Posts Tagged ‘Liv Boeree’

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.

Liv Boeree and her Silly Mobile Poker Shoot

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Liv Boeree is no doubt a very smart girl since she graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Astrophysics. So even she should know that a person can’t play mobile poker very well when they’re climbing a rock wall. However, a recent photo shoot she did for PokerStars mobile suggests otherwise.

Expanding on the details, the photos show her running, riding a bike, and rollerblading while playing mobile poker games. As for the bike pictures, she’s riding on the back of a double-seater, which is possible. And you may be able to play poker while running – though it’s not exactly going to be conducive to good results. When it comes to rollerblading and playing poker…don’t even try it! If you’re interested in checking out all of the pics of this gorgeous poker babe and her mobile obsession, you can do so here.

While the photo shoot appears to be in good fun, it might have been more useful for Stars to go with realistic scenarios such as Boeree sitting on the bus or waiting for an appointment. In any case, Stars couldn’t have picked a better person to model since Boeree has worked for Loaded Magazine and Maxim in the past.

But it definitely appears that Boeree won’t be going back to modeling full-time after this shoot. She is firmly entrenched as one of the most popular PokerStars pros and has had a very excellent playing career too. She’s earned around $2.3 million in tournament winnings and has a 2010 EPT San Remo title to her credit as well. With her $2.3m, Boeree is the eighth biggest winner among women in poker history.