Andras Koroknai is the first Hungarian player to make the Main Event final table where he’ll be looking to add a WSOP bracelet to the WPT title he won in 2010 at the LA Poker Classic.
Korkonai likely had the scariest path to the final table here in 2012, lurking near the back of the chip pack during most of the late stages and dodging two huge bullets along the way.
Koroknai could have seen his hopes took a huge hit if not for a favorable ruling a few days back.
Gaelle Baumann had min-raised from early position and the action folded to Koroknai in the small blind.
Not seeing Baumann’s raise, Koroknai declared he was all-in, prompting a fold from the big blind.
Koroknai mucked, thinking he’d won the blinds, but then tried to rescue his cards from the muck when he realized Baumann had raised.
The floor ruled that Koroknai had to call the 60,000 raise from Baumann but that his hand was then dead and he wasn’t forced to move all-in -- a good thing since Baumann tabled pocket kings.
In a strange twist of poker fate it’d be Koroknai who’d eliminate Baumann on the final table bubble on Day 7.
Koroknai’s next big escape was with 14 players left, when he found all his chips in the middle with A♠ 9♠ versus Danny Wong’s dominating A♦ T♥, with Wong slightly covering him.
The board of J♠ K♠ 3♣ gave Koroknai some hope with the flush draw, but the A♥ on the turn left him with just the river to get there. The 8♠ fell on the river to give him the flush and a double up to stay alive.
Unlike many of the other final table members, Koroknai’s cash won’t necessarily be the biggest of his poker career.
His win at the 2010 WPT LA Poker Classic was worth a massive $1,788,040 so he’ll have to finish 5th or better in the 2012 Main Event to top it.
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Home town: Debrecen, Hungary
Current Residence: Debrecen, Hungary
Andras Koroknai will enter the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table second in chips with 29,375,000.
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