ACR Pros - Jon Van Fleet
We first welcomed Jon Van Fleet to the Americas Cardroom team in early 2021. The Austin, Texas native is no stranger to the world of online poker.
Jon made a name for himself during the original online poker boom of the 2000s under the nickname ‘apestyles.’ Just ask anyone who played online back in the day, and they’ll tell you all about his inimitable playing style.
Jon started playing poker around the time fellow ACR Pro Chris Moneymaker conquered the WSOP Main Event in 2003. In those days, Jon mostly played for fun with his fellow Texas Tech students. After quickly growing a modest $3,000 to a respectable $70,000 bankroll, Van Fleet bet he could go pro. And with more than $4 Million in multi-table tournament profits to date and close to $17 Million in total lifetime cashes, it’s pretty clear ‘apestyles’ wagered correctly.
With a poker career spanning close to two decades, Jon’s accomplishments are lengthy. Yet his most notable accomplishment was becoming the first-ever Partypoker Millions Champion. He walked away with $1,027,000 after crushing the $5 Million GTD online tournament back in 2017.
Yet Van Fleet’s biography is by no means a sob story. Rather, it’s an inspirational tale about facing obstacles head-on, defying the odds, and overcoming adversity. With the help of his friends, the poker pro sought treatment. He now leads a healthy life that involves training, teaching, volunteering and playing poker. We’re proud he’s back and part of our team.
Van Fleet is also an accomplished writer and coach, having co-authored Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time. The popular three-volume book series has been called a masterclass in poker skill development. He also hosts online seminars on the game.
Want to keep up with Jon? Follow @apestyles on twitter, subscribe to the apestylespoker Twitch channel, and keep your eyes peeled for apestyles at Americas Cardroom’s tables.