Former World Series of Poker main event champion Jonathan Duhamel is no long a member of Team PokerStars pro.
First reported by PokerNews.com, the 2010 WSOP ME winner and the site have agreed to part ways. From the story:
Although the poker room decided not to share any details about Duhamel’s contractual agreements and the reasons that led to the parting of ways, a representative from PokerStars confirmed to PokerNews that they “won’t be working together in the future.”
Now 27 years old, Duhamel was just 23 when he won the main event. Duhamel has put together a good career together outside of his nearly $9 million score in 2010. Outside of that title, he has about $3 million in live earnings. That includes a six-figure score from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January.
Duhamel was playing in the World Poker Tour’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida this week, and was not sporting his usual PokerStars patch, leading to speculation on Duhamel’s status with the world’s online poker site. There is no mention of the split on his Twitter feed.
PokerStars has been working on culling and restructuring its sponsored pro roster in recent months. Vanessa Rousso and the site apparently split in February. Victoria Coren-Mitchell left PokerStars of her own accord, after word came out that PokerStars would be offering casino games. Others who have parted ways with PokerStars in the past year include George Danzer, Humberto Brenes, Dario Minieri and David Williams, among others.
Instead of focusing on well-known live pros for its sponsorships, PokerStars has been going a bit outside the box. Prolific live streamer Jason Somerville was added to the pro team earlier this year, as were a couple of international players: Aditya Agarwal from India and Kosei Ichinose of Japan.
Many of PokerStars’ best known players are still under contract, including Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Liv Boeree, Vanessa Selbst and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, to name a few.