23-year-old bests a field of 745 to collect
A$2 million main prize
The 2010 Aussie Millions main event concluded over the
weekend with a local victory by Tyron Krost, a
23-year-old pro from from Bondi in Sydney who qualified
via an online satellite on Party Poker, besting a
star-studded field of 745 players over 7 days of poker.
The main prize win - worth A$2 million ($1 676 418)
- is the biggest of three cashes in Krost's short career
to date, and will enable him to concentrate more on
poker than on his involvement with his family's
furniture business. Krost's previous cashes were in two
2008 WSOP events and were worth a total of $38 536.
The main event final table included two Internet
superstars in Sorel Mizzi and Annette Obrestad, along
with Krost, Frederik Jensen, Kosta Varoxis, Peter Jetten,
Steve Friedlander and Stephen Shelley.
started as chip leader by a long way, but in the end
managed only a third place finish worth A$ 715 000 as
Krost worked steadily through his opponents, eliminating
five of them.
The heads up saw Krost, holding a 2
to 1 chip advantage, across the table from Frederik
Jensen. It was clearly the Aussie's day and he sent
Jensen home with a second placing check for A$ 1 100
000, keeping the main prize of A$ 2 million to himself.
Commenting on his big win, Krost said, "This is
totally unbelievable - it is beyond my wildest dreams.
If it is a dream, I don't want to wake up! In total I
spent $700 trying to qualify for a package and I have
managed to turn that into AUD$2 million! I got some
really good spots on the final table. When I needed a
hand I seemed to get it."
"It just hasn't sunk
in at all how much money I have just won. I have no idea
what I am going to with it. I cashed at the World Series
in 2008 but nothing like this."