PokerStars Team Pro tour of California has come to an end, and Jason Somerville inks a new two year deal with Twitch to continue airing his #RunItUp series.
The wheels on the PokerStars Californian tour bus have stopped going round and round.
Was it a success?
By all accounts it was.
PokerStars Team Pro’s Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Selbst, the two winningest male and female poker players in the history of live tournament poker, finished off the tour with visits to Diamond Jim’s Casino in Rosamond, Club One Casino in Fresno and Turlock Poker Room in Turlock.
The month long tour, designed to raise awareness and support for legislation to authorize and regulate online poker in the state, took in 11 card rooms in total. Team Pros Chris Moneymaker, Liv Boeree and Jason Somerville also joined the tour bus throughout the past four weeks.
Californian players got the chance to speak to the pros, and play with them in a series of nightly events. One player in Clovis was fortunate to win a signed customized PokerStars table, and the event held in Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights attracted 237 players. UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw even managing to take his mind off Jose Aldo for long enough to make an appearance in support of the campaign.
The tour also created a lot of money for charitable causes. The 500 Club Casino in Clovis donated their entire tournament funds ($12,000) to the Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, PokerStars handed over a check for £10,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation whilst stopping off at Stones Gambling Hall, and money was also raised for the Boys & Girls Club, to help open a new club in the American Canyon, and the Wounded Warrior Project in Napa Valley.
“Our message is clear, PokerStars want to be back in California, and based on the support received on the tour so far; it seems Californian players want PokerStars back. So all we need now is for the elected California representatives to Let California play!” said Lee Jones, Director of Poker Communications for PokerStars.
Jason Somerville Extends His Partnership With Twitch
Not everyone was happy to see the PokerStars Californian tour bus screaming down the highway. Take Jason Somerville’s Twitch fans. JCarver’s initial Twitch show ran for an incredible 78 continuous days before the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and his PokerStars Californian responsibilities got in the way.
We forgive you Jason.
The Twitch sensation has recently tweeted the great news that he will be launching a new #RunItUp stream on August 16th after agreeing a new two year deal with the live streaming video platform.
Somerville’s show currently has 105,466 followers, and over 7.4m people have tuned in since he started.
It’s safe to say Somerville knows how to pull in an audience and that’s great news for the world of poker.