Times sure are changing at PokerStars. In what may come as a shock to many in the poker community, Bertrand Grospellier (known as “ElkY” online) no longer wants to serve as an ambassador for the world’s largest poker site and has decided to resign from his position effective immediately after nearly 12 mostly happy years.
Mr. Grospellier, a legend in the video game world as much as he is as a poker player, told his Twitter followers he has decided to step away from the internet poker site that has employed him the past 11 ½ years.
“We had a wonderful journey together, and i am so glad for all the great people it gave me the chance to work with and befriend, but 2017 showed it was time to stop and open a new chapter,” he posted on his Twitter page.
The new chapter ElkY is referring to is unknown. Will it involve a partnership with another poker site such as partypoker? Or, are his days of being patched up during live poker events over? That much we can’t confirm at this time, but we know whatever career path he chooses, he will be a success.
Why He’s Leaving
It may seem weird for a bit not seeing the PokerStars patch on Mr. Grospellier’s shirt when he appears in live poker events. But, according to the poker superstar’s Twitter post, the breakup was unavoidable.
ElkY stated that he had been unhappy with the direction of the company the past few years. As a Team Pro member, he used to feel like he was an important part of the poker site.
But, in recent months, ElkY has changed that view. PokerStars’ Team Pro members are no longer as important to the company as in the past, and Grospellier has been put off by this change in direction.
Within the past month, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier also both resigned from PokerStars. Selbst quit poker to work for a hedge fund. And Mercier felt he needed to step away from the Team Pro roster to focus more on being a husband and father.
Another factor in ElkY’s decision is he doesn’t feel PokerStars gives him a big enough role. He said, “I am too young to only be sponsored. I want to bring added value and be consulted for strategic decision as I used to be.”
Who’s Left at Stars?
With ElkY, Selbst, and Mercier off the Team PokerStars roster, the list of pros is now far less impressive. But there are still many big names left, including the long-time face of the company, Daniel Negreanu.
Kid Poker is joined by Liv Boeree, Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Jeff Gross, Jason Somerville, and 18 other skilled professionals.
But it’s never going to be the same without the three long-time Team PokerStars members who recently quit.