Isaac Haxton Parts Ways with Team PokerStars Online

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[CAPTION=90%]Isaac Haxton has decided not to renew his Team PokerStars Online contract[/CAPTION]
Just a few minutes before boarding a flight to Manila to play the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller Cali Cup in the Philpines, Isaac Haxton dropped a bombshell – he was leaving Team PokerStars Online.

“As of today, I am sad to report that my PokerStars Team Pro Online contract has expired and I have made the decision not to renew it,” Haxton wrote Friday in a post on TwoPlusTwo.

Haxton’s decision to walk away from guaranteed money comes after PokerStars made the decision to drastically alter their VIP player rewards program for 2016 and Haxton admitted that was at the crux of his decision to not renew his contract with the online poker giant.

“In the past, when I have disagreed with a PokerStars decision, it has been on practical matters of which goals are most important and which policies most effectively advance those goals,” Haxton wrote. “This time my disagreement is simpler, and deeper. I believe PokerStars is behaving unethically.”

Haxton’s decision comes just weeks after Alex Millar, another member of Team PokerStars Online, made the same announcement after finding the recent VIP program changes hard to support. Having been a SuperNova Elite himself, Haxton empathized with those who put in the hours to gain the status – and the rewards that came with it.

“For most of the players who do it, it is an all-consuming commitment more intense than most full time jobs. Many of them have relocated far from their homes and families to pursue it,” Haxton wrote. “Finding out, just as you approach the finish line, that your efforts will not be rewarded as you expected them to be is brutal.”

PokerStars announced in November that there would be no SuperNova Elite rewards for 2016 – meaning players who had been putting in the hours throughout 2015 had been doing so in vain.

“I cannot in good conscience continue to endorse a poker site that treats its players this way,” he wrote.

Haxton was first signed to Team PokerStars Online in October, 2012 in what he described as one of the “proudest moments” of his poker career. During his time with PokerStars, Haxton was featured in a mini-documentary, The Isaac Haxton Story, chronicling his rise in the online poker world.

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  1. I thought Pokerstars announced that the traditional Supernova Elite rewards would be discontinued at the end of the year. So I feel like if people weren’t Supernova Elite at the beginning of 2015, customers knew ahead of time that going for Elite wouldn’t be as valuable as previous years.

    • It is important to stand up for what you believe in. If this is his true intention, then I applaud his move. All the online Reds should follow suit.

    • im a silver star, and still mad about this. think about it…you have to go through 5 steps, earning starcoins, rather then the 1050 dollar reward.
      obviouslly anyone on the site would prefer a cash reward, rather then a point system.
      also we can no longer buy tournament tickets from the VIP store.
      so your basically playing towards stuff like clothes, and poker accessories.
      i prefered having a choice to buy different tournament tickets, instead of just physical items now.

    • i am deff a Hollywood Haxton fan. He is deff right about stars acting unethically. Starsmakes so much money and the want to take more back from the players is just redik.

    • im a silver star, and still mad about this. think about it…you have to go through 5 steps, earning starcoins, rather then the 1050 dollar reward.
      obviouslly anyone on the site would prefer a cash reward, rather then a point system.
      also we can no longer buy tournament tickets from the VIP store.
      so your basically playing towards stuff like clothes, and poker accessories.
      i prefered having a choice to buy different tournament tickets, instead of just physical items now.

      Not true – you can still buy tournament tickets (actually a bigger range available) – they’re just 50% more expensive so effectively reducing your rakeback by 33%!!!!

    • so is he going to stop playing pokerstars and full tilt all together? that would be tough.. might as well come back to america then..

    • I thought Pokerstars announced that the traditional Supernova Elite rewards would be discontinued at the end of the year. So I feel like if people weren’t Supernova Elite at the beginning of 2015, customers knew ahead of time that going for Elite wouldn’t be as valuable as previous years.

      This not correct and a consequence of the PR spin they have been putting out.

      At no point were any details of actual changes announced by pokerstars directly to customers.

      I believe there was a vague e-mail sent mid 2015 stating there would be changes to the VIP program but, it did not have any details in it. They have spun a web of half truths, and snippets of information here and there to actually confuse the customer base.

      Based off that one e-mail who could have predicted that SNE would be halved in benefit for the next calendar year when the VIP program is a 2 year program. Or that VPPs would stop being given out to 5/10 players and above, that platinum status would also be reduced in the process.

      In fact it only became public knowledge that there was any changes when the PR department accidentally posted to the Russian poker stars website with details of the changes and then it was posted on 2+2.

      Plus this does not just effect SNE, go look in the VIP store and see you can no longer accrue stellar rewards or milestone bonuses. That is a massive cut to all players of all status.

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    • OWNAGE, GET PWNED PKRSTRS ASSHOLE SITE BURN DOWN THE HEADQUARTERS DEVIL WORSHIPING SUPERNOLIFE ELITE SATAN LOVING MTHFCKR PUSSY ASS HOE ASS BITCH ASS SITE URG

      bro