Jason Koon has accrued simply shy of $33 million in poker match earnings all through his profession, putting him ninth on the sport’s all-time cash listing. Heading into this summer time, the 35-year-old poker professional from West Virginia had 22 match titles below his belt. Koon had not come out on prime in a match for greater than two years, although, with a big a part of his drought attributable to the dwell match shutdown of most of 2020. Now that the dwell poker scene is amidst a growth following the re-opening of poker rooms across the globe, Koon has returned to the felt and shortly discovered his solution to the winner’s circle.
Less than a month faraway from his first post-shutdown match money, Koon emerged victorious within the 2021 PokerGO Cup $25,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em excessive curler. He overcame a area of 36 entries to seize the title and the first-place prize of $324,000.
Koon has now made six cashes because the begin of June, including greater than $860,000 to his lifetime earnings within the course of. His latest victory noticed him earn 336 Card Player Player of the Year factors. When mixed together with his 640 prior factors, earned for a third-place exhibiting within the $50,000 occasion on the U.S. Poker Open and a runner-up end in a $10,000 buy-in PokerGO Cup occasion, Koon now sits inside the highest 100 within the 2021 POY race standings, that are sponsored by Global Poker.
With each first and second-place finishes by the primary six occasions of the PokerGO Cup, Koon now sits in second place within the participant of the collection standings. The 240 PokerGO Tour points he earned for his win have moved him into seventeenth place on that leaderboard.
The last day of this occasion started with John Riordan within the lead and Koon on the second-shortest stack among the many remaining six gamers. Steve Zolotow was the primary to fall. He ended up operating prime pair into the nut flush of Riordan. The chips went in on the river, with Zolotow calling all-in to bust in sixth place. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and Card Player columnist earned $45,000 for his sixth money prior to now two months.
Cary Katz’s run on this occasion got here to an finish in a brutal trend. He bought the final of his stack in with pocket kings in opposition to the OkayJ of Koon on a jack-high board. Koon had simply two outs. One of these outs was the J, which rolled off the deck on the flip to depart Katz in tough form. No assist got here on the river and Katz was eradicated in fifth place ($72,000). The rating elevated his lifetime match earnings to only shy of $31.4 million.
Thomas Winters was the shortest stack by a lot of short-handed play, however managed to search out some essential double-ups to remain afloat till the subsequent elimination occurred. Anuj Agarwal misplaced nearly all of his stack in a preflop race in opposition to Koon, falling to lower than 4 large blinds after his suited overcards didn’t run down Koon’s pocket sixes. Shortly after that, Agarwal bought all-in with J9. Koon picked up AA and three-bet small. John Riordan four-bet shoved with Okay10, having each of his opponents lined. Koon shortly known as and the flop got here down QJ8, giving Riordan an open-ended straight draw. The 6 modified nothing on the flip. The 3 on the river was additionally a clean, and Koon took down the huge aspect pot to take a commanding lead into the ultimate three. Agarwal earned $99,000 for his robust exhibiting.
Riordan was the subsequent to fall. He bought all-in preflop with A10 main Koon’s Q9. Koon discovered a 9 on the flip to maneuver into the lead within the hand, and dodged an ace or a ten on the river to ship Riordan to the rail in third place ($144,000).
Koon took greater than a 12:1 chip lead into heads-up play. The last battle lasted only a few palms. In the tip, Thomas Winters moved all-in with Okay6 after Koon limped in with 99 on the button. Koon made the decision and flopped prime set. The last board of 964QA secured each the pot and the title for Koon, whereas Winters took house $216,000 because the runner-up.
Here is a have a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded on the last desk:
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