Isaac Haxton

Former Team Pro to PokerStars: Take This Olive Branch & Shove It

High stakes poker legend RIPS into corporate Stars Group initiatives.

High stakes poker pro and $13 million live tournament cash prize winner Isaac Haxton lashed out at his former sponsor Wednesday on Twitter.

The heat originated when Global Poker League CEO Alex Dreyfus shared an August 16th article published on the website.

In the article, online gaming writer Steve Ruddock suggests that recent actions by the world’s largest poker site — such as bringing back the annual PCA event and lowering rake in certain tournaments — could reflect a willingness by PokerStars to extend an olive branch to disgruntled players who were swindled out of millions by the company’s refusal to honor previously-marketed loyalty payouts to high-volume players.

Haxton, a former Team PokerStars Pro who bid farewell to his corporate sponsor on January 1st, 2016 as a direct result of that decision, promptly advised his 48,000 Twitter followers to be particularly wary of any goodwill gestures that the publicly-traded company’s executives offer the poker playing community.

The competitive childhood chess player and Joe Rogan Experience guest known by many of his supporters as Hollywood Haxton went on to suggest that The Stars Group top brass should not expect its highest rake-contributing customers (classified in the past as Supernovas and Supernova Elites) to rejoice until the company fully honors the agreement it broke; stating there is no such thing as “halfway thieves.”

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Dreyfus, who has been heavily criticized for slow-paying “same day transfer” cash swaps with high profile players Fedor Holz, ‘BBVisbadforme’ and Hendrik Latz along with dismal GPL Season 1 ratings, has maintained his status as a “mover-and-shaker” in the poker industry despite the #EntrepreneurLife guru’s questionable business practices with players, operators and forum administrators.

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Dreyfus owns the live results tracking site The Hendon Mob along with the Global Poker Index tournament rankings system and other gaming-focused enterprises that form part of Mediarex Entertainment. He has also assumed somewhat of a liaison role between media interests and Chinese investors such as Tang Hao, who has steadily increased his stake in The Stars Group during the 2017 calendar year.

Haxton Not Alone in Critique of PokerStars

High Stakes Poker Savant ‘Jungleman’ Dan Cates

Haxton’s grief with the direction PokerStars has taken since being acquired by The Stars Group (name recently changed from Amaya Inc) is shared by a number of high profile players and personalities who have sparked a surge in televised poker ratings this year.

Just one week ago, genius card player ‘Jungleman’ Dan Cates hurled one-liners at Stars’ online poker offering while informing DougPolkPoker YouTube Channel viewers that the real money site is plagued with Live Assistance Software users, who program sophisticated bots to compete against unknowing opponents who deposit cash onto PokerStars.

Cates will appear in the inaugural King of The Hill heads-up contest on the popular Poker Night in America TV show August 22nd to compete for a $200,000 USD cash prize.

Will PokerStars executives continue to slink away from the brand’s dishonest business dealings or initiate genuine communication with its veteran and recreational player base?

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David Huber (known as “dhubermex” online) has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade. He currently assists several poker and gaming entities as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Former Editor-in-Chief & Head Moderator of online tournament rankings site PocketFives (2006-2011).



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