2015 NJ Online POY Contenders: Jesse “NoXcape” Elliott

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Jesse “NoXcape” Elliott was given a second chance when regulated online poker returned to New Jersey in 2013 and has since become one of more successful tournament grinders in the state. (Picture credit: Borgata Poker Blog)

Throughout the year BLUFF.com brings the 2015 Online Player of the Year races for New Jersey and Nevada front and center with features on the players competing for top honor in online poker in the United States. Next up is Jesse “NoXcape” Elliott. 

Every online poker player remembers April 15, 2011, the date dubbed ‘Black Friday’. The day thousands of American based players tried to log onto the major sites of PokerStars and Full Tilt only to be met with the message that those websites were no longer available after being seized by the United States Department of Justice.

But, for players in New Jersey, there is another date of remembrance, November 26, 2013. The day regulated online poker returned to New Jersey and the date that gave Jesse Elliott his second chance.

Like so many, Elliott was and is a direct result of the poker boom. He started out playing draw poker with his friends as a teenager but after watching an episode of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN he “never thought to play Five Card Draw ever again, No Limit Hold’em found me and it was definitely love at first sight”.

After being introduced to the game through those ESPN broadcasts, Elliott found online poker in college. He supported himself by playing smaller guaranteed tournaments and Sit & Gos, building a bankroll until ‘Black Friday’ took it all away.

Shortly after, he finished school and took a job as a security supervisor. Still in love with the game, he’d spend the majority of his downtime studying poker and spent nearly every weekend traveling to Parx Casino and various Atlantic City casinos to grind their daily tournaments.

Fast forward a year, with Elliott joking, “Yeah, huge sample size, I know.” and he was comfortable and confident enough to take a shot at playing poker for a living. He told his boss that he was quitting to play poker. His boss told him he was crazy.

Fast forward another year and Elliott might have been agreeing with his boss. He was trying to make the live tournament grinder career work, but his small bankroll coupled with the costs associated of traveling to and from the casinos made his net profit nearly nonexistent.

Throw in the fact that Elliott was trying to do this all while supporting his three children and he was at a point where he was bending but he refused to break.

Instead of breaking, he’d catch a break and a second chance at the online poker career that he started a few years prior and the rest as they say, is history.

Since that opening November 2013 date, Elliott has been one of the more successful tournament grinders on the New Jersey online sites, compiling nearly $160,000 in winnings.

After getting off to a slow start at the beginning of this year, he’s now looking like one of the hottest players around, headlined many recent BLUFF.com Sunday Major recaps and climbing up the NJ OPOY Rankings. ‘NoXcape’ has just recently broken into the top 20 and now has his sights set on besting his 5th place finish in those rankings from last year.

Elliott says while he still tries to “get out of his cave” to play in a few live tournaments, his primarily focus is his online game. He’s been able to eliminate the expenses and overhead cost associated with traveling and the lower buy-in events online give him a chance to continue to build is bankroll with little to no risk of ruin.

He’s also been able to spend more time with his girlfriend and three children, as he can now play online, at a much higher volume, from the comfort of his own home as opposed to making week and weekend long trips to casinos to grind.

While his boss might have been right to call him crazy at first, it looks like Jesse “NoXcape” Elliott’s poker dream might just be crazy enough to work after all. He’s made the most of his second chance and will certainly be a player to watch as he looks to continue his climb up the NJ OPOY rankings.

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