Jason ‘JCarver’ Somerville the Latest Team PokerStars Member to Leave1 year ago
Jason Somerville has announced his departure from Team PokerStars. The 32-year-old New Yorker is the latest in a long line of stars to abandon the company over the last 12 months.
No Love for PokerStars
2019 has seen a massive exodus of brand ambassadors from PokerStars. From Daniel Negreanu, who has been the company figurehead for more than a decade, to Liv Boeree and Jaime Staples.
High stakes stars such as Ike Haxton and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier have walked away and had nothing good to say about about their former employers and what they are doing to online poker.
Somerville is the latest and clearly has big plans for the future.
All About Freedom
When Jason Somerville began to stream his poker exploits on Twitch he will have had no idea just what he was starting.
He was instantly popular with his mild-mannered presentational style and others soon joined the fray to try and emulate him. Jaime Staples is a perfect example of one who made it work.
The reason given for ending the relationship was issues with exclusivity with content creation. PokerStars has no doubt been cracking the whip and stifling Somerville’s creative talent.
For the last two years he has been building up a production company with his Run It Up brand and is now ready to let loose. It’s not just about poker though, he told how he has developed a passion for sports betting recently and will be including that in a lot of the new content. Other gambling niches will also be seen.
As for now, Somerville remains tight-lipped about where all these plans will lead, but a planned stream next is likely to reveal some more details. Run It Up Reno 10 is also due to start on April 10 2020 when people will definitely be pressing him for more details.
In his public address on Twitter, Somerville gave thanks for the opportunity he has taken advantage of since 2015, and he showed gratitude to all the hard working people he worked with at PokerStars.
There’s no doubt that this contract with the market leaders gave Somerville the chance to build his own Run It Once brand with tons of free advertising through his image. We look forward to seeing what he comes up with in the future.
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