Chip Leader Chance: Kornuth Hopes to Accomplish Dream of WPT Title

Jan 13, 2020

Chance Kornuth

By Sean Chaffin

With 14 players remaining in the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, Chance Kornuth (pictured) returned to the field as chip leader on Monday for Day 4 action. This marks Kornuth’s ninth tour cash and he’s now hoping to add his second final table appearance – this time in Las Vegas at HyperX Esports Arena.

Most of Day 3 was smooth sailing for the 33-year-old player originally from Denver, Colorado, and now living in Las Vegas. However, his future in the tournament seemed in doubt near the bubble. He was happy to return in a nice spot as play resumed on Monday.

“It feels incredible,” he said of being chip leader. “I had a lot of pots go my way, people folded when I was bluffing, called when I had good hands, and shoved when I had Aces. It was a pretty dreamy day. Other than about an hour on the bubble when I went from like 600,000 to 140,000, it went really well.”

Kornuth didn’t offer any hints on his Day 4 strategy but promised plenty of action putting other players in difficult spots as they hoped to move up the payout ladder.

No stranger to poker success, Kornuth has more than $7.4 million in live tournament winnings. His best WPT finish came in Season XII at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, where he took sixth for $247,954. Winning a second WSOP bracelet in 2018 was another nice career bullet point. He topped a field of 480 in a $3,200 online event for $341,599.

How would it feel to break through on the WPT and add his name to the Champions Cup?

“It would be incredible,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to win a WPT. A lot of my friends have and when the Tournament of Champions comes around you get the needles from your friends who have won one. It would mean a ton.”

As a Vegas resident, Kornuth also likes the idea of playing the final table out in front of the cameras at the HyperX.

“My home base is Vegas,” he said. “I have tons of friends who would come, so the potential of playing the final table in Vegas is extremely appealing to me. My friends would definitely come to party.”

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic champion Alex Foxen is one of those friends, and is also a fellow poker coach. After Foxen’s big win in Las Vegas in December, a second-straight WPT final table appearance would certainly be some nice momentum for the pair. 

“Obviously Foxen knows how to close out tournaments better than anyone,” he says. “Even though I’ve taken down my fair share of tournaments, he’s really opened my eyes to creative ways to apply aggression and accumulate chips in the later-stages that I don’t think anyone else in poker is doing right now.”

Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas, and his work appears in numerous websites and publications. Follow him on Twitter @PokerTraditions.

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