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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Saturday, October 16, 2021

Event #29: Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $615,450
  • Entries: 66
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:05 PM Local Time
Chance Kornuth Wins Third Bracelet in Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em ($194,670)

Chance Kornuth

Chance Kornuth claimed his third World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet after winning Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em for the $194,670 top prize at the Rio Convention Center.

His first came in 2010 when he won Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. His second was just three years ago in Event #63: $3,200 ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller where he took first place and $341,599 for his efforts.

He joins an elite club of players and was obviously delighted. "It feels great. Also, the fact that during the last WSOP I finished fourth in this was really good to get a little redemption," Kornuth said with his trademark smile on his face.

While heading into the final table as the chip leader, the previous close call in this very specific tournament format was in the back of his mind for just a short period, he admitted.

"It only crossed my mind once when there were like three players left. Ah, I improved on last year! But obviously, anything other than first was going to be somewhat disappointing. I am not great at the game by any means but still very competitive and wanted to do my best. Fortunately, things went my way today," Kornuth added.

Kornuth conquered a field of 66 players and a final table including Dan Shak, Chad Campbell, and Joao Vieira.

Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Chance KornuthUnited States$194,670
2Chad CampbellUnited States$120,316
3Dan ShakUnited States$82,678
4Moshe GabayIsrael$58,601
5Joao VieiraPortugal$42,885
6Thomas KysarUnited States$32,437

The game of short deck has a very special appeal to Kornuth: "You get to play so many hands, and you get to play aggressively, you always have equity and it's just fun. You can think of a lot of concepts of No Limit and PLO, which are my two best games, and a lot of them apply here like range advantage and stuff like that," the freshly minted three-time WSOP bracelet winner said.

Kornuth was certainly one of the most aggressive players throughout the tournament and especially as of the final three tables onwards. The only other player who seemingly reached the same heights of activity during the late stages was eventual runner-up Campbell. Both clashed numerous times even before the money bubble had burst and continued the duel quite frequently.

At some point, it seemed inevitable that both would be the last two contenders to battle for the coveted gold bracelet, as they entered the six-handed final table first and second in chips.

"If anything was meant to be you can say that but I wouldn't say that I believe in that kind of thing in general," Kornuth joked.

One thing in particular stood out during the last two tournament days. While Campbell was involved in the action a lot of times, he always acted very quickly and barely ever took the full 30-second shot clock compared to the vast majority of his opponents. The only time Campbell had to tank was typically when Kornuth put him to the test with alternating betting patterns of his own.

"He played very well and super unpredictable. Maybe if I had like king-jack in that hand or something instead of a full house, I would have folded because I really thought he had a straight. Power to him, he is a really tough opponent," Kornuth mentioned and referred to the hand that sealed his victory.

Chad Campbell
Runner-Up Chad Campbell and Chance Kornuth

While Kornuth had his laser-like focus on during the hands, the jovial banter and table chat recommenced as soon as the action was over. "In the hand, I am your worst enemy and when we are not in the hand we can be buddies and chat as much as we want," the latest bracelet winner of the 2021 WSOP concluded. He plans on playing a full schedule for the rest of the series and is full of confidence, which comes as no surprise after his latest victory.

"I am playing some of my best poker for the last six months and I really want to continue to do so and see what I can accomplish," Kornuth concluded.

The Action of the Final Day

Kornuth and Campbell were the runaway chip leaders when the action recommenced on the PokerGO live-streamed final table and the stack of Kornuth grew further when he claimed the first three pots of the day. That included the elimination of Thomas Kysar, who found no help with jack-ten against the pocket queens of Kornuth.

After that, however, it was Campbell who dominated the action. First denied the knockout when ace-king chopped with kings despite an ace in the window, he then took another flip against Joao Vieira. This time, ace-king was up against pocket jacks and both overcards sealed the fate of the Portuguese poker pro in fifth place.

The action never really slowed down and most hands concluded within two minutes at the utmost. One of them saw the preflop contest between Moshe Gabay and Dan Shak. Gabay had the best of it with pocket aces versus pocket jacks but Shak turned a straight flush to bring the field down to the final three.

Dan Shak
Dan Shak

Kornuth dropped back to the shortest stack thereafter but bounced back with a well-timed all-in move against Campbell to regain the lead. Shak was not successful when he got it in with jack-ten against the ace-king of Kornuth. An ace in the window solidified the lead of Kornuth and he dodged a gutshot to enter heads-up as the chip leader.

