Partypoker Signs Jason Koon as Ambassador
Partypoker continues to expand their roster of top pros. This time, they have signed 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Champion Jason Koon as an ambassador. In addition to becoming an ambassador, Koon also joins the partypoker player advisory panel.
Koon an Accomplished Pro With $10 Million in Earnings
Jason Koon is an accomplished pro with live tournament scores dating back to 2008. He started to become a household name in 2008 when he finished 4th at the WPT Festa Al Lago. 2013 was a banner year as he amassed over $1.4 million in live earnings on the strength of a 2nd place finish in the Bellagio Cup.
However, it was 2016 that can be considered his true “breakout year.” He took down a Bellagio High Roller in July for $500,000 and followed that up with his first seven-figure score by taking down the SHRPO Main Event for $1 million.
He finished out the year with back-to-back final tables in $25k High Roller Events at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. He won the first and finished runner-up in the other to earn over $745,000.
2017 has been Koon’s best year yet. He opened the year by winning the $100,000 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for $1.65 million, the largest score of his live career. In July, he went deep in a pair of Aria $25k High Roller Events, finishing 2nd and 1st respectively for a combined $550k in earnings.
Most recently, he won the “Rumble with Jungle” event on the revamped Poker After Dark. This Winner Takes All event netted him $300k. So far this year, Koon has amassed $3.5 million and has pushed his lifetime live tournament earnings past $10 million.
Koon to Play Dual Role With Partypoker
Like many of the recent pros signed by partypoker, Koon will serve in a dual role with the company. First, he will actively play as an ambassador for the company, proudly wearing the partypoker patch at live tournaments. He will also play as “Jason_Koon” on the site.
Koon will also server on the partypoker Players Advisory Panel. The objective of the panel is to collect detailed feedback from the partypoker community to make sure their voices are heard. This is a stark difference from some companies like PokerStars who has been under fire for a couple of years for making unilateral decisions and completely ignoring player and pro concerns.
Koon spoke on the partypoker blog about the signing, stating, “partypoker is making some major moves to improve the entire poker ecosystem, both live and online, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining them and playing a part in these endeavors. Seeing partypoker’s hunger to grow – as well as its interest in what players have to say – was the main selling point for me and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Partypoker has been making huge strides in recent years due in part to their commitment to their players. While presently the 4th largest online poker site in the world, the company is quickly closing the gap and is already considered to be one of the top three sites by the majority of players behind 888poker and PokerStars.
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