There were rumors floating around social media for the last couple of days but it has now been made official. Daniel Negreanu is leaving PokerStars, a brand he represented for more than a decade.
The six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) winner revealed he will no longer be sporting the red spade after making an announcement via Twitter which stunned the entire poker community.
Amicable Split
While Kid Poker came short of disclosing the main reason for his departure, he thanked the online poker giant for a fantastic 12 years and called the end of their relationship an “amicable” split.
Negreanu was also grateful for all the awesome people he had worked with at PokerStars over the years and for the unique opportunity of being able to reach many different markets while representing the brand. Some of his sponsorship commitments with the world’s leading online poker provider took him to three of his favorite tournament spots: the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas, Barcelona and Monte Carlo.
Recognizing Negreanu’s passion, support, insights and enormous influence in the world of poker throughout his 12-year run with the company, Rebecca McAdam Willets, PokerStars Associate Director of Group Public Relations, said they wish him the very best for the future.
Negreanu’s shocking resignation as a PokerStars ambassador came just days before the start of the 50th WSOP. The Poker Hall of Famer also recently tied the knot with former poker media member Amanda Leatherman.
Negreanu’s Tenure At PokerStars
Negreanu joined PokerStars’ roster of ambassadors in June 2007, alongside former WSOP Main Event winners Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker. During this time, the Canadian pro was working on his own poker site, Full Contact Poker, which was later migrated into PokerStars. Negreanu returned to simply hosting his podcasts, blog, forums, and other poker-related content.
Negreanu was part of the poker boom of the 2000s. While many of his contemporaries failed to sustain their stardom, and a number of PokerStars ambassadors got ditched, Negreanu continued to represent the brand in several international events, such as the European Poker Tour (EPT) where he had a few great runs, including a fourth-place finish (€321,000) at the EPT Grand Final back in 2013.
He also became a regular face on a number of tournaments hosted by the online poker giant, like the PCA, where he also managed to cash in a handful of $100,000 events. During his time with PokerStars, Negreanu achieved great success and stayed at the top of poker’s All Time Money List for a long time before being overtaken by Justin Bonomo in 2018.
Recent Controversies
While Negreanu’s tenure at PokerStars was mainly marked by some great achievements, it did not prevent the poker star from receiving harsh criticism, especially when he came out defending the company for its recent controversial stances that have not gone well with some members of the poker community.
Negreanu became the subject of outrage from countless pros when he supported PokerStars’ decision to cut its high-volume rewards program that originally benefited high-stakes grinders. He also took some heat when he stood behind the company’s recent move to increase the rake across a number of games. Negreanu’s position on these controversial issues made him a favorite subject of attack by famous content creators such as Joey Ingram and Doug Polk.
Negreanu’s publicly released opinion regarding the state of poker in 2019 also irked some poker players and fans, with Dara O’Kearney and DK Lappin of The Chip Race podcast hitting out at him for being out of touch with reality. He also got embroiled in a nasty Twitter exchange with fellow WSOP champ Shaun Deeb which ended up in both of them throwing personal insults against each other, with their respective partners being dragged into the picture.
New Direction
Despite those controversies, Negreanu remained one of the most popular and influential faces of poker. He admitted that some of his posted opinions on certain topics were misunderstood due to his connection with PokerStars, but this time Negreanu hopes people will get to see him in a new light. The Canadian player assures everyone he will still be discussing issues, positive and negative from a personal, professional, and business standpoint.
In his brief Twitter announcement, Negreanu suggested that his exit from PokerStars is just part of an exciting new direction that he’s about to embark on with the love of his life.

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