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The man responsible for making poker a household name in the USA, Chris Moneymaker (cover image) will no longer don the PokerStars red spade patch as he announced the end of the 17-year long association on December 31.
— Chris Moneymaker (@CMONEYMAKER) December 31, 2020
The 2019 Poker Hall of Fame member, Moneymaker clarified that he had several realisations in 2020 amid the pandemic. He has deiced to spend more time with his family while he tries to explore other opportunities. As one of the site’s longest-serving ambassadors, he thanked PokerStars for the wonderful experience that working with the brand had given him. Talking about his time as a PokerStars Ambassador, Moneymaker described how he got to travel the world and meet people from all over.
While Moneymaker announced his departure on his Twitter handle, PokerStars posted a five-minute tribute video for him.
After 17 years as a PokerStars Ambassador, today we say farewell to @CMONEYMAKER.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for PokerStars, the game of poker & the industry. Without you, who knows where we would all be today, we can’t thank you enough.
Farewell, but not goodbye. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/1EW9FOTWrJ
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) December 31, 2020
Moneymaker joined PokerStars after his historic 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event victory from a $86 satellite and has been an influential brand ambassador for the site ever since. The man responsible for the ‘Moneymaker Effect’ also had a live tour named after him. He also gave away PSPC Platinum Passes to the top finishers of his namesake tournament.
Even though over the years, the brand’s marketing strategy towards its ambassadors has been revamped multiple times, Moneymaker’s presence had remained constant. After Daniel Negreanu parted ways with the site, he was the only poker boom era Team Pro member still associated with PokerStars.
With this decision, MoneyMaker joins a long list of pros who have left the PokerStars bandwagon in the last few years, including Jason Mercier, Igor Kurganov, Liv Boeree, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Jeff Gross, Jaime Staples, Kevin Martin, Jake Cody, Randy Lew, Maria Konnikova and Felipe Ramos.