Korn claimed a $618,285 payout for the win, moving his career poker winnings to $1,343,317. But he wasn’t so concerned with the money as he was with joining Franco Ivan Luco as Argentina’s only other WSOP champ.
“The bracelet weighs so much more,” said Korn. “I wasn’t even looking at the pay jumps. I was just focused on the bracelet. For us who play poker, this is the glory. And you don’t get that many chances to play for it. The money’s beautiful, but my main thing was the bracelet.”
623 players turned out for this $5,000 NL Hold’em event. Some of the notable pros who made strong runs include: Mustapha Kanit (49th, $10,614), Aditya Agarwal (31st, $14,183), Barny Boatman (22nd, $16,889), Matt Affleck (16th, $20,503), and Alan Engel (13th, $25,365).
Korn battled through the field to claim the lead when the final table rolled around. He added to this lead by knocking out Sergio Cabrera (9th), Mark Zullo (8th), Mike Sowers (5th), Marton Czuczor (4th), and Thomas Boivin (3rd).
This gave him a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Pete Chen going into heads-up play. Korn quickly reduced Chen to 10bb. The final hand saw Korn go all in pre-flop with 9s-8s, and Chen called with Kc-9d. The board came out 9h-8d-5s-6s-6h, giving Korn a two pair and the victory.
“It was beautiful,” the Argentinian said afterward. “I connected with every flop. I won every flip. The cards just kept coming my way. It was amazing.”
2017 WSOP Event #56 $5,000 NL Hold’em Final Table
1. Andres Korn – $618,285
2. Pete Chen – $382,122
3. Thomas Boivin – $264,306
4. Marton Czuczor – $185,794
5. Mike Sowers – $132,767
6. Simon Lam – $96,472
7. Andrew Spears – $71,300
8. Mark Zullo – $53,615
9. Sergio Cabrera – $41,031