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Richard Yong Wins 2015 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

Malaysian Wins First Major Title, $1,870,000 AUD After Topping 70-Entry Field


The 2015 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge super high roller no-limit hold’em event drew a huge field of 70 entries, but in the end there could be only one champion: Richard Yong.

The Malaysian businessman, with interests in mining and technology, has been a fixture in some of the highest stakes cash games in the world that have taken place in Macau in recent years. He has also played a number of international high roller events with some success, but this marks his first title. For the win he earned $1,870,000 AUD ($1,452,803 USD) and 840 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result he now sits in 27th place in the overall POY rankings.

Yong has now made seven final tables in his career, with his cashes totaling $5,947,593.

He had to contend with a very tough final table stacked with top poker professionals. Scott Seiver, who finished third for $776,900 USD, was at his third high roller final table of 2015. The American pro had previously finished eighth in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 super high roller and fifth in the $25,000 high roller event down in the Bahamas as well. With $1,418,520 in year-to-date earnings and 1,226 POY points he has climbed into eighth place on the POY leader board.

With Seiver’s elimination Yong took a roughly 2.5-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Ole Schemion. During their final showdown the two players combined to have five double up hands between them, meaning that there were plenty of swings. By the time the final hand arose Yong held a sizable lead. He limped in and Schemion checked, prompting a flop of 7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit. Schemion checked and Yong bet 150,000. Schemion then moved all-in for around 1.5 million total and Yong called. Schemion had the 9Spade Suit8Diamond Suit for an open-ended straight draw, but Yong had the best hand at the moment with JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit. The turn brought the 6Club Suit and the river the 4Heart Suit, meaning that Yong’s jack high was enough to secure him the pot and the title.

Schemion earned $1,048,815 USD and 700 POY points for his runner-up showing, bringing his career live tournament earnings to more than $7.7 million.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Richard Yong $1,452,803 840
2 Ole Schemion $1,048,815 700
3 Scott Seiver $776,900 560
4 Justin Bonomo $621,520 420
5 Jason Mo $489,447 350
6 Erik Seidel $388,450 280
7 Dani Stern $310,760 210
8 Alexander Trevallion $240,839 140

Photo courtesy of Aussie Millions / Kenneth Lim.



6 years ago

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