Are the rats fleeing the sinking ship?
The mass exodus from PokerStars is continuing. Indian poker superstar Aditya Agarwal and Argentinian high roller Leo Fernandez are leaving as well.
Only a couple of days after Twitch Poker legend Jason Somerville has announced that he is leaving PokerStars the mass exodus from the struggeling online poker site continues.
Indian poker superstar and bracelet winner Aditya Agarwal as well as Argentinian top pro Leo Fernandez are also leaving Pokerstars.
While Leo Fernandez hasn’t published a statement yet, Agarwal posted his farewell on Twitter:
It’s been an amazing five years but now it’s time for PokerStars India and me to part ways. I am grateful for an amazing journey with them, want to say thanks to the team and my fellow pros for all the wonderful memories, I will miss you all! I wish them all the best
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) December 28, 2019
Why are Leo Fernandez and Aditya Agarwal leaving PokerStars?
According to Stars the reason is simply that their poker sponsorhip contracts expired at the end of the year, but the real reason is going much deeper.
PokerStars is struggeling and lost quite a large chunck of players in 2019, especially among proffessional poker players due to the massive rakeback cuts and the fact that you are hardly earning any rakeback anymore when playing real money poker at Stars.
PokerStars is no longer the biggest real money poker site
According to PokerScout.com, PokerStars has no longer the most traffic of all online poker sites.
They have lost the top spot to the Asian IDN Network:
As you can see from above, IDN now has more active cash players with 7706 than PokerStars (6858). So for the first time in ages PokerStars is not the biggest real money poker site.
The best alternatives to PokerStars
We have several fantastic alternatives to PokerStars that offer more rakeback and bigger bonuses, which means playing there is much more profitable than on PokerStars.
In addition to that the below online poker sites also offer very high and stable traffic and a wide variety of games making them the best alternatives to PokerStars for both professional and recreational players:
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