Nearly 12 years after their partnership was first formed, Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars are going their separate ways. The six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and poker’s second all-time leading earner made an official announcement via his Twitter account on Thursday.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 23, 2019
The announcement comes just days after his wedding to Amanda Leatherman and less than a week before the start of the 2019 WSOP. Negreanu was the highest paid online poker site ambassador during his time with the company.
Negreanu joined PokerStars to much fanfare in June 2007 and quickly became the biggest name on a team that included Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, and Humberto Brenes. He had previously represented FullContactPoker.com and PokerMountain.com.
“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,” said Rebecca McAdam, Associate Director, Stars Group Public Relations. “We wish Daniel the very best for the future, as well as wedded bliss and tons of run good this summer.”
In late 2015, Negreanu became involved in controversy when PokerStars announced the termination of the SuperNova Elite program. As the most high-profile face of the company, Negreanu defended the company’s decision from a business perspective while also criticizing the manner in which they handled it. Some members of the poker community were critical of Negreanu’s continued relationship with the company following the backlash to the changes.
During his time as a member of Team PokerStars, Negreanu won three WSOP bracelets, won WSOP Player of the Year, and came within two eliminations of making the final table of the 2015 WSOP Main Event. He earned $30,148,167 during that time.
Team Pro Exodus
Negreanu’s departure is part of a continuing trend of Team Pros and ambassadors leaving the company. In January 2018, Felipe Ramos, Jason Mercier, and Vanessa Selbst each announced they would no longer represent the red spade. In 2019, Jeff Gross, Kevin Martin, Jaime Staples, Barry Greenstein, Jake Cody, and Randy Lew all either didn’t have their contracts renewed or decided not to renew them.
While some of those players have found their way to rival partypoker, Negreanu is not expected to join them according to partypoker management.