Running it up in the Bahamas
You may be familiar with the commercials for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - basically somebody happily eating chocolate bumps into somebody happily eating peanut butter, accidentally combining the two foods. At first, they're upset, but then both try the chocolate-peanut butter combo and think, "Wow, this is better than either one separately!"
Which brings me to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Jason Somerville's Twitch show. PokerStars and Jason put their heads together and said, "What if... what if we took Jason's massively popular Twitch show and his over-the-top enthusiasm, and parked them alongside the $100k buy-in Super High Roller and the Main Event at PokerStars' flagship tournament festival?"
Well, that sounded pretty damned exciting. And once we'd gotten that idea, we said, "We could have guest co-commentators. During breaks in the main action, we could have our top Twitch people, including Jason, streaming from right there near the tournament floor."
The more we talked, the more it seemed like a great mash-up. So here's what we know: from Friday, January 8th through Thursday January 14th, there's gonna be a room near the tournament floor at the PCA, where Jason Somerville will be commentating on the Super High Roller and Main Event, via the PokerStars Twitch channel. It'll be the same high quality video production you're familiar with on PokerStars.tv, but with the Run It Up vibe, hi-jinx in the chat, and Mr. J Carver himself as the ringleader. Sadly, no mechanical crow (who knew they were illegal in the Bahamas?).
Jason will definitely have various co-commentators in and out. When there's no action in the main events, there will be Other Cool Stuff on the channel, such as Jason, Jaime Staples, and others streaming live. Beyond that, we're not talking. Partially because we want to keep a couple of aces up our sleeve; partially because we don't even know what we might think of once the salt air, conch fritters, and Kalik beers enter our bloodstream.
So on Friday, January 8th, be sure to tune your browser to twitch.tv/pokerstars. In the meantime, we'll be sitting here, eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and thinking of cool things we can do with Twitch at the PCA.
Lee Jones is the Director of Poker Communications at PokerStars and has been part of the professional poker world for over 25 years. You can read his occasional Twitter-bites at @leehjones