Class #30: The Poker Player Who Came Out of The Closet


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Jason Somerville is a 26 year-old professional poker player who was the first highly-ranked pro poker player to come out of the closet (male, that is.)  Jason has won millions of dollars in poker, big tournaments, and even a prestigious World Serious of Poker bracelet.  At 24 he came out of the closet as gay via his blog

In this class we talk about:

  • Being a teenage poker player who turned $5 into $100,000. 
  • Online poker and a social life.
  • Coming out to friends first in private.   
  • Mentor Daniel Negreanu.   
  • Finding identity in community. 
  • Having "traditional" parents. 
  • Quitting girls and his first gay kiss.   
  • Never having been to a gay bar (even now.) 
  • Online dating as a public figure. 
  • Being closeted to the public yet in a relationship. 
  • Talking about his boyfriend on ESPN. 
  • Having gay friends later in life.   

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