PokerStars has broken all ties with professional poker players JP Kelly and Juan Maceiras Lapido. The duo is no longer in Team PokerStars; moreover, their names no longer feature in the list of players at PokerStars. PokerStars has also removed their profile pages from its website. JP Kelly has also changed his Twitter name from @JPKellyStars to @JP_Kelly5.
Since Kelly, the English professional poker player, has a number of poker achievements to his credit, the online poker gaming community is surprised that PokerStars has broken all ties with him. Kelly won the £1k buy-in NL Hold’em event of World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) and the $1,500 buy-in PL Hold’em event of World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2009. He obtained a place in PokerStars precisely because of his achievements of 2009.
On the other hand, Juan Maceiras Lapido was the first Spanish professional poker player to join Team PokerStars 2 years ago. He is the third biggest Spanish poker win, having won more than $1.1 million in poker tournaments, and closely follows Carlos Mortensen and Raul Paez Corral, who occupy the first and second positions, respectively.
While PokerStars dropped Kelly and Lapido, PKR Poker welcomed Jake Cody, the English professional poker player, into its fold. Hailing from Rochdale, this 23-year-old professional poker player won $851,192 this summer in the WSOP $25k buy-in Heads Up NL Hold’em Championship. He has also been extremely successful in the World Poker Tour (WPT) and European Poker Tour (EPT) events. Cody is also a Triple Crown winner along with poker pros such as Roland de Wolfe, Bertrand Grospellier, and Gavin Griffin.
Expressing his feelings, Cody said: “I’m very excited about joining Team PKR Pro. I’ve been patient with sponsorship, waiting for the right deal to come along. When I spoke to PKR, I was really impressed with the whole set-up and the ideas that they have going forward, and I knew straight away I wanted to be part of it.”
Cody has to his credit over $3 million in poker tournament winnings and has now joined other Team PKR members such as Sascha ‘locodice’ Walter, Sofia ‘welllbet’ Lovgren, Scott Shelley, Vladimir ‘Beyne’ Geshkenbein, and Marc ‘Waswini’ Bariller. Shelly, an English poker pro, has won £133,857 in the £1,075 buy-in NL Hold’em event of WSOPE 2010. With Cody joining in, Team PKR now has seven talented young poker players and has become one of the best teams around.