Success in poker requires skill, but it’s still a game of Chance.And early Thursday morning event No. 50 ($5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha) it was all about Chance.Chance Kornuth had to overcome a field of 460 players and a dangerous final table on his way to his first World Series of Poker title and the hefty $508,090 first-place prize.The finish was Kornuth’s second WSOP cash of his career, and to earn it he had to outlast 2002 WSOP main event runner-up Julian Gardner and Robert Mizrachi, who has already cashed five times at this year’s WSOP and won his WSOP bracelet at the 2007 WSOP $10,000 world championship of pot-limit Omaha.When Kornuth got heads up with Kevin Boudreau he won a massive pot in a straight-over-straight situation to take a nice chip lead, then Chance took a chance and hit trip eights on the final hand.Boudreau earned $313,792 for his runner-up finish.Final-Table Results1. Chance Kornuth — $508,090 2. Kevin Boudreau — $313,792 3. Danny Smith — $226,923 4. Edward Martin — $165,825 5. Scott Mandel — $122,455 6. Julian Gardner — $91,387 7. Eric Liu — $68,902 8. Robert Mizrachi — $52,471 9. Jose Barbero — $40,364Here’s a look at the elimination hands:Barbero Busto in Ninth ($40,364)With Danny Smith raising to 65,000 and Robert Mizrachi calling in front of him, Jose Barbero pushed his last 256,000 all in. Smith called and Mizrachi folded. Their hands:Barbero: A K J 8 Smith: A A Q 8Smith hit a set on the flop of A 8 6 and Barbero was in trouble. The turn was the 4 and the 6 river sent Barbero to the rail in ninth for $40,364.Smith took the pot and moved up to 1.3 million in chips.Mizrachi Falls in Eighth ($52,471)Robert Mizrachi check-raised a flop of J 7 3 to 480,000 after Scott Mandel led with 120,000. Mandel reraised all in, having Mizrachi covered. Mizrachi called. Their hands:Mandel: J 7 4 4 Mizrachi: A A J 10Mizrachi was trailing but the K turn gave him even more cards to draw to. The 5 hit on the river and Mandel held on to knock Mizrachi out in eighth place ($52,471).Mandel had 1.3 million after the win.Liu Outdrawn, Gone in Seventh ($68,902)Chance Kornuth raised to 60,000 and Eric Liu potted to 225,000. Kornuth made the call and the flop ran A 10 7 .Kornuth moved all in and Liu called, putting his tournament life on the line. Their hands:Liu: A A Q 2 Kornuth: Q J 10 2Liu held top set but Kornuth had straight and flush draws. The K turn card nailed Kornuth’s straight draw and the 9 river meant that Liu was gone in seventh place, making $68,902.Kornuth’s stack grew to 1.6 million.Julian Gardner Eliminated in Sixth Place ($91,387)Chance Kormuth raised to 80,000 preflop and Julian Gardner made the call after spending a moment in the tank. The flop fell J 9 6 and Kornuth bet 85,000. Gardner moved all in, Kornuth made the call, and they flipped over their cards:Kornuth: K J 9 7 Gardner: 8 7 6 4Turn and River: K and 10Kornuth won the hand to grow his stack to 2.31 million and Gardner was eliminated in sixth place ($91,387).Scott Mandel Eliminated in Fifth Place ($122,455)Scott Mandel checked a flop of K J 3 and Chance Kornuth checked as well after the two were heads-up in a raised pot preflop. The turn fell 8 and Mandel bet 100,000. Chance bet the pot and when the dust settled Mandel was all in for his tournament life. Their cards:Mandel: 9 5 3 3 Kornuth: 8 8 6 4River: 7Mandel was eliminated in fifth place, good for $122,455.Martin Busts in Fourth ($165,825)Chance Kornuth raised to 280,000 from the button and Ted Martin moved all in from the small blind for 550,000. Kevin Boudreau called and so did Kornuth.The flop came 10 6 2 and Boudreau moved all in for 340,000 more. Kormuth made the call and had both Boudreau and Martin at risk. Their hands:Boudreau: A K Q 5 Kornuth: A 8 7 2 Martin: A K J 6The turn was the 9 , giving Boudreau the ace-high flush. The 4 landed on the river and Martin was eliminated while Boudreau tripled up to 2.4 million.Two Pair Busts Smith in Third ($226,923)Danny Smith raised only to have Kevin Boudreau put him all in. Smith called and they showed down:Smith: A Q J 8 Boudreau: A K 7 3The board ran out 9 6 3 Q K and Smith was blasted in third place, winning $226,923.With that, Kevin Boudreau and Chance Kornuth were heads up with 3.6 million versus 3.2 million.Kornuth Wins Event No. 50 ($508,090), Boudreau Finishes in Second ($313,792)Chance Kornuth raised to 200,000 and Kevin Boudreau popped it up to 600,000. Kornuth called and they saw the flop of J 8 2 .A series of betting got Boudreau all in and at risk. Their hands:Boudreau: A K K 4 Kornuth: Q 9 8 6The turn brought the 8 to give Kornuth trip eights. The 3 finished the board and Boudreau was eliminated in second place, good for $313,792.Kornuth took down his first WSOP title and $508,090.
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