For the last five Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen has been crushing the toughest Pot-Limit Omaha games offered online and has built up a formidable reputation.
Today, in front of friends and family, he proved that he’s no slouch in the live arena either.
Kyllönen outlasted 184 runners in the ultra-tough $25k PLO Championship to take down $1,127,035.
The Helsinki native has accumulated over $5m in online earnings over his career but was still floored by the bracelet.
“I can’t remember the last time I had this kind of rush,” he said.
“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.”
Kyllönen Outlasts Tommy Le in Lengthy Heads-Up
As expected the $25k PLO Championship drew one of the toughest fields of the entire 2016 WSOP.
The final table included Robert Mizrachi, Ryan D’Angelo, Tommy Le, Dan Smith and Sean Winter.
After a long final table, it came down to Smith vs. Le vs. Kyllönen in three-handed play.
The lead was traded back-and-forth numerous times but eventually Smith bowed out in third place clearing the way for a two-hour heads-up session between Le and Kyllönen where Le mounted numerous comebacks.
Kyllönen finally landed the crippling blow when he flopped quad aces against Le. He finished him shortly thereafter.
“It took much longer than I expected,” he 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.”
Finnish Fans Crowd Amazon Room to Cheer on Kyllönen
Kyllönen had verbose Finnish rail who cheered for him throughout the final table.
High fives all around.
“It was great, just perfect,” he said. “I appreciate it a lot. I’m going to remember it forever.”
Long-renowned for his mastery of PLO, it was perhaps fitting that Kyllönen won his first WSOP gold bracelet in the championship of the game.
When asked about what drew him to the game, Kyllönen mulled it over for a moment.
“I guess there’s just more action,” he said. “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.”
Despite the tough final table, Kyllönen maintained that online is the more difficult arena for a PLO player.
“I do think that online I usually play against tougher opposition,” he said.
“I think the biggest leak of [live] PLO tournament players is that when you get into that 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.”
Ticket to Space Cancelled
Kyllönen has been one of the most consistent online earners of all-time and was on such an upswing at that point in his career he bought into the $1m buy-in One Drop and famously purchased a ticket to space aboard Virgin Galactic.
“I bought a ticket to space four years ago when I was playing really high-stakes,” explained Kyllönen.
“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.”
Interestingly the $25k PLO Championship is the only event Kyllönen has played at the WSOP.
“I’m gonna play this and the Main Event and this,” he said. “I’ve been saving energy for the right tournaments.”