Episode 58 – Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet On The Mindset of a Long-Term MTT Crusher


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In This Week’s Episode:

Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet has been one of the most successful and profitable online tournament players of the last decade. With $8,000,000 in lifetime cashes, he’s won some of online poker’s toughest tournaments, including Pokerstars’ $1,050 Super Tuesday and Sunday Grand, and he has the highest average cash of the top 20 players on Pocket 5s’ all-time earnings leaderboard.

His most recent achievement, in January, was the largest Triple Crown recorded by Pocket 5s since 2013, featuring wins in the 888 Super XL High Roller and the Party Poker Super High Roller.

Jon credits his success to staying a student of the game, constantly adjusting, not being afraid to try new strategies, and prioritizing mental/physical health alongside study.

He’s a contributing instructor on Cardrunners, a co-author (with Rizen and Pearljammer) of the book Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time, and has worked with hundreds of students as an online MTT coach since 2011.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How keeping a daily poker journal allowed Jon to discover a huge mindset leak.
  • Jon’s “study prescription” for Adrienne.
  • The great thing about downswings.
  • Why you should be ruthless on the tables even if that’s not your personality in real life.
  • The inverted relationship between the amount of alcohol Jon drank daily and how much he won at the tables.
  • How playing poker for a living gave Jon the freedom to give back in areas that were important to him. 


Jon Van Fleet:

Adrienne Rowsome:

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