It's been one of the stranger finals that we can remember, but in the end there had to be a winner, and that winner was Chance Kornuth.
Kornuth turned 24 just six days ago, and what better way to celebrate than with a bracelet win. This is only Kornuth's second WSOP cash, and he had to fight for it all the way. The final table he was up against had some very serious pedigree - Jose Nacho Barbero, Eric Liu, Robert Mizrachi and Julian Gardner were among those he defeated to take the win.
The Amazon Room has finally fallen silent, but we suspect that a pack of extremely happy young folks will shortly be hitting the bars and clubs of Vegas. Chance would be a fine thing, wouldn't it?
Most of the heads up match has been focused on the verbal sparing between the two players' rails, split on other side of the room. But finally a giant hand took place on the felt...
Chance Kornuth raised to 200,000, and Kevin Boudreau called. Both players checked the flop. The checked again after the turn. After the on the river, Boudreau checked, and Kornuth bet 300,000. Suddenly, the rails went silent. Boudreau then raised to 750,000. Chance counted out the call, checked his cards, put the bet back, and checked them again. "I call," he said.
Boudreau announced he had a straight, showing for the nine-high straight. Kornuth paused a second before showing for the ten-high straight to scoop the huge pot.
Kornuth is up to 4.15 million while Boudreau is down to 2.65 million.
As usual, Kevin Boudreau and Chance Kornuth were heads up in a raised pot. The flop came out , and Kornuth checked. Boudreau bet 225,000, and Chance called. Both players checked the turn. The river brought the , and Kornuth bet out 115,000. Boudreau called the small bet. "You good," said Chance, mucking even before Boudreau showed for two pair.