Heads-Up No Limit Hold ‘em Specialist
Jonathan Jaffe is Ivey Poker’s resident Heads-Up NL Hold’em tournament specialist. He began his poker career as a result of the Poker Boom in 2003 and discovered he “had a knack” for poker and began playing online. It wasn’t long before he started posting impressive scores both online and in the live arena.
|07-06-2013||$10,000 - WSOP Main Event Championship - No Limit Hold'em||42||$185,694|
|10-28-2011||$4,750 - World Poker Finals - No Limit Hold'em||1||$50,683|
|11-05-2008||$9,700 - WPT World Poker Finals Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em||2||$670,636|
|06-03-2008||$10,000 - WSOP Heads Up Championship - No Limit Hold'em||4||$108,288|
|09-16-2013||World Championship of Online Poker Event #22 - $215 No Limit Hold'em||1||$251,673.45|
Jonathan Jaffe's Biography
Jonathan Jaffe did attempt to go to college but also continued to play poker on the side. Just one semester in, he discovered that poker is what he wanted to pursue in life and did so with the support of family. He attributes their support as one way that he remains grounded in the game.
Jonathan first started making live event headlines in 2008 when he finished fourth in the $10,000 Heads-Up World Championship at the 2008 World Series of Poker. Later that year, he finished second in the Main Event of the WPT World Poker Finals, taking home $678,636.
Jonathan had a solid year in live events in 2014. He scored a pair of cashes at the 2013 WSOP, including a 42nd place finish in the Main Event. His Main Event run was good for $185,694. He currently has 15 WSOP cashes and one final table appearance.
In October, Jonathan took down his second victory at the Foxwoods Poker Finals. This time he won a $1,500 preliminary event, earning $54,372.
Jonathan has continued running strong in 2014. During the 2014 PCA, Jonathan made the final table of a $5,300 NL Turbo preliminary event, ultimately finishing in ninth place. Jonathan has over $1.44 million in live tournament earnings.
Jonathan has had tremendous success online as well. In 2009, he took down the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $25,000 NL Heads-Up Event and $315,000. Additionally, in 2013, he placed first in the WCOOP Event #22, $215 NL Hold’em, to win his second bracelet and $251,673.45 in prize money. His bread and butter games online are heads-up sit-and-go’s and so far he has racked up over $800,000.
Jonathan prefers to focus on online poker as it allows him the freedom to live the lifestyle he wishes. As part of Ivey Poker, Jonathan will continue to dominate both the live and online arenas in hopes of one day taking down his first major live poker title.