Greg Raymer looks set to depart from PokerStars after disagreements between the two parties.
To us, Raymer’s departure seems to tell a bigger story about the current state of the online poker industry. This isn’t some online phenom shuffling out the door of a 2nd-tier network – it’s one of the most recognizable WSOP champions exiting from the largest online poker room in the world.
This has actually been apparent since Jaime Gold’s win, but Raymer’s exit confirms the fact in a big way – the marketing draw of the winner of poker’s biggest tournament has been steadily declining since Chris Moneymaker took down the Main Event in 2003. Since Moneymaker we’ve had almost every type of champion you can imagine – young, old, amatuer, pro, brash, humble – and none have come close to capturing the public interest that Chris Moneymarker generated.