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PokerStars and Shane "shaniac" Schleger say "Goodbye"

Shane "shaniac" Schleger
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Shane “shaniac” Schleger and PokerStars Team Online are parting ways — Schleger is focusing on his relationship according to his final blog post on the PokerStars Blog.

“My three year run with PokerStars Team Online is coming to an end, and I'm here to report that it was an extraordinarily positive experience, even despite challenges I never could have anticipated when I signed the contract,” Schleger explained.

“Not only has Stars met its obligation to its players at every turn, it has always felt like a real place within a virtual world: a place where I saw large sums of money won and lost, but far more memorably, a place where personalities were built, lifelong relationships were fostered, and community thrives.”

Black Friday put Schleger's money-earning skills in online poker on the rocks. Schleger began traveling between California (where his girlfriend lived), Canada, and Mexico. Schleger talks about the difficulty of his traveling lifestyle and his unproductive 2013.

“The stress of my geographical setup was exacerbated by a total inability to put up a winning poker session in 2013,” Schleger said. The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) brought the bright light out of the dark tunnel — Schleger took sixth place in the $5,200 Main Event for $291,000 which gave him his biggest score ever.

“Yes, I wish I had a time machine and could go back to my bust hand and flat call with 55 instead of shoving,” Schleger reflected. “But I'm far more overcome with a feeling of gratitude — that I was able see my avatar at that mythical final table and, somewhat miraculously, walk out the door of my poker career on the highest possible note. It was a more solid footing than I could have hoped for with transition looming... It has been a privilege and a lot of fun to represent Stars during the past three years.”

PokerStars presents Shane Schleger in Viva Mexico.

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