Greg Raymer Out as PokerStars Pro
It appears that the latest player to cut online poker sponsorship ties is 2004 WSOP Main Event winner Greg "Fossilman" Raymer. While an official announcement has not been made as of yet, Raymer no longer appears on the site as a sponsored pro.
Rumor has it that PokerStars officials were playing hardball at the recent PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and told sponsored pros that they had to take a cut in pay or no longer be sponsored. It appears that Raymer has taken the later. A post on the twoplustwo forums seems to imply confirmation of this fact.
A brief snippet of a chat between Pat Pezzin and Fossilman at a PokerStars table went as follows:
Pat Pezzin: yo greg
FossilMan: hi pat
Pat Pezzin: why don't you have red star by your name?
Fossilman: long story, call me if you'd like
So, it appears that Stars has now lost one of poker's best ambassadors. Many feel that this is a bad move by the site considering that Raymer is one of the few Main Event champs since 2003 that has actually had some success outside of the Main Event. Granted, said success may be a reason that Raymer turned down the cut in pay. Perhaps Raymer feels that he can sign with another site in a relatively short amount of time.
Granted, all of this is still speculation at the moment, albeit speculation based on astute observation. Once the announcement becomes official, one place I expect Fossilman to land is with the WSOP academy. A Raymer-Hellmuth team would be solid in my opinion. Hellmuth for his lifetime of success and Raymer for his ability to represent the game.
In either event, once we know more about where Fossilman will land, we will let you know. For now, let the guessing games begin.