Chance Kornuth has been called out over allegedly trying to angle shoot an amateur during the WSOP Main Event. Fellow pros were chief among those unhappy with Kornuth’s actions on the feature table…
This is horseshit. There are clearly things you are allowed to do within the rules, that you just shouldn’t do. He wouldn’t do this vs Jason Koon. Just a cheap trick only worth trying vs an amateur. Surprised he’d do this on a televised broadcast. https://t.co/YikjcTyclY
— Jason Strasser (strassa2.eth) (@strassa2) November 14, 2021
Angle shoot at this year’s WSOP Main Event?
Kornuth’s arguably dubious actions came as he contemplated a turn decision against Texan player Kyle Arora, making as if to shove a chunk of his stack with both hands but eventually just repositioning them sideways– all the while staring at his opponent.
“Wow, here it comes,” announced PokerGo commentator Lon McEachern, quickly adding a “Maybe!” as Kornuth let go of his stack. “I’m not a fan of that…you know, it’s allowable and I still never like it.”
On Twitter, the reaction was naturally a bit less restrained.
Chris Brewer kicked it off by tweeting: “There should be penalties for intentionally moving your chips in a way such that you are making opponent think you are calling/raising for reads.”
“Fwiw not trying to say Chance is awful or anything similar. I like him, he’s always friendly at the table, and it is within the rules, but I don’t think it should be within the rules.”
Then came Jason Strasser’s tweet above, claiming Kornuth would never try this against a seasoned pro. That claim, however, was refuted by Ike Haxton…
He 100% would do this against anyone. We’ve been laughing at him for it for a decade, but he won’t stop.
— Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker) November 14, 2021
Further controversial moves at the table
The rules state that if a player uses “forward motion” or crosses the betting line with his chips, then he is committed to the bet, but in Kornuth’s example that didn’t happen.
Twitter poker fan Clayton Maguire took exactly this view: “No issue here. People separate calls/bets/raises from the rest of their stack all the time, never motioned forward or anything.”
Ryan Leng was of the same opinion: “Just a part of live poker. Rules involving forward motion keep it from getting out of line.”
Dan Zach joined the debate, but on the opposite side…
Disappointed by responses on here. I agree this should not be allowed. Under current rules it is so obviously nothing should be done here… just think this *should* be made against the rules.
— Daniel Zack (@Dan__Zack) November 14, 2021
Brewer wasn’t swayed by the arguments in favour of Kornuth’s play. He stated: “I think it’s just a form of cheating and not a poker strategy. It shouldn’t be on an opponent to have to know person they are playing is trying to angle them…”
Angle shoot or not, players need to be aware of all the possible tricks and traps in the book that they might meet when playing live.
One of the most blatant angle shoots in recent times was seen in the EPT Barcelona main Event. This time with the cards, not the chips, doing a little tour of the felt…