Usually, Gold Rush star Tony Beets has no issue reaching his goal for gold output, but this season, he’s faced game-changing obstacles that threaten his quota. From the loss of his operation at Indian Run to his current issues with the wash plants, it seems Beets’ luck has started to run out. The question now is, will his skills and experience be enough to combat the recent bad fortune?
If you know the Beets family, then you’re also aware that they don’t shy away from a challenge. After leaving their home in the Netherlands for a new industry in a new country, Tony and Minnie Beets are to resilience as the Yukon is to snow – you can’t think of one without the other. So when the Gold Rush king was down to only one wash plant, he didn’t slow down or sulk about the circumstance. Instead, he hopped right back up into the excavator and continued digging away at the dwindling pay dirt.
Usually accompanied by subtitles, the native Dutch speaker announced that he wasn’t going to give up just yet. Of course, he didn’t talk about the issue at hand without letting a few expletives fly.
Having only one working wash plant at a mine site can be a huge issue for the Gold Rush stars. For one, this means that the crews will have to carry the dirt from across the property, slowing down production. But the even larger concern is that the wash plant is at greater risk of overflow and breakdowns. As we’ve seen with Parker Schnabel’s operation, sluices are extremely susceptible to any fine-grain silt. Too much mucks up the system, causing blockages and major damage to the equipment. For Beets, that means his crew will have to monitor the flow more frequently.
‘Gold Rush’ Star Was Confident He Would ‘Get a Little More’ Than Competitors
Before Beets dealt with an unstable mining location, he felt he could beat out his industry competitors easily. Back in 2019, the Gold Rush star told Entrepreneur that he set a goal for himself when he came to Canada to make more than the average miner. And for a while, he did.
“I came from the Netherlands, of course,” Tony said to Entrepreneur. “I hung around Alberta and BC for a bit, then I went to the Yukon for the money. They said you can make a thousand bucks a week, so I thought: If they get that, I’ll get a little more. And that’s what happened.”
While this might sound cocky to some, for Beets, this was just the confidence that he had in his abilities to quickly pick up skills and implement them with finesse. With the current obstacles at hand, though, we may see the “King of the Yukon” struggle to keep his shining reputation.