Jason Koon is a millionaire poker player and has won several tournaments. But he has also lost some during the initial stages of his career.
Jason Koon is a Poker player from the United States of America worth about $31.4 million. He won over six million of that in several tournaments he participated in in 2019, impressing his fans.
Jason Koon’s Personal Life
A lot of people probably know about his poker career, but not his personal life. Jason was born on August 14th in 1985, in Weston, West Virginia. Not only did he make a career from live poker tournaments, but online ones as well. In 2003, Jason graduated from high school in Lewis County. After that, he went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. There, he got his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance. But at some point, he was severely injured and was forced to sit down in his room and recover. That made him bored like it would any other person, so his roommate taught him how to play Texas Hold’Em.
That was when Jason realized that he could make a ton of money playing poker. At first, he started playing online using the username JAKoon1985 on PokerStars and NOvaSky on Full Tilt Poker in 2006 while he was still in college. His first significant win happened in April of 2009, where he won a tournament in the Spring Championship of Online Poker and won over three hundred thousand dollars as the prize. But it wasn’t until the year 2008 that Jason started playing and participating in live poker tournaments.
But his poker career hasn’t just been filled with success, unfortunately for Jason. In 2009, just a year after starting his career, he played in his first WSOP tournament, but he crashed twice. At that point, things began to get better for him because, in 2010, he got 4th place in the World Poker Tour main event at the Bellagio and received two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars due to his winnings from it.
One year later, he participated in another Full Tilt Poker event, also called an “FTOPS” tournament. There were over 11 thousand runners, all for over four hundred thousand dollars.
By the following year, Jason was participating in higher-stakes poker events, including a significant event at the Bahamas EPT, and earned over two hundred thousand dollars at that one. He finished second in the 2012 WSOP event in the three thousand dollars No-Limit Hold ’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up event, and there, he earned over a hundred thousand dollars.
Jason only continued to rise in success from there. In 2013, Jason was a runner-up next to another poker player named David Peters in the ten-thousand-dollar Bellagio Cup and earned over three hundred thousand from his winnings. In 2015, he entered into an event at the SCOOP and only entered it with just a measly hundred dollars into over a hundred thousand dollars over eighteen whole hours of playing—and that earned him a spot in third place.