Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jon Borenstein (itsmejon)


Hackensack, New Jersey’s Jon itsmejonBorenstein (pictured) has been playing poker since he was 10 years old with his dad. He plays under the handle jetsfanon WSOP.comand itsmejonon Borgata Poker and has over $62,000 in recorded online cashes to date. His accomplishments include a win in the WSOP.com Knockout Series Main Event for $2,175, a win in the WSOP.com Weekend Warm-Up for $2,000, and, in back-to-back weekends, he came in fourth in the WSOP.com $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major for a combined $3,650.

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PocketFives: When did you start playing poker and why was it appealing?

Jon Borenstein: I first was introduced to poker when I was about 10 years old. My father taught me how to play and we would play some weekends. It was always intriguing to me and I loved how much poker incorporated so much more than what you can see on the surface, not to mention I really like the feeling of winning.

PocketFives: How many hours do you dedicate to poker per week?

Jon Borenstein: I probably play five or six days a week from 7:00pm until whenever my last tournament ends. If it’s the WSOP.com 5,000 Guarantee, that can I go until 3:30am. I’m trying to incorporate online cash games into my repertoire also. Those have kind of a steep learning curve.

PocketFives: What are your favorite New Jersey online poker sites to play and why?

Jon Borenstein: I’d have to say it’s evenly split between WSOP.com and PartyPoker, but leaning toward WSOP.com mainly because I run better there and they have solid structures.

PocketFives: Since the launch of regulated online poker in New Jersey, what has been your most memorable cash or win?

Jon Borenstein: I think my most memorable win would have to be the WSOP.com Knockout Series Main Event that ran back in August. It was my largest cash on the New Jersey sites where I won $2,175. That was a field of sharks I really respect, so it felt really good to be able to navigate that to a win.

PocketFives: Is there anyone who helped change how you approach the game of poker?

Jon Borenstein: There are so many people who have helped me, so it’s hard to pinpoint just one. I love meeting and absorbing whatever different players have to say. Joining PocketFives has definitely introduced me to a really great network of people, which allows me to bounce ideas off them and improve. Right now, I’m working closely with Jake jtsnakesPerry and Mike Lav519 Lavenburg on elevating my game as far as I can.

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