Chance Kornuth & James Calderero bite the Wynn Millions Money Bubble 2023 in the dust

Chance Kornuth

The 2023 Wynn Millions $3,500 Championship started last weekend, and on Wednesday the money bubble was approaching as Day 3 action kicked off. The PokerNews The Live Reporting Team was on hand throughout the tournament to capture all the action and there were some pretty entertaining hands.

Below are five more exciting hands captured in our live updates from the 2023 Wynn Millions.

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Kornuth’s aces are cracked

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz

On day 3 of level 16 (4k/8k/8k) it was hand for hand play, only two away from the money Jake Schwartz increased to 17,000 in early position and Chance Kornuth (main image) slotted in his last 14,000 chips from the kidnapping. Sara Ralston Also called on the button, creating a small side pot.

The flop came {q-diamonds}{10 spades}{7-Diamonds} and the action checked through to {k clubs} on the turn and on {k-diamonds} on the river. Schwartz eventually bet 22,000 and Ralston let go of her hand.

While the players waited for the action to end at the other tables, Kornuth and Schwartz exchanged a few words about their hands, but neither player was sure if the other was rolling slowly or not. “I feel like I’m going to the PLO tournament,” Kornuth said.

When the hands were placed on the table, Kornuth turned around {a-hearts}{a clubs} but Schwartz found a lucky runout with {K spade}{3 hearts} Eliminate Kornuth short of money.

Calderaro eliminated on the money bubble

James Calderaro
James Calderaro

Not long after, there was an increase to 16,000 and at the same level Vuong Thu Three-bet to 46,000 on the cutoff. James Calderaro Four-bet all-in for 140,000 from the big blind and Do wasted little time before calling.

James Calderaro: {q-spade}{q-hearts}
Vuong Do: {k-hearts}{k clubs}

It was a chill for Calderaro, who needed some help surviving the bubble. The board ran out {10 spades}{9-Hearts}{2-hearts}{3 clubs}{3 hearts} and the kings of Do persisted in eliminating Calderaro. The remaining 134 players were then all guaranteed $8,386 in prize money.

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Javier finds a one-outer to stay alive

Kevin Javier
Kevin Javier

Before that in level 15 (3000/6000/6000) on a board {k clubs}{j-diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{9 clubs}were three players left with around 45,000 in the middle. Faraz Jaka was the first to throw in a bet of 13,000 and Kevin Javier just called. Pierre de Almeida check-raised to 42,000 which put Jaka out, but Javier moved all in for 127,000. De Almeida called quickly and the cards were back.

Kevin Javier: {7-spades}{7-Hearts}
Pierre de Almeida: {j-hearts}{J Clubs}

Both players flopped a set and things didn’t look very good for Javier. However, the {7 clubs} failed on the river and Javier made quad sevens. A loud outburst came from De Almeida as he was left with just a few big blinds and was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Adams finds a Miracle River to arrest Jacobson

Martin Jacobsen
Martin Jacobsen

Another interesting hand took place on Tuesday day 2c of the tournament. At level 13 (2000/4000/4000), Lenard Adams hobbled out from under the gun and Joshua Faris called from the small blind. 2014 WSOP Champion Martin Jacobsen made 18,000 from the big blind and only Adams called.

The flop came {a-hearts}{J Clubs}{6-hearts} and Jacobson continued for 12,000. Adams snap called and that {7-spades} rolled on the curve. This time Jacobson checked and Adams bet 30,000 which Jacobson called.

The river brought them {10 spades} and Adams attempted to move all-in out of turn. “How much do you have left?” he asked Jacobson excitedly. The 2014 WSOP Main Event champion moved all in first for 80,000 and Adams quickly called again.

Jacobson turned around {j-hearts}{10 hearts} for two pairs but was not good against that {9-}{8th-} by Adams, who made a straight.

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Kordowski bluffs to end the night

Keith Kordowski
Keith Kordowski

One level later in level 14 (3000/5000/5000) it was towards the end of the night when Keith Kordowski pointed it out from under the gun and was called over Noah Bronstein a few places further. The flop came {j-diamonds}{3 clubs}{2-spades} and Kordowski checked to Bronstein, who bet 12,000. Kordowski check-raised to 45,000 and Bronstein called.

The turning point brought that {10-Diamonds} and Kordowski pushed out a bet of 90,000. Bronstein called and they {9-Diamonds} completed the board. Kordowski announced everything for 429,000 as the big stack. Bronstein sat with a 299,000 stack and had made a decision about his tournament life. He thought for a few minutes, but finally put his hand down again.

Kordowski shown {a-diamonds}{q clubs} for only ace-high, which drew a loud reaction from the rest of the table and a grin from Bronstein.

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