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Yong Beats Schemion for Aussie Millions $100k Title, $1.8m
Despite over $4m in career live tournament earnings, Malaysian High Roller Richard Yong had never won a live tournament.
Until today, that is.
A veteran of some of the highest-stakes cash games in the world, Yong finally added a tournament title to his collection at Crown Casino in Melbourne in impressive fashion.
Outlasting an impossibly tough field of 70 players in total Yong sealed his win by defeating German Ole Schemion - one of the best closers in poker - heads-up.
Schemion Can't Make It Another
The 22-year-old Schemion has already collected an amazing array of tournament titles in his career and was primed to add another heading into the $100k final table.
After a four-day break for the Main Event to play down to a final seven, Schemion came back to the felt with the chip lead.
He maintained that advantage for most of the final table until Yong busted Scott Seiver in third to take a 5m-2m chiplead into heads-up.
The gap was too much for even Schemion to make up. After a back-and-forth heads up clash he eventually fell when his open-ended straight draw failed to beat Yong's Jack-high.
Yong apparently thought he held a flush draw when he called off with JT on a 762 board.
With no deal agreed to at the final table Yong collected AUD $1.87m for his biggest career score
Schemion earned $1.35m. The complete final table and payouts:
- 1. Richard Yong $1,870,000
- 2. Ole Schemion $1,350,000
- 3. Scott Seiver $1,000,000
- 4. Justin Bonomo $800,000
- 5. Jason Mo $630,000
- 6. Erik Seidel $500,000
- 7. Dani Stern $400,000
- 8. Alex Trevallion $310,000
For a full recap of the final-table action, check the PokerStars blog.