It looks like there is even more sponsored pro carnage—and this time it includes a World Champion.
The 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Cada recently confirmed the parting of ways. He’s among the latest casualties of sponsored pros to part ways with the newly acquired PokerStars.
The professional poker player from Michigan, who broke the Champion’s Curse and won a bracelet (and a giant pile of money) in the 2014 World Series of Poker, has been removed from the Team PokerStars family page as of this month along with 2007 WSOP Main Event 4th place finisher, Russia’s Alex Kravchenko.
Also recently taken off the team is current #1 Netherlands All-Time Money leader Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske. It would seem that he popular upside down glasses wearing pro has been given his walking papers.
This is not the first batch of recent cuts made by the online poker giant as a trio of Latin American poker superstars were not resigned earlier in August, including Jose “Nacho” Barbero.
Despite no longer appearing to be a Team PokerStars Pro, Cada has been present playing in WCOOP from Canada, no longer sporting a Team PokerStars insignia or able to be located in the “Find A Pro” menu in the client.
With PokerStars rumored imminent return to the US by way of New Jersey, it would seem a strange time to sever a relationship with a World Champion such as Cada, especially one who earned a reputation as an online grinder. But perhaps there’s good news on the horizon for the one-time youngest-ever Main Event winner…WSOP.com’s Seth Palansky recent spoke with Mike Gentile of pokerfuse and is looking to establish a “Gold Club” which would welcome former Main Event Champions into the fold.
Greg Merson was recently named as WSOP.com’s first sponsored pro, could Joe Cada be next?