Poker in the News — Weekly Round-up for June 22, 2018

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jun 22, 2018

Popular Poker Streamer And Pokerstars In Studio Partnership

Jason Somerville and PokerStars team up on new Twitch Studio project

Popular poker streamer Jason Somerville and his successful Las Vegas-based Run It Up Studios project in partnership with PokerStars is taking another step forward in building the Twitch community and helping other streamers to improve the quality and content of their products.

Run It Up Studios and PokerStars plan to develop new and existing poker broadcasters and content on and to grow the Twitch Poker category by appealing to both existing and new Twitch users, raising the profile of the game of poker globally.

The partnership has built a new Las Vegas facility which includes full Twitch production facilities, and is already active in presenting a full range of PokerStars streams alongside Somerville products.

The partnership views the project as a facility that can provide services across a broad range of streaming requirements that includes content development, merchandising, graphics, production, administration, editing, monitoring and IT related needs.

“Jason is a pioneer, innovator and human content engine – which is why he’s so successful on Twitch,” said Eric Hollreiser, corporate communications chief at The Stars Group. “Twitch Poker is an exciting new platform for poker innovation and community-building. We’re eager to build upon our partnership with Jason and to mine the vast PokerStars library of content, promote poker streamers and create exclusive promotions and original content for Run It Up.”

Guarantee-Breaking Trio Series Claimed A Success

Over 40,000 players took part in 78-event schedule embracing a shared player pool from Portugal, France and Spain

The PokerStars Trio Series, the first tournament series to celebrate the new shared player pool of Portugal, France and Spain, exceeded its advertised Euro 5 million guarantee with a total prize pool of Euro 6,457,486, the poker provider revealed in a statement Thursday.

The Trio Series celebrated PokerStars becoming the first online operator to offer a shared player pool between the three countries since Portugal joined the union last month, and saw 40,816 unique players take part in the 78-event schedule from June 3-13.

The Main Event surpassed its Euro 500,000 guarantee to reach Euro 615,195, with winner ‘Ineed1000ETH’ from Spain beating 2,645 other players to take home Euro 71,917.47.

PokerStars’ success with the Trio Series follows France and Spain’s Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which surpassed its record-breaking Euro 10 million guarantee to reach Euro 11,768,035, the company reports.

Earlier in the year, PokerStars FRESH (France Espania Hold’em) Series for French and Spanish players also exceeded its Euro 5 million guarantee, reaching Euro 6,149,751.

“We’ve had great success with our various series in shared liquidity regions and it’s brilliant to see the Trio Series carry on this trend,” said Severin Rasset, director of product innovation and operations at The Stars Group.

“We believe that this has strengthened our offering in Southern Europe. Players benefit from the shared player pool between Portugal, Spain and France in all aspects of the poker offering and we hope that Italian players will benefit from the same great offer soon.”

Regulators in Italy have reiterated their intentions to join the shared market with Portugal, France and Spain. The Stars Group intends to seek approval to enter into such shared player pool market if and when it becomes available, the statement advised.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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