The duel for the gold bracelet culminated in a big clash in which Kornuth flopped a full house and the open-ended straight draw of Campbell had zero equity. Only minutes after his runner-up finish, Campbell jumped right back into the next event while Kornuth was busy with the winner shots and interviews. But the win didn't end Kornuth's day. He quickly joined the field in Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em just after.

That concludes the PokerNews coverage for this event but the live updates for several other currently ongoing bracelet events can be found in the 2021 WSOP festival hub.

Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:01 PM Local Time
Chad Campbell Eliminated in 2nd Place ($120,316)

Chad Campbell

The next limped flop led them to the     flop on which Chad Campbell bet 30,000. Chance Kornuth opted for a raise to 110,000 and Campbell stuck around. They headed to the   turn and Campbell checked. Kornuth now bet 225,000 and Campbell moved all-in for 1.27 million within four seconds.

Kornuth snap-called and the cards were turned over.

Chad Campbell:   
Chance Kornuth:   

Campbell was drawing dead against the flopped full house of Kornuth and the   river didn't matter, ending his run in 2nd place for $120,316.

Chance Kornuth3,960,0001,360,000
Chad Campbell0-1,400,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:55 PM Local Time
Kornuth Adds A few More Chips

Chad Campbell forfeited a raise to 100,000 after check-folding a queen-high flop. A few hands later he limped in and Chance Kornuth checked behind. On the     flop, Campbell check-called for the minimum and the   turn was checked.

After the   river, the action checked once more and Kornuth won the pot with    as he beat the busted straight draw of Campbell.

Chance Kornuth2,600,000100,000
Chad Campbell1,400,000-100,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time
Kornuth Extends Lead Again

The next hand saw Chance Kornuth with an open raise to 75,000 and Chad Campbell came along to then call a bet worth 100,000 on the     flop. They checked down the   turn and the   river brought another bet worth 125,000 by Kornuth. Campbell considered his options for a while and let go.

Chance Kornuth2,500,000200,000
Chad Campbell1,500,000-200,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:47 PM Local Time
Campbell Starts Well Into Heads-Up

Chance Kornuth limped in and Chad Campbell checked his option. On the     flop, Kornuth check-called for 50,000 and checked again the   on the turn. Campbell now made it 225,000 to go and Kornuth sent his cards into the muck.

Campbell raised to 100,000 next for Kornuth to defend the button. They headed to the     flop on which Campbell bet 100,000 and Kornuth called. The   turn brought another bet worth 500,000 by Campbell and Kornuth gave his opponent a stare down for 25 seconds before releasing the cards into the muck.

Chance Kornuth2,300,000-300,000
Chad Campbell1,700,000300,000
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Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:41 PM Local Time
Dan Shak Eliminated in 3rd Place ($82,678)

Dan Shak

Chad Campbell folded and Chance Kornuth raised to 90,000 in the cutoff. Dan Shak then jammed for 456,000 and Kornuth snap-called.

Dan Shak:   
Chance Kornuth:   

The     flop gave Kornuth the top pair while Shak had a gutshot. Nothing changed on the   turn and the   river ended Shak's run in third place.

Chance Kornuth2,600,000500,000
Chad Campbell1,400,000100,000
Dan Shak0-612,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:36 PM Local Time
Kornuth Wins Bigger Pot Off Campbell to Gain Lead

Chad Campbell limped in and then called a raise to 90,000 by Chance Kornuth in the cutoff. The flop fell     and Campbell check-called for 50,000 to then check-call once more for 100,000 on the   turn. Both decisions by Campbell were made within three seconds.

On the   river, Campbell checked the third street in a row and Kornuth fired a bet of 285,000 to eventually send his table neighbour into the tank. He then called and Kornuth flipped over the    for a full house to regain a solid lead.

Chance Kornuth2,100,000600,000
Chad Campbell1,300,000-500,000
Dan Shak612,0000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:31 PM Local Time
Level 19 started
Level: 19
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 12,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:24 PM Local Time
Short Break for the Final Three

The remaining three players are on a short break of approximately five minutes.

Chad Campbell1,800,000-100,000
Chance Kornuth1,500,0000
Dan Shak612,000-35,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:19 PM Local Time
Shak the Far Shortest Stack; Gets Through With a Shove

Chad Campbell limped in and then called a raise to 80,000 by Chance Kornuth in the cutoff to see the     flop. Campbell opted to check and Kornuth bet to get the job done.

Further small pots to the flop and turn followed but neither of them provided any major action. Dan Shak's stack dropped to just over half a million and Kornuth has more than three times of that.

Shak then limp-jammed for 527,000 and Kornuth forfeited his button raise to 100,000.

