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LAPC Crowns Koroknai Champ
Hungarian Andras Koroknai won the World Poker Tour’s L.A. Poker Classic in front of a ecstatic crowd filled with his countrymen Thursday.
"It feels excellent," Koroknai said through an interpreter. "I'm going to spend the money. All of it."
Koroknai started with the lead and although he gave it up midway through the final six, by the time heads up rolled around, he was clearly in charge.
Short stack Michael Kamran was happy to be through to his first WPT Final table after making seventh at WPT Bay 101 last year.
However, the L.A. local's time did not last long as he ran T♦ 7♦ into Koroknai's ace-jack in the early going.
Despite flopping an open-ended straight draw and turning a pair, Kamran was done in by an ace on the river railing him sixth.
J.C. Moussa took fifth when he shoved ace-nine into Tri Huynh's ace-queen and failed to improve and fourth belonged to George Kasabyan, who called Huynh's shove with a pair of aces only to find Huynh with aces-up.
Three-handed play was a relatively tight affair until Raymond Dolan and Koroknai got in a major battle.
Both paired their ace on an A♣ Q♦ 2♦ flop and after the money went in, Koroknai's jack kicker played over Dolan's six to give the Hungarian a commanding chip lead.
That lead got even bigger when Koroknai busted Huynh in a classic race with ace-king beating jacks after a king on the flop.
Heads up started with Koroknai holding 13.4 million chips to Dolan's 1.4 million and it was over fast.
On the first hand, Koroknai shoved with Q♥ 8♥ and Dolan called with Q♣ 4♥.
A four in the window made it look like Dolan would double, but Korknai picked up an open ender to go with a flush draw on the turn and when the K♥ fell on the river giving him the flush, the L.A. Poker Classic title and almost $1.8 million was his.