be a much larger niche audience with the marketing power of the world's largest online poker room. This past Sunday, Somerville began his streaming on the PokerStars Twitch channel, promising 70 straight days of broadcasts. He won't be streaming live 24/7, but has said he will devote at least four hours per day to grinding. The news of both his sponsorship and the new PokerStars Twitch channel have been universally applauded in the poker community. Somerville is as well-respected of a poker player as they come, but what he adds to his streams much more than the vast majority of those who try to do the same thing is entertainment. Many poker streamers gear their broadcasts towards more seasoned players, but Somerville has understood from the get-go that poker is not mainstream. It's not that he does not use poker terms in his streams, but he has been more than happy to try to appeal to a wide audience. In a recent interview with Flushdraw, Somerville explained his success: "It's not about starting with good poker content and then trying to squeak it out to be tolerably watchable… I want to make it mainstream, you know? It's not the majority of my viewership, but there is a section of my audience that didn't know prior to watching me what a button was or what an ante is. To draw those types of people in, you have to be entertaining and have broad content." He added that he still needs to strike a balance, though, as he can't drive away more knowledgeable players by making his shows "too simplified or too silly." Somerville's impact on the poker community has certainly been felt in the past year. He was nominated for a GPI American Poker Award for Poker Media Content of the Year for his Run it Up show and, though he did not win, his contributions were duly noted. He was also a nominee for the Best Ambassador Award, which ultimately went to Daniel Negreanu. During his acceptance speech, Negreanu acknowledged Somerville, saying, "I always thought he had the engaging kind of personality that embodies what a poker ambassador is. What he's done… is taken playing online poker and made it fun and exciting... He's engaged a totally new spectrum of poker players more so than anyone in the world today, as far as I'm concerned. The poker world is in good hands with Jason Somerville." Somerville's streaming platform also got some much deserved credit at the American Poker Awards, as Twitch won Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year for "opening its doors to live streaming poker." In his acceptance speech, Scott Ball, Twitch's Poker Partnerships Lead, thanked the poker community, saying without it, Twitch Poker "would really be nothing." He also said that it was "humbling" to win the award, as the initiative was only started as recently as this past year. Somerville is off to a great start on the PokerStars' Twitch channel. At 2:00pm ET, there were nearly 5,000 people watching him live; his broadcasts have received 3.3 million total views. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is giving PokerStarsNJ a chance to get up close and personal with him and his Team PokerStars Pro friends. (Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Jason Somerville is ready to rumble. The Team PokerStars Pro will be hosting a special Run It Up event at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on May 14 and he’s bringing along a bunch of his Team Pro friends. Run It Up, Somerville’s Twitch stream, is the most popular poker channel on the streaming site and regularly draws 10,000+ viewers. Somerville has been streaming from New Jersey for the past 31 days. Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Jen Shahade, Chris Moneymakerand Liv Boeree will all be on-hand for the Run It Up Resorts Rumble that includes a breakfast, meet-and-greet sessions, online tournaments and a party. "I'm incredibly excited to host our first one-day Run it Up festival on the East Coast with two great partners in PokerStars and Resorts," said Somerville. "It's been so much fun playing and streaming on PokerStars New Jersey this month and I can't wait to hang out with all of our awesome Run it Up fans in person. It'll totally be worth putting on pants." Somerville will be live streaming on his Twitch channel throughout the day. Players on site will be able to participate in an exclusive $30 buy-in event on PokerStarsNJ. Garden State players not in attendance can play a $10 buy-in event as part of the festivities. The final table of the $30 event will be played "battleship style" with the final nine players positioned at a poker table with their laptop or mobile device. In the afternoon, attendees will have a Q&A with Somerville before the festivities move to Landshark Bar & Grill for a party that includes an open bar, food and live music. PokerStarsNJ is hosting a special freeroll event on May 1 that awards 50 pairs of tickets to the Rumble, including five VIP packages which come with two nights’ accommodation at Resorts Hotel & Casino, a pair of entry tickets to the VIP party and $200 spending money. Tickets can also be earned by simply completing one of two challenges on the PokerStarsNJ client before midnight on April 30. The first is to play a single real money hand in a cash game at any stake level. The second is to enter any real money tournament. Players that don’t qualify via the freeroll or challenges can make a minimum $10 deposit using the bonus code ‘VIPCLUBNJ’ before midnight on April 30 to claim a free ticket. Tickets can also be purchased on site for just $10, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks. For more information on the Run It Up Rumble, visit pokerstarsnj.com/vip/live/.
