Pokerstars Contracted Expired
Jason Mercier is leaving PokerStars. Mercier is one of the most successful players in tournament poker in history, having won five World Series of Poker bracelets. On Sunday he stated that his contract with PokerStars had expired and was not going to be renewed. Mercier mentioned his three-month-old child and his wife, a fellow poker player Natasha Mercier, as his reasons for leaving.
Mercier wrote on the PokerStars website wherein he stated;
“My contract was set to expire at the end of 2017, and I wasn’t sure what exactly was going to happen there. I had a lot of questions rolling around my head. Do I even want to travel now? How much can I travel? Should I continue playing poker so much? How’s it going to be on the road with a baby? Does PokerStars want me to do more? Is my wife going to continue to play poker?”
Mercier, now 31-years-old, said that his meeting with his sponsor was brief and that there were no ill feelings. He also mentioned that he had been with Pokerstars for eight and a half years, and was eternally grateful for them taking a chance on him when he was only 22 years old, shortly after winning his first gold bracelet back in the summer of 2009.
The announcement of Jason Mercier’s departure came just a few days after Vanessa Selbst, the most accomplished female poker player ever, announced her retirement from poker. Her contract with PokerStars had also expired.
Mercier made it very clear that he will still be trying to add to his Hall of Fame-worthy resume. “Standing the test of time” is one of the prerequisites for initiation into the esteemed club. Mercier stated that he was not leaving poker, unlike Selbst who is retiring to pursue a career at a hedge fund and continue participating in poker as a hobby.
Mercier, native to Florida, placed in the top 20 on Card Player’s all-time leaderboard, with lifetime earnings of over $18 million.
Even though Mercier and Selbst have parted ways with PokerStars, more than two dozen players are still sponsored by the company including Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Somerville and Barry Greenstein.