John Duthie Steps Down As European Poker Tour CEO

This week, UK pro John Duthie, 53, announced he had left Team PokerStars Pro, after he decided not to renew his contract with the world’s biggest online poker room.
A few days later, and the London-based poker pro has continued his fresh start to the new year by resigning from his post as the CEO of the European Poker Tour (EPT), which is also part owned by his former sponsor PokerStars.
The English television director has earned an impressive $3,108,077 from live tournament and is credited for creating and setting-up the EPT back in 2004. Since then Duthie has helped develop the tour into Europe’s most prestigious competition series, but said it was now time to move on, adding:
“[I will] leave the EPT in the capable hands of the existing management has been a fascinating and challenging seven years…thanks to the support of the players and the professionalism of a great team on the ground.”
Taking over from John Duthie’s CEO position is the Austrian Edgar Stuchly, who has a great deal of experience in the casino industry and also created the Casinos Austria Poker Tour (CAPT). Duthie was also quick to wish the new CEO and the EPT all the best for the future, and expressed his belief that the phenomenal success of the EPT would only continue to grow.
As to what the future holds for the Yorkshire born father of two, Duthie may have hinted at a possible involvement with the US poker market, when he stated:
“..there are going to be some amazing opportunities coming up in 2012 and 2013 as the US market prepares to open up for business once again…[I aim] to be available to take on new challenges and to cement new relationships moving forward.”
John Duthie would certainly prove a boon for any tour organisers, and would bring vast experience as well as a proven track record to any such venture.

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