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Chance Kornuth Wins Third World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet

The 35-Year-Old Poker Pro Beat A Field of 66 Entries In The 2021 WSOP $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em Event To Earn $194,670

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Chance Kornuth has won the 2021 World Series of Poker $10,000 short deck no-limit hold’em event, defeating a field of 66 entries to secure his third career gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $194,670. Kornuth finished fourth in this same event at the 2019 WSOP.

“It felt really good to get a little bit of redemption,” Kornuth told PokerGO reporters. “It only crossed my mind once when there were three left and I thought, ‘Oh, I improved on last time,’ but obviously anything other than first place was going to be somewhat disappointing.”

Kornuth first secured a bracelet over a decade ago, taking down the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha event in 2010 to earn $508,090. His second bracelet came in a 2018 online $3,200 buy-in high roller event, which saw him earn $341,599 for topping a field of 480 entries. The 35-year-old poker pro now has more than $9.3 million in career tournament earnings, with around $2.2 million of those earnings coming in WSOP events.

In addition to the title and the money, Kornuth also earned 360 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his third title and fourth final-table finish of the year. He took down the Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian $1,600 buy-in main event in June for $412,086 and the Wynn Summer Classic $3,500 buy-in event for another $353,891. With $1,155,732 in year-to-date earnings and 3,210 points, Kornuth has been catapulted into 14th place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker. He also secured 195 PokerGO Tour points for the win. This was his first qualifying score of the year for that leaderboard.

The final table was broadcast on PokerGO as part of their exclusive live-streaming coverage of the 2021 WSOP. Action resumed with six players remaining and Kornuth atop the chip counts. Thomas Kysar was the first to hit the rail, with his J-10 failing to overcome the pocket queens of Kornuth in a preflop all-in showdown.

Joao VieiraAll-time online tournament money leader and WSOP bracelet winner Joao Vieira was the next to fall. The Portuguese pro got all-in with JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit facing the ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit of Chad Campbell. The flop gave Campbell top two pair for the lead, which me maintained through the river.

Vieira took home $42,885 as the fifth-place finisher. This was his fourth WSOP final table of the year. He finished seventh in a $2,500 limit hold’em event and second in the $5,000 short deck event during the WSOP Online earlier this year. Vieira had finished third in the $2,500 mixed triple draw event earlier this week for $57,558.

Moshe Gabay’s run in this event concluded when his pocket aces were cracked by the pocket jacks of Dan Shak, who made a straight flush with the JClub Suit from his hand and the QClub Suit10Club Suit9Club Suit8Club Suit on the board. Gabay earned $58,601 as the fourth-place finisher.

Despite earning that knockout, Shak was ultimately the next to be eliminated. The frequent high-stakes tournament player, with more than $12 million in prior cashes under his belt, got all-in preflop with JHeart Suit10Spade Suit facing the ASpade SuitKHeart Suit of Kornuth. An ace-high flop gave Kornuth the lead, but Shak picked up a straight draw to keep hope alive. The turn and the river both failed to improve Shak to the winning hand, though, and he was sent home in third place ($82,678).

Heads-up play began with Kornuth holding 2,600,000 to Chad Campbell’s 1,400,000. Kornuth extended his advantage to more than a 5:3 chip lead by the time the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Campbell limped in with 10Club Suit9Heart Suit and Kornuth checked his option holding JSpade Suit8Club Suit. The JHeart SuitJClub Suit8Heart Suit flop gave Kornuth jacks full. Campbell bet 30,000 with his open-ended straight draw and Kornuth raised to 110,000. Campbell called and the 9Spade Suit rolled off the deck on the turn to leave Campbell drawing dead. Campbell checked and Kornuth bet 225,000. Campbell check-raised all-in and was quickly called by Kornuth. The 7Diamond Suit on the river was a mere formality. Kornuth locked up the title, while Campbell earned $120,316 for his runner-up showing.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Chance Kornuth $194,670 360 195
2 Chad Campbell $120,316 300 120
3 Dan Shak $82,678 240 83
4 Moshe Gabay $58,601 180 59
5 Joao Vieira $42,885 150 43
6 Thomas Kysar $32,437 120 32

Winner photo provided by PokerGO.