The writing is on the wall.
The rumor mill is churning and this time it involves one of the most popular personalities on Ultimate Poker's “Team U”.
Poker pro Jason Somerville is rumored to be done with Ultimate Poker within a matter of days, potentially even sooner. F5Poker sources say that with Ultimate Poker tapping out of the New Jersey market that finances for the legal online poker site just don’t allow them to move forward with Somerville in the fold.
It was just 4 weeks ago that UP announced that Season 2 of Somerville’s webseries RunItUp would return and be exclusive to Ultimate Poker. In recent days every episode produced in Season 2 has been re-uploaded to Somerville’s own YouTube channel with the latest episodes being released exclusively on Somerville’s channel, without a UP duplicate.
With Jason having one or more feet out the door, we have to wonder what the fate of his fellow “Team U” pros will be. Have we seen the last of “Me vs U” with Dan O’Brien and Danielle Andersen? Or will viewers in Taiwan still have more to look forward to? If Jason is too expensive, we can only begin to imagine lead ambassador Antonio Esfandiari's price tag. Will he be a disappearing act as well?
It may not be not be the same for Esfanidari as, again, rumor has it that “The Magician” has an slice of ownership in UP.
More on this story as it develops.