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Stern at the 2012 WSOPLong-time poker pro Dani Stern is stepping away from the game.

Stern, arguably best known for appearing on the 2009 reality TV show 2 Months 2 Million, announced his retirement on Twitter. “Farewell poker world,” Stern said, “it has been a wild and crazy ride, and I will miss it. On to new adventures.”

Stern, 30, has been playing poker for money since 18, right around the start of the poker boom that many attribute to Chris Moneymaker’s highly-publicized main event victory. Stern eventually dropped out of McGill University with just three semesters left to pursue poker full-time.

Stern’s announcement comes despite 2016 being his best year ever in live tournaments. He cashed for more than $1 million. He cashed for $4,500 this year, thanks to a single WSOP cash.

He ends his career with about $3.7 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

According to tracking site HighstakesDB, Stern lost $1.4 million over the past year or so playing high-stakes pot-limit Omaha on PokerStars. Most of those losses reportedly came over many heads-up matches against anonymous Swedish PLO specialist “BERRI SWEET.”

One of Stern’s followers brought up the matches against BERRI SWEET, and Stern replied with an emoticon graph of his performance against his opponent at stakes as high as $200-$400.

While some of the responses to his announcement speculated that he would eventually return to the tables, many of the game’s best offered their best wishes to the now former poker pro.

“GL homie, always looked up to you,” former WSOP main event champion Greg Merson Tweeted. Veteran poker pro Christian Harder commented: “GG my friend. You were one of the first guys I looked up to the most when I first started getting serious about poker.”

Card Player had the chance to interview him last year about his career.