  3. [caption width="640"] Matt 'mattybuns1' Laverty (left), Jason Somerville and Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig after the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble[/caption] Over 125 members of the Run It Up Legion - along with their fearless leader Jason Somerville and a handful of other Team PokerStars pros - took over a ballroom at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday for the first live event held by PokerStars since the company launched their product in the Garden State a few months back. The Run It Up: Resorts event wasn’t just a poker tournament though. The event was designed to give attendees, all of whom made a $10 donation to Autism Speaks as admission, face-to-face time with Somerville, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Liv Boeree and Jennifer Shahade. Players were treated to breakfast before the $30 buy-un Run It Up Resorts: Rumble kicked off. Instead of having a room full of dealers, the event was played on PokerStarsNJ.com with only attendees being allowed to play. When play reached the final table, the tournament was paused to allow those players to sit at the same table in the ballroom and play down to a winner. For Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig, the sixth-ranked player in New Jersey, the event ended about as perfectly as possible. He beat out the other 123 players to take the top prize of $778.67. Not bad considering he won his way into the event in a PokerStars freeroll. “It was a 50 StarsCoin rebuy - so I got into this for a buck and half - 150 StarsCoins,” said Sewnig. “The package that I won, the way they did it, the top 15 got the $10 to come here whereas the top three got $200 cash, the ticket to come here and two nights stay here and I got the top three so I came in last night.” Run It Up: Resorts Rumble Final Table Results monkeyman067 - $778.67 Matt 'mattybuns1' Laverty - $541.53 s.l. halper - $411.30 casperskulls - $304.66 DomBagz - $203.11 Mr.Shipawitz - $169.26 umasspoker11 - $135.40 gruemoon - $101.55 jpinyan - $84.63 Somerville, who also played the tournament and was in contention until busting on the bubble, streamed throughout the day on his Twitch channel. Just 24 hours earlier he had been in Canada, streaming his playing in the PokerStars.com Spring Championship of Online Poker. He made a final table Thursday before making his way to New Jersey where he got the chance to connect with a number of his fans. “t’s just great to see people not only here in person, being energetic, enthusiastic and passionate but wearing Run It Up gear, telling me that they watch the stream every day, that they love the stream,” said Somerville, who headed back to Canada Sunday to resume SCOOP play. “It’s always great for me to leave the dirty basement every once in a while just to interact with the fans face-to-face and it it really reinvigorates my passion for both streaming and for poker really.” Some of those in attendance had come from out of state, including surrounding states New York and Pennsylvania, but one player had driven in from Indiana - a 13-hour drive. The timing of the event also allowed players coming to New Jersey to play NJSCOOP, which kicked off Sunday, to come in a day early. “Somerville has been streaming the first half of global SCOOP and I finally got my bankroll up in a cash game where I could set aside some funds to commit,” said Colin Byerly, who came from Harrisburg, PA to play. “So I can take a little bit of focus off of my main job and really commit to excelling my game and maybe getting a couple of good deep runs, building my stack a little more and maybe make a good go of it. After the tournament was over fans were able to ask the Team Pros in attendance questions in an open Q&A session. Even with some of the brightest minds in poker up on stage, most of the questions focused on the future of online poker in the United States, and not strategy or game theory. Greenstein, who actually busted out of the Rumble on the very first hand, admitted to being excited about seeing where legislation was going in the near future. “(New Jersey) is first domino for PokerStars. Where I live is the big domino, which is California,” said Greenstein. “Hopefully after that everybody will want to compact with California and, eventually the world.”
