The relationship between Spanish online poker pro Vicente Delgado and PokerStars came to an end this week, one year after the player's inclusion in the room's Team Online.
As PokerNews Spain reports, the player chose not to renew the sponsorship contract with the poker room once it expired.
Delgado, who in 2013 became the first player to reach Supernova Elite status at PokerStars.es, joined PokerStars on Feb. 4, 2014, after the departure of Spain's Javier Domínguez "Thalai".
"Today I am saying goodbye to PokerStars as I decided not to renew my sponsorship contract for 2015," Delgado explained earlier this week.
"The truth is that had I great expectations for growth in the Team Pro, and those expectations have not been met," Delgado stated. "I realize that marketing in this sector has changed significantly compared to previous years, and Team Pros no longer carry the same importance as before. Being on PokerStars entailed many responsibilities and hours of work that prevented me from fulfilling other objectives that I had in mind."
In Delgado's opinion, the choice to end his adventure with the world's biggest online poker room is also motivated by his willingness to get more international recognition - something that he felt would be too hard to achieve as long as he would stay tied to PokerStars.es.
With $177,348 in live tournament winnings according to the HendonMob, Delgado has put together some good live results such as a 19th-place finish in the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 buy-in High Roller event for $ 69,720, a seventh-place finish in the Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) Main Event in Madrid, and a third-place finish at the ESPT High Roller in Valencia.
Yet, despite those good results, Delgado remains primarily an online player as it's playing at the virtual felt that he has got his most significant score. Delgado won the High Roller event at the 2014 World Championships of Online Poker for $637,436.
"You have to be consistent in your work and continuously adapt to others. This requires studying and the ability to constantly change your game. Consistency and hard work are the key," Delgado said in an interview with PokerNews where he shared some insights about his success in poker.
"You need to be mentally prepared because if you do not understand how the game and its fluctuations work, you are far from playing your best game."
Delgado's departure, which follows those of Ana Marquez in 2013 and Juan Manuel Pastor in 2014, leaves Catalonian Leo Margets as the only Spanish member of Team PokerStars Pro.