Jens Kyllonen is not exactly big on the WSOP. In fact, before this summer, Kyllonen’s best finish was a 113th-place effort in 2011. But the high stakes online pro showed up to the 2016 WSOP, winning the $25,000 High Roller PL Omaha tourney as a result.
Kyllonen beat a tough 184-player field to win his first gold bracelet along with $1,127,035. Despite the big names in this field, the Finnish online grinder didn’t seem overly impressed with his competition.
“I don’t want to get into other people’s mistakes at the table in this tournament, but online I play against tougher opposition,” he said.
If there’s a reason why Kyllonen talks of his competition like this, it’s not because he’s being disrespectful, but rather because he’s faced the absolute best that online poker has to offer. Even with that being said, the 26-year-old realizes the implications of winning this event.
“I can’t remember having a rush like I had today,” explained Kyllonen. “I had some big wins online and back in 2011 I won a million in a single day. But other than that, this is the biggest one.”
With this victory, Kyllonen becomes just the third player from Finland to win a WSOP bracelet, joining Jani Vilmunen and Ville Wahlbeck. And it should be little surprise that this bracelet came in PLO, which Finnish players are well known for.
“I think PLO has more action,” Kyllonen said. “You can make more hands with four cards. I also think it’s easier to get lucky in this game.”
Despite Kyllonen’s skill in this game, his heads-up duel with Tommy Le lasted for over three hours. It wasn’t until he won a huge pot with quad aces did he finally take control.
“The heads-up match took much longer than I expected,” he explained. “That’s PLO when you play short-handed. Situations can change so fast. You can play your best, but you can’t help it. You have to win the all-ins.”
Despite the WSOP victory, Kyllonen is likely to continue dedicating most of his time to the online game.
2016 WSOP $25,000 High Roller PL Omaha
1. Jens Kyllonen – $1,127,035
2. Tommy Le – $696,558
3. Dan Smith – $487,361
4. Ryan D’Angelo – $347,641
5. Veselin Karakitukov – $252,909
6. Dmitry Savelyev – $187,724
7. Ludovic Geilich – $142,227
8. Sean Winter – $110,035
9. Robert Mizrachi – $86,969