Jason Koon became the latest high-profile poker pro to sign on as a part of Partypoker’s expanding team of player representatives, according to an announcement on Thursday. Not only will he be sporting the patch, but also Koon will serve on the site’s new player advisory panel, where he’ll act as a liaison between the online poker company and their customers.
For the Players
As a party of Partypoker’s player panel, Jason Koon will help facilitate detailed feedback sessions with players, giving them a voice that will be heard within the company.
“Jason has enjoyed phenomenal success over the last couple of years and has become a very respected figure in the game,” Partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters said. “With his wealth of poker knowledge and experience, he will be instrumental in helping us fulfill our goal to put players first, both live and online.”
Jason Koon currently ranks first on West Virginia’s all-time money list with just over $10 million in lifetime earnings. That includes two seven-figure scores, the first of which came in August 2016 when he won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship Event for $1 million.
In January of this year, the 32-year-old also won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for a career-high $1.65 million. More recently, he won last month’s Poker After Dark “Rumble with Jungle” $50,000 SNG for $300,000.
Koon, who has an MBA in finance, joins a growing list of talents on the Partypoker team including Fedor Holz, Johnny Lodden, and Mike Sexton. He’ll also be working with Patrick Leonard, who signed earlier this year to help partypoker shape their new VIP program.
Koon will play as “Jason_Koon” on Partypoker.
Joining the Party
CardsChat spoke to Koon, who will be at the upcoming Caribbean Poker Party in Punta Cana, about the recent signing.
CC: How did the opportunity to join Partypoker come about?
Koon: When I started to see the great changes Partypoker was making online and live, I was really interested in being part of their movement. After a few talks with them, things just seemed to fall right into place. I think it’s going to be a solid partnership.
CC: What can we expect from you as a part of the Partypoker team?
Koon: I’ll be rocking the patch, of course. The main thing I want to be around for is to talk with the poker community and do my best to actively help Partypoker make changes that reflect player’s interests.
There has been a mentality that “take, take, take” is the only way online poker sites will do business anymore, and it’s time for that to come to an end. Looking after the “player” now is a better long-run business plan.
CC: What do you hope to accomplish as a part of the advisory panel?
Koon: It’s really about helping the site find a middle ground of running a successful business but doing it in a way that we are all happy. Obviously, you can never make everyone happy, but we are going to try very hard to make something that works for both sides.
CC: How do you feel about joining a team that includes Fedor Holz, Mike Sexton, and Johnny Lodden, just to name a few?
Koon: The team is so solid, it’s really exciting to be around so many hungry people. I know some better than others and am really looking forward to getting to know the squad a lot better.