Poker superstar and dollar millionaire Andras Koroknai from Debrecen has outwitted some of the most skilled players in the world and secured a seat in this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. The Main Event is the largest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world, with players from over 90 countries. This year 6,598 players tried their luck for the USD 8,527,982 first prize and after over seven days of intense play the field is down to nine.
After being a mid-field player for most of the tournament, Koroknai was the last remaining Hungarian player out of the 17 that paid USD 10,000 to take part. He will enter the October Final Table as the player with the second-largest stack of chips, with just below 30 million. He is the only non-US player left in the tournament, with Jesse Sylvia leading the charge with a stack worth almost 44 million.
The Debrecen-born player is already guaranteed just over USD 700,000 in winnings and if he keeps his second place he will bring home just under USD 5.3 million. The final nine players, known as the October Nine, will meet again on 29 October for the final two days of the event.
Koroknai made a name for himself in 2010 in the World Poker Tour L.A Poker Classic Main Event. This win propelled him into the riches and he bagged almost USD 1.8 million.