October 9 Spotlight: Andras Koroknai

by | Published: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Andras Koroknai will be the only non-American at the final table for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

The Hungarian will fly the flag for all European poker players and is sure to receive loud and boisterous support from his fellow Hungarians, who supported him all the way through the main event.

“It was an amazing experience and feeling. I was really thankful that they were there. Hungarians are the best fans and supporters,” Koroknai said.

Koroknai gave his supporters a great deal to cheer about, eliminating both the 11th and 10th place finishers in the tournament.

However, he was an unpopular figure for some as he crushed the hopes of Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann, who were both aiming to become the first female poker players to make the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

But Koroknai had no sympathy for either player.

“When I sit down at the table, I don’t care if it’s a male or female player, everybody is equal and everybody wants to win. Everybody is each other’s opponents. There is no friendship at the poker table,” the Hungarian said.

Koroknai considers himself extremely lucky, not just to be a member of the October 9, but to be alive at all.

He was badly injured in a moped action in Greece and only avoided falling down a cliff thanks to a well-placed street sign.

But it was this accident that led Koroknai to a professional poker career.

“I was injured and it affected my soul and body and I was really depressed with life and needed to find something else to do,” Koroknai said.

“For the first part of my first year playing poker, I did not win any tournaments, and after that I started to win smaller tournaments.”

Koroknai is planning to spend his time before the final table playing poker throughout Europe and working on his English.

He currently has the second highest chip stack, behind Jesse Sylvia, and is priced at $5.25 to win the event.

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