142 – Jon Van Fleet – GTO Informed Street Poker

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With nearly $20,000,000 in online MTT cashes, Jonathan “apestyles” Van Fleet has long been considered one of the top players in the game. 

Recently, he’s allowed the poker world to peek behind the curtain with regular streams on Twitch, and his apestyles bundle on the BBZ training site.

In this episode, apestyles shares the struggles and insecurities he dealt with at the start of his Twitch streaming career, and he used this new challenge to further fuel his success on the tables.

[01:24] Welcome to this episode with guest Jonathan “apestyles” Van Fleet.

  • 1:59 The “secret” to Jon’s longevity in the game. 
  • 3:50 Why Jon was able to see the value in highly structured study well before the majority of the poker world. 
  • 5:31 How the world of poker study has changed, and how that’s changed what type of player is able to be successful in the game. 
  • 6:42 Why studying too much can actually do more harm than good, and what to do instead. 

[07:29] Apestyle’s foray into the Twitch streaming world.

  • 8:01 How a conversation with a good friend convinced Jon to finally give streaming a try. 
  • 9:04 Winning the $530 Bounty Builder on his first stream and getting over 600 viewers. 
  • 9:50 The surprising dynamic that makes Twitch stream so fun for Jon. 
  • 14:09 How playing in front of an audience changed Jon’s game.  

[18:28] Apestyle’s sponsorship with ACR. 

  • 19:01 How being down money lifetime on ACR motivated Jon to seek out a sponsorship deal with ACR. 

[21:21] Apestyle’s advice for those who want to live the poker dream in 2021. 

  • 22:09 How Jon’s webinar bundle can help you distill his nearly 20 years of experience into simple and easy-to-understand concepts. 
  • 23:55 Why Jon has moved away from 1:1 coaching and is now focusing more on courses and group coaching. 

[30:02] Wrap-up—thanks for checking out this episode!

3 Key Points

  1. The best players in the game use GTO concepts to inform their play while exploiting large edges: The goal of studying GTO concepts isn’t to play like a bot. It’s to understand where you “should” be at and protect yourself from being exploited while searching for leaks in your opponent’s games that you can exploit.
  2. Both study and practice are needed to improve your game: If you’re not pairing practice with your poker study, you’ll have a very hard time making actual improvements in your winrate. Studying concepts and deploying them in-game are different skill sets, and you need both working in harmony to take your game to the next level.
  3. When you mix doing what you love with a world-class approach, good things happen: To become the top 1% in any industry, you must tap into something that drives you at a deep level, with a world-class approach to iteration and improvement. In any endeavor you’re likely to hit many rough patches, and having that little bit of extra drive helps you push past the tough times that are bound to happen.


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