Aaron Jones Wins With DraftKings

Aaron Jones Wins With DraftKings

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Former high-stakes online poker player Aaron Jones has scooped $5 million in cash thanks to daily fantasy sports (DFS) site DraftKings.

After taking up the game of poker at 17, Jones quickly became a force in the online world and often competed in the highest staked games of the day. With a massive following and a burgeoning bankroll, he eventually established the Leggo Poker training site to educate thousands of aspiring pros.

Jones sold this training business to Phil Ivey in 2013 and has since been grinding on online DFS events. Although he still dabbles in poker, the American now dedicates most of his time to his new profession and was rewarded for his efforts on Sunday with a $5 million (£3.5 million) pay-day.

As the latest edition of the National Football League (NFL) drew to a close last week, the top 200 DraftKings fantasy football performers of the season were invited to Las Vegas to take part in a final showdown. The session started with every competitor being guaranteed at least $20,000 (£14,183) but Jones made it through the early rounds with ease, progressed to the final and eventually scooped the title and $5 million.

Although DFS is still something of a touchy subject in the United States, a jubilant Jones celebrated his in typically sarcastic style.

“I recommend winning $5m if you guys have a chance. It was fun and I would do it again,” read a Tweet from the Indiana native.

Tags: Aaron Jones, Phil Ivey, DraftKings, Leggo Poker