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KING KROST CROWNED DOWN UNDER

It may have taken a whole week of tournament poker, 745 bust-outs and an epic 13-hour final table to get there, but when the dust had finally settled down under, it was PartyPoker qualifier Tyron Krost who made sure Aussie Millions honours stayed in the southern hemisphere

Another year brought with it another Australian champion last month as Bondi Beach resident Tyron Krost picked up where his compatriot Stewart Scott left off in 2009 by beating an all-star cast of poker professionals to win the Aussie Millions Main Event.

The 27-year-old Sydneysider – who only secured his seat for the Main Event after qualifying online via a PartyPoker satellite – eventually emerged victorious from a hard-as-nails final table which boasted poker luminaries Sorel Mizzi and Annette Obrestad after he defeated Copenhagen’s Frederik Jensen heads-up to win the title.

In doing so, the furniture store employee earned himself a well-upholstered $2 million AUD to go with his Aussie Millions glassware, while his vanquished opponent – amazingly also a qualifier with PartyPoker – managed to parlay his initial investment in the tournament up to a hefty $1.1 million AUD for his runner-up effort.

With PartyPoker’s Main Event one-two ensuring that the site had plenty to celebrate once the southern hemisphere’s biggest poker tournament had finally come to a close, it was hardly a surprise when the mild-mannered and ever-reserved Tony G voiced his opinion on his new employers’ latest tournament conquest down under.

“PartyPoker are on a roll,” explained the Aussie legend. “Our players are starting to dominate and it’s bike time for the rest!” Certainly, having mentored Krost ahead of the final table, Tony G himself will have taken a deal of satisfaction from the result and will no doubt have been proud of his protégé’s heads-up efforts.

The final hand between the two PartyPoker players came after Krost, who’d swept into a commanding 4-to-1 chip lead ahead of one-on-one play, flat-called Jensen’s min-raise out of the big blind to see a Kc-3h-2d flop. It was a board that would soon spell the end of the Dane’s Main Event, however, as a flurry of action saw Krost quickly move all-in over the top of his four-bet only for Jensen to call just as fast.

With the cards on their backs, Jensen tabled Kd-6s for top pair, but he was in dire straits against the dominating Ks-9d of his opponent Krost. An eager throng of supporters for both parties instantly gathered around the table as the dealer prepared to burn and turn the next card, with the 7h meaning that Jensen was down to a six and a six alone if he was to stand any chance of staging a late comeback.

A strange moment of serenity preceded the tournament’s final card, but the calm before the storm soon gave way to chants of “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” as an innocuous 2c fell on the river to crown their native son champion and keep the trophy in Australia for a second successive year. Talking to reporters after his life-changing win, Krost was clearly still in a state of shock as he explained his feelings.

“This is totally unbelievable,” said the clearly elated victor. “If it’s a dream, I don’t want to wake up – in total I spent $700 on trying to qualify for a package and I’ve now turned that into $2,000,000. It just hasn’t sunk in yet how much money I’ve won – I have no idea what I’m going to do with it!”

Krost’s fantastic result came on the back of an all-action final table performance which saw him dismantle the competition to assume the overall chip lead after the day’s initial monster stack, Mizzi, failed to build on a lead that saw him start the table with over 40 percent of the chips in play. However, Mizzi’s loss was to be Krost’s gain as the Aussie came out of the traps the fastest with a flurry of early bust-outs.

Indeed, Krost was at the centre of the first two eliminations at the final table, rubbing out Stephen Shelley before bagging himself an enviable scalp in the form of Norwegian online legend Obrestad. Kosta Varoxis then got in on the act as his big-slick got the better of American Steve Friedlander’s pocket sevens, but the barrage of Krost bust-outs did not abate for too long after he sent Peter Jetten home in fifth.

Runner-up Jensen then sprang to life to eliminate Varoxis, but it was to prove small change as the Krost juggernaut continued to steamroll the competition – his ever-escalating pile of chips finally engulfing the stack of main rival Mizzi to complete the Canadian’s fall from grace and propel him into a decisive chip lead going into heads-up play. And with the deficit proving a bridge too far for Jensen, another home-grown hero was crowned champion to complete a memorable night in Melbourne. Bonza!

Final Table Payouts

1st – Tyron Krost ($2,000,000 AUD)

2nd – Frederik Jensen ($1,100,000 AUD)

3rd – Sorel Mizzi ($715,000 AUD)

4th – Kosta Varoxis ($450,000 AUD)

5th – Peter Jetten ($350,000 AUD)

6th – Steve Friedlander ($250,000 AUD)

7th – Annette Obrestad ($175,000 AUD)
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