Jason Somerville had been knocking on the door of a World Series of Poker bracelet the past four years, with several deep finishes including four top-five placings. He finally broke through with his first win in a live tournament setting Tuesday evening when he defeated a field of 3,175 entrants in Event 20 – $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
Primarily known for his tournament success online, Somerville wasn’t as affected by others when the Black Friday indictments happened.
“I’m kind of in a unique situation when it comes to online poker players. Last year went so well for me, I didn’t really have any reason to move out and I didn’t have to go out and grind” Somerville said. I thankfully had enough success late last year that I had time to wait and see what happened at the World Series”.
Now that his first WSOP bracelet is out of the way, Jason wants to make it a double.
“I’m motivated to try and win two. There’s still about 30 events left and I feel like I can play everything but the weird games. I’m going to be in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max and hopefully I can win, who knows?
Name: Jason Somerville
Hometown: Stony Brook, New York
Occupation: Professional poker player
Education: 2 1/2 years of college
Online screenname: JCarver
Lifetime live tournament earnings: $1,701,697
Lifetime online tournament earnings: $2,219,782
Memorable quotes (on deciding to play the $1,000 No-Limit Sunday): I had actually been missing events because I just didn’t feel like playing them. For some reason Sunday morning I said, “You know what, I’m going to play the 1K today” and here we are.
(On how surprised heads-up lasted one hand): “I thought it was going to be a really long grind because people had busted so quickly and it ended heads-up with 100 big blinds. I had a long-term plan in mind about how I’m going to play my opponent, or… we could just get it in on the first hand.”
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