WPT Southern Poker Championship Title Bagged by Hoyt Corkins

Hoyt Corkins, “the Alabama Cowboy”, just won his second WPT title at the Southern Poker Championship held at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. He earned a grand prize of $739,486 for finishing in first place, as well as a $25,500 entry to the WPT World Championship to be held at the Bellagio this May 2010.

A Long Time Coming

Some people would be content to just be ‘in the money’ when it comes to poker tournaments, but to others, it’s all or nothing. Hoyt Corkins is definitely one of the latter. When WPT Live Updates Hostess Amanda Leatherman asked about his win, Corkins said that he had 2 second-place finishes and one third-place finish. He further went on to say that it’s very frustrating to ‘get down there and finish second or third’. Well, if that’s the case, then he certainly must be happy this year because he was able to get in there and beat a field of 208 players, many of them pros. This is now Corkin’s second WPT title, having earned the first one during Season 2. Corkins also finished second place on the Season 2 of PCA and the Season 6 of the Gold Strike World Poker Open.

The Final Table

Six people went back for the WPT Southern Poker Championship Final table on the morning of January 28. It did not take long, however, for that number to dwindle. Tyler “Tydean” Smith was the first to go, but it wasn’t a waste at all as he did win $86,000 for his sixth place finish. James Reed followed next, having clashed with Jaffee, earning himself a nice $106,000. Jaffee, despite having earned a hefty amount of chips from eliminating both Smith and Reed, was next to go after just 24 hands, courtesy of Corkins. He won $135,000 from the tournament. It didn’t take long until Jerry Vanstrydonck made his exit at third place too after having had most of his chips taken by Corkins. Vandstrydonck exited with $197,000 in his pockets. Finally, it was just Kantor and Corkins left for the heads up match. Corkins was the chip leader, with a 3:2 advantage. The final hand came when Kantor pushed with his K-10. Of course, with an A-7, Corkins made the call. The flop was in favor of Corkins too, as another ace came out. Had the river turned out to be a club, Kantor could have remained. But it was not to be, and, with a hearts on the river, Corkins won his second WPT title.

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