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Close Calls No More for Jason Somerville at WSOP
With over $1.2 million in live earnings and four previous WSOP final tables it seemed like just a matter of time before Jason Somerville took down a WSOP bracelet.
That moment came last night in Las Vegas when Somerville defeated a massive 3,175-player field and won the most recent $1k donkament, earning $493,091.
Incredibly, Somerville had previously finished fifth, fourth on two occasions and second at the WSOP.
“The money’s great but the win really means a lot to me,” Somerville told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.
“To have come so close so many times it feels amazing to actually close the deal and win one of these,” he said.
Somerville has had immense success in giant field No-Limit Hold’em events, and Daniel Negreanu rated him among his top three picks in that tournament format.
It’s a skill Somerville undoubtedly picked up through his vast experience playing online poker tournaments under the names JCarver and Taknapotin.
Somerville has amassed more than $2.1 million in online poker earnings.
While Somerville regards players who make deep runs on a regular basis he says the heavy focus on winners makes sense.
“You have to look at the emphasis our society puts on winning,” he explained.
“For example, it’s not like people say the Miami Heat were the better team in the NBA finals,” he continued.
“They weren’t, but even if they were it wouldn’t matter because they didn’t win.”
Even though Somerville’s ability to play online disappeared on Black Friday, there might be an upside.
“Since Black Friday I’ve been really motivated to get out there and play more and win more big tournaments,” he said.
“I look at the last year and I’ve only played like ten events,” he chided himself.
“My results at the World Series are so good because I’m playing so much so I really need to apply that to the rest of the year.”