Jason Somerville is the latest Team Pro to leave PokerStars. An official winner of the 2019 Global Poker Index is announced. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Jason Somerville will concentrate on RunItOnce after departure

Last year saw an influx of PokerStars Team pros leave. Now one of the most prolific members of Team PokerStars announced on Wednesday that he is also departing the online poker room. Jason Somerville revealed via Twitter that he is leaving PokerStars due to a desire to concentrate more on his company RunItUp as well as a new passion, sports betting.

Somerville has been with PokerStars since 2015, signed at the height of his popularity as a poker Twitch streamer. The move follows a year that saw the departures of notable and long-time PokerStars ambassadors including Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross. Could Jason Somerville’s announcement mean that more departures are on the way?

Quick hitters

– It was all but official but after the WSOP Player of the Year miscalculation last month, it’s good to get the numbers right. On New Year’s Day, Alex Foxen was confirmed as the 2019 GPI Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Kristin Bicknell takes down the 2019 GPI Female Player of the Year. In addition to the high profile Player of the Year honors, regional POY awards were also announced. Alex Foxen won the Americas POY, Daniel Tang is the Asia POY, Stephen Chidwick the Europe POY and Farid Jattin the Latin America POY.

– With the start of the year, the DraftKings online sportsbook is improving their bonus even more, increasing the size and structure of the bonus to $1000 until Feburary 2nd. The DraftKings sportsbook bonus, which is available to new signups, will award a free bet up to $500 as well as a 20% up to $500 bonus on a first deposit.

– Online Poker Report breaks down the top 10 US online gambling stories to watch in 2020. Apple, WSOP bracelets, a Wire Act lawsuit, a PokerStars merger, Michigan, West Virginia online poker are among the items to make the cut.

– Hey, that’s us! PartTimePoker was pleased to get a shout out in CardPlayerLifeStyle’s list of thank-yous for 2019. We appreciate the mention, Robbie, and keep up the good work at CardPlayerLifeStyle in 2020!

– In today’s featured poker training video, we continue our look at Carroters’ “Talks Poker with a Student” series. In this episode, Carroters and his student discuss a structured learning plan as well as additional spots where he must decide to fold or not.

Best poker videos on the Internet

– ICYMI: Jennifer Tilly stacks Phil Hellmuth in an episode of Holidays with Hellmuth from the Poker Central studios:

Jeff Boski plays a $550 poker tournament at the Wynn in Las Vegas with a prize pool of over $95,000:

– partypoker’s Sam Trickett is the latest guest on the Poker Central Podcast to discuss his poker life and record-breaking cash games:

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