South Carolina poker pro and popular Twitch streamer Jeff Gross has announced the end of his deal with partypoker to produce Twitch-based content. Gross, a veteran of two decades in the game, announced the move via social media.
“My time as a core streamer for the @partypoker team has come to an end. It has been a truly incredible 3 years; not only streaming on twitch but working behind the scenes with an incredible group of people.”
Gross declared that his increasing familial responsibilities and shifting priorities played a part in his decision to end the widely viewed stream. “At 35 years of age, being married with a young child, and living in the United States for the foreseeable future, I cannot commit to a regular broadcast schedule at this time,” he said.
He also hinted at an upcoming project, though whether partypoker will be involved with that remains unclear. “I’ve been working in poker for two decades and I have no plans to slow down,” he said. “My main plan is to grow this wonderful game and I have a big project that will be revealed.”
“Thanks for all your hard work, Jeff,” partypoker responded to Gross’s announcement on Twitter. “We are looking forward to continuing to work together on some exciting projects this year!”
Long story of success both live and online for Gross
Jeff Gross’s long career has been dotted with considerable success. He began playing in 2002, according to his LinkedIn profile, probably online (and certainly underage if so), and he recorded his first live cashes in 2007. In his live tournament career alone, according to the Hendon Mob profile, he’s recorded more than $3.5 million in winnings. Among his largest live scores are a runner-up showing in a 2011 WSOP event, two major six-figure scores in Canadian tourneys at Kahnawake, outside Montreal, and a career-best live cash payday of $414,770 for a third-place finish at the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Florida.
Besides his role as a Twitch streamer, Gross has also served as the co-manager of partypoker Team Online since March of 2009. Gross is no longer shown as a member of either party’s Team Online or its Twitch team. Partypoker has expanded its streaming sponsorship in the past couple of years. The site’s Twitch team still includes brothers Jaime and Matt Staples, Courtney Gee, Monika Zukowicz, and Lilian ‘Clae’ Erdmann.
Partypoker’s change involving Gross comes amid the typical start-of-year turnover among sponsored pros and brand representatives that occurs throughout the poker world. Besides Gross, fellow American pro Isaac Haxton is among several notable pros whose brand representation has ended over the past two months. Haxton is joined in that regard by João Simão, Dayane Kotoviezy, Mikita Badziakouski, and Joni Jouhkimainen.
Featured image source: Twitter / Jeff Gross