  4. [caption width="640"] The Run It Up Resorts Rumble is the first live event PokerStars is hosting in New Jersey.[/caption] Run It Up Legion is invading Atlantic City this weekend and we’re not just talking about the New Jersey chapter. Poker players and fans of Jason Somerville’s wildy popular Twitch stream are travelling from all over the Northeast for Saturday’s Run It Up Resorts Rumble at the Resorts Casino - the first live event PokerStars has hosted since returning to New Jersey. And while Somerville is hosting the event but he’s bringing along a number of other Team PokerStars Pros to join in the festivities. Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree and Jen Shahade will all be in attendance. The schedule for the Rumble includes a breakfast with the pros, a Team PokerStars Q&A session, an "onlive" event where players play on PokerStarsNJ from their laptop or mobile device while seated in the same room and of course a party at the end of the evening to wrap everything up. Somerville will be streaming on his RunItUp Twitch channel during the tournament. For some attendees, the opportunity to rub elbows with some of poker’s biggest names is a pilgrimage they just had to make. "I really wanted to make run it up Reno but I'm doing the WSOP this year so I went with that," said Adam Taormina, from Lock Haven, PA. "Then I heard of a close Run It Up event I could attend and didn't want to pass up the opportunity to celebrate PokerStars in New Jersey and meet some poker pros." Philip Neiman, a 33 year old Queens native, has one simple reason for heading to Atlantic City this weekend. “Has to be meeting Jason, the guy has brought my game to a new level by just watching his streams,” said Neiman. He’s not the only one. Chris Kusha, a 29 year old from Staten Island, is making the trip after learning that two his poker heros would be involved. "I’ve always heard how fun these VIP parties are and couldn't not jump at the opportunity to go to one nearby," said Kusha. "I’m most looking forward to getting to meet the players who were very influential to me coming up in poker, particularly Vanessa Selbst and Jason Somerville." Somerville, who will travel from Canada where he is streaming Spring Championship of Online Poker action, seems excited about the wardrobe change the event requires. "I'm incredibly excited to host our first one-day Run it Up festival on the East Coast with two great partners in PokerStars and Resorts," said Somerville. "I can't wait to hang out with all of our awesome Run it Up fans in person. It'll totally be worth putting on pants." The Schedule Breakfast with the Pros - 10:00 am Attendees can mingle with Team PokerStars Pros and enjoy a light breakfast and conversation. The Run It Up Resorts Rumble - 11:30 am The $30 buy-in ‘onlive’ tournament gets underway and is available only to those in attendance. The Run It Up Resorts Rumble Final Table - 3:00 pm With just nine players remaining the Run It Up Resorts Rumble is paused so players can be set up at a single poker table to finish the tournament using the “Battleship style”. Team PokerStars Q&A - 4:00 pm Players will be able to ask their favorite Team PokerStars Pros any questions about the world of poker. VIP Club Live: NJ - 7:30 pm Hosted by the Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts, the party comes complete with food, games and entertainment and, of course, an open bar. Players were able to earn tickets to the event through PokerStarsNJ freerolls, by completing a series of challenges on the site, or by making a real money deposit using a special bonus code. For those that failed to qualify on PokerStarsNJ.com, tickets can be purchased on site for just $10, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks. For more information check out www.pokerstarsnj.com/vip/live/resorts/
  5. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is bringing the Run It Up show back to Atlantic City as part of the PokerStars Live Festival.[/caption] The world’s largest poker site is back with a live tournament series on United States soil for the first time in years. Starting on October 29, PokerStars Festival New Jersey kicks off with 40 events to be played in a weeklong span at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. As part of this series, PokerStars is partnering with Team Pro Jason Somerville and Run It Up for what will be an exciting collection of tournaments that are aiming to build off of his previous Run It Up series held in Reno, NV. One of the elements that separates Somerville and his Run It Up events from other festivals is the availability of mixed game events that are not usually as prominently featured at other tournament series. Known for his popular Twitch stream, Somerville has leveraged that viewership into promoting non-Hold‘em games on his stream and in the live setting. “I’ve been playing poker for a decade and after a while, Hold‘em can get boring. There’s a fun in playing many different games,” Somerville said about his interest in new forms of poker. Somerville said he first noticed that playing mixed games appealed to a large audience when 27,000 viewers tuned in to watch him compete in a PokerStars WCOOP Stud Hi-Lo event in September 2015, one of the largest totals at that time in the history of Twitch. Since then, Somerville has incorporated a variety of mixed game events into his Run It Up series and is now bringing that atmosphere to New Jersey. “Mixed games tend to elicit more conversation at the table and elicits a camaraderie among players. They draw a different type of crowd that is there to have more fun and to create a fun atmosphere,” Somerville said. In addition to the mixed game events, there will be some celebrities in attendance at the festival highlighted by Tyson Apostol and ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano, both of Survivor fame. Somerville has come to know both quite well over the years and notes, “fans like hanging out with them and they are the perfect people to bring to New Jersey.” When planning the inaugural “Run It Up Reno” series, Somerville envisioned the series being centered on the best possible playing experience for those attending. Survivor was in season at that time, which worked out well for Somerville’s design. “Who better to watch Survivor with than actual survivors?” Somerville exclaimed. Despite his reality show fandom, Somerville has no intention to step into the wilderness in the near future. “There’s not really time for adventure in my life. I’m happy to be on the couch, for the most part. I’ve spent almost 1,100 hours streaming this year and am focused on that for now,” said Somerville. With his nightly stream still going strong as ever, Somerville doesn’t plan on putting the brakes on anytime soon and perhaps venture toward more live poker. “I love streaming, it’s easy for me to do. Every day I wake up and I go to bed and satisfied. Live events are way more tiring. [They] are major party gatherings that build the community and personal relationships that we can’t do more of online,” said Somerville. The PokerStars Festival New Jersey will be an especially busy one for Somerville as he plans on playing live events while also streaming with a few special guests scheduled to appear. Somerville says he will be streaming PokerStars team pros Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier all individually during the weeklong festival. On Saturday, November 5, Somerville will host “Run It Up Day” which is set to include events like a poker seminar to be presented by Somerville, a Q&A and the $300 buy-in Run It Up 8 Game Championship. Somerville says he loves interacting with his fans and doing Q&As noting how much enjoys the open conversation element. With a laugh, Somerville said, “I must answer more questions than anyone on the planet.” With a full week of great events and activities lined up, PokerStars Festival New Jersey will look to set the pace for future PokerStars events to be held in the United States. “People are going to be there to have a good time and will have the chance to meet PokerStars pros. This is an experience rather than just a normal poker tournament,” said Somerville.
  6. Boasting over 13 million views and nearly 200,000 follows to his Run It UP poker stream on Twitch, Jason Sommerville is by far the most popular poker broadcaster on the site. While his average shows attract several thousand fans apiece, that number can skyrocket when the Team PokerStars Pro finds himself at a final table, playing for thousands of dollars. With that in mind, Sommerville is hosting a special World Championship of Online Poker broadcast, during which 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier will stream his play live in the $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event on Sunday. And yes, hole cards will be shown. Lee Jones, PokerStars Cardroom Manager, revealed that the idea came about after Mercier and Sommerville realized that they would both be in Toronto for the WCOOP. The two Jasons have been friends and business partners for years, and when Mercier mentioned he would be playing the High Roller event, Somerville asked if he’d like to stream it all on Twitch. “One thing led to another, and here we are,” said Jones. The $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event will be the highest buy-in poker tournament ever played online. That fact makes it all the more astounding that Mercier would agree to stream his play with his hole cards exposed (on a fifteen-minute delay). At that elite level of competition, it’s rare to find a pro who would risk revealing his thought process behind hands during what will be an ultra-competitive tournament. Somerville will be in the booth alongside Mercier during the tournament, and will even discuss hands with the pro after the fact. He won’t be giving advice or discussing strategy when Mercier is actively in a hand, however. “Jason Mercier streaming the event and showing his hole cards gives poker fans an amazing opportunity to jump on board the action and excitement,” said Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ director of corporate communications. “On top of that, Jason Somerville has made Twitch the premiere channel for poker fans and knows how to put on a truly great show. All this combined is going to make for some intense Sunday poker watching.” Mercier is coming off the heels of a fantastic summer performance at the WSOP. His outstanding run started when he won a bracelet in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $273,335. He went on to take second place in his next tournament, the Razz Championship, then win another bracelet and $422,874 in the HORSE Championship. Those three events, plus an eighth place finish in the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship were enough to earn him the accolade of series Player of the Year. The Super High Roller action is streaming on the PokerStars Twitch channel, twitch.tv/pokerstars. The event kicks off on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 PM US (ET). The tournament is a two-day affair, and if Mercier advances, Sommerville will be broadcasting the entire time. "As a serious poker player myself, I look forward to seeing Jason’s strategy unfold hand by hand and learning from him," said Scott Ball, Twitch Community Development and Poker Manager. “And of course, Jason Sommerville was the founder of poker streaming and a Twitch legend. With him in the booth, there won’t be a dull moment; it should be a great day for Twitch and poker fans everywhere.”
