Not so long ago, John D’Agostino was making just over minimum wage in a donut shop. He nor his family and friends would ever suspect that several years later he’d be worth millions. But that is, in fact, what happened.
Born in Seymour, Connecticut, John initially enrolled in Central Connecticut State University with a desire to major in Accounting. However, in the Spring semester of 2003, D’Agostino received a 1.78 GPA and decided to drop out to pursue a career in poker. And why not, John was already playing and winning in high limit cash games online at the age of 20. When he turned 21, D’Agostino moved his game from his house and into Foxwoods, a huge casino close to his hometown. Soon enough, John was playing in the big live games as well.
At that time John’s specialty was Limit Hold’em. However, since John wanted to enter into big tournaments, he would have to learn No Limit. Although he had little live tournament experience, D’Agostino ended up with a 5th place finish at the WPT PokerStars Carribean Adventure in 2004. It was at this time that people began to notice John was a respectable poker player, as he was invited later that year to the WPT Young Guns of Poker event. The event gave John more T.V. time, and in turn, more notoriety.
However, what turned John from a no name into someone that every poker fan admires was in 2004, when he went toe-to-toe with arguably the greatest poker player of our time, Phil Ivey, for first place at The Championship at Verona, live from Turning Stone Casino. Many watched, expecting Ivey to dominate the no name. But to their surprise D’Agostino was for real, often outplaying Ivey and bluffing him out of big pots. However, luck wasn’t on John’s side. Even with his spectacular play, D’Agostino eventually finished 2nd to Ivey.
In that same year D’Agostino was seen again with a gigantic chip lead at the United States Poker Championship, only to unfortunately lose his stack by running into quad sevens versus one of the chip leaders and finishing 6th. In 2005, he finished 4th at the WPT Borgata Open for almost $350,000. Next year he repeated a final table in the Borgata Winter Open, this time busting out in second for over a half million dollars. To this day D’Agostino has never won a major tournament, but he still has 1.6 million reasons to be happy. It’s also safe to say that “Dags” has made at least that much money, if not much more, playing in cash games live and online.
D’Agostino is currently in a relationship and has a daughter named Isabella. Two players he respects greatly are John Juanda and Phil Ivey. He’s currently living in New Jersey. His favorite foods are pasta and seafood and his ambition is to become the greatest poker player of all time. If you would like to see John play, check out the highest limit cash games on Full Tilt.
Common Misspellings: Jon D'Agostino, John D'Agastino, John D'Agistino, John Diagostino
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