At PokerStars, we have always championed new talent who are driven to grow, have great potential, and who create fun content, so we’re excited to welcome David. PokerStars US Network has appointed poker streamer David Kaye as its latest ambassador. The move comes as the company is expectedly preparing for shared liquidity between its PokerStars NJ and PokerStars MI pools, which could take place soon.
Kaye becomes the fourth member to represent the US network, joining the likes of chess champion Jennifer Shahade and poker streamers Keith Becker & Mark Foresta — the latter two representing PokerStars PA.
“We’re proud to grow our team in the US and add David to our epic roster of ambassadors,” said Managing Director of PokerStars US Severin Rasset in a recent press release. “At PokerStars, we have always championed new talent who are driven to grow, have great potential, and who create fun content, so we’re excited to welcome David.”
Kaye, from Haslett, Michigan, is a professional poker player and streamer who has played poker for over a decade. He started his poker career as a recreational player after learning the game by watching the World Series of Poker (WSOP) on TV. He immediately was hooked on the game and started playing online under the screen name “DavidKayePoker.”
In January 2021, things turned in favor of Kaye as PokerStars MI became the first regulated online poker room to enter his native state. Just a month later, he tasted his first major success on PokerStars MI, with a Sunday High Roller event win. From there, his fanbase grew, and he now has close to 12,000 followers on Twitch and nearly 8000 subscribers on YouTube.
Per the operator, Kaye’s poker streams have become one of the most popular in the US regulated markets.
“I’m so happy and honored to become a PokerStars Ambassador,” Kaye said. “I’ve been playing poker with my friends for years and turned my hobby into my dream job, so being part of the PokerStars family is pretty amazing.”
Signing Just Ahead of Impending PokerStars NJ + MI Merger?
The timing of his signing is notable. In May, Michigan officially became a signatory of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). However, to date, no further progress has been made, and none of the interested parties will go on the record as to what steps have been taken and which remain.
However, pokerfuse understands PokerStars is readying itself behind the scenes to take advantage of this compact. When PokerStars announced the details for its upcoming online tournament series Fall Fest earlier this month, the operator hinted at “exciting news” concerning its US network that could come very soon. But based on the tournament schedules, the player pool merge is unlikely to happen before December as the operator has lined up The Fall Fest series, running separately in three states with combined guarantees of $2 million.
What this “big news” could be is unknown, but pokerfuse thinks that this big hint could very well be the announcement of PokerStars US launching its much-awaited interstate online poker network.
Now, with the signing of a Michigan native streamer, it is one more sign that the operator could be looking toward shared liquidity between New Jersey and Michigan.
Indeed, this is the operator’s first expansion of its US roster after 1.5 years. In April 2021, PokerStars signed six ambassadors — two of which joined to represent PokerStars’ Pennsylvania room.
The Pennsylvania pair of Mark “naigo1” Foresta and Keith “AccidentalGrenade” Becker were the first US players to be signed by the room in nearly a decade. Shahade, the two-time US Women’s Champion, author, and poker pro, joined PokerStars as “Mind Sports Ambassador” in 2014.
But PA is the only state out of three that has not yet joined the agreement. However, there are rumors that the Keystone State could become the fifth signatory of the multi-state online poker compact in 2023.