John Duthie No Longer At PokerStars

It has recently been announced that poker pro John Duthie has parted ways with his sponsored site PokerStars, after the UK player decided not to renew his contract with the online poker room.
John Duthie, 53, came to prominence in the poker world after winning the £6,000 buy-in Poker Million tournament in 2000 for £1 million ($1,426,330), becoming the first player to win that amount while televised. Duthie has since gone on to amass an impressive $3,108,077 in live tournament earnings, including finishing 2nd at the 2009 WSOP $10k World Championship Heads-Up  for $386,636, and winning the 2010 FTP Late Night Poker for $200,000.
However, John Duthie’s influence on poker extends far beyond playing at the tables, and the English television director is also responsible for creating the European Poker Tour (EPT), of which he is currently the CEO.
The announcement of Duthie’s departure from Team PokerStars Pro, set off a flurry of speculation on the TwoPlusTwo forum as to the reasons behind his leaving. One story that has been making the rounds recently concerns PokerStars’ proposed rake changes effective January 1st, which will award Frequent Player Points (FPPs) weighted on how much a player contributed to the pot, as opposed to the former “dealt” method.
The rake changes then sparked protests from players, with some TwoPlusTwo forum posters subsequently linking the two stories together. Eventually, John Duthie felt compelled to intervene on the forum and dispel the whole debate, writing:
“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.
Love the idea of being ‘Tribune of the people’ but sadly this is not the case.”
Other top players who have left PokerStars recently after their contracts expired, include Joe Hachem and UK WSOP bracelet winner JP Kelly.

Poker News
Victor Ramdin and PokerStars: The End of a Long Road
04 Jun 2018
Victor Ramdin has parted company with PokerStars following 12 years representing the site as a sponsored ambassador. News of the Guyanan’s departure was made just prior to the start of this year’s World Series of Poker, which was seen as a necessary move in order to preempt any confusion created by his lack of an
08 Feb 2018
Following a decade in charge of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), John Pappas has decided to step down from his position as the organization’s Executive Director. The influential poker figure is expected to vacate his post at the end of February, after which Rich Muny, the PPA’s current Vice President, will subsequently take over all
27 Jan 2018
Bertrand Grospellier has just become the fourth high-profile pro this year to part ways with PokerStars, with the Frenchman’s departure from the site following the exits of Felipe Ramos, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier. The news was first announced on poker media outlet PokerFuse who credited the information to one of its unnamed industry sources.
12 Jan 2018
January has proven to be a memorable one as far as high-profile pros parting ways with PokerStars is concerned, with Felipe Mojave Ramos completing a brace of ambassador to see their tenure with the site come to an end. While the Brazilian initially hinted at the development in December, he recently confirmed the news via