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Hoyt Corkins: The Alabama Cowboy Sits Atop the Poker World

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Apr 02, 2010

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In late January, Hoyt Corkins came out on top of the World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship, besting a tough field of 208 players for the top prize of $739,486. The end result wasn’t a surprise to many in the poker world. After all, this was his second WPT win and sixth appearance at a televised final table. Throw in his two World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $5 million in career tournaments earnings, and anyone can see that Corkins is easily one of the best players in the game today. That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment, considering the fact that Corkins walked away from the game entirely 18 years ago. It would take more than a decade for him to make his return to the poker spotlight, but when he did, he made sure that he wouldn’t soon be forgotten. Poker in His Blood Not many players can ...


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