After just a rumor that Daniel Negreanu will resign from Pokerstars after recently-announced VIP program changes, British pro Alex Millar, the high stakes cash game player who plays under the name Kanu7, shows integrity and support for the players with his resignation from Team PokerStars Pro Online as part of a continuing player protest against the site’s poorly announced and allegedly deceptive cutting of its VIP program.
Millar has announced its decision on social networks. “I’d like to apologize to the players for my complete failure to be able to help in any way with the recent PokerStars VIP changes. With RealKidPoker (Daniel Negreanu’s nickname on Twiter) eventually failing as well I no longer feel I can represent the company and I have now left Team Pro Online,” tweeted Millar. “When I signed for PokerStars told her I was part of an organization that actually looked for their players and representing poker in the best way possible. Now I no longer feel that PokerStars ensure the interests of their players…”, also Millar himself has written.
The resignation is following in the footsteps of fellow UK pro Victoria Coren. When Amaya first took charge of PokerStars, one of the site’s longest serving pros, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, decided to leave the company in protest against Pokerstars plans to bring casino games and sports betting into the poker domain.
Since announcing his decision, Millar has reportedly received a wave of support from the community, despite the fact that his departure from Team PokerStars Online Pro will not supposed to leave the room completly (Millar will continue playing at the high stakes tables on Pokerstars). But Millar don’t celebrate: “This is not a celebration, it’s really a failure!” he said.
PokerStars has not issued a statement regarding Millar’s resignation, but has removed virtually all mention of Millar in connection with its Team PokerStars Online program. Only a few old blog posts of Millar’s remain on PokerStars’ web site.
Meanwhile, on 2+2 poker forum, the community shows respect for his decision: Great integrity by the british lad, after the PokerStars VIP change fiasco… Much respect to Alex for putting his integrity above money. Congrats kanu… Nice to see there are still some players with morals out there… Alex always comes across great on here and my respect for him has grown further for doing this…