Popular poker personality Jason Somerville has officially been signed to Team PokerStars Pro joining the likes of Daniel Negreanu, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and a host of other world-famous poker players.
Somerville’s popularity skyrocketed as the host of the popular webcast Run It Up in which he entertains and educates his growing poker audience in real time while playing online poker. Also known by the screen name “JCarver,” Somerville recently moved his show and to the rapidly emerging social media platform, Twitch where he will now host the flagship show for the new PokerStars Twitch channel.
“Somerville represents the latest generation of poker pros, raised on American poker television and videogame culture,” PokerStars commented in a press release announcing its new signing. “A partnership with PokerStars is like the holy grail,” Somerville said in an interview with Brad Willis posted on the PokerStars blog.
Over the course of his career Somerville has amassed more than $6 million in poker tournament winnings both live and online, nearly 4 million of which have come in the live arena. He is also the proud owner of a World Series of Poker bracelet, and a Spring Championship of Online Poker title.
Somerville plans to kickoff the launch of PokerStars Twitch channel in conjunction with the beginning of season three of Run It Up on Sunday, March 1. For 70 consecutive days Somerville plans to broadcast his show for a minimum of four hours per day giving his fans more than 16,000 minutes of poker content in the process.
“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,” PokerStars Head of Pro & Celebrity Marketing, Kirsty Thompson stated in a press release. “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.”