  7. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is on his way to Calgary for the Deepstack Poker Championship[/caption] Poker pro Jason Somerville has amassed a huge following on streaming site Twitch, where he regularly broadcasts his poker play to thousands of viewers under his Run It Up brand. With his popularity growing steadily, the poker industry has taken note, and has been eager to work with the indefatigable pro and leverage the audience that he commands. With that in mind the DeepStacks Poker Tour is partnering with the 29-year-old, and will kick off its Poker Tour Championship in Calgary, Canada, with a special Run It Up tournament. The 11-day poker festival begins on November 25 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino and culminates in the C$2,500 buy-in, C$500,000 guaranteed Main Event on December 2. Somerville will stream the final table action live on his Twitch channel, while serving as an ambassador for the event. In addition to conducting Q&A’s and fan meet ups, the poker pro will be hosting a mixed game Run It Up tournament on December 1, one day before the Main Event. “I’m incredibly excited to finally bring Run It Up to Canada as part of the DSPT Championship series,” Somerville said. "DeepStacks Poker Tour shares my commitment to hosting modern, fun-oriented, player-friendly tournaments and I'm thrilled to be bringing the final table of the $2,500 Championship event to fans around the world December 5th on Runitup.tv.” Somerville, who boasts more than $6 million in live tournament cashes, made a name for himself on Twitch through marathon broadcasts where he simultaneously plays live tournaments, while reviewing hands sent in by viewers. To date the channel boasts over 183,000 followers and has received over 13 million views. DeepStacks’ interest in Twitch comes as no surprise. The company’s Emmy award-winning production team has embraced new technology to create broadcasts that feature, amongst other things, 360° live streamed tournaments, complete with live chat and event blogging. According to its creators, the DSPT was designed to reach a mainstream demographic and bills itself as the fastest-growing poker tour in the world. The organization holds events all around the globe and has already made stops in Malta, Canada and in several states throughout the US this year. DeepStacks President Chris Torina feels that partnering with Somerville is the perfect complement to the company’s brand. “I’ve been a huge fan of Jason’s for some time and have been actively searching for ways for us to work together,” he said. “Having Jason and Run It Up at the DSPT Championship gives us the chance to add one of poker’s unique voices to our event and allows us to showcase why DSPT has quickly become the premier mid-major poker tour in the world to a massive audience of poker enthusiasts.”
  8. Jason Somerville and PokerStars are parting ways. The poker player and content creator extraordinaire announced the news via a video on social media on New Year's Day 2020. "I feel a ton of gratitude towards PokerStars for taking a chance on me and Run It Up," Somerville stated in the video. "I admire many of the hard-working people at the company and I have a lot of love for the many talented ambassadors that are out there creating content on Twitch, YouTube, social media, who are acting as live poker ambassadors building the game that we love. You guys are an inspiration to me. Your friendship means so much, and thank you for the opportunity. I wish you guys well in the future." https://twitter.com/JasonSomerville/status/1212541301414973440?s=20 Somerville went on to mention that although his partnership with PokerStars offered a lot of advantages, it also had its disadvantages because it limited his content to exclusivity with PokerStars. Somerville did not mention specifically what’s coming next for him, but he hinted at more involvement in the emerging sports betting space, where he said he’s been getting more and more involved. A transition to have more of a sports betting focus only seems natural for someone as engaging as Somerville, given the current progressive landscape of legalized sports betting in the US. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Somerville joined Team PokerStars in early 2015. Somerville is considered by many to be the godfather of poker streaming, specifically on Twitch, and he is one of the most recognizable faces in the game. Although his time spent playing poker has lessened over the years, Somerville still has quite the poker résumé. He’s a World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner with more than $3.6 million in live tournament earnings to date. His online results total to more than $2.2 million in tournament winnings. Throughout his career, Somerville has successfully built his own brand, Run It Up, into one of poker’s most premier entertainment and content offerings. Run It Up began as a poker streaming series and has evolved into much more. Under the Run It Up umbrella, Somerville started hosting live events, built an entire team of streamers, opened a 24/7 Twitch channel dedicated to poker, and recently partnered with the NFL to host Thursday Night Football games through RunItUp.tv. Run It Up is also home to the game’s most loyal communities and Somerville will soon host his 10th Run It Up Reno series at the Peppermill Reno in April. Somerville's split with PokerStars comes less than eight months after PokerStars and Daniel Negreanu parted ways. Negreanu recently signed with GGPoker.
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