John Duthie, Team Pokerstars Pro and founder of the highly-successful European Poker Tour, has decided to step down from both companies, iGaming Business states.
Duthie, who was previously Chief Executive Officer of the European Poker Tour, has decIded to part ways with his creation, mere days after deciding to leave the poker site. The partnership lasted seven years.
“It has been a fascinating and challenging seven years and I have watched the European Poker Tour grow phenomenally in that time thanks to the support of the players and the professionalism of a great team on the ground.”
Duthie is the third man of relevance to have left Pokerstars, along with British bracelet winner J.P Kelly, and 2005 World Series Of Poker Main Event winner, and two-time World Champion, Joe Hachem. Both decided to end their association with Pokerstars when their contracts expired.
However, it seems this could be due to a business decision from Duthie, who is looking keenly at the current state of the US market.
“..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’s replacement is Edgar Stuchly, who has also ran a successful poker tour in Austria and has a long background in the casino industry.
Regardless of the reason to leave Pokerstars, it can be a sure bet that with his accolades both as a poker player and a businessman, we’ll be hearing more of John Duthie in the future.