One has to wonder if this is the first of many situations like this to come.
Team Latin America PokerStars Pro, Humberto “The Shark” Brenes confirmed to PokerNews that he and PokerStars, the online goliath in the midst of a major shift in ownership, have decided to part ways in their sponsorship relationship.
“My contract with PokerStars ended in late July and it was not renewed,” Brenes announced. “This decision was made through mutual agreement between the parties. The terms of the renewal were not suited for the company or for myself, so we decided to end the relationship.”
Brenes, known for his Shark card protector and his over-the-top Main Event antics whenever he found himself “All-eeenn”, served PokerStars as a patch bearing ambassador to Latin America for 8 years. His contract, which came to an end at the end of last month, was not renewed.
Some are conjecturing that with new owners Amaya’s high cost of purchase that, for the time being, every penny is going to need to be accounted for and perhaps their massive roster of Team Pros will find itself “streamlined.”
For his part, it doesn’t seem that Brenes is terribly bitter, in fact it sounds like he knew that there was blood in the water (hi-o!). Brenes was asked if he thought that other pros would be given the axe.
“The matter should be treated carefully, especially with Latin American players since the focus of the company will not be only poker. The amount of sponsored players could be reduced, but that’s up to the new administration. I don’t see it possible that the company could hire new faces for the team.”
It’s not as if Brenes didn’t put up results either. As a part of his over $6M in lifetime earnings, far and away the #1 Costa Rican on the planet, just this summer he made a real run at WSOP history by cashing in a series high 10 events.
But now it’s all over. So what’s a poker playing Shark to do when not getting fed on the regular? Spend time with family and maybe even get some rest.
Bonus: Hungry, Hungry!