Working with PokerStars is always a big deal and it is always news when a poker pro quits the brand.
Jason Somerville, the Run it Up founder, is the latest poker pro to quit the PokerStars brand. He announced his decision to depart from team PokerStars on January 1 in a 2-minute post on twitter.
However, he made it clear that he did not have any negative feelings towards PokerStars. Instead, he thanked PokerStars for the opportunity to work with them.
“I admire many of the hard-working people at the company and I have a lot of love for the many talented ambassadors that are out there creating content on Twitch, YouTube, social media, who are acting as live poker ambassadors building the game that we love. You guys are an inspiration to me”.
From his new year post, it is evident that his relationship with PokerStars had a myriad of advantages. However, he also hinted that the relationship with the poker powerhouse had several drawbacks. For example, he explained that his relationship with PokerStars did not offer flexibility in content creation.
“It was tough being limited by my PokerStars exclusivity on the content that I could create. I feel a ton of gratitude toward PokerStars for taking a chance on me and Run It Up. As of right now I feel extremely grateful for all the love and support of the poker community, the twitch community. It means more to me than you’ll know and we’re not done yet.”
Run it Up events’ future uncertain
By terminating his contract with PokerStars, it is obvious that sponsorship of Run It Up events will also end. At the moment, the official Run It Up main site and Twitch channel do not have any references and/or links to PokerStars.
Jason Sommerville is yet to offer an explanation on what will happen to the Run It Up events.
However, it seems that he will shake things up a bit now that he is an independent content creator. In the two-minute video, he outlined plans to diversify to sports as he tries to carve a niche in the gambling community.
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