PokerStars loses another ambassador as Maria Konnikova calls it quits
The poker pro and author moves on after two years
In the last couple of months, we have seen how renowned professional poker players are saying goodbye to PokerStars one after another and even two at a time. One more exit has just been announced via Twitter – Maria Konnikova is ending her sponsorship deal with the poker site and her announcement comes just one week after two other big pro players, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, left PokerStars to take a new path.
As opposed to Boeree, whose message gave the understanding that she was leaving the poker space to start something completely different, Konnikova was clear on her statement that she loves the game and will continue to promote it. A new book written by her is about to hit the market and, even though the timing raises suspicions that might make people wonder about her motives, it’s also understandable.
Social media seems to be like the right place now to make an important announcement to anyone who is interested, but Twitter itself looks like the go-to platform for poker players to say goodbye. “It’s been a fun two years, but it’s time to say goodbye! Today, I’m parting ways with @pokerstars. But that doesn’t mean I’m parting ways with poker! My new book will be out in 2020, and I’m looking forward to continuing to promote this beautiful game in the months to come,” said Konnikova.
Her period as part of Team Pro in PokerStars was shorter than the rest as she signed with them when she was working on her new book with Eric Seidel around two years ago. The Biggest Bluff will be published in 2020 by Penguin Press.