Dani "Ansky451/supernova9" Announces Retirement from Poker

Long time high stakes online reg Dani "supernova9" Stern took to twitter on Friday to announce his departure from the poker world as he moves on to pastures new.

The brief tweet reads;

Like many of the first generation of online pros, Stern began his poker journey in the wake of Chris Moneymaker's 2003 WSOP Main Event success by playing for change with his high school friends. He took to online poker soon after turning 18, and by his junior year in college Dani was playing NLHE at the high stakes cash game tables.

Playing as "Ansky451" on Full Tilt poker and as "supernova9" at PokerStars, Dani Stern became well known among poker fans as one of the four stars of the short-lived but well-remembered poker reality show "2 Months, 2 Million", where he and his poker buddies (Jay Rosenkrantz, Emil Patel, and Brian Roberts) rented a large house in Las Vegas in the summer of 2009 and attempted to earn $2m online in 2 months (they ultimately failed, winning $676k, with Stern contributing $100k).

As the games got harder Stern recognised he was falling behind and he sensibly took a couple of years grinding PLO at the midstakes before returning to the higher stakes in 2014 where he has played regularly ever since.

As well as high online success, Dani also has almost $3.7m in live tournament cashes, including a couple of $25k High Roller wins at the Aria last year.

The past year or so, however, has not gone well for supernova9 online and between last summer and May this year he lost over $1.4m playing at PokerStars PLO tables. In particular, an ongoing battle at the $100/$200 and $200/$400 tables against Swedish PLO pro BERRI SWEET put a serious dent in Stern's bankroll. And while we're pretty sure his losses to BERRI and at the tables in general have by no means left him unable to pay the bills, it would be surprising if they haven't at least in some way contributed to his decision to try something new.

Naturally the topic of his losses to BERRI SWEET cropped up in the aforementioned twitter thread with this cheeky response from fellow high stakes pro Jake "JLlama" Abdalla:

Dani also got in on the joke when a follower asked him to post his EV graph vs BERRI:

There were, of course, far more responses wishing Dani well and thanking him for being an inspiration for both as a player and as a defender of players rights. Dani was one of the main instigators of the series of boycotts against PokerStars after they made last minute amendments to Supernova Elite rewards programme, scrapping the position, and with it millions of dollars in rewards for players who had spent the past year earning them.

Players tweeting their best wishes and respect to Dani included WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson, PokerStars Championship Bahamas winner Christian Harder, Daryll Fish, Sam Grafton, Nial Farrell, Joe Ingram, and plenty more besides.

Whatever it is Dani chooses to concentrate his efforts on in the future we at HSDB would like to wish him all the best, and thanks for the memories!

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