Sydney man wins $2 million poker tournament

January 31, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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23-yr-old Tyron Krost has won the 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

Tyron - in the money! pic: Shannon Morris

The Sydneysider competed against 745 competitors, including some of the world’s top players, to take out the $2,000,000 first prize.

The tournament saw the 745 whittled down to eight to do battle for the top prize. But at around 3:30a.m this morning cheers of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” resounded through the room as Krost who hails from the Eastern Suburbs, eliminated Frederick Jensen to become poker’s newest millionaire.

The ex-Moriah student who works in his family’s office furniture business told J-Wire: “I have played against many of the world’s famous players on line but never at the table. I really was in awe of Annette Obrestad but was lucky enough to have her sitting on my left so I was ahead of her in the call.”

Krost’s previous top win was $35,000. When asked how it felt to win $2m, he said: “It’s incredible. No words can describe it. The cards need to go for you…and they did.”

For a down to the line description, here are the final moments as recorded by the casino:

Krost outlasted a field of 746 players who anted up the AUD$10,500 buy-in for the ‘Main Event’ creating a prize pool of AUD$7.46 million. The ‘Main Event’ at Melbourne’s Crown Casino was the culmination of the 20 Championship Events, which this year generated more than AUD$15 million in total prize money.

After playing a marathon session at the Final Table that lasted 13 hours, 23-year-old Krost from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs had it in the bag, it unfolded like this…

Frederik Jensen raised to 200,000 from the button and Tyron Krost called from the big blind.  The flop came down KH 3H 2D and Krost checked. Jensen bet 225,000 before Krost put in a raise to 650,000. Needing to at least call 425,000 more to continue with the hand, Jensen had another option in mind. He reraised to 1.1 million. Krost wasted little time in moving all in and Jensen was right there to meet him with a call.

Jensen:   KD  6S

Krost:       KS  9D

Jensen held the dominated hand and needed to find some help on the turn or river or else he would be sent home as the runner-up. As everyone rushed to get a close view on what might be the final hand of the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event, the dealer burned and turned, placing the 7H on the turn. Jensen now needed a six and a six only to stay alive.

The river card was the 2C and it was all over. Chants of “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” rang through the arena for the champion from Sydney, Tyron Krost.

Danish poker player, Frederik Jensen played amazing poker and held his own against some of the best players in the world, busted out in second place winning a tidy AUD$1.1 million.

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