It’s the holiday season! It’s a time where kids of all ages hope that someone of one religion or another will come into their homes and give them stuff that includes a gift receipt.
Alex Dreyfus, Global Poker Index's head honcho in charge of “sportifying”, is one of these hopeful dreamers. This year, rather than ask for a sick pair of Beats By Dre, Dreyfus decided to publicly publish his inner most wants and reach out to the organization that has the potential to make wishes come true for the game of poker: AmayaStars.
Yet this year I feel the need to write you, because I’m not so sure you’ll guess what I want this holiday season. Or should I say, what I’ll wish for. It’s like in the movies, where an actor wishes for something on behalf of someone else. Even in a wish like that, there’s always selfish interests, and there’s some in my wish list too:
I wish for Pokerstars to not forget Poker in 2015. Your line was “Find the Poker Star in you”. Hopefully you’ll not forget to find the “Poker in you”.
I wish for Pokerstars to remember that Poker is the foundation of the company, and sometime the time spent on diversification may eventually affect its grassroots, stopping the innovation and disruption thats needed to continue creating growth in your market.
I wish for Pokerstars to realize that its rake increase will affect the lives of Poker Ambassadors, the Heroes. These are aspirational individuals for casual/ recreational players.
I know that you take the best decisions that make sense for the company, for its shareholders, but I wish you to remember that the journey is long. Long term decisions will always pay better that short term ones.
I wish for Pokerstars to acquire a Sportsbook (along with a strong casino) but do so without making the mistakes made by Party.Bwin and Betclic-Expekt-Everest. Please SantAmaya, remember what Mrs. Claus always said : Bigger is not always better.
It looks like Alex, while stating he’s still a supporter of PokerStars, may have some concerns about the direction it is currently headed.
Want to see the letter in its entirety? Check it out: My Letter To SantaAmaya