Jason 'jdpc27' Wheeler Is Online Tournament Player Of 2011 So FarApril 6, 2011 9:34 am
In 2010, Taylor “ambiguosity” Paur earned 11,030 points and $1,099,435 in tournament cashes to win the Card Player Online Player of the Year Award.
Now, just three months into 2011 and already the prestigious online race is beginning to heat up and so far leading the field is Jason ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler.
The 33-year former management consultant used to play poker casually but being laid off from his chosen career path then gave Jason Wheeler all the motivation he needed to follow an alternative career as a poker pro.
Already a formidable sit-n-go player, Wheeler has since managed to make a successful transition to multi-table tournaments and has now earned an impressive $2,234,688 from online tournaments since late 2006.
However, making the switch from sit-n-gos to multi-table tournaments took some major adjustments to his game and giving an insight into the hurdles he had to overcome along the way, Jason Wheeler explains:
“Sit-n-gos deal a lot with push-fold situations and learning calling ranges and although those are important things to know for tournaments, you could say that years of sit-n-gos kind of stunted my growth as a tournament player. Basically, I was kind of a one-trick pony and really had a tough transition into learning things such as post-flop board textures and what to do with different stack sizes. I was definitely behind the curve.”
Wheeler’s record now stands for itself and he is currently on 4,288 OPOY Points and $376,248 in earnings for 2011, including 7 online tournament wins, the most recent of which came yesterday at the $500 FTOPS Event #8, which he took down for a $85,613 pay-day.
It would seem there’s no stopping the young pro originally from Chicago, although he will still have a very challenging time ahead if he is to maintain his lead over such fierce competitors as Alex “Kadabra” Keating currently in 2nd spot, and Aleh “cooltwister” Plauski in third.