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Poker Video Spotlight: Jason Somerville On On Lowering Variance At Final Tables

World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner And Streaming Star Jason Somerville Discusses Climbing The Payout Ladder


Jason SomervilleJason ‘JCarver’ Somerville is a World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner with more than $4 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. He is also the founder of Run It UP, which helped put poker on the map in the world of online live streaming.

In 2012 he was worked as the coach of Russell Thomas at the final table of the WSOP main event, going in-depth with Thomas in order to prepare him for the unique challenges of the biggest poker tournament in the world. Thomas went on to finish fourth for $2,850,494.

A couple of months after that final table concluded, Card Player TV caught up with Somerville to discuss how to play a lower-variance style of poker at a final table in order to maximize your chances of climbing the payout ladder while avoiding being exploited.

“I think people look at the climbing of the payout ladder almost as a bad thing, like you’re playing conservative or you’re afraid, and that’s not necessarily the case. Sometimes it’s actually the correct strategy, such as when there is potentially a million-dollar payout jump in something like the WSOP main event,” said Somerville.

“If someone opened under-the-gun and you have A-K on the button. Five years ago, everyone would say to just re-raise and get it all-in here. Although that’s certainly a winning play, that’s not necessarily the lowest variance [approach] or the only way to win,” he continued. “There are ways that you can still win with A-K by just flatting there. You’re still going to show a profit, you’re disguising your range a little bit, and by just calling you are kind of limiting your exposure to a big coin flip or a marginal situation or even potentially getting it in really bad.”

To hear the rest of Somerville’s thoughts on the topic, check out the entire video below:

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