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    Default AMA with Jason Somerville

    Jason Somerville is a highly accomplished American professional poker player with online winnings of $2.2 million and live winnings of $2.4 million. He is also a contributor to the PokerVT training team and a “Ones to Watch” for the World Poker Tour season XI.

    FTR is extremely pleased to have Jason as our guest on August 5th, 5 PM ET. This is a special opportunity for all of us to interact with this multi-talented individual, you can ask him anything!




    Official Website: http://www.jasonsomerville.com/home
    Last edited by givememyleg; 07-29-2013 at 12:09 PM.
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    What is the best board to c/r bluff, after calling a raise when you're in the blinds?
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    Jason, how has year 2013 gone for you so far? What was your best showing? Did you play in the WSOP that just finished?
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    AMBA ask me barely anything
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    Do you plan on doing more videos like the Bracelet Hunting series you did at this years WSOP?
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    Yeah if people actually meant AMA when they say AMA, that would be great.
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    Yeah, we're going to remove ridiculous troll questions. It's not like we removed a serious question. Feel free to ask anything, even controversial, but we're going to moderate the nonsense.
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    Under typical circumstances, what percentage of your stack are you willing to call when set mining (assuming the raiser has you covered)?

    Do you think players should boycott the Venetian in Las Vegas since Sheldon Adelson is trying to block online poker in the US?

    What is your typical opening range under the gun on an 8 or 9 player table?
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    Glad to have you here....great skills you have!!!! One of my favorite players

    - Where do you keep your World Series of Poker bracelet? Open to all eyes or in a secret place just for you?

    - I know you are a poker advanced instructor for tournaments...do you like that part? I mean the teaching part?

    - What is your favorite online website to play online poker?
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    No poker questions here.

    What drew you to MMA?

    Favorite fighter(s)? Least favorite(s)? Why?

    Favorite fight(s) ever? Again, why?

    This is one of the few AMA's I'm actually super excited for. Jason seems to be a really great representative of poker and the kind of person we should want representing the game.
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    - Are there any specific poker tells that you look for and think are especially important?

    - How do you see online poker in the USA in the future? Do you believe that the legalization of poker in the United States will contribute to a second poker boom?

    - What tournaments do you plan to play this year?

    - What is your stance on gun control in America?
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    Who is your favorite poker player? Who do you think should be considered on the poker hall of fame?
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    I saw on Twitter you like UFC, do you think that if you had more time to practice you would leave poker for UFC??
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    A great honor to have you here

    - Since you started playing at a young age and with a considerable amount of success...did you have time to continue studies and improve your grades or did poker ended the study business?

    - What made you decide to announce to the poker universe that you are gay? Something in your mind for a long time or a particular event that happened in your life?

    - What was the feeling of having so much money available at a very young age? Did you spend some on crazy things or did you manage your bankroll always wisely?

    - What was the craziest thing you ever bought with money from a large prize pool?
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    I think it's great that you came out in the context of sharing your sexual preference, Jason, and I respect you for having the self confidence to be truthful with us, the world and yourself. Have you experienced any backlash at all? Are you in a relationship? Would you be willing to date another poker player?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruelsebastian View Post
    ... online winnings of $2.2 million and live winnings of $2.4 million.
    but how much did you LOSE?
    eeevees are not monies yet...they are like baby monies.
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    As most of us don't know what it's like being a poker pro, could you describe how you feel sitting down at a table: do you feel like you'll be in control of your destiny or do you fear the unknown to some degree?
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    Do you have a particularly funny story about something that happened to you while playing poker?

    How difficult is it to teach someone else to be successful at poker?
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    Are you involved with any organization such as the PPA that is lobbying to change/create laws re poker in any or all of its forms? If so, what role do you play?

    If you could travel forward or backward to any place and time, what date(s) and location(s) would you visit? Why?
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    Are you involved in any charity work? What non-profits do you support with contributions, volunteer hours or both? What attracted you to these groups? If you're not currently involved with any, do you hope to be in the future?

    What is more meaningful to you, being known as a great player or a great person in general? What do you want your legacy to be in-and-outside of the poker world?
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    Has part of you ever regretted dropping out of school or did you never look back once you left? Were you studying anything you were passionate about?

    What inspired you to start the Run it UP series? What's your overall vision for that series? Definitely digging your commentary!
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    Who's your favorite Saved by the Bell character?


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    I don't get why you insist on stacking off with like jack high all the time.
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    Do you think the WWE staged this punch to Randy Orton's nuts or do you think it was just a crazy fan who attacked him?

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    Hi Jason It is an amazing honor to have you doing this

    - How would you define yourself as a poker player in 3 words?

    - Do you hope your action can help other anonymous gay poker players to come out as well? BTw..why valentines day to announce it? How did you family embrance your decision?

