Poker pro Aaron “aejones” Jones beat out 10 tough opponents over the weekend in the Fantasy Football World Championship in Los Angeles to win a massive $5 million prize.
Going into the final, CONDIA was sitting pretty with a 30 point lead over the field, with Jones starting in fifth place. But the advantage wouldn’t last, and an injury to Packers’ wide receiver express vpn Randall Cobb would leave CONDIA with a big fat 0 in his lineup, pushing him out of the top spot and leaving him in third place for a $1 million payout.
Second-place finisher Danny1234 was on top for most of the day, but was eventually eclipsed by Jones, who had Danny1234’s final two players on his own line up. As a consolation, Danny1234 would walk away with a hefty $2 million check for his efforts.
Jones’ lineup consisted of several Arizona Cardinals and was unique from those of his competitors. After running neck and neck with Danny1234, Jones would get the boost he needed from Martavis Bryant to push him into first place. Bryant was included in only three of the final 10 lineups and helped Jones gain 57 points which led him to a 14 point victory over his closest competitor.
“I owe a fruit basket to Martavis Bryant,” Jones joked.
On Twitter, Aaron thanked DraftKings for “a great event & the chocolate covered strawberries – even if they put them in [Assani Fisher’s] hotel room.”
He also did a little boasting, saying that, “I recommend winning $5 million if you guys have a chance. It was fun and I would do it again.”
The final 10 contenders were plucked from the 200 FFWC top finishers who battled it out in a live December event in San Diego.
Just days before the $5 million showdown, Jones was profiled in the media, and revealed that he had been playing poker professionally since he was 17 years old. “I’ve kind of made enough money to not have to worry about going down the internship and job path,” he said.
Jones is also the former owner of video training site Leggo Poker, which he sold to poker legend Phil Ivey in 2013.
In the interview, Jones made a bold declaration, saying that “I like to think that I’m better at both poker and daily fantasy sports than Michael Jordan was at baseball.”
With his stunning $5 million win, he is doing a great job of backing up that claim.