Daniel Negreanu Bids Farewell to PokerStarsPosted:August 2019
For 12 years, superstar poker pro Daniel Negreanu has served as the “face” for the PokerStars brand. The 44-year-old poker player has been going through a lot of changes in his life, including his recent nuptials with poker personality Amanda Leatherman. Apparently, he has decided to make another very important change. He has decided to terminate his 12-year relationship with PokerStars, one of the leading online poker destinations worldwide.
Any new player to poker will know that whether you are looking for a dedicated online poker site or or an online casino site, such as any of the new Microgaming casinos
, it can be hard to sign up to the correct one with the best features for you. Looking at king pins like PokerStars, it's hard to go wrong with the player base, game variety, features, promotions and quality of software. The level of dominance is one of the key factors that has kept Negreanu supporting the brand for as many years as he has. After spending more than a decade pushing the company’s brand, Negreanu offered this through his social media Twitter site:
“I have an important announcement to make about my 12-year run, which is an incredible run, with PokerStars. It was a great run, but [I’m] no longer going to be an ambassador for the company.”
In recent years, Negreanu has been taking a lot of heat from other players for supporting the company after The Stars ownership Group decided to terminate its SuperNova Elite program for high-roller poker players.
Negreanu is not the only poker pro to recently part company from the PokerStars brand. In just the last couple of years, PokerStars has terminated sponsorship agreements with other high-profile ambassadors. The list includes Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Selbst, Bertrand Grospellier, Randy Lew, Victor Ramdin, and Jeff Gross.
More About Daniel Negreanu
Negreanu was born in 1974 and was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. By reputation, he is one of the best, if not the best, cash money poker players in the world.
After spending early adult years in pursuit of a career as a professional snooker player, Negreanu
discovered he had a knack for reading fellow poker players, which led him to switch gears and pursue a career as a pro poker player at around the age of 22. After a couple of false starts at trying to establish himself as a top player, he finally started making progress towards his dream of being the best poker player in the world. His enthusiastic approach to the game earned him the nickname “Kid Poker.”
During his Career, he has been a regular at WSOP and WPT events. He has accumulated 6 WSOP gold bracelets with 38 final tables, 108 in the money finishes and two 11th place finishes in the Main Event (2001, 2005). He can also lay claim to 2 WTP titles with 9 final tables and 23 in the money finishes.
He currently sits in second place on the all-time tournament earnings leaderboard with $38.7 million, behind only Justin Bonomo, who has accumulated over $42 million through to 2019. Before serving as a spokesman for PokerStars, he signed on as the key spokesperson for the now-defunct online poker room, Full Contact Poker. While the termination of his relationship with PokerStars is effective immediately, Negreanu has not yet indicated whether or not he would be signing a new deal with a different company.