The evolution of Run it UP and poker on Twitch.tv

Run It UP might be fairly new to Twitch, but this is actually Season 3 – where’s it been all your life?

(You can read an exclusive 2 part interview with Jason Somerville by clicking here)

1. The very first episode of Run it UP was posted on July 11, 2013. the 17-minute video runs through a $10 heads- up sit-and-go, which Somerville doesn’t win.

2. Somerville proves his love of broadcasting by posting his 100th video in the Run It UP series on Valentine’s Day last year.

3. Somerville launches Season 2 of Run It UP on September 24, 2014, and continues the original $50 to $10,000 bankroll challenge ‘with $812.45 and a dream.’

4. Somerville announces that he’s teamed up with PokerStars in february 2015 and is set to do ten weeks straight of streaming on twitch.tV

Run It UP!

When Jason Somerville launched this, the third season of Run It UP, he decided to go big. Starting March 1 he’s promised to do 70 straight days of streaming, which will come to an end shortly after the 2015 SCOOP.

Every day, from 9am Pacific Time (12pm ET, 4pm GMT) you can tune in, watch him play poker and analyse the spots that come up, and interact through the chatbox or via Twitter.

And it’s completely free! Okay, you can subscribe for $4.99 a month and get extra privileges but there’s no obligation. Somerville plays the major MTTs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, but also has micro-stakes days where you can play what he’s playing whatever your bankroll.

Watch him now! Twitch.tv/jcarverpoker

What is Twitch.tv?

Unless you’ve been grinding 24/7 in a mad bid to make Supernova Elite, you’ll have heard of Twitch. It’s a spin-off from the popular streaming site Justin.TV where you can watch gamers the world over play video games. The name comes from the phrase ‘twitch gameplay’.

If you’re not a gamer it might sound niche, but Twitch is a monster. By February 2014 it was the fourth largest source of internet traffic at peak times, behind Netflix, Google and Apple. In August it was bought by Amazon for almost $1bn.

Poker is the next big thing for Twitch – it was Twitch that approached Jason Somerville to partner up. It’s a perfect fit. The best way to improve your poker game is to watch players that are better than you play live and give analysis. Twitch allows you to interact with streamers, asking questions and getting real-time feedback on hands that you send via Twitter. Give it a try if you haven’t already – it could be the tonic your game has been crying out for.


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