Jason Somerville, The 10 Million Twitch Man!March 28, 2016 1:53 pm
Jason Somerville has shown himself to be at the forefront of the online poker industry, as it attempts to appeal to a whole new generation of younger players. Since the ‘poker boom’ drew to a close in 2006, the game has been in steady decline, but innovations in the way the game is broadcast and portrayed is considered a vital ingredient in returning the game to some of its former glory.
Against this backdrop, Jason Somerville has played a key role in presenting online poker as an attractive game for online gamers, as well as drumming up interest from other people keen to learn the game, both old and young alike. In fact, Somerville’s live streaming channel, Run It UP!, has now drawn more than 10 million viewers to his Twitch account since his first broadcast in early 2014, with no other poker streaming channel even close to approaching the 28 year-old’s viewership numbers.
Jason Somerville is a talented pro with $3,524,870 in live tournament earnings, in addition to a further $2,245,196 won online playing under the screen name ‘JCarver’. Not only does this provide his viewers with the unique oppotunity to learn from one of the game’s best, but Somerville likeable personality also makes his streams more entertaining and popular than most.
Needless to say, it didn’t take long for an industry desperate to reinvent itself to spot Jason Somerville’s talent, and back in February 2015 he was snapped up by the world biggest poker room, PokerStars. Somerville also has one of the greatest work ethics of any player, and these days can be seen streaming everyday throughout the week for at least six hours per day.
Presently, Somerville is helping to promote PokerStars’ New Jersey product after its recent return to the US market. On May 24th, he will then be in Reno, Nevada for a week as he hosts a Run It UP! Live festival special. The Run It Up Reno $565 Main Event is set to start on May 27th at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, and will offer an attractive $150,000 guaranteed prize pool. Furthermore, all the action takes place just a short time before the official launch of this year’s World Series of Poker on May 31st.