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Chance Kornuth Champions WPT Choctaw Main Event For $486,600 & His First WPT Title

Chance Kornuth
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  • RUPAM THAKUR May 28, 2022
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Long-time poker pro and founder of Chip Leader Coaching, Chance Kornuth finally added a WPT trophy to his impressive poker resume. The 35-year-old player came out on top of the 787-entry field to take down the 2022 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw $3,800 Main Event for his career’s sixth-largest live score worth $486,600. Steve Buckner placed runner-up for $320,000.

While this was Kornuth’s third final table appearance at a WPT event, it is the third tournament that Kornuth, a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, has won in 2022. It also happens to be his fifth FT finish this year and has boosted his total career earnings to $10,384,169.

An elated Kornuth tweeted about his victory, sharing an image with his friends and family post-win.


The $3,800 buy-in event attracted 787 entries via two flights to generate $2,754,500 in the prize pool. The top 100 places walked past the money line with a min-cash of at least $4,467.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Ray Qartomy – 9,400,000
  2. Chance Kornuth – 9,025,000
  3. James Hundt – 9,000,000
  4. James Mackey – 5,050,000
  5. Steve Buckner – 4,700,000
  6. Kristen Foxen – 2,175,000


Final Table Recap

The first player eliminated on the final table was James Mackey in sixth place after his failed to catch up with James Hundt’s .

Next to join the rail was Kristen Foxen. Foxen went all-in with and Chance Kornuth made the call with . The board gave Foxen a pair of aces, but Kornuth hit two-pair to knock Foxen out.

After almost ninety minutes of play, James Hundt shoved on the flop, with . Steve Buckner called with . The on the turn gave Hundt trip eights, but the on the river gave Buckner a diamond flush to bust Hundt out of the final table.

Soon after, Ray Qartomy fell out in third place after his ran into Chance Kornuth’s .

The heads-up play began with Chance Kornuth holding more than a 2.5:1 chip lead over Steve Buckner. The heads-up proved to be a long-drawn affair and lasted for over four hours. In the final hand of the tournament, Buckner shoved , and Kornuth called with . The board gave Kornuth a pair of aces, and Kornth claimed his first-ever WPT trophy!

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Chance Kornuth – $486,600
  2. Steve Buckner – $320,000
  3. Ray Qartomy – $235,000
  4. James Hundt – $175,000
  5. Kristen Foxen – $135,000
  6. James Mackey – $101,000


Content & Image Courtesy: World Poker Tour

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