RESIDES: DEBRECEN, HUNGARY
CHIP COUNT: 29,375,000
The poker world associates Koroknai with a few things. No, it's not that he's the only non-American at the final table or that he's the only World Poker Tour champion that will grace the final table felt on Oct. 29. The industry has made Koroknai a villain of sorts after his double elimination of Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann in 11th and 10th place, respectively, ensuring that there would be no women at the final table for yet another year. Additionally, he's looked at as the guy who faded elimination against Baumann thanks to a tournament ruling and got lucky against Marc-Andre Ladouceur.
No matter what you think of Koroknai, his tournament ability speaks for himself. Making his third WSOP cash (second in the main event), Koroknai managed to turn one of the shortest stacks in the room to start Day 7 into the second-largest stack at the end. After a terrible motorcycle accident in 2007, Koroknai couldn't leave his home and instead turned to online poker. He fully immersed himself into the game and improved greatly. Once fully healthy, he decided to travel and earned a World Poker Tour win for $1.7 million. His success continued from there.