Nano-no-more! Randy Lew no longer a PokerStars ambassador

The most recent announcement from the PokerStars ambassador stable comes from none other than multi-tabling legend Randy “nanonoko” Lew. In a 2-part tweet he explains his thoughts, reflects on the past and looks ahead to more freedom.

Randy Lew exits


Randy Lew – Photo PokerStars

“I want to announce that I am no longer a Pokerstars ambassador for some time now. I wanted to write a more meaningful piece rather than rush a statement like a poker newbie who just figured out how to 3-bet light”, Randy explains on Twitter.

After going into more detail on how he got into poker and becoming an ambassador, the stigma attached to poker and also how he became just less and less interested in the grind, he thanks PokerStars for the time with them.

“PokerStars has done many great things growing the poker space. I thank them for my time there as I stepped into the limelight for the very first time. I have done well over the years and I am ready to take control.”

“Now it’s time to grow up and take that leap of faith again. Now is the time to feel free. I’m ready to step into the unknown and do what I want to do. I will play poker when I want to play poker. I will be nanonoko.”

You can read the full texts inside the two tweets below:

Struggles in the online grind

Lew explains in his tweets how difficult it was to follow an online schedule, living in the U.S.. The constant travel for the right to play online wore on him and we know he enjoyed playing live in Asia quite a bit. It is also where he met the love of his life and current wife Celina Lin.

PokerStars ambassadors leaving

Nanonoko is just the latest case of an ambassador saying farewell to Stars. How many of these just didn’t have their contracts renewed or didn’t want to renew them, will probably be never known. It is obvious though that the numbers of player that represent the brand has been reduced significantly over the past months and years.

More: Catching up with online poker legend Randy “nanonoko” Lew



Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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