WPT L.A. Poker Classic 2010 Won By Andras Koroknai

Hungarian Andras Koroknai has won the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic 2010, after defeating a field of 745 players over six days to capture the title and the massive $1,788,001 first place prize.
The $10,000 no-limit hold’em event was held at the Commerce Casino in Southern California and managed to attract a top class field of poker pros.
As Day 4 got underway, all the remaining 72 players were guaranteed a pay-out and as the tournament played down to 22 players, notable eliminations included 70th Robert Mizrachi ($18,595), 66th Daniel Negreanu ($18,595), 60th Hoyt Corkins ($23,602), 59th Vanessa Rousso ($23,602) and 33rd Surinder Sunar ($39,336).
Day 5 was brutal for many of the remaining pros, and by the end of the day just the final table of six players remained, with Carlos Mortensen, Annie Duke, Steve Sung, Mark Newhouse, and Johnny Chan all falling short of their intended goal.
Day 6 got off to a high octane start and within the first 35 minutes just four players were left after Michael Kamran was knocked out in sixth place ($246,744) and J.C. Moussa eliminated in fifth place ($321,840).
The pace of the tournament then settled down and it was several hours later before Gevork Kasabyan exited the competition in fourth place ($450,580) and Tri Huynh in third place ($665,136) after his pocket J’s failed to stand up against Koroknai’s AK and a K on the flop.
With the heads-up part of the tournament set, Koroknai was sitting on a commanding lead with 13.4 million chips compared to Dolan’s 1.4 million. The very first hand saw Koroknai push all-in holding Qh 8h and Dolan calling with a badly dominated Qc4h. Dolan must have thought he was in with a chance after the flop fell 10h 9h 4d, but a 7s gave his opponent an open-ended straight and flush draw on the turn and a Kh on the river sealed Dolan’s fate, who walked away with an impressive $1,002,710 runner-up prize.
Andras Koroknai received $1,788,001 for his first place victory along with a WPT bracelet, and following his incredible win said: “It feels excellent. I’m going to spend the money. All of it.”

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