Posts Tagged ‘Bertrand Grospellier’

Daniel Negreanu battles Bertrand Grospellier in Hearthstone

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

negreanu-vs-grospellierThose who attended BlizzCon 2015 were treated to an interesting sight: Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand Grospellier battling each other in Hearthstone. The Blizzard Entertainment-created card game has been catching on with poker pros in recent months. And, Negreanu and Grospellier are admittedly “addicted” to playing Hearthstone when they’re away from the felt.

“Some poker players at the table were talking about [Hearthstone] and they were talking about the complexity of it and how it’s similar to poker,” said Negreanu, who took the game up in May. “So I just downloaded it. The first time I downloaded it, I spent the next 11 hours straight playing it.”

For Grospellier, a former professional StarCraft player, the transition to Hearthstone was pretty seamless. The French poker player now streams his Hearthstone sessions via Twitch along with online poker sessions. But despite his love for this collectible card game, you won’t see Grospellier leaving the poker tables any time soon.

hearthstone-poker“I hope I could compete [for the world championship],” he told Forbes. “I’m not sure about the time commitment though.”

Negreanu agrees with this thought, adding that Hearthstone just isn’t as lucrative as poker right now – especially because of the time commitment to play in the big tournaments.

“I certainly don’t think any professional poker players will leave their income to just play hearthstone,” Negreanu explained. “But in addition to their already extensive poker play, it’s just a fun alternative thing to do. I don’t think they would look to do it as a career move, financially.”

Hearthstone is definitely a rising game, attracting over 30 million players in just a year and a half. Compare this to poker, which has been around much longer and has around 100 million players worldwide. But it appears that the main things holding people like Negreanu and Grospellier back from becoming Hearthstone pros are time commitment and finances.

Joe Cada’s Split with PokerStars foreshadows Grim Future

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The death of the sponsored poker pro is something that’s been discussed frequently over the past few years. But Joe Cada’s recent split with PokerStars has hammered the point home that sites are increasingly moving away from sponsored pros.

In Cada’s case, all he wanted was 100% rakeback from PokerStars to continue representing them. And this seems like a reasonable request from a former Main Event champion. Amazingly, Stars saw this as too high a price, as you can see from Cada’s tweets:

If everyone is wondering what happened with Poker Stars and myself it’s pretty simple. I asked for 100percent rake back, they said no.

I asked for zero money. I just wanted the rake back that I used to get.

Cada added that he’s never heard of a company asking somebody they sponsor to pay for their product. Seeing as how Stars wouldn’t keep the 2009 Main Event winner on their roster, it seems highly likely that they’ll continue dumping more pros over the coming years.

This trend already began weeks ago when Humberto Brenes, Jose “Nacho” Barbero and Angel Guillen didn’t get their contracts renewed. A PokerStars spokesman came out and said that these players were from countries where they don’t hold live tournaments. So Stars felt there was little reason to sponsor these players any longer.

But Cada is arguably more marketable than any of these guys because he has worldwide recognition as a Main Event champ. He is, however, from Michigan, yet another spot where PokerStars had no live presence.

The world’s largest poker site will always have some players representing their brand like Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier and Liv Boeree. But it’s becoming obvious that they aren’t interested in having dozens of signed pros from every corner of the world.