Mass Exodus of Professional Poker Players from PokerStars Team
The year 2019 wasn’t easy for the most recognizable poker brand of the industry. Along with the plummeted revenue, a large number of eminent poker players left PokerStars team. Most recently, PokerStars Pro Team was the benchmark, and many famous players dreamed of joining this team, but 2019 deprived it of former glory.
The beginning of 2020 also began with losses – American poker player Jason Somerville on January 2 announced his retirement from the PokerStars ambassadors team. Jason stated his intention to leave PokerStars Team Pro in a video message on his Twitter page.
Somerville also wished good luck to his former colleagues and said that their teamwork and friendship meant a lot to him. The poker player did not disclose his future plans, but made it clear that he intends to work more actively in the field of sports betting. Jason Somerville is often referred to as the “Godfather of poker streams inside the poker community.” He managed to establish his own interactive Run it UP show. Throughout his career, Jason Somerville has earned more than $ 3,641,000 in live tournaments. His best result was 4th place in Super High Roller 2014 with a buy-in of $ 100,000 in Las Vegas. At that time, Jason earned $ 1,327,300 prize money.
Jeff Gross’ and Jamie Staples’ quit
Streamers began to leave PokerStars Team pro among first. On February 2, 2019, two professionals left the ranks of the poker room at once: Jeff Gross and Jaime Staples. The first was a member of Team PokerStars since 2017. Jeff played Twitch streams and represented PokerStars at various live events.
Jamie Staples joined Team PokerStars in 2015. During his stay in the team of the room, he turned into a well-known professional. He become the champion of several tournaments. Moreover, Staples was involved in commentary activities and streaming.
Talking about the reasons Jeff Gross told about the disagreement with the company as a main reason for parting his way with PokerStars. There are a number of versions on the net why Jeff and Jamie left PokerStars. The launch of RIO poker, the presence of a permanent Lex streamer with a large number of viewers and others. But over time, it turned out that Jeff and Jamie decided to change the red-peak stripes to orange-diamonds and joined the PartyPoker team.
Randy “nanonoko” Lew
Two months after Gross and Staples had left PokerStars team Randy “nanonoko” Lew announced his quit. According to the poker player, the reason he left PokerStars was very simple – he wanted to develop by his own and “take control of everything.” “Nanonoko” became a member of the PokerStars team in 2016. He was responsible for streaming.
Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeri
The fact that main top players who had been working with PokerStars for many years as well as symbolized with the PokerStars brand such Liv Boeri and Daniel Negreanu were going to left nobody expected.
In May, Canadian poker player Daniel Negreanu left thePokerStars team. He explained his decision by making a choice in favor of the family. However, in November Negreanu became the ambassador of GG Poker.
The poker player became a member of the PokerStars team in 2007. Over a twelve-year period, he won many tournaments and received a large number of awards. He always proudly wore Stars badges and defended the brand’s honor.
Later, in November, Liv Boeri and Igor Kurganov left PokerStars. Boeri has been a member of the room team for nine years. Her boyfriend, the famous high roller Kurganov, received the status of Ambassador of the room in 2017.
Following them, the team of PokerStars left Maria Konnikova. She joined the ranks of the Starz team in 2018. Konnikova gained popularity after winning the PCA. Maria`s main achievement is her book Psychology of Distrust.
Now the PokerStars Team looks very modest, there are few well-known professionals, and only Chris Moneymaker and Mikhail Shalamov are the only “good old” pros.
This is what the PokerStars team looks like in 2020:
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