Jesse Lonis, Poker’s Most Active Man in 2022 – World Poker Tour


Averaging better than one tournament cash per week and scoring major hits throughout 2022, Jesse Lonis is one of the rising stars of the year.

Since placing 5th in the 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in 2021, Jesse Lonis has 2 wins and 23 final tables to his credit.

Jesse Lunis He entered 2021 on the brink of a breakthrough, booking the year with the first World Poker Tour Final table of his career at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in January, and a deep run at the 2021 World Series of Poker in the Main Event in November.

It served as a launching pad for a prolific tour in 2022.

So far this year, Lonis has scored 46 live cycle chests, according to The Hendon Mob. That’s a direct payout every 6.7 days, plus four additional $10K+ outcomes Lonis has been credited with in the WSOP’s online bracelet and ring events, including winning the online bracelet in September. And when you think about the tournaments Lonis didn’t take advantage of – even if there were a few – it’s clear he’s been one of the busiest tournament pros in the world this year.

“I’m running really well, playing at my highest level now. It’s really cool,” Lunis said. “And being at that level, it’s something you wake up to every day and you’re so excited to get out there and play everything you can to go out and play.”

Lonis has credits in everything from $215 online tournaments to the $25,000 High Roller event at the 2022 World Series of Poker, and just about everything in between. He won a tournament on New Year’s Day, scoring hits all over the United States. Lonis just missed his first career WSOP bracelet, finishing second in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo event in July, before winning his bracelet online.

“I think I’ve finally come to my full understanding, not the potential, but my whole understanding of tournament poker, and I’m grasping at it better than ever now,” said Lonis. “The last couple of months in particular have been really good, both online and live. I’m kidding with people at the table, because [sometimes they] I feel like, man, you win all you want. you are so lucky.’

“I’m like, ‘Yeah, you know, I wake up every morning like I’m going to get luckier than everyone else today.'” “I mess with them [a little]. But I think it’s just been about putting in the hard work that I’ve put in, the size and just striving to be one of the best has really started to pay off more and more lately.”

Lonis, 27, of Little Falls, New York, took in $1.7 million in professional tournament winnings this year, winning almost exclusively for the past three years. He set up his family, including a newborn, in Las Vegas in 2021, and immediately set to work on achieving championship results.

While it rarely lacks poker options, Las Vegas as a city is full of transplants and tourists, making it a secluded experience for those new to the city. But that wasn’t Lonis’ experience in Vegas, where he found a poker community – especially since he added more buy-in fees in small fields of over $10,000 to his tournament schedule.

“I feel like a lot of you have become a group, almost like a family with a lot of these guys,” Lonis said. “You’re all reaching for the same goal, you’re all trying to feed your family at the end of the day. It’s our job, for a lot of us, and we take it very seriously, but at the end of the day we can all bounce back. When we’re down, we can talk, and they’re all there to lift you up.” .

“The more and more I played, the more and more cool I became with a lot of these big-name guys that I always had on TV — guys who, when I was younger, I didn’t think I’d be friends with and hang out with, and that was something Really cool.”

Even as he advanced through the subscription levels, Jesse Lonis continued to enjoy continued success in tournament poker.

As of late October, Lonis was positioned among players like Chance Kornuth, Jeremy Ausmus, Alex Foxen and Stephen Chidwick, among others, in 20th place in the World Poker Index rankings – ahead of names like Erik Seidel, Darren Elias and Josh Arih and Andrew Lichtenberger.

And after more wins and deeper runs, staying competitive no matter if it’s a larger field and smaller signup or an elite formation and bigger entry point, Lonis is excited to get out almost every day and test himself.

“Most poker players can relate to each other – we’re all very competitive people, and a lot of us come from athletic backgrounds. When I’m doing those runs, I get caught up in a point where it’s like a game of basketball or a game of soccer where the adrenaline has made me so focused that I won’t. Make no mistake. You feel so cooped up, and there’s nothing like it when you get to the end.”

With the way things are heading in his career, Lonis can’t be blamed for his quest for every poker tournament under the sun. And while he’s eager to continue compiling his massive hits list, family priorities will take precedence and will pretty much keep Lonis in Las Vegas for most of that time.

“I have two leagues that I know I’m playing [in the next couple months] — WPT $10,000 World Championship in Wynn, $25,000 in the Bahamas,” Lonis said. “Having a little daughter, your life revolves around her and then you can schedule poker tournaments around that.

“On top of all that, I’m probably among the worst when it comes to scheduling and preparing like that. I’m more of a last-minute guy, and everything else I play is just going to be playing by ear—wake up, and if there’s a good tournament that day, I might be there.”

Tournament poker can be stressful at the best of times. Hours and hours spent chasing an inflated payout at the top, with one misstep or moment of bad luck looming to end a day with little or nothing to offer for everything.

It is a big reason why poker players need to take long breaks to recharge their batteries and refocus themselves mentally. But sometimes, when you’re locked in and the cards fall in the right direction, it’s hard to resist any chance of continuing the good run — and while it’s a good thing, Lonis intends to keep riding the wave.

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