Jason Koon vs. The Mountain (Teaser for Short Documentary)

Published on 25 February 2014 by Pokerlistings 5320

PokerListings.com brings you a teaser for its upcoming short poker documentary with high-stakes poker pro Jason Koon. We learn about climbing the stakes in poker and moving forward in life from one of the brightest minds in the poker world. Jason Koon has racked up almost $3.5 million in live tournament earnings and routinely plays some of the biggest buy-in poker events in the world. Koon is an American but after online poker was shut down in the US on Black Friday, he moved to Vancouver to continue to play poker on the internet. Now he lives with fellow high-stakes pro Ben Tollerene and uses Vancouver as a launching pad to travel the world playing poker. In the next month PokerListings.com is shooting a special short poker documentary to tell Jason Koon's unique story. Check out this short teaser now and keep an eye on PokerListings.com for the full documentary coming soon!

You're always climbing. The climb never ends. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia, in a town of 5000 people. When I was a kid, my mom did the best she could in a very tough situation. Through my teens and into my 20s, anger was the biggest motivator in my life. It took me messing up a lot of things to realize I didn't need to be angry to be motivated. I spent five years in college for a job that lasted three weeks. I had an MBA and a six-figure salary, but all I could think about was playing poker, so I walked away.

I've had my ups and downs as a poker pro, but I'm doing what I love. Poker allows me to travel the world, and to make life better for the people I care about. All you can do is make the best decision possible with the information that you have. Life will do the rest. The results won't always be what you're hoping for but that doesn't matter. Focus on the process and accept the result. Climbing the stakes in poker is like moving forward in life. All you can do is take one step at a time, play one hand at a time, and try to make the best decisions you can. All you can do is take one step at a time. One day, when you look up, you're there. But you're always climbing. The climb never ends.