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PokerStars Parts Ways With 2009 World Champion

Tags: Alex Kravchenko, cut ties, Joe Cada, Marcel Luske, part ways, PokerStars.
Posted on 25 September 2014 by "T".

Just about a month ago, PokerStars parted ways with Latin American players Humberto Brenes, Angel Guillen and Jose "Nacho" Barbero. Now, the world's largest poker site has cut ties with another three pros, including 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada, who has over 10 million in live tournament earnings. 

Thanks to Cada's win of Event #32 at this summer's World Series Of Poker, he became the first Main Event winner since Carlos Mortensen to win a second gold bracelet. He tweeted the following on the breakup, "If everyone is wondering what happened with PokerStars and myself, it's pretty simple. I asked for 100% rake back, they said no."


The other two pros who have parted ways with PokerStars since Amaya's takeover are Marcel "The Flying Dutchman" Luske and Alex Kravchenko. Luske is the most successful tournament player ever from the Netherlands with over 4.3 million in earnings. He's known for wearing suits, upside-down sunglasses and singing during poker tournaments.

Alex Kravchenko, from Russia, made a name for himself in the poker world when he cashed in six events at the 2007 WSOP, including a win of a $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8-or-Better event for $228,446 - which made him the first Russian citizen to win a gold bracelet.


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7 comments on "PokerStars Parts Ways With 2009 World Champion"

 pochui25/09/2014 08:32:29 GMT
that sounds like sound management imo, enough splashing cash on "pro's" like cada or luske when stars have a one of a kind chance to enter into a historic partnership with mega poker stars, untimate freeroll beast and play money maniac- pochui! all i ask is 100% rakeback on my play money action
 doubletop77725/09/2014 09:25:58 GMT
They seem to be cutting right back and who can blame them. What exactly do these pro's bring to the table? People will still play on pokerstars whether they have pro players or not
 klash2325/09/2014 13:06:21 GMT
I see pokerstars are choosing to cut poker professionals like Joe Cada who won the WSOP main event but are quite happy to pay for the likes of Rafa Nadal and Ronaldo to feature in their adverts.
Obviously this works for attracting new players but once I start to play I really am not interested in poker advice from a tennis player or a footballer from quite a while ago but I would be interested in hearing Cada talking about winning the main event.
 tonespoker25/09/2014 14:11:48 GMT
Could it be that players like Cada and Kravchenko add literally nothing to the site rather than having the odd session once a year? Players like Randy 'nanonoko' Lew and Issac 'Ike Haxton' Haxton who grind daily and contribute to the PSO community (maybe not Ike as much) earn their positon as a TPS pro, rather than just play 1 WCOOP tourney a year and wear the badge at live tourneys.

A LOT of TPS pro's do this too, which makes me wonder what PS gets out of having them identified as TPS pro.

Also, anyone know why Ike Haxton made the switch from FT to PS? Might have seen him grinding FT once recently, but hardly. Might be due to the fact the only HS games running on FT are 2-7 and 8 game..

Also, when would PS approach a player to join the pro team? I remember watching 200/400 with Kanu7 and 0Human0 (and a few other high stakes players i cant remember) back in 2010, and now Kanu7 is TPS pro, whilst the other HS grinders aren't.
 cucho31627/09/2014 05:45:11 GMT
too bad for the latin comunity to lose 2 great players, specially the chramismatic Brenes, a legend for all us latin players. barbero is good but dont think he's 'ads material' for PS, imo. good luck to the all mighty shark, huuumbeertooo! lol
 maicovish28/09/2014 13:41:04 GMT
my favortie player from canada is david negranu.
 Heskor01/10/2014 17:19:36 GMT
Well it is bound to happen sooner or later because everybody leaves so this is what happened and they are trying to move away from the people from the old staff to the people they want to hire now. Anyway they would still earn lots of money and also they may get other contracts and are winners so no worries here. Cheers anyway for the news, maybe one day you will see me at the top with the pros and be in the television lol

Cheers good night guys!

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