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partypoker Team Pro Jason Koon (cover image) topped the 36-player field in Event #6: $25K NLHE of the 2021 PokerGO Cup to win $324,000. Koon was one of the shorter stacks coming into the final table on Tuesday, but he pushed his way through to eventually lift the trophy! He took down a crucial three-way pot with pocket aces during four-handed play that gave him the momentum to win the title.
This is Koon`s fourth cash at the series and his first PokerGO Tour title. He had last placed runner-up at Event #2: $10K NLHE on Thursday. This win has pushed Koon to #2 on the series leaderboard standings behind Ali Imsirovic. The high-stakes crusher boasts a mammoth $31.96 Million in live tournament winnings and is ranked #9 on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List.
“My career is kind of funny because the first maybe eight to 10 years of it I was kind of floating around in purgatory, not really having a direction, and just knowing that I like to play and think about the game,” Koon said, talking about his poker career. “But once I learned what worked for me and how to learn about the game in a theoretical sense, it kind of all came together because I had 10 years of just kind of guessing and feeling people out — just using feel. Once I got stronger with theory, it felt like everything came together.”
The Run It Once Poker coach, Jason Koon, is well respected in the poker community for his strong work ethic, and he underlined how important it is to prepare off the felt. “I think it’s everything…I’ve definitely made some mistakes this week. I bubbled a tournament acting when a guy was waiting to act in front of me, and obviously, it was the worst-case scenario as I ended up bubbling as a result, but it was just a sign that I needed to get focused, build my stamina back, and slow down.”
In the stacked field of high-stakes MTT crushers, it was a welcome sign to see an Indian-origin player Anuj Agarwal making an ITM finish. Agarwal placed fourth for $99,000, also his first cash at the PokerGO Tour.
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Final Table Chip Counts
The in-form Ali Imsirovic continues to dominate the PokerGO Cup Leaderboard standings with 423 points, but Koon has displaced Dylan Linde to take up the second spot with 316 points.
Imsirovic is already assured to further consolidate his lead on the leaderboard standings as the Bosnian is chasing his third PokerGO Cup title in Event#7: $50K NLHE. He is chip leading the five-handed final table with a stack of 1,835,000 (73 BBs) with the Event #1 winner Alex Foxen (1,010,000) and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (975,000) holding the next top stacks. The final table commences at 12 PM (Pacific Time) on July 13. The event registered 35 runners to collect a $1,750,000 prize pool.
Daniel Negreanu tweeted about his deep run.
Final table tomorrow of the $50k of the @PokerGO Cup!
Playing for $700k up top and sitting on a good stack of 975k
I feel good about this one, mostly cause it’s such a soft table.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 13, 2021
Final Table Recap
Steve Zolotow had entered the final table with only 15 big blinds and was eliminated in sixth place by the start-of-final table chip leader John Riordan.
Koon then delivered a brutal bad beat to Cary Katz with his king-jack spiking two jacks on the board for trips, crushing Katz’ cowboys.
Koon was back in business after this hand and never looked back. He eliminated the Indian-American Anuj Agarwal in fourth place in what was arguably one of the most exciting hands of the series so far. Agarwal moved all-in on the button for 155,000 with jack-nine of diamonds. The small blind Koon three-bet with pocket aces and big blind John Riordan shoved with king-ten of hearts. Koon called to see a queen-jack-eight flop. A six on the turn and three on the river saw Koon end Agarwal’s tournament life.
John Riordan had already lost most of his chips in the three-way clash that caused Agarwal’s elimination and busted shortly afterward in third place.
The heads-up was easy pickings for Koon, who held a commanding 10-to-1 chip lead over Thomas Winters at the start of the showdown took it down quickly with his pocket nines holding up against Winters’ king-six suited.
Final Table Results (USD)
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