Run It Up has become one of the biggest names in online poker, as millions have watched Jason Somerville’s streaming sessions on Twitch already this year.
Now, Somerville is hoping to extend that success to the world of live poker with a special series of events at the Peppermill Reno.
Known as Run It Up Reno, the series will take place from October 20-25 and feature a mix of tournaments, cash games, and other events for fans of the Twitch series.
The week of activities will wrap up with a $500 buy-in Main Event.
A Unique Poker Experience
For Somerville, bringing together members of the Run It Up legion should be a great way to give fans a great experience that’s unlike anything else in the poker world.
“The RIU Reno series is unlike anything that has ever really existed before in poker,” Somerville told PokerNews. “For me, RIU Reno is not just about playing poker, but also having a fun experience from the get go. I’m trying to invite a variety of interesting people that are going to come and make the event special regardless of how your poker goes.”
This isn’t the first time that the poker pro has brought his fans to Reno for some fun times.
Last May, while still working with Ultimate Poker, Somerville held the first version of Run It Up Reno, which featured a $100 Main Event, seminars, and cash game action.
But that event, which drew about 25 Run It Up “warriors,” wasn’t a standalone series like this year’s event will be. And it seems like a safe bet that there will be a bigger turnout this year, considering the thousands of people who tune in to each and every Run It Up stream on Twitch.
Somerville has pushed for more integration with Twitch by the poker world, and it seems as though he’s going to try and show what’s possible while in Reno.
According to Somerville, the Main Event of his series will be the first tournament that is specifically designed for Twitch streaming, and he plans to either be playing at the final table or doing commentary for it.
Somerville Signs Two-Year Twitch Deal
Speaking of Twitch, Somerville recently signed a new deal with the online streaming service that will guarantee that Run It Up will continue to air there for at least the next two years.
That comes as no surprise, considering the amazing success Somerville has had on the site.
“I started in Twitch Poker on October 2014,” Somerville said. “We’re not even a year later now, and things have already exploded tremendously…I think poker content had become kind of stale, and I think it’s awesome to see people react positively to RIU and some of the different things I’ve incorporated into the broadcasting.”
Somerville broadcasted for 78 straight days this spring before taking a break for the summer and the World Series of Poker. But more streams are right around the corner: a new season of Run It Up is scheduled to begin this Sunday, August 16.
Poker fans can also expect to see more of Somerville’s commentary in other poker media. He and Phil Hellmuth are set to be studio analysts for Poker Night: The Tour, a new television series set to debut early in 2016.