Just weeks after PokerStars let J.P. Kelly go from their stable of UK & Ireland Team pros, John Duthie has also not signed a new contract and has left Team PokerStars with immediate effect. Duthie is the CEO and founder of the ever-popular European Poker Tour.
The news first came to light on the Two Plus Two forums and it was that man, or should we say The Oracle, that is Kevmath who broke it to the poker community. "I've heard from a source close to John Duthie, one of the main people behind the creation of the European Poker Tour, that he is no longer part of Team PokerStars," said Kevmath in the popular News, Views and Gossip forum.
A possibly tongue-in-cheek comment in the thread from happyeaster asked "Is this because he's unhappy with the new way Stars is now distributing its VPPS?" This sparked a mini rumour that Duthie had left PokerStars due to the recent changes to its VIP scheme, changes that had prompted a number of protests on the largest online poker site in the world.
However, that rumour was quashed by the man himself who appeared in the thread to make only his second post since he created his account on the forum back in September 2008. "Hey guys....I'm afraid this decision had nothing to do with the VPP situation or the 'Sit-Out'; it was quite simply that I didn't want to renew my contract which expired 31st December. There was also no Tweet to this effect. All very self-centred to be honest," before adding, "Love the idea of being 'Tribune of the people' but sadly this is not the case."
Duthie is a well-known, respected and popular player on the poker circuit and has almost $2,780,000 in live tournament winnings. His creation of the EPT aside Duthie is best known for his win in the Poker Million back in the year 2000, a £6,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament that attracted 156 players but awarded a massive £1,000,000 to the winner.
Other key results in Duthie's tournament career include a runner-up finish at the 2009 World Series of Poker in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship that netted him $386,636, a win in the Full Tilt Poker sponsored Late night Poker 2010 for $200,000 and a 12th place finish in the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
The 53-year old's departure leave Team UK & Ireland with only three representatives, Victoria Coren, Liv Boeree and Jude Ainsworth. Everyone at PokerNews wishes Mr Duthie all the very best in his future endeavours.
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