October Nine: Andras Koroknai
July 20, 2012
“Whatever I do, whether it is poker or anything else, I want to do my best and try my hardest,” said Andras Koroknai to a translator in interview after the final table was set.
As the only international poker player at the final table of the WSOP Main Event, one would think that Koroknai, has got to feel somewhat outnumbered by the eight other poker players that are from various parts of the United States. On the contrary, he explained in the interview aforementioned, “I hadn’t thought about it. I honestly don’t care. I am very proud that I represent my small country.”
The 30-year-old professional player from Debrecen, Hungary has the second highest chip count at just under 30,000 chips. Koroknai has been playing poker for six years and quit his job as a self-employed computer engineer before going full-time. He has cashed in two WSOP events before, both in 2010. He cashed 339th in the 2010 Main Event and was awarded $36,473.
After the October Nine was decided, Koroknai was interviewed via a translator. He explained that his poker career was a result of an accident he had in Greece. He was injured pretty badly in a moped incident and feels very lucky that he survived. Afterwards, he was very depressed and found that poker was somewhat therapeutic. He said he played for an entire year before winning any tournaments and then began winning small tournaments. Now he plays a lot of high-stakes cash games and is very successful.
Koroknai says he had a feeling when he registered for the Main Event that he was going to make it. When asked how he planned on preparing for the final table, he says he plans on relaxing and playing a lot of poker in Europe. He also plans on taking some English courses over the next three months in hopes to improve his English, a skill set that may benefit him come October.