Swedish Pro Jonas Danielsson Takes Poker Profits And QuitsJanuary 14, 2010 8:10 am
Jonas Danielsson, a top Swedish online poker pro, announced recently on his blog that he was quitting the game which had earned him more than $3 million over his short but fruitful poker career.
Jonas turned professional in 2005, and has won most of his money playing cash tables, but had recently hit a downswing and complained of losing interest in the game and his edge over his opponents.
Jonas is now more concerned in protecting his wins to date, but whereas most pros routinely drop down levels at such a time, Danielsson says he was feeling burnt out and could not face the loss of status associated with moving down. Demonstrating a hugely practical approach to his poker career so far, Danielsson said, “If I take good care of the money I have earned from playing poker, then I probably dont have to work for the rest of my life.”
Danielsson got started playing poker in 2004, and said reading Doyle Brunson’s Super Systems helped him take his game to another level; “The content hit my like lightning and I took my bank roll of like 400$ or so and sat down at 6-max 1-2$ and bought in for either 100$ or 200$..Later that day I had turned that into 1900$. This is my happiest poker moment I think because from this day onward I knew that I could make a living out of it.”
Danielsson continued his winning ways and went on to dominate the 5/10 NL tables but described the frustration he felt coming up against more seasoned players at the higher levels, and commented:
“The regulars at 10-20 was too tough for me so i moved down completly to 5-10 and played there for a year. This year was a frustrating year, it felt like every time i took a shoot at 10-20 i got burned, it was frustrating because i completely crushed the game at 5-10. I made $90K a month there for 6 months in a row. I couldnt believe the difference was so big between 5-10 and 10-20.”
Whether Jonas “Nebuchad” Danielsson has retired from professional poker for good, or if after a break he decides to hit the felts once more remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, we wish him all the best in his future ventures.