Just weeks after Poker Stars dropped one of the States’ most beloved poker pros, Greg Raymer, several more pros have met the same fate, including Darus Suharto of Toronto. No formal announcement was made and the news did not become widely known until just recently.
Suharto is high on the list of all-time career earnings for Canadian poker pros with around $2.5 million under his belt from live poker tournaments. He may be an accountant by day – in fact, he crunches numbers for York University – by has managed to make quite a name for himself in the poker world. Suharto’s most lucrative success to date occurred at the World Series of Poker in 2008 when he placed sixth at the world championship no-limit Texas hold’em event for the majority of his career winnings: $2.4 million. Two years before that, he also cashed at the same event for a five-figure sum.
The reasons for Suharto and Poker Stars parting ways is still unclear, but there are several possibilities. The most probably cause is the restructuring of the sponsor’s payment and compensation, even for big-name players. Many players may have decided to leave rather than settle for less. It’s also possible Poker Stars was the one who decided it was time for Suharto to go, as he hasn’t had as much success this past year as his sponsor may have expected. Either way, the news is out there now, and it’s probably just a matter of time before the details become clear.