Pokerstars and Daniel Negreanu End their 12-Year Partnership

Daniel Negreanu leaves pokerstars

PokerStars and Daniel Negreanu announced an end to their 12-year partnership this week. Negreanu is the latest longtime poker ambassador who left Team PokerStars over the past several couple of years.

Daniel Negreanu holds second place in all-time poker winnings at $38.7 million, behind only Justin Bonomo. The Hall of Fame player posted a video to Twitter in which he made the announcement. In part of the video, Negreanu thanked certain members of PokerStars staff personally.

The video began: “I have an important announcement to make about my 12-year run, which is an incredible run, with PokerStars. It was a great run, but [I’m] no longer going to be an ambassador for the company.”

Negreanu said he needs more free time to build a family, so he simply did not have time for a poker ambassadorship.

Daniel Negreanu Leaves PokerStars

PokerStars eliminated many of its top spokespeople over the past two years, including Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Victor Ramdin, Jeff Gross, and Randy Lew.

Of those, none became more associated with PokerStars than Daniel Negreanu. In fact, some in the poker community criticized Negreanu for sticking with Stars Group so long. After Stars Group ended the SuperNova Elite program, those calls grew louder.

PokerStars Says Goodbye to KidPoker

Before he joined Team PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu maintained a sponsorship with the new-defunct poker room, Full Contact Poker. All these years later, Daniel Negreanu remains one of the most recognizeable card players in the world. It is unknown whether he will sign a partnership with another online poker site.

For its part, PokerStars and other top card sites are transitioning to poker streamers who dominate coverage on Twitch and YouTube. PokerStars tweeted its own farewell to Daniel Negreanu, stating: “This is not a bluff: after 12 great years together, today we part ways with @RealKidPoker, a true legend of the game. GG & GL. #ThankYouDaniel”

About Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is second all-time in live poker tournament winnings with $39,800,000 in prize money. He holds 6 WSOP gold bracelets and made the final table of 38 WSOP events throughout his career. Negreanu has won two WPT titles and made 9 WPT final tables.

Negreanu originally is from Toronto, Canada, but he’s of Romanian descent. He’s a two-time WSOP Player of the Year (2004, 2013) and was the 2004–2005 WPT Player of the Year. The Poker Hall of Fame inducted Negreanu into its ranks in 2014, which was his first year of eligibility.

Daniel Negreanu TV Appearances

Besides his live poker exploits, Daniel Negreanu has been one of the most visible players in the poker community since the Poker Boom of 2003-2006. He’s appeared on Poker After Dark, Late Night Poker, and most other notable tv poker shows.

Until 2005, he was Wynn Resorts’ poker ambassador, which meant he played in its high stakes games. He left the role in 2005, because the ambassadorship got in the way of his ability to play other high stakes ring games.

Daniel Negreanu in Movies and Music Videos

He’s appeared in other media, often as a poker player. For instance, Negreanu appeared as himself in three movies: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Lucky You, and The Grand. He also appeared in Katy Perry’s music video “Waking Up in Vegas”.

Writer, Blogger, Masterclass Instructor

Daniel Negreanu is a prolific writer and blogger. He wrote a chapter in Doyle Brunson’s revised book, Super/System II. Negreanu also contributed over 100 articles to CardPlayer Magazine. His blog is a major source of poker advice and news.

Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu has tutored poker players through the Poker School Online. He also created a 38-section Masterclass course in poker, where he taught poker theory and gave other strategy tips.

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller has been an online writer for more than a decade. He worked for Small World Marketing for years, where he covered topics like gaming, sports, movies, and how-to guides. He's covered US and international gambling news on,, and since 2014.


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