World Series of Poker Main Event Winner No Longer Listed on Pokerstars WebsitePublished on 2015-04-23 05:56:00
According to Pokernews.com (link below), Pokerstars and Jonathan Duhamel, winner of the 2010 World Series of Poker main event, have parted ways and are no longer in business with each other. According to Pokernews, a representative from Pokerstars said that Duhamel and the site "won't be working together in the future".
Duhamel burst onto the scene five years ago when he took down the World Series of Poker main event. Duhamel managed to outlast a final table that included the likes of Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Joseph Cheong to take down the $8,944,310 first place prize. Over the following years, Duhamel would continue to add to his winnings and now has total lifetime tournament cashes of nearly $13 million.
Since purchasing Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars last year, Amaya, Inc. has elected not to renew the sponsorship deals of several notable players. Jonathan Duhamel and Joseph Cada are just two of the players who have parted ways with Pokerstars in recent months, while Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom parted ways with Full Tilt Poker.
The market for sponsorships has been dramatically changing in recent years. In the past, all a player had to do was win a major tournament and they would be practically guaranteed a sponsorship deal. Nowadays, sponsorships are generally reserved for celebrities, professional athletes or those players who can penetrate a certain geographical market (India, Japan) or niche (online streaming).
Source: Pokernews.com - Jonathan Duhamel and Pokerstars Part Ways
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