Joe Cada and PokerStars Cut Ties

by Jeremy Olson on September 24, 2014

After winning a six-handed NLHE event and final tabling two other tournaments at the 2014 WSOP, Joe Cada’s star is burning pretty bright this year. This being said, it’s all the more puzzling that PokerStars cut ties with the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion. Cada announced the news himself by tweeting:

Thanks! Poker Stars and I went out separate ways

No clear indication has been given for why Stars dropped Cada, especially with how he performed this summer. However, it’s not hard to see the trend that’s developing with the world’s largest online poker site.

A few weeks ago, they chose not to renew contracts with Humberto Brenes, Jose “Nacho” Barbero and Angel Guillen. The reason given for the latter two was that PokerStars doesn’t run live tournaments in Argentina (Barbero’s home) or Mexico (Guillen’s home).

Maybe the regional live tournament policy applies here because Cada is from Michigan - another place that’s void of PokerStars-run tourneys. But on the other hand, Stars is close to a US return as they’re preparing to enter New Jersey. So one would think that their American sponsored players - especially Main Event champions - would remain a valuable asset.

Whatever is going on, it’s clear that PokerStars will continue to trim their large roster of sponsored pros. They also recently parted ways with Russia’s Alex Kravchenko and Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske. Just like Cada, both players were quite accomplished and famous in the poker world.

Across the board, many online poker sites are getting rid of sponsored pros. Poker rooms no longer see the need to have dozens of players wearing their patch. That’s because the industry has shifted towards attracting recreational players, many of whom don’t attend live tournaments or even watch them much on TV.