By playing the toughest online Pot-Limit Omaha games Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllönen has built up a formidable reputation over the last five years.
Now, he showed that the live arena is not much of a challenge either and he did this in front of friends and family.
In the ultra-tough $25k PLO Championship Kyllönen outlasted 184 runners to eventually win $1,127,035.
Online, the poker player already had earned over $5m in earnings but the bracelet was still missing for the Helsinki native.
‘I can’t remember the last time I had this kind of rush’.
‘It might have been back in 2011 when I won $1m in a day. That’s a similar feeling. Other than that, this is the biggest’.
In Lengthy Heads-up Tommy Le outlasted by Kyllönen
One of the toughest fields of the entire 2016 WSOP was found at the $25k Championship drew.
Here are a few names on the final table: Sean Winter, Tommy Le, Dan Smith, Ryan D’angelo and Robert Mizrachi.
In a three-handed play it finally came down to Kyllönen vs. Le. vs Smith.
Smith eventually bowed out in third place after the lead was traded back-and-forth numerous times. Le mounted numerous comebacks in the two-hour heads up that followed between him and Kyllönen.
When Kyllönen flopped quad aces against Le, he finally landed the crippling blow.
‘I took much longer than I expected,’ Kyllönen said.
‘That’s kind of PLO when you are shallow. Situations change fast. Even if you play your best you can’t help it. You have to win the all-ins’.
Kyllönen Cheered on By Amazon Room Full of Finnish Fans
The verbal Finnish rail cheered for the Finnish poker player throughout the final table.
He said: ‘it was great, just perfect. I appreciate it a lot. I’m going to remember it forever’.
That Kyllönen won his first WSOP gold bracelet in the PLO was perhaps fitting after his long mastery of this game.
Kyllönen mulled it over for a moment after we asked him what drew him to the game.
‘I guess there’s just more action. You can make more hands with four cards. Also, I think the weaker players have a better shot at winning in this game because it’s easier to get lucky.’
For a PLO player online will always be more difficult than the live arena, Kyllönen said this despite the tough final table.
‘I do think that online I usually play against tougher opposition.’
‘I think the biggest leuk of (live) PLO tournament players is that when you get into the 20-40bb range no one will 3-bet with anything other than aces. They fold a lot preflop. There’s a lot of fold equity to be had.’
Cancelled: Ticket to Space
At an upswing point in his career the Finnish poker player bought into the $1m buy-in One Drop and also purchased a ticket to go aboard of the Virgin Galactic into space. As one of the most consistent online earner of all-time he had no problems affording this all.
‘I bought a ticket to space four years ago when I was playing really high-stakes.’
‘I was swinging up and down hundreds of thousands of dollars. It cost like $200k so I was like ‘OK, let’s do this.’’
‘They haven’t really shown much progress though and a few pilots have died. I could get the money back so I just decided, “OK, this is maybe not the best idea” and cancelled it.’
At the WSOP Kyllönen interestingly enough only played the $25k PLO Championship so far.
‘I’m gonna play this and the Main Event and this. I’ve been saving energy for the right tournaments’, he said.