Finnish poker superstar Jens Kyllonen announces his retirement

Jens Kyllonen told Finnish newspaper Iltalehti he is retiring from poker. The young superstar who came into the scene back in 2009 when he won the PokerStars EPT Copenhagen for over $1.1 million is done with competing. His sights are now set on school as he has been accepted into the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki.

When asked about his decision Jens reflected on 10 years of poker and had this to say “Life is, after all, quite short," adding, "It would be nice to try something else. It also one of the reasons why I decided to apply for the school."

According to Kyllonen’s own words part of the reason for his departure from poker is the fact that he had gotten to involved in it. With monetary goals already accomplished some time ago his drive had been fading and there was no real motivation to continue.

This came alongside with his perception of the market itself as he pointed out, "The fact is that the global poker market has been declining for a long time and interest in the sport has declined as well,"

Adding to the list Jens points to his unorthodox rhythm as a poker player and how this was affecting his relationship with his wife.

Perhaps Kyllonen’s biggest career win came last summer at the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, where he banked $1,127,035. This boosted his total earnings to $2,822,256, which has consolidated him as the fourth all-time biggest earners list in Finnish history, behind Juha Helppi, Patrik Antonius and Jani Sointula.

Kyllonen’s departure from the sport comes as a surprise considering just last January he was named the Player of the Year at the Finnish Poker Awards in Casino Helsinki.

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