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Online Player of the Year

Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Jan 07, 2011

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Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet has been one of the game’s most respected online professionals for the past five years. The New York-born and Texas-raised pro, fondly known as “ape,” took a $50 deposit in college and ran it up to a substantial bankroll. To date, the 29-year-old has amassed nearly $2.2 million in tournament earnings. Despite his success, Van Fleet nearly lost it all, thanks to too much partying, bad bankroll management, and a big ego. Now living in Austin, Texas, Van Fleet has separated himself from the distractions and gotten his life in order, and now sits in the top five of the OPOY standings with just a few weeks remaining in the race at the time of this writing. In this interview, Van Fleet discusses his start in poker, his downfall, and how he picked himself back up, and even offers up some advice for beginning players. Julio ...


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