Like many American poker pros, Florida-born tournament grinder John Dolan began taking poker seriously during college after achieving some success online. He is best known for making the November Nine of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. On day 8 of the tournament, John was one of the shortest stacks in the field and was on the edge of busting. However, he rebuilt his stack to enter the November Nine as second in chips – sitting only behind the eventual winner Jonathan Duhamel. In a notoriously tough final table packed with other sharks such as bracelet holders John Racener and Michael Mizrachi, John ended up finishing in sixth for $1,772,959.
By far his biggest poker achievement in financial terms, Dolan has still racked up five six-figure scores in other events. This includes a runner-up finish in the 2012 WPT $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event at the Seminole Hard Rock Showdown. Two years later at the same casino, John caught another huge score when he took home $548,763 after finishing fourth at the $5,300 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Main Event.
Although he’s known less for his online accomplishments, Dolan put together a string of wins totalling over $1,000,000 between 2007 and 2011. In four out of these five years, he ranked in the top 0.20% of tournament earners under the screenname ‘JRD312’ on PokerStars.