Chance Kornuth Becomes Three-Time WSOP Champion

Chance Kornuth became a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner by taking down the $10,000 Short Deck NL Hold'em event.

Chance Kornuth joined the exclusive club of three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winners by winning Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em at the 2021 WSOP. Kornuth outlasted 65 opponents in the tournament and secured the $194,670 top prize.

Kornuth’s first bracelet came 2010 when he won the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $508,090. Bracelet number two came in 2018 in a $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller event online. The man from Colorado is now a triple WSOP champion after this latest impressive victory.

Sixty-six players bought in and ten of those starters receives some prize money for their efforts. Chris Brewer was the unfortunate bubble boy. Brewer crashed out late on Day 2 when his Ah-9s lost to the As-Kc of Joao Vieira.

Ye Shen was the first in-the-money player out of the door. Rene van Krevelen, Stephen Chidwick, and Young Ko joined Shen on the rail. Ko’s elimination brought the curtain down on the day because it set the official final table.

Kornuth Leads The Final Six

The final six players returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Day 3 knowing this was their best chance of winning a coveted WSOP bracelet. Kornuth started the final table like a steam train, winning several pots before busting Thomas Kysar in sixth.

Kysar committed the last of his chips preflop with Js-Td, but Kornuth held Qd-Qh. The board ran Ad-7d-7s-6c-6h, and Kysar had to settle for a $32,437 prize.

Fifth place and $42,885 went to Joao Vieira. Nothing went Vieira’s way at the final table, including losing a flip with Js-Jd versus Chad Campbell’s Ad-Kh for all his chips. The Ah-Ks-Tc-9h-8h board ended Vieira’s bracelet hopes.

Four-handed play lasted an hour before Moshe Gabay crashed out at the hands of Dan Shak. Gabay opened to 46,000 from the cutoff, Shak three-bet all-in, and Gabay called off his 342,000 stack. Shak showed Jc-Jd and was in a world of pain against Gabay’s Ah-As. That was until the five community cards ran Qc-Tc-9c-8c-Jh, gifting Shak a straight flush.

Shak’s run-good ended at the hands of Kornuth during the 19th level of the tournament. Shak squeezed all-in with Jh-Ts and Kornuth looked him up with As-Kh. The Ac-9s-7d flop changed nothing. Neither did the 9c turn nor the Js river, resigning Shak to $82,678 third-place money.

Short But Sweet Heads-Up Battle

Kornuth went into the one-on-one battle with Campbell holding a 2,600,000 to 1,400,000 advantage, and it took less than 20 minutes to get the job done.

The final hand saw both players limp to a Jc-Jh-8h flop. Campbell led for 30,000, Kornuth raised to 110,000, and Campbell called. The 9s turn saw Campbell initially check, Kornuth bet 225,000, and Campbell check-raise all-in for 1,270,000. Kornuth beat Campbell into the pot with a call, and it was easy to see why. Kornuth showed Js-8c for a flopped full house, and Campbell was drawing dead with Tc-9h.

Campbell walked away with a $120,316 consolation prize, while Kornuth banked $194,670 and his third WSOP bracelet.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Chance Kornuth United States $194,670
2 Chad Campbell United States $120,316
3 Dan Shak United States $82,678
4 Moshe Gabay Israel $58,601
5 Joao Vieira Portugal $42,885
6 Thomas Kysar United States $32,437

Zinno Becomes a Four-Time WSOP Champion

Kornuth was not the only player to add to his bracelet collection because Anthony Zinno won his fourth bracelet over the weekend. Zinno locked in bracelet number four by being the last man standing in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, a result worth $160,636.

Check out these other bracelet winners from the past few days.

  • Dylan Linde – winner of the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo for $170,269
  • Lara Eisenberg – winner of the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship for $115,694
  • Ryan Leng – winner of the $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed for $137,969
  • Michael Prendergast – winner of the $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $127,428
  • Scott Ball – winner of the $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for $562,667
  • Dalibor Dula – winner of the $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $199,227

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