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World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Profile -- Andras Koroknai

Poker Pro On A 'Freeroll' After Running Very Well Late


Andras Koroknai, a 30-year-old poker pro, ran better than most at the end of the main event.

He was short at one point before doubling up with A-9 versus the A-10 of 14th-place finisher Danny Wong, and then won a massive cooler when his ace-king made the nut flush versus Marc Ladouceur’s ace-king.

(The hand against Wong)

(The hand against Ladouceur)

However, no hand on day 7 was quite like the one he played against Gaelle Baumann the day before.

Baumann started the action by raising under-the-gun with two kings. It was folded to Koroknai in the small blind. He shoved, and the big blind got out of the way.

Koroknai mucked without realizing Baumann was in the hand.

The problem was that one of Koroknai’s cards was irretrievable.

After much deliberation, the floor ruled that Koroknai, rather than be eliminated from the tournament, would simply lose 60,000, the size of Baumann’s bet.

(The hand against Baumann)

Koroknai said that after the blunder and fortunate ruling he was “freerolling” the tournament.

“I’m so lucky,” Koroknai said of his run of cards.

The Hungarian is a World Poker Tour champion. He won the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic for a score of $1,788,001.

Altogether, he has five career major tournament cashes. The main event was his one and only cash at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

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