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According to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus 'Nothing is permanent except change'. This 2,500 years old quote could not find a better demonstration than constantly changing online poker.
Recently numerous sponsored pros have made changes, such as UB Poker's Annie Duke, Full Tilt's Isildur1 or Pokerstars' Jonathan Duhamel. But it was a surprise to hear that Greg Raymer is no longer a member of Team PokerStars Pro, as he was one of the original players to join this prestigious group to poker pros. And no one knows yet where he will play online poker as a sponsored pro or if he will just decide to retire.
World Champ Greg Raymer
Greg became a celebrity when he won the WSOP Main Event in 2004, just at the start of the online poker boom and one year after Chris Moneymaker in 2003, the player believed to be responsible for that boom. Both players got their seat from a satellite tournament, transforming a few dollars into a few million dollars, and turning the heads of the public in the process.
Pokerstars is probably the online poker room that has benefited the most from this synergy between live poker and online poker. They are now the number one online poker room and they even created their own live poker tournament events, such as the EPT, APPT and LAPT. They are sponsoring dozens of poker pros, many of them top players like Daniel Negreanu their spokesperson who is the highest ever winner with respect to live tournaments, with over 14 millions.
But what they really like is hiring WSOP Main Event Champions, and they got all the recent ones (six of them): Chris Moneymaker (2003), Greg Raymer (2004), Joe Hachem (2005), Peter Eastgate (2008), Joe Cada (2009,) and Jonathan Duhamel (2010).
As the 2006 and 2007 champions decided not to turn pro, pokerstars got all champs since 2003. Last year Peter Eastgate decided to retire, and who would blame him after winning $9.1 at the WSOP at the young age of 23. This time Greg Raymer has decided to leave and this is more of a surprise.
More of a surprise as Greg is a veteran poker player and not a young gun. As one of the original pros, he is also involved with some WSOP seminars and is more of a laid back type of personality.
The truth is that monetary considerations might be the reason. As poker fans are looking up for younger stars such as Isildur1 and Tom Dwan, it seems that the older Greg Raymer took a salary cut. Also since his 2004 victory, he did not have a major tournament sucsess.
It is not yet know what Greg' next move will be. He has always made it clear that he was somehow semi-retired as he was only participating in a limited number of tournaments each year, prefering to spend time with his family.
All the best to Greg Raymer!
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