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Jens Kyllönen Wins 2016 World Series Of Poker $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha

High-Stakes PLO Specialist Grabs First Bracelet And $1,127,035


The $25,000 buy-in high roller pot-limit Omaha at the 2016 World Series of Poker was won early Saturday evening by one of the best PLO cash game players in history.

Finnish poker pro Jens Kyllönen, who has won $5 million lifetime playing online cash games, sat with all the chips at the end of the 62nd event this summer, and he collected $1,127,035 for his efforts. Kyllönen beat Tommy Le in a tough back-and-forth heads-up battle for his first career bracelet. It was just the third lifetime WSOP cash for Kyllönen.

The event drew an incredibly tough field of 184 players, which created a prize pool of $4,370,000. The event, which was played over the course of four days, was eight-max.

On the final hand, Le raised the pot to 1.8 million, and Kyllönen called. The flop fell 10Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit2Spade Suit.

Kyllönen checked, and Le bet 3.6 million. Kyllönen check-raised pot, which was enough to put his opponent all in. Le had about 5.8 million in total.

Kyllönen tabled the QSpade Suit10Spade Suit5Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit, while Le exposed the ADiamond Suit9Heart Suit8Spade Suit7Diamond Suit. The Finnish pro was ahead, but his opponent did have plenty of outs for a double up.

The 5Spade Suit on the turn was of no help to Le. The 3Heart Suit on the river was also no good, and Kyllönen was the winner. Le took home $696,558 in prize money.

“I can’t remember when I’ve had this kind of rush,” an elated Kyllönen said shortly after the victory. “Back in 2011, I won $1 million in one day. That was a similar feeling I remember. Other than that, this was the biggest [run]. I appreciate the bracelet a lot. I am going to remember it forever.”

Kyllönen told Card Player yesterday about how the action at the nosebleed PLO tables on PokerStars continues to dry up, and so he decided recently to pursue a finance degree.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jens Kyllonen $1,127,035 1176
2 Tommy Le $696,558 980
3 Dan Smith $487,361 784
4 Ryan D’Angelo $347,641 588
5 Veselin Karakitukov $252,909 490
6 Dmitry Savelyev $187,724 392
7 Ludovic Geilich $142,227 294
8 Sean Winter $110,035 196

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.