Jason Somerville says the poker community has been “completely accepting” of his coming out gay.

The 26-year-old Somerville came out gay last year in a lengthy blog post published on Valentine's Day.

“I always knew I wasn't straight, but I never spoke a word of it for twenty two years, and nobody really ever knew otherwise,” Somerville wrote. “I dated women exclusively through my teens and early 20s, doing my best to convince myself that it wasn't something I had to pursue, that maybe I'd grow out of it, that I'd be happier with women anyway, that I just should focus on other things. After a lot of struggling and a lot of anxiety, I eventually came out to one of my close friends when I was 22.”

“I'm … in an amazing relationship that means a great deal to me, and bottom line, I'm honestly happier now than I've ever been,” he added.

In a Fightland.com interview to promote Ultimate Poker, an online venture that combines poker and mixed martial arts (MMA), Somerville said that response to his coming out had been mostly positive.

“I've had almost zero bad experiences as a gay professional poker player,” Somerville said. “Even playing on the biggest stage poker has to offer, in the highest-stakes tournaments, people have been completely accepting. Poker is inherently such an inclusive game filled with a diversity of people. If you've got the money to play with us, we've got a seat for you. We all get the same cards, the same chips, and are left to make our own decisions. It's extremely democratic, and the community was incredibly warm towards me after I came out. After all the years I grappled with massive anxiety over my sexuality, to finally have a 24-hour period where my entire universe pretty much told me, 'Yep, you're still cool with us,' was pretty awesome.”