August 13, 2023
Jason Koon, a Lewis County High School graduate, is among today's sharpest professional poker players. The player has a single WSOP bracelet, nine final tables, and 60 money finishes. Koon also has a legendary status in Triton, second to Brynn Kenney in the all-time money list.
Recently, the player from West Virginia, United States, extended his impressive Triton Poker run after bagging his ninth career title. He and Mikita Badsiakouski entered the year with four trophies each on the tour. But since then, Koon has won five further Triton competitions, giving him nine titles, a new record for the poker competition.
Impressively, Koon has won more Triton championships this year than any other player in the tour's 7.5-year history. But Koon wasn't the only player to celebrate record-breaking wins in the Triton championships. As he celebrated his victory, the iconic Phil Ivey got his fifth Triton title.
Koon's most recent victory didn't come easy, though. He had to overcome a field of 46 competitors in the main event. Following this win, the 37-year-old poker player won $828,000, bringing his total earnings to $50.8 million. This is the estimated amount Koon has won in his entire career, including those he might have won at online casino sites.
Only five players in the history of poker have earned more than $50 million. The recent win means Koon is now fourth in the all-time poker earnings list, leapfrogging Daniel Negreanu ($50,296,291) to fifth position.
Koon is among the greats in Triton Poker because almost 50% of his wins are from the competition. He boasts 38 in-the-money finishes for a total of $25,483,985, a record only bettered by Bryn Kenney at $37.8 million.
This victory also earned Koon 510 Card Player of the Year points. It was his 12th final-table appearance and fifth championship of the year. Koon now moves to eighth in the 2023 POY rankings by Global Poker.
Commenting after the victory, Koon said:
“There was a three or four-year span when I was off the grid playing the biggest short deck games in the world. I don't think that it's just pure luck I've won four short-deck titles.”
Only the top eight finishers in this poker tournament got a share of the $2.76 million prize pool. Kiat Lee from Malaysia came second to pocket $598,000 and 425 POY points.
Emily "VegasMuse" Thompson is a seasoned online casino enthusiast from down under. With a keen eye for details and an inherent knack for strategizing, she has turned her passion for the online casino world into a successful writing career.