Jason Somerville Breaks Record

Jason Somerville Breaks Record

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Any fears that online poker was on a slide have been dismissed thanks to Jason Somerville and Twitch.

The PokerStars pro has long been a popular figure in the online poker community thanks to his Run It Up live streaming series. But, now the American's latest stream has proved beyond any doubt that he's the king of Twitch.

Scheduled to coincide with the start of the PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), Somerville's recent stream focused on his antics in the first event of the tournament series. After carving his way through the 1,800-plus field, Somerville found himself at the final table alongside 37,000 spectators.

Having previously set the record for poker stream viewers at 22,000, Somerville was pleased to show off his hands and talk through his thought process as he battled against some of the toughest grinders on the net for a shot at a WCOOP title.

Unfortunately, after the action came to a close, Somerville was only able to manage a seventh place finish for $38,000. However, it was his performance on Twitch that really made the headlines.

Over the last twelve months the popularity of Twitch streams has increased dramatically and many more operators and players are now looking to exploit the medium for marketing and self-promotion purposes.

Thanks to Somerville's recent performance, it's likely many more players will now be looking to beam their antics via the live streaming platform.

Tags: Jason Somerville, Twitch, PokerStars, Run It Up, World Championship Of Online Poker, WCOOP