Like the journeys of many poker players, Jonathan found the game in college back in 2003 and quickly became hooked on it. A true product of the Moneymaker effect, Turner dropped his computer science pursuits in 2005 after putting together a bankroll from frequent successful trips to Las Vegas. He moved to the poker capital of the world and began his full-time career by grinding cash games at casinos. However, Turner soon developed a love for tournaments and some big scores in 2005 gave him the necessary means to deposit a bankroll online. Playing under the screenname ‘PearlJammer’, Jonathan consistently scored big in the online world to become one of the most successful players in the field over the next few years.
According to records on PocketFives, Turner has picked up around $8,000,000 playing online, with the majority of his winnings coming on PokerStars (as ‘PearlJammer’) and at Full Tilt (as ‘PearlJammed’). A runner-up finish in the Sunday Million in 2007 gave a real boost to Turner’s online bankroll and profile, and just one year later he ranked third on the PocketFives tournament leaderboard following a Super Tuesday win. His biggest cash to date came in 2009 when he finished third-place in the SCOOP $10,300 Main Event for a huge $527,100. He caught another six-figure SCOOP score in 2014 when he final-tabled the $2,100 NLH event for $111,888. Add a WCOOP title to this list of accomplishments and it should come as no surprise why Jonathan is regarded as one of the most successful online MTT players in the history of the game.
All the while, Turner managed to squeeze in enough live tournaments to rack up another $2,600,000 in change. Although 2011 was a terrible year for American poker with the events of Black Friday, it was softened by two large cashes that Jonathan picked up in the live arena. The first on these came at the PCA, when he finished runner-up at the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max event for $178,240. A couple months on saw the North Carolina-born pro make a final table of a WSOP event – one of many that has come his way – at the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament where he finished in third for $274,005.
Though the bracelet has eluded him to this point, Turner more recently booked a trophy win in 2016 at the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at The Venetian for a massive $536,858. He’s been outspoken about the increasingly tough climate of the game, explaining to interviewer Julio Rodriguez:
‘I still love the game . . . but I would be lying if I said I hadn’t ever thought about maybe one day having to find a new career, thanks to Black Friday. It’s never a strong consideration though. I’m a poker player, and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep going as long as I can’.
Authoring multiple books as well as continuing to win tournaments has definitely helped to keep his poker dream alive!