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Jason Somerville signs with Team PokerStars, will headline PokerStars Twitch Channel Launch

Friday, February 27th, 2015

jason-somerville-pokerstarsJason Somerville just goes to show that if you have a great idea and put hard work behind it, then you’re going to be rewarded. The WSOP bracelet winner and host of the popular podcast show Run It Up just signed a big deal with Team PokerStars.

Somerville certainly has multi-value as the face of Run It Up, where he plays online poker and offers players tips in real time. Additionally, he also challenges himself on the show, such as the time he streamed himself running a starting bankroll of $50 up to $10,000.

Previously a member of Ultimate Poker’s “Team U,” Somerville laid the foundation for Run It Up’s success on YouTube. However, after Ultimate Poker began sinking faster than Nicolas Cage’s career, the two sides ended their business relationship. It’s at this point that Somerville made the brilliant move to keep the rights to Run It Up, before moving it to the growing Twitch streaming site.

While Ultimate Poker has already vaporized into the dust of online poker memories – along with UB Poker, Chris Ferguson’s reputation and Phil Ivey’s poker skills – Somerville will be headlining the launch of PokerStars’s Twitch channel. Going further, he’ll begin the third season of Run It Up on March 1st, and broadcast for at least four hours a day for 70 straight days.

Here’s what Kristy Thompson, PokerStars Head of Pro & Celebrity Marketing, had to say about Somerville’s plan and what he brings to the table:

“Jason is a unique proposition – a poker pioneer who has had great success both online and live, and brings something different to the table through the way in which he has built a popular live streaming poker show. I’m sure he will be a great ambassador for PokerStars and help to increase the level of interactivity between the brand and its players.”

This signing of Somerville represents a new direction for PokerStars’ sponsored player model – one that calls on players to be good not only on the felt, but also in having value outside the poker room. Somerville, with over $6 million in live and online poker winnings along with a popular Twitch show, meets both of these requirements.

Popular Jason Somerville gone from Ultimate Poker

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Over the past year, Ultimate Poker has been busy slashing their roster of pro players. Once boasting over a dozen signed pros, Team U now has only a handful of players representing them. And you can count one less because Jason Somerville is rumored to be out at Ultimate Poker (UP).

This is quite strange, given that Somerville is one of the more popular poker pros in the game today. Furthermore, he just launched a webseries called “RunItUp,” which was supposed to be exclusive to UP. However, one sign that Somerville is done at the site includes the fact that he’s been uploading RunItUp episodes to his own channel as well.

As F5Poker reports, the main reason why Somerville could be done is because UP doesn’t have the money to keep sponsoring him. They just pulled out of the New Jersey market after their partner, Trump Taj Mahal, announced a tentative closing date of November 13th. Upon announcing their exit from New Jersey, UP’s parent company, Ultimate Gaming, also said that Taj Mahal still owes them $1.5 million in revenue payments – money they might never see.

Things haven’t exactly been booming in Nevada either. According to PokerScout, UP averages 60 cash game players an hour in Nevada, which trails market-leader WSOP.com and their 100 players an hour. UP’s cash game traffic has remained relatively stagnant over the past year, thus indicating little growth in the Silver State.

Seeing as how the poker room doesn’t seem to be gaining much ground, it’s a wonder if their remaining pros will be around in another year. Antonio Esfandiari, Danielle Andersen and Dan O’Brien are still sponsored by the Nevada-based company. But these three can’t be cheap – especially Esfandiari – and UP continues to struggle in an American online poker market that hasn’t quite taken off yet.