Jason Mercier, Jason Somerville Stream Largest Online Buy-in Tournament
“Twitch is proud to host Jason Mercier playing the $102,000 Super High Roller,” said Scott Ball, Twitch’s community development and poker manager, in a release. “As a serious poker player myself, I look forward to seeing Jason’s strategy unfold hand by hand and learning from him. And of course, Jason ‘JCarver’ Somerville was the founder of poker streaming and a Twitch legend. With him in the booth, there won’t be a dull moment; it should be a great day for Twitch and poker fans everywhere.”
Mercier will broadcast his own effort to win the $102,000 No-Limit, Hold ‘em, 8-Max Super High Roller event in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Sept. 11. The 82-event series kicked off last Sunday on PokerStars with a $50 million festival guarantee. This streaming event will start on the 11th at 1:30 Eastern Daylight Time and continue through the two days if Mercier makes it through to the second day.
“Jason Mercier streaming the event and showing his hole cards gives poker fans an amazing opportunity to jump on board the action and excitement,” said Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ director of corporate communications, in a release. “On top of that, Jason Somerville has made Twitch the premiere channel for poker fans and knows how to put on a truly great show. All this combined is going to make for some intense Sunday poker watching.”
With the highest buy-in value for an online poker tournament, this $102,000 Super High Roller kicks the previous record of $51,000 set during the 2015 PokerStars World Championships.
As the reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Mercier will show his hand to viewers and explain the action – with a 15-minute delay to remain competitive during gameplay – while Somerville (with 13.5 million views on his Twitch channel) provides new viewers with comments and chat responses.