Chance Kornuth is one of the few players with an accomplished poker career. He is the winner of three World Series of Poker bracelets and has cashed huge six-figure wins in high roller events. The 35-year-old poker pro has won his first WPT title by defeating 787 entries in the 2022 World Poker Tour Choctaw $3,800 buy-in hold ’em main event. Kornuth earned $486,600 for his win, and his career earnings have now increased to more than $10.4 million.

Kornuth defeated Steve Buckner in his fifth final table appearance of the year. Bucker earned his best live score of $320,000 and increased his total earnings to approximately $847,980.


Final Table Results

1 Chance Kornuth $486,600
2 Steve Buckner $320,000
3 Ray Qartomy $235,000
4 James Hundt $175,000
5 Kristen Foxen $135,000
6 James Mackey $101,000


Final Table Action

Kornuth had the second position in chip count on the final day. The elimination started with the WSOP bracelet winner and 2016 WPT Choctaw title winner, James Mackey. His A (Hearts) and K (Diamonds) were up against the pocket queens of James Hundt. A queen on the flop provided led to Hundut and Mackey leaving the table in sixth place for $101,000.

Next in the elimination was Kristen Foxen, who lost to Kornuth. Foxen was short-stacked and decided to move all-in when Kornuth raised to 400,000. Kornuth called with J (Hearts), 10 (Hearts). Foxen’s cards appeared as A (Diamonds) and 9 (Spades). The board showed A (Clubs), 10 (Clubs), 5 (Clubs), J (Diamonds), and K (Hearts). Kornuth won the pot by turning two pairs of Jacks and tens and eliminating Kristen. Kristen returned home with $135,000 for her fifth-place finish.

James Hundt moved all in, and Buckner called with 10 (Diamonds) and 4 (Diamonds). Hundt turned the cards which showed K (Spades), 8 (Hearts), and the turn card came out to be 8 (Spades), which provided Hundt trip eights. An A (Diamonds) provided Buckner a diamond flush, and he won the pot to eliminate Hundt. Hundt cashed $175,000 for his fourth position.

Buckner doubled the lead twice, first through Kornuth and then through Qartomy. Hand #81 proved to be the last for Qartomy. Kornuth raised to 500,000, to which Qartomy moved all-in for 1,650,000. The pocket five of Qartomy were no match against the pocket jacks of Kornuth. The larger pair helped Kornuth win the pot. Qartomy got $235,000 for his third place.


The Heads-up Play

Kornuth had a 2.5:1 chip lead in the heads-up, and the battle continued for more than four hours. The chip lead moved back and forth, but Kornuth won the race to extend his chip lead to almost 3:1. Hand #188 decided the champion when Buckner moved all-in for 6,400,000, and Kornuth called with A (Spades), 10 (Diamonds). Buckner was in trouble when he turned 9 (Hearts) and 6 (Diamonds). The board showed K (Clubs), 5 (Spades), 5 (Hearts), A (Diamonds), and 9 (Diamonds). Kornuth paired his ace on the turn to win the pot and event title. Steve Buckner received $320,000 for his runner-up position.




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