Team PokerStars continues to get a makeover, and the latest change comes in the form of a double exit. High-stakes regulars and Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree are out as sponsored players, the pair announced on their respective Twitter feeds Wednesday.
As she stated in her tweet, Boeree had been with PokerStars since August 2010. Previously sponsored by Ultimate Bet, she announced herself as a top live poker player in April of that year with a breakthrough win at European Poker Tour San Remo for €1.25 million.
After signing on, Boeree became a fixture at PokerStars events around the globe. She has racked up more than $3.8 million in cashes to date and participated in several nosebleed events, battling against some of the world's best.
Boeree also dated Kurganov, and in February 2017 he came aboard PokerStars Team Pro as well.
A regular participant in the highest-stakes tournaments in the world, the signing of Kurganov represented a stark departure from what seemed to be a clear strategy at the time to move sponsorship dollars away from prominent professional players and towards those with popular streaming platforms.
While the pair has "parted ways" with the red spade — Boeree's words — they're unlikely just to fade into the sunset together and never be seen at the felt.
Boeree mentioned she'd still be firing the occasional tournament and put in a quick plug for her YouTube channel. There she plans to continue "giving talks and creating science, rationality and effective altruism content," likely in the vein of her TED Talks appearance seen by tens of thousands to date.