Barely a week after tying the knot with poker personality Amanda Leatherman, Daniel Negreanu has delivered yet another huge announcement. Taking to social media (specifically Twitter), the poker legend announced to his fans that he and PokerStars were ending their 12-year relationship which was arguably the world’s most high-profile sponsorship.
“I have an important announcement to make about my 12-year run, which is an incredible run, with PokerStars,” Negreanu said in a video posted to Twitter. “It was a great run, but [I’m] no longer going to be an ambassador for the company.”
The poker star and six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner went on to thank some of the great people he worked alongside at PokerStars. While Negreanu did not explicitly explain the motivation behind his decision to leave the poker site or specify any future sponsorships plans, the breakup does not appear to be due to a controversy. In fact, PokerStars officials also took to Twitter to thank him for his service to the company.
“Daniel has been one of the most influential faces of poker and indeed PokerStars for 12 years, and it has been wonderful to have his passion, support, and insights throughout our relationship. We wish Daniel the very best for the future, as well as wedded bliss and tons of run good this summer,” Rebecca McAdam Willets, PokerStars associate director, group public relations commented.
As such, the move has been termed as an ‘amicable split’, but knowing how outspoken the poker pro can be, we can expect more details on the decision in the near future especially considering the fact that his poker vlog is set to return this year.
Negreanu’s History with PokerStars
Daniel Negreanu officially joined PokerStars as an ambassador in June 2007 and shortly after became one of the biggest names in the team that consisted of other poker pros like Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, and Humberto Brenes. Prior to that, he played a vital role in the funding and development of his own poker site, Full Contact Poker.
His time at PokerStars was not all smooth though. For instance, in 2015 he was involved in controversy when the behemoth online poker operator announced that would the termination of the SuperNova Elite program. Being the most recognizable ambassador of the online poker company, Negreanu defended the decision but some of the members of the poker community were critical of Negreanu’s continued relationship with the company following the backlash to the changes.