Chad Campbell1,900,000-100,000
Chance Kornuth1,500,000200,000
Dan Shak647,00030,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:09 PM Local Time
Campbell Takes A Bunch Off Shak

Chad Campbell limped in and Dan Shak checked the option to the     flop, on which Campbell bet 25,000 and Shak called. The   turn brought another bet for 60,000 by Campbell and Shak then raised to 200,000, earning a snap-call from Campbell.

Both checked the   river and Campbell won the pot with    for kings full of eights.

Campbell then piled it in the next hand and once Shak folded, he showed pocket kings.

Chad Campbell2,000,000300,000
Chance Kornuth1,300,0000
Dan Shak617,000-335,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:02 PM Local Time
Kornuth Back on the Rise

Chad Campbell raised to 60,000 and Chance Kornuth stuck around in the cutoff. On a flop of    , Campbell opted to check and called a bet for 45,000. The turn brought a   and Campbell check-folded to a larger bet of 170,000.

The next three-way limped pot to the       river saw Kornuth with a lead for 60,000 and that won the pot right there.

Chad Campbell1,700,000-200,000
Chance Kornuth1,300,000300,000
Dan Shak952,000-48,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:52 PM Local Time
Campbell Adds More Chips

Yet another three-way limped pot led to the     flop on which Dan Shak and Chad Campbell checked to Chance Kornuth on the button. He bet 15,000 to earn two calls and Shak also checked the   on the turn. Campbell bet 70,000 and that won the pot right there.

Campbell then won another small pot off Shak when he bet a three-way flop of     for 50,000. Shak called and they checked it down on the   turn and   river. Campbell revealed    for a wheel and dragged in another pot.

Chad Campbell1,900,000200,000
Dan Shak1,000,000-100,000
Chance Kornuth1,000,000-100,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:45 PM Local Time
Shak and Kornuth Even in Chips

In a three-way limped pot to the     flop, Chance Kornuth as the first player to act bet 60,000. Dan Shak in the cutoff raised to 200,000, forcing instant folds from Chad Campbell and Kornuth.

Campbell and Kornuth then limped in and Shak raised to 170,000 on the button, which resulted in no calls.

Chad Campbell1,700,0000
Dan Shak1,100,000100,000
Chance Kornuth1,100,000-100,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:37 PM Local Time
Shak Increases Stack Without Showdown

Dan Shak limped and then called a raise to 60,000 by Chance Kornuth on the button. As the flop fell    , Shak opted to check-call for 40,000 and they checked the   on the turn. The board completed with the   and Shak led for 75,000. Kornuth used his entire shot clock and sent the cards into the muck to forfeit the pot.

Chad Campbell1,700,0000
Chance Kornuth1,200,000-100,000
Dan Shak1,000,00083,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:35 PM Local Time
Campbell Retakes the Lead

Chance Kornuth limped in and Dan Shak folded, while Chad Campbell checked his option on the button. The flop fell     and Kornuth went for a check-raise from 30,000 to 90,000, which earned a call from Campbell.

The   turn was checked by Kornuth once more and Campbell made it 160,000 to go. Kornuth checked and they both checked the   river. Campbell flipped over the    for trips and that won the pot to send Campbell back into the lead.

Chad Campbell1,700,000300,000
Chance Kornuth1,300,000-300,000
Dan Shak917,000-10,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:32 PM Local Time
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Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:31 PM Local Time
More for Shak and Campbell

Dan Shak raised to 85,000 as the first player to act and was called by Chad Campbell and Chance Kornuth. They headed to the     flop and Shak's bet of 200,000 did the trick to force two folds.

One hand later, Campbell raised to 80,000 and Kornuth was the only caller. They checked the     flop and the   followed on the turn. Campbell now bet 110,000 and Kornuth let go.

Chance Kornuth1,600,000-200,000
Chad Campbell1,400,0000
Dan Shak927,000130,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:26 PM Local Time
Kornuth Jams Back Into the Lead

Chance Kornuth

Chad Campbell limped in and Chance Kornuth raised to 80,000 in the cutoff, which Campbell called. The flop brought     and Campbell opted to check. That prompted a bet of 60,000 by Kornuth for Campbell to then raise it up to 200,000.

Kornuth reluctantly called and that led them to the   on the turn. Campbell now bet 425,000, which represented a big portion of Kornuth's stack. He used two time bank extensions and then called to see the   appear on the river.

Campbell now used a time bank extension to check and Kornuth jammed for 342,000 to force a quick fold from Campbell.

Chance Kornuth1,800,000800,000
Chad Campbell1,400,000-700,000
Dan Shak797,000-20,000
Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:20 PM Local Time
Level 18 started
Level: 18
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 10,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander