Jason Koon has a wild Sunday at the World Series of Poker
Ranked 10th on poker’s all-time list with more than $ 32.6 million in career tournament earnings, Jason Koon is very successful. But even Koon couldn’t have imagined the Sunday he had in 2021 World Series of Poker.
While playing $ 30,000 in tournament buy-ins, he essentially finalized two bracelet events simultaneously, cashing in for a total of $ 118,834, on the same day it was announced that he would become a Global Ambassador for one. of the biggest online poker sites.
The West Virginia native barely survived Day 1 of Saturday’s $ 25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller event and entered Sunday’s Day 2 as the field’s second shortest stack with only nine big blinds. He managed to increase his stack and in the eight-man event he reached the unofficial final table at nine. Unfortunately for Koon, he clinched ninth place and took home $ 79,834.
Earlier today, after surviving the first two levels of the day, Koon took the first 15-minute break of the day. Instead of heading for the bathroom or outside for some fresh air, he went down the hall to another room in the Rio Convention Center where he was announced as GGPoker’s new global ambassador.
Koon joins poker legend Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier and Instagram star Dan Bilzerian as GGPoker Global Ambassador. According to the press release surrounding the announcement, Koon will focus on “strengthening the poker room’s safety and game integrity efforts, as well as acting as an advocate for high rollers, VIP and high volume players.
“I am truly delighted to be joining GGPoker, especially so soon after they have taken on a leading role in the poker world,” said Koon. “I am also delighted to be able to help with game safety and player defense, making GGPoker an even better place to play our favorite game.”
Until last July, Koon was a member of the partypoker team. He signed a sponsorship deal with the site in 2017 and spent nearly four years representing the brand before going their separate ways a few months ago.
With this addition, GGPoker reverses the trend that PokerStars set a few years ago when they dropped several high profile sponsored pros, including Negreanu. GGPoker’s team of ambassadors includes four players in the top 50 of the list of all-time poker winnings and combined tournament winnings of over $ 135 million.
No other online poker room has a team of sponsored players that can even come close to this CV.
GG has been doing a lot of good moves lately, @JasonKoon is a brilliant player and a fantastic human. Very inspiring guy https://t.co/qadHhunTp4
– Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) October 4, 2021
After completing his media appearance, Koon returned to the Amazon Room to return to his eventual ninth place. But once back in his place, Koon decided that playing a tournament wasn’t enough for him.
He jumped on his mobile device and jumped into the $ 5,300 online no-limit hold’em Freezeout. And while he was running deep into the live event with a five-figure buy-in, he was running just as deep on the virtual felt.
At around midnight, Koon reached the unofficial nine-player final table of the $ 25,000 buy-in almost exactly the same time he finalized the final table of the $ 5,300 online tournament. Shortly after consolidation, he was heading to the Rio cashier’s cage. About an hour later, Koon brought an end to one of the most successful days of WSOP story when he lost a flip with QJ to Calvin Anderson’s 9-9 to finish sixth in the $ 39,000 line event.