    - Your biggest desire for your poker career? Any goal set for this year still?
    Pre-Flop ou Post Flop...o importante é estar dentro de jogo
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    When did you realize that people could actually make some money with this game?

    When did you realize you could make a good living in poker?

    What games still offer good players the biggest edge in bigger live tournaments like the WSOP?

    When stars talk about the "biggest" games, to what limits are they generally referring in your opinion?

    Other than "play, play, play", what advice would you give someone hoping to become a great player? Any recommended reading?

    Who would make your Hall of Fame table?
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    If you could have been famous for something other than poker, what would it be and why?

    Other than the Main Event, what WSOP event would you like to win the most?
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    I think it was Dan Harrington who said he didn't think anyone over the age of 40 would ever win the WSOP Main Event again. Do you agree with that?
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    What do you do when you play consecutive days always bring bad bits incredible ... Tell me because I'm about to destroy your computer :P

    Greetings
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    Who is the toughest opponent you've ever played against? What made this person so difficult to beat?

    Who do you consider to be the best player of all time and why did you pick this person? Who do you feel is the best player now and why?

    Who is the player you've never had the chance to play against that you'd most like to?
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    We just rescued a puppy. Do you have any tips re house training?

    If you were going to get a dog or cat, would you rescue one or buy one from a breeder?

    Do you have any pets?

    Do you have any thoughts re what the Pope said about homosexuals earlier this week? As a Catholic, I was glad he made the comments he did. I know it's a small step, but at least it's a step forward.
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    Do you ever "go with your gut" when you play or are all of your decisions at the table based on logic and math?
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    If you won a lottery with a $300M jackpot, would you still play poker or do anything professionally?

    If you could change anything on a global level, what would it be? Why would you make that change?

    Do you think Obama and Putin will still meet for their scheduled talks now that Russia granted asylum to Snowden? Do you care?
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    This event starts in less than 3 days.
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    Hi Jason,

    I don't know if someone already asked this, but still here it goes... How do you prepare before going to a live tournament and for an online one? is it different? for example you don't drink water or you don't eat?
    PokerLady
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    Pokerlady where have you been all my life?


    edit: I think 100% of women don't see King Kong there btw
    Last edited by jackvance; 08-02-2013 at 02:07 AM.
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    Jason, did you see King Kong in that picture?
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    Hi Jason,

    You are known as an NLHE specialist, do you consider yourself a specialist in any other form of poker?

    Would you sit down in a high stakes NLHE cash game where 4 opponents were world class cash game pro's and one would be somewhat fishy?

    Did swings ever play a part in your tournament career?

    Why did you choose not to relocate immediately following Black Friday?

    Thanks!
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    Can you think of a better handle I can use in here? My ID sucks. Thanks. I didn't see King Kong, by the way.
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    What's the most you've ever won in a single hand? What's the biggest amount you've lost in a hand?

    What's your favorite poker venue?

    Do you play in WPT events? Which ones?

    What reading material would you recommend for beginning, intermediate and seasoned players?
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    You're given $100 billion. After all of your trips and the fun toys you buy, what do you spend your time doing?
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    What does your relationship with Ultimate Poker entail? What do you think of their company, site, and software?

    And on that topic, how do you feel about state-to-state online poker in the US?

    And even more on that topic, how is it working out so far in Nevada?
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    Jason,
    Phil Galfond says that, at least at some point, you need to "rungood" to make it as a pro. Do you necessarily believe that? According to your charts you have been making sustained progress. I know you have a theory of spots with low-variance plays. So, do you think you have been able to diminish the role of variance in your career so that you don't have to rely on lucky streaks to "stay in the game"?

    Thanks
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    Do you think the US should boycott the Olympics when they are hosted by Russia given that country's strict anti-gay laws?
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    Big Run It Up fan as you'll see from my questions:

    1) When are you settling the MMA one-on-one bet with O'Brien, and how can we bet on it? I wasn't sure which side I liked until you casually mentioned you taught karate...

    2) Do you, or did you previously, use HUD's in your regular online sessions? I'm curious how much HUD data influences your decisions since you talk through a lot of your thought process in Run It Up.

    Thanks for doing the AMA and the videos!
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    Would you consider doing a reality tv show? Would it be one that currently airs or would you want to develop your own concept? If you had to have dinner with one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, who would you choose? Do you think Teresa and Joe Guidice are gonna end up in jail?
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    Less than 24 hours to go until this event starts!
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    Hi!

    1) Do you play poker on mobile devices?

    2) What's your favorite online tournament?

    3) What kind of car do you drive?
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    Hello Jason,

    1 Do you watch the NBA?
    2 What would you like to improve in your game?
    3 What do you do besides poker?
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    Hello!
    What is the key to success in poker, and how much time it took you to play consistently in the plus?
    Tell us a little about your plans for the near future?
    What place in your life is poker?
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    Do you think Daniel Negreanu is gay ?
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    Default $1.01 dealer!

