Jerry West and Jason Koon are the two most successful figures to hail from West Virginia. West went on to a hall of fame career in the NBA, Meanwhile, Jason Koon became one of the premier American pros in the world. In the last few years, he amassed over $10 million in career tournament winnings including a $1.6 million score earlier this year in the Bahamas. After a sensational run at the Aria this summer playing high-holler events, Koon got swooped up by partypoker.
The suits at partypoker shifted their focus to high-stakes pros in an attempt to make their site more high-volume-player-friendly. They created a new player advisory council in attempt to better bridge the gap between the corporate mindset and the players in the trenches. Fedor Holz, who was in the early stages of his semi-retirement from poker, joined partypoker recently to assist with the players' panel.
According to a press release, "partypoker's player panel will facilitate detailed feedback sessions with the wider poker community and ensure players' opinions are heard within the company. The initiative is part of partypoker's strong commitment to stay close to the poker-playing community and make decisions which will be welcomed by players and have their best interests at heart."
Koon, a 32-year old pro from West Virginia, has a masters degree in business, which is another valuable asset for partypoker. According to the press release, "With an MBA in finance, Koon was one of the first tournament players to adopt game theory into his play and credits his subsequent success to his disciplined approach. As well as representing partypoker at live events, Jason will also be playing online under the alias Jason_Koon."
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.
In a tweet last week, Koon remarked, "Really excited to join @partypoker! I love the direction the company is heading and look forward to helping poker players share their voice!"
Tom Waters, Managing Director of partypoker said, "Jason has enjoyed phenomenal success over the last couple of years and has become a very respected figure in the game. With his wealth of poker knowledge and experience, he will be instrumental in helping us fulfil our goal to put players first, both live and online. He'll provide us with valuable input as we continue to listen to the players in order to make changes that are in the best interest of the community."