The Team PokerStars Pro roster is dwindling further still after last month's report of Humberto Brenes leaving the fold, followed by Angel Guillen, and Jose “Nacho” Barbero. News just in reports more of the team pros are out of the mix with the world’s leading online poker room — Joe Cada, Alex Kravchenko, and Marcel Luske are no longer team pros.
“PokerStars and I went our separate ways,” Cada told ESPN’s Andrew Feldman in a tweet. Another tweet following later read: “If everyone is wondering what happened with PokerStars and myself, it’s pretty simple. I asked for 100% rake back, they said no.”
Cada was signed to Team PokerStars Pro not long after winning the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8,546,435. Carlos Mortensen was the last player to win a second WSOP gold bracelet after winning the Main Event until this year's WSOP when Cada took down Event #32 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for $670,041.
Other profiles — besides Cada's — that have been removed from the Team PokerStars page are Luske and Kravchenko. Luske has been an amazing emissary for the game of poker and is known by many as “The Flying Dutchman.” He is also the all-time money winner in the Netherlands with $4,381,937 in career winnings beginning in 1999. Luske hasn't sat back and basked in the limelight of the rosy after-glow of winning a few events, he took down five PokerStars-sponsored tournament events that included a win in the European Poker Tour Berlin €1,000 Eight-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event for €32,000.
Kravchenko won his first gold bracelet at the 2007 WSOP in the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or better for $228,446. He also made it to fourth-place in the Main Event for $1,852,721.
Concerning his leaving, Kravchenko said in a translated tweet: “About PokerStars, can only say [it was] good, but everything good comes to an end.”