Portrait of Tony Beets.

Maverick mining legend Tony Beets is a larger-than-life Dutchman who runs one of the biggest operations in the Klondike.

Tony was raised on a farm in Holland; before coming to Dawson City in 1984, he made ends meet by milking cows. From his humble origins, starting out as a machine operator, Tony has now become one of the biggest miners in the Klondike.

Tony has gambled his business on resurrecting ancient mining dredges to deliver gold, but his second dredge is still not up and running after 2 years of frustrations.

In season 4 Tony leased the Scribner Creek claim to Parker Schnabel and took him under his wing, but their relationship has been strained after Parker tried to mine new ground and Tony shut him down.