    Jason, please tell us about the power of $1.01 bet
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    What is your opinion on weed and poker? Do you think it has negative or positive effects on the way you play?
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    This is today!
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    Default Questions for Jcarver

    Can you tell us more about you boyfriend, what does he do for a living? Does he play poker? Does he get jealous of you hanging out with Jason and Dan all summer(lol)?

    Have you heard back from BMW since there rediculous $400 store credit?

    Having watched nearly all you videos I see you call very wide in the blinds, do you do this due to a skill edge or do you have some over reason for this particular trait.

    Thanks for answering
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    Hi Jason,

    It seems you have won a similar amount online as you have live.

    Which format do you prefer? What are the advantages/disadvantages of live and online play?
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    Jason, If you were to play on Poker After Dark, and it were your birthday so they let you choose your opposition, which other eight would you have at your table?))
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    Have you ever been staked? If so, did you play any differently than you would have if you hadn't been?

    Have you ever staked anyone? If so, how much or little would you be willing to "bet" on someone else's play?
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    Jason, do you think there is ever a chance to make poker something other than zero-sum game, meaning that what one wins the other has to loose? You think sponsors can get involved enough where, similar to other pro sports, there is something for everyone? Or maybe there are instances of it already happening that you know of?
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    Can we ask more questions as this thing goes along? Hope so.
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    Just 5 minutes until we begin! Get your questions in!
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    Hi, all!

    Jason Somerville is our guest today and we are so extremely pleased to have him. He will start posting his answers momentarily. Take it away, Jason!
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    Hey everyone! Very excited to be here answering your questions, thanks so much for having me. Let's get started
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    You mentioned in one of the RIU vids that other videos that were done were more structured, and that making videos the way you do now is more fun. Do you plan on doing more pure instructional videos, like the ones done during your time with PokerVT?
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    Hi, Jason! thanks for being here!
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    Welcome, Jason!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackvance View Post
    What is the best board to c/r bluff, after calling a raise when you're in the blinds?
    I don't really think this is the optimal way to approach this decision - IMO, you should try to evaluate what frequency you should be checkraising given your opponent, dynamics, history, your range, your exact cards, and probably a dozen more small variables. Like most poker questions, "it depends" is really the "correct" answer, but to not totally dodge your question, I think you should be checkraising more than you think you should against most opponents
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    When playing live cash games, what is the biggest leak that you think most recreational players have?

    Do you adjust your strategy from online to live?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alep View Post
    Jason, how has year 2013 gone for you so far? What was your best showing? Did you play in the WSOP that just finished?
    pokerwise, my 2013 has been decent but not great - I played maybe 15 events at WSOP but besides that I haven't really played a ton. The majority of my poker profit this year has come from backing and piecebuying. I've been spending more and more time doing off-table businesses and work and I am kind of mentally prepared to have a lower poker $EV this year in exchange for a higher longer-term EV in non-play business. I've been absolutely loving this year though, most fun year of my life for sure and I've never been happier, so in the important stuff, everything's been great.
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    Chiky tendas fer d barbie yall?
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    What kind of off-table businesses and work have you been pursuing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by givememyleg View Post
    Do you plan on doing more videos like the Bracelet Hunting series you did at this years WSOP?
    I absolutely love doing live videos like that and The Final Table both behind and in front of the camera and plan on doing more and more going forward. I did an absolutely awesome video for UltimatePoker, Harley-Davidson and the UFC with the Bracelet Hunting team that might be my proudest non-poker moment of my working life and I can't wait to do more stuff like this in the next year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmEcxP1RzFs
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    Great video!!! Nice job!!!
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    Hey Jason!
    Do you think it's possible to start out in poker the way you did (freerolls-> run it up) nowadays?
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    What separates a world class player from a good player?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Under typical circumstances, what percentage of your stack are you willing to call when set mining (assuming the raiser has you covered)?

    Do you think players should boycott the Venetian in Las Vegas since Sheldon Adelson is trying to block online poker in the US?

    What is your typical opening range under the gun on an 8 or 9 player table?
    As far as setmining goes, I don't really think like that too often anymore but in the old days I used to use Barry Greenstein's rule of thumb of calling up to like 10% of your stack with pairs if you felt like you could only win by spiking a set in tournaments.

    I think the Venetian poker room could be absolutely empty and Sheldon Adelson wouldn't care in the slightest and I don't think it would change his opinion on the matter even if it was. That being said, though, there are a billion options on where to play and I sincerely doubt I'll give them any business in the future and I didn't put any of my team's horses in the recent tournament. I've got a pretty pessimistic view on poker boycotting given how many people played on Ultimate Bet even after all the scandals had been revealed... if we can't stay away from that as a community, I don't think we'll ever be able to force Venetian's hand via boycott.

    9 handed poker is sad to think about depends of course on a lot of things, I don't think I do anything UTG that is particularly unique to be honest.

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