Jason Somerville brings a twist to his Twitch channel
Live-action coverage never before seen will rewrite poker streams
Jason Somerville, the poker pro that essentially started the whole poker streaming trend, has introduced a new type of streaming that will almost certainly prove to be a game-changer. His Twitch channel, which already has 233,000 followers, is going to provide a unique view of live poker games, with spectators able to see the action essentially through the eyes of a phantom player. Chat Plays Poker is a new show that features a player wearing a camera on his head while providing commentary on the game.
The new product was launched at the end of last month and has already become a success. It combines live action with live streaming and takes poker interaction to a whole new level. Chat Plays Poker will also give viewers a chance to weigh in on what moves should be made after seeing the hole cards and be a part of the game – the eyes of the phantom player – and collectively determine which moves to make. The play that gets the most votes is the one that is chosen.
Somerville has been around long enough to know what works and what doesn’t. He has over $2.2 million in online winnings and more than $3.6 million in live game cashes, as well as a WSOP gold bracelet. He’s also the reason that other poker players, such as Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross, turned to streaming, with both having explained in the past that he was their inspiration.
For the inaugural Chat Plays Poker stream on September 26, 1,500 poker fans tuned in. That’s a lot of players who all came together to play as a single competitor.