Jason Koon Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet In $25,000 Heads-Up Championship

Jason Koon entered the 2021 Globe Series of Casino poker as one of the leading ten players on casino poker’s all-time money checklist, but without a gold bracelet to his name. The 36-year-old was the second-highest earning gamer in the game without a title at the WSOP, with greater than $33 million in job tournament incomes. 4,509 days as well as 49 in-the-money coatings after he videotaped his first cash at the collection back in 2009, Koon arised successful in the WSOP $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em heads-up champion to ultimately damage his name off of the ‘ideal gamer without a bracelet’ list.

“It’s one of those things when you’re on an airplane and a person is like, ‘Do you have a bracelet?’ I’m just like, ‘Nope.’ At least I can finally say yes to that,” said Koon when asked about winning the bracelet. “I love coming here. I think I’ll play poker forever, and when it’s all said and done I think it’s inevitable I’ll have several of them.”

Koon had a whirlwind couple of weeks in the leadup to this success. Just 15 days previously he and also his wife Bianca welcomed their first child right into the world. A couple of days prior to this event’s start, the West Virginia-born casino poker pro was announced as the latest global ambassador for the online site GGPoker. Simply hours after a press conference exposing his new sponsorship, Koon managed to make synchronised deep runs in a set of high-stakes occasions at the series, completing 9th in the $25,000 no-limit hold ’em occasion while putting sixth in the $5,300 online high-stakes gambler by playing on a mobile phone.

” I am an additional level of exhausted, truthfully,” Koon claimed minutes after prevailing in this event. “The better half and also everybody have actually been doing so much to aid with the child. We were up at 8:30 a.m. today taking him to a physician’s consultation. After that I came below as well as played a number of studs. Heads-up is so extreme, but yes, we got it.”

In addition to the equipment as well as the money, Koon also made 420 Card Player of the Year points for the win. This was his second title as well as 7th POY-qualified last table of the year. With greater than $1.5 million in year-to-date incomes throughout those events, Koon now sits in 42nd area in the 2021 POY race sponsored by Worldwide Poker. Koon also protected 146 PokerGO Tour factors, which sufficed to relocate him right into 17th position on that leaderboard.

Koon had a challenging roadway to the title. His opponents, from the preliminary with the semi-finals, were as follows: Chris Brewer, Nicolai Morris, Johannes Becker, Jake Daniels, and Finnish on the internet heads-up specialist Henri Puustinen.

Koon dealt with one more heads-up routine in the finals in Hungary’s Gabor Szabo The pair traded small leads at an early stage, prior to Szabo took care of to take control of the suit in the middle stages. He won a huge pot with a rivered set of jacks, with his KClub SuitJHeart Suit finding one of the few outs in the deck versus what Koon claimed was the ASpade SuitKSpade Fit for the nut flush draw and also a remarkable twist together with a king. Szabo took more than a 2:1 lead after the hand.

The hand that inevitably transformed the trend for Koon started with Koon raising to 230,000 from the button with 5Spade Suit5Club Suit. Szabo three-bet to 700,000 frm the big blidn with AClub SuitQClub Fit. Koon relocated all-in and Szabo swiftly called. The flop came down JClub Suit10Club Suit4Heart Suit the offer Szabo an imperial flush draw. The JDiamond Match on the turn maintained Koon in advance, however Szabo had a world of outs. The JSpade Suit was not one of them, though, as well as Koon’s pocket set stood up to earn him the double up and the lead.

Szabo had the ability to a little surpass Koon in time for the next large preflop showdown. Szabo min-raised to 320,000 with ASpade SuitJSpade Suit as well as swiftly called when Koon relocated all-in. Koon had a dominating AClub SuitQClub Match, which enhanced to a winning pair of queens by the river. With that said Koon took a large lead, while Szabo was entrusted to simply a few huge blinds remaining in his stack.

Szabo took care of one double up, yet in the final hand his KDiamond Suit9Diamond Fit was unable to stand up against the JSpade Suit7Diamond Match of Koon. The board ran out JHeart Suit6Spade Suit5Heart Suit8Diamond Suit6Heart Match as well as Koon safeguarded the pot as well as the title. Szabo gained a career-best live payday of $150,790 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded in this event:

PlacePlayerEarningsPOY PointsPokerGO
ChampionJason Koon$243,981420146
FinalistGabor Szabo$150,79035090
Semi-FinalistHenri Puustinen$89,78724554
Semi-FinalistDaniel Zack$89,78724554
Quarter-FinalistMikita Badziakouski$36,280022
Quarter-FinalistBin Weng$36,280022
Quarter-FinalistBenjamin Reason$36,280022
Quarter-FinalistJake Daniels$36,280022

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