Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars parted ways after 12 years together at the end of May shortly before the start of the 2019 WSOP. Six months later, Negreanu announced he will be joining GGPoker as their ambassador.
Say hello to the next big thing, GGPoker. If Daniel Negreanu is pitching something, it will definitely garner significant attention. Now it's up to GGPoker to retain all the new eyeballs that the popular Kid Poker sent them after announcing his latest partnership on social media.
It seemed like Negreanu and PokerStars were together forever. It felt like it, even though he didn't sign on until 2007. Just before the 2019 World Series of Poker, Daniel Negreanu announced he was stepping down from PokerStars and would no longer be a sponsored pro, pitchman, ambassador, patch-wearing, and overall cheerleader for the Red Spade.
The news was surprising at the time due to the proximity of the start of the WSOP, but it was not at all shocking. Many of the top pros at PokerStars had defected over the years including popular pros like Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst, along with top streamers such as Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross.
Kid Poker joined the rest of the former PokerStars pros after his contract completed and he chose not to renew (presumably with a major paycut and increased duties/travel). Hey, we're about to enter the 2020s. It's the dawn of a new decade and sponsored sports with patches are soooooooo 2000s.
But wait, hold on a sec... didn't I just see Negreanu slap a patch on himself with a new poker site?
And what the heck is GGPoker?
Yeah, I guess when it comes to Kid Poker, he's just good for business. Negreanu has a large following and a legion of superfans in Canada, the US, and all over the planet. Some of it has to do with the gregarious Canadian shtick. A lot of it has to do with his continuous output of content and participation in the social media static on Twitter and other platforms.
And I'm sure there's also an element of skill and poker acumen involved with his large following. Love him or hate him, Negreanu has consistently evolved as a player. He might not always be ahead of the curve like he once was many moons ago, but he eventually catches up to give the latest batch of cool kids a good run for their money.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Negreanu missed out on 2019 WSOP Player of the Year on a data entry error. Ooooops! Aussie pro Robert Campbell finally got the accolades he rightfully deserved and Negreanu finished in third place.
Negreanu is the latest pitchman for GGPoker. Bryn Kenney is also a sponsored pro. Negreanu first got involved for GGPoker's people when they helped him set up his WSOP staking forum. Negreanu liked the folks involved and got on board with GGPoker.
The app looks sleep on phones, so you can legit play on the go. Negreanu touted the ease and simplicity of the staking aspect of GGPoker. You can sell/buy shares of people and check their stats.
Negreanu made the announcement on Twitter with a video of himself walking down the Las Vegas Strip.
I have a BIG announcement to make! Details in the video below: pic.twitter.com/1xDTkglYmD— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) November 20, 2019