Richard Yong Triumphs At Aussie Millions Event For $1.47mFebruary 4, 2015 1:02 pm
The 2015 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge attracted 70 of world’s most talented players to the Crown Casino in Melbourne to create a prize pool worth a whopping AU$6.86m (US$5,420,354). A few days later, and Malaysian businessman Richard Yong triumphed over the field and a tough final table packed with pros, to earn his first tournament victory worth AU$1.87m (US$1,477,560).
In so doing, Richard Yong, who lists his job as ‘Professional Poker Player & Businessman’ on his twitter account, now pushes his live tournament earnings to $5,973,913, placing him 90th overall on poker’s All Time Money List.
After the final table got underway, Richard Yong (A-7) called Alex Trevallion’s short-stacked push (10c-8c), and after the board ran out 4-Q-4-3-K, Trevallion hit the rail in 8th for A$310,000. Yong (9-7) then called Dani Stern’s (A-K) preflop push, and once again the 10-J-6-2-9 board came to Yong’s rescue to knock-out Dani Stern in 7th for $400,000.
Following the eliminations of Erik Seidel (6th), Jason Mo (5th), and Justin Bonomo (4th), Richard Yong (J-J) subsequently dumped Scott Seiver (7-7) out of the competition in 3rd (A$1m) to set up a final encounter with the formidable German pro Ole Schemion for the title.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Yong held a 2.5 to 1 chip advantage over Schemion, which Yong managed to improve upon further until the deciding hand was played with Schemion (9-8) check-raising all-in on the 7-6-2 flop, only to be called by Yong holding J-10. The 6 and 4 on turn and river altered nothing, and so Ole Schemion had to then settle for a runner-up finish worth A$1,350,000, while Yong’s J-high hand was good enough to win him his first victory and the A$1,870,000 first place prize. Following his remarkable performance, Yong took the opportunity to pose for a photograph with a number of his high-rolling poker pro friends, including Phil Ivey and Sam Trickett.
Final table Results:
1 Richard Yong $1,870,000
2 Ole Schemion $1,350,000
3 Scott Seiver $1,000,000
4 Justin Bonomo $800,000
5 Jason Mo $630,000
6 Erik Seidel $500,000
7 Dani Stern $400,000
8 A.Trevallion $310,000