Jonathan Van Fleet was one of the early stars of the online poker boom, terrorizing opponents at virtual tables under the nickname “Apestyles”. The Texas Tech grad has raised millions in cash and is one of MTT’s top players, though his battle with addiction has cost him many times over.
These days, however, the 39-year-old is once again at the forefront of the online poker world. Van Fleet won a $5,000 buy-in on partypoker Millions for over $1 million online in December 2017. He also did very well in the $25,000 High Roller event on GGPoker, collecting a few million along the way. According to PocketFives, he is now fourth in the All-Time Money List online tournament with $16.8 million behind Sweden’s Niklas Astedt, Hungary’s Peter Traply and England’s Chris Moorman.
Highlights from this interview include the wake up call for online poker, pink shoelaces, going back to college, bluffing beers, apologizing for sleeping, giving Ben Sulsky his money, what he means behind his online poker name, what he doesn’t mean by is power. a million dollars, his GTO study group with Stephen Chidwick and Elio Fox lost $400,000 in one day trading Timex, with Fred Savage as a child holding his breath and performing the lousy Stairway To Heaven.
In addition to the title and cash, Firebaugh was awarded Card Player of the Year for being the champion of this event with 264 points. This is his second qualifying POY score of the year after winning a $400 buy-in event at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati in January. His two victories were enough to place him in the top 500 of the 2020 POY race sponsored by Global Poker, visit Halo69.