More million-dollar pots are on their way and Jason Koon will be leading the way as an ambassador for the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series.
A breakout star on the tour in 2018, Koon has parlayed his four Triton Super High Roller Series final tables into a place on the team. Acting as a figurehead for the emerging brand, the American pro will help raise awareness of poker in Asia.
In tandem with helping to make poker a mainstream activity in countries such as China, Koon will act as a bridge between western high rollers and their Asian counterparts.
Western Ways Win Over Triton Poker Regulars
During his time at the tables in 2018, the Partypoker representative won the affections of Macau’s notoriously elusive businessman. Opting to run a closed shop where only a select few are invited to play, the organizers have often been wary of outsiders.
But by giving as much action as good-natured table talk, the American struck up a rapport with Triton regulars such as Paul Phua.
These relationship have since earned Koon entry to every Triton Poker tournament and cash game in 2019. Moreover, his role as ambassador will open the door for others like him.
Prior to the Triton Super High Roller Series going live in 2015, cash games in Macau were steeped in mystery. Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius were among a handful of westerners invited to play.
Fast-forward to 2018 and the games have not only opened up to more players but made compelling viewing for poker fans. From Dwan losing a $2.35 million pot (see video above) to Koon scooping $2.26 million, the games have captured the community’s imagination.
With the proverbial cat out of the bag, the Asian tour is set to return. Kicking off on March 2 inside the Marriot Resort Landing Casino, Jeju Island, the first event will feature six high stakes tournaments.
Another round of high stakes cash games is also scheduled to take place with Koon likely to be one of the main players fighting for seven-figure pots.
Jason Koon Continues to Impress
For the young America, becoming part of the Triton Poker team is yet another feather in his cap. As well as representing Partypoker, Koon was recently drafted by the Poker Alliance.
Working alongside Daniel Negreanu and Maria Ho, Koon is part of the lobbyist group’s Advisory Board. Helping the fight for regulated poker in the US, the Advisory Board now has a greater significance following the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) opinion on the Wire Act.
For Koon, representing three different organizations is not only a testament to his rise to prominence but a chance to affect real change for the poker community.