Long-time PokerStars ambassador Daniel Negreanu is no longer aligned with the company, after announcing his departure after 12 years of service via a short video on social media.

Labelled as an amicable split by both parties, the move comes as The Stars Group confirmed that Anomaly, a New York and London based advertising agency, is to lead its flagship entity.

In a short statement via the PokerStars blog, it was stated: “He was a perfect fit for the most successful online poker operator, and he will leave a huge hole on the Team Pro roster. PokerStars owes the Canadian superstar an enormous debt of gratitude, and so does the game as a whole.

“This is not an obituary, of course. He remains arguably more full of life now than at any other time, looking forward to married and then family life. He is a Poker Hall of Famer, a six-time WSOP bracelet winner, and is still second on the all-time tournament money list. He will remain the game’s most recognisable face and it’s most sought after character, and we wish him all the very best for the future from PokerStars Blog.”

The Stars Group has also hosted its fourth annual Right To Play sports quiz recently, raising $262,000 “to help the charity’s life changing work”.

First partnering in 2014, both parties have raised in excess of $1.7m thanks to donations from Helping Hands, the charitable arm of The Stars Group, as well as the generosity of employees and players.

Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving for The Stars Group, commented: “We are delighted to support the sports quiz for the fourth year. To raise £262,000 is an amazing achievement that will help Right To Play continue their incredible work. Thank you to everyone who took part for your enthusiasm and generosity.”

Last week Right To Play announced a global partnership with the Liverpool FC Foundation, the official charity of Liverpool Football Club.

“I am grateful for the tremendous support of our sponsor The Stars Group, and the generous teams and individuals for attending the 2019 sports quiz and contributing to Right To Play’s life-changing work,” added Nikki Skipper, Right To Play UK national director.  

“The funds raised will have a colossal impact on children in our programmes across Africa, Asia and the Middle East who just need that chance to rise above adversity which is only possible through a quality education.”