Daily fantasy sports (DFS) just saw its biggest-ever tournament take place, as 10 finalists battled in the Fantasy Football World Championship (FFWC) for a $5 million top payout. Interestingly enough, former poker pro and coach Aaron ‘aejones’ Jones emerged victorious and collected the $5 million check.
200 players qualified for the Week 15 event, and only 10 players moved on to the FFWC Final in Los Angeles. Jones was one of them, and he got some attention from FOX Sports leading up to the finale. However, considering the variance associated with DFS, it was no guarantee that the former online poker standout would come close to the top prize.
This looked to be the case when DFS pro “CONDIA” bolted out to a big lead in the preliminary rounds. However, in the round of 10, he saw Randall Cobb go down early, giving Jones and other players a decent chance to win. Sitting in fifth place coming into the round of 10, Jones picked up major points with Pittsburgh WR Martavis Bryant, Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald and Arizona QB Carson Palmer.
His correct picks were enough to sneak past second-place finisher “danny1234,” who just missed out on the title by 14 points. Danny1234 earned $2 million for his runner-up effort, but he’s likely envious of Jones for earning $3 million more.
This marks yet another chapter in Jones’ illustrious online gaming career, which began a decade ago when he started playing online poker while a student at Indianapolis’ Butler University. From here, Jones went on to earn big scores in live tournaments, start the training site LeggoPoker (later sold to Phil Ivey) and eventually play DFS for a living. Now $5 million richer, it’ll be interesting to see what the next step for Jones is.