Jonathan Little was born on 12/22/1984 to Larry and Rita Little in Pensacola Florida. From an early age, Jonathan was intellectually gifted. He excelled academically in the Program for Academically Talented Students and received several academic scholarships upon graduating from Pace High School. He continued his education at the University of West Florida until he decided to focus all his effort and energy into becoming a world class poker professional.
Before poker, Jonathan started playing Magic: The Gathering with his friends when he was 12 years old. Playing locally and in numerous major tournaments in the southeast USA, Jonathan eventually became ranked as high as 9th in the world in the Vintage format. As he and his friends got older they made the shift to poker. Jon was not naturally good at the game but after a year of constant study, he became the best in the area. At the age of 18 Jonathan made the shift to online poker. He grinded the lowest stakes limit holdem games until he finally reached $15/$30. After working 3 full time jobs (poker, college, and work) for 2 years, something had to go! After building a bankroll of $20,000, Jonathan decided to quit his job at Pensacola Aviation and give up his scholarship to pursue poker as a full time professional. It was a decision that would change his small town life forever!
Jonathan continued to have much success online. Since $30/$60 was the highest limit games online at the time, Jonathan decided to make the move to single table no limit holdem tournaments, also called sit n go's. He jumped right into the biggest games online and was very successful for a while but eventually lost quite a bit of his bankroll. He decided to go back to the $11 games and learn from the bottom up, just as he did with limit holdem. After months of practice, study, and learning from others, he became one of the highest earning sng players in the world, usually multi-tabling 16 games at the time.
At the age of 21, Jonathan started traveling the live tournament circuit. However, Jonathan did not quit online poker and continued to have much success. He won a Party Poker Cruise package online and took his father, mother, and little brother Garrett on a Caribbean vacation. Jonathan finished in the money in his first live major tournament on this cruise netting $16,000. Also playing online, Jonathan took 2nd in the Sunday Million Tournament on Poker Stars. That win came on 4/30/06 and won $90,000. Back on the live tournament circuit, Jonathan cashed 4 times in the 2006 WSOP but failed to make a large score. After a solid year of playing the tournament circuit, Jonathan found himself with loads of experience but his bankroll was slowly getting depleted.
While 2006 was a rough year, 2007 proved to be the exact opposite! He started the year off by taking 5th in the Poker Stars Caribbean Classic for $320,000 on 1/11/07. A month later he finished 35th in the LA Poker Classic for $35,000. His next big win came at the Bellagio where he took 2nd place in a $3000 preliminary event netting $147,000. The largest score of Jonathan's career took place on 5/23/07 when he won the Mirage Poker Showdown and $1,090,000! The final table included Phil Ivey, Darrel "Gigabet" Dicken, Cory Carrol, Amnon Fillippi, and Richard Kirsch. This was described as one of the toughest final tables in World Poker Tour history and Jonathan proved to be #1 that day! Jonathan followed this historic victory up with a 7th place finish and $93,000 at the Gulf Coast Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. Jonathan's next big score came at the WPT North American Poker Championship at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Canada. His family was there to witness another tough final table including Barry Greenstein, Scott Clements, and Jeff Garza. Jonathan finished 2nd behind Scott Clements earning $715,000. This win secured the Season 6 WPT Player of the Year title for Jonathan Little, the youngest Player of the Year ever on the WPT! Past WPT Player of the Year winners include poker stars Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith, and J. C. Tran. Cardplayer Magazine ranked Jonathan #3 in the world behind David Pham and J. C. Tran.
In 2008, Jonathan had the honor of being one of 64 professional and celebrity players invited to compete in the NBC Heads UP Tournament. He bested Erik Seidel, Gabe Kaplan, and Greg Raymer before finally losing to eventual winner Chris Ferguson. This 5th place finish earned $75,000.
In November of 2008, Jonathan became the youngest person to ever win two WPT titles when e won the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods. He bested a table including Mike Matsow, David Pham, and Jonathan Jaffe to bring home his second win over $1,000,000.
Jonathan now has three homes and currently spends his free time in Las Vegas. He continues to play all WPT and WSOP events and can be found online mostly on Poker Stars under the screen name Jcardshark. He is also one of the head coaches of the training site www.sngicons.com where he teaches the skills necessary to become both a well rounded sng and multitable tournament player. Jonathan Little has proven he knows what it takes to become a world class poker professional.
Jonathan would also like to thank some of the people that have been influential in his poker career. Shannon Shorr, one of Jonathan’s best friends in the poker world, whom he met on his first overseas trip to Vienna Austria. Dave "Raptor" Benfield, who convinced Jonathan to give up his day job for poker. Bill Seymour, of www.pokercoaching.com, helped Jonathan make the transition from the middle stakes online games to the live poker arena. Aaron "Daliman" O'Rouke helped Jon gain numerous skills in the online poker world. Greg "Curtains" Shahade gave Jonathan much help in online sit and go's. Chris "cwar20" Warren mentored Jonathan on his heads up game before his 5th place finish in the NBC Heads Up Tournament. Andrew "Good2cu" Robl and Dan Fleyshman for helping with Victory Poker. Finally, Tom "Durrrr" Dwan gave Jonathan many of the resources necessary to make a living playing the largest tournaments in the world.