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Hoyt Corkins Wins the WPT Southern Poker Championship

Corkins Wins His Second WPT Title and Increases His Career Earnings to $5 Million


Hoyt CorkinsThe final table at the 2010 World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship took place on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The $10,000 no-limit hold’em tournament attracted 208 players overall, and DoylesRoom’s Hoyt Corkins (pictured right) walked away with the first-place prize worth $739,486.

Corkins was the chip leader and headliner at the start of the final table, and he played well on the final day to win his second WPT title at his sixth WPT final table. Corkins also won the World Poker Finals in 2003. He now holds more than $5 million in career earnings. Here is a look at the chip counts at the start of the final table:

Seat 1: Tyler Smith — 1,169,000
Seat 2: Hoyt Corkins — 2,069,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Kantor — 894,000
Seat 4: Jerry Vanstrydonck — 1,044,000
Seat 5: James Reed — 377,000
Seat 6: Jared Jaffee — 762,000

It took 18 hands of play at the final table before Tyler Smith put all of his chips at risk. He was all in preflop with JClub Suit 3Heart Suit in the hole against the ADiamond Suit QClub Suit of Jared Jaffee. The board ran out K-10-6-4-6, and Jaffee won the pot with ace high to eliminate Smith in sixth place ($86,837). James Reed was the next player on the chopping block a dozen hands later. His 7-5 offsuit in the hole went to battle with the pocket eights of Jaffee preflop, and the board changed nothing. Reed was eliminated in fifth place ($106,134), and Jaffee scored his second elimination of the evening.

Jaffee had started strong at the final table, but he was the next player to fall in fourth place ($135,079). He moved all in preflop with KClub Suit QSpade Suit, and he was racing against the pocket jacks of Corkins. The board delivered no facecards, and Jaffee hit the rail. Things had begun quickly at the final table, but that is not how they would end. It would take a full five hours of play before the next player fell. Corkins, Jonathan Kantor, and Jerry Vanstrydonck engaged in an intense three-handed battle that saw multiple players double up.

Just after 12:30 a.m. local time, Corkins raised to 200,000 on the button, and Vanstrydonck reraised all in from the big blind for 1,610,000. Corkins made the call and flipped over KClub Suit QSpade Suit. Vanstrydonck turned over 9Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit, and the board was dealt 7Club Suit 4Heart Suit 2Club Suit ADiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit. Corkins won the hand, and Vanstrydonck was eliminated in third place ($196,829).

Heads-Up Chip Counts:

Hoyt Corkins: 3,635,000
Jonathan Kantor: 2,665,000

Kantor kicked off heads-up play by scoring a bluff against Corkins. He moved all in on a board of 8Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 3Heart Suit 4Club Suit 3Diamond Suit. He added 1,775,000 to the pot of 1,220,000, and Corkins decided to muck. Kantor flipped over 10Club Suit 6Diamond Suit as he collected the pot and evened up the chip stacks in the process.

A while later, Corkins began to distance himself by winning a 1.7 million pot to take a 2-1 chip advantage. The board ran out A-10-9-5-5, and Kantor bet 450,000 after a series of bets and raises had built a respectable pot during the hand. Corkins made the call and flipped over A-3 for two pair. Kantor mucked his cards, and his stack dwindled to just above 2 million. The final hand came just three hands after that. Kantor limped for 80,000 preflop, and Corkins moved all in. Kantor made the call, and the two players flipped over their cards:

Corkins: AHeart Suit 7Club Suit
Kantor: KClub Suit 10Heart Suit

Board: AClub Suit 5Spade Suit 2Club Suit 8Club Suit 5Heart Suit

Corkins won the hand and the tournament with two pair, aces and fives. Kantor was eliminated in second place on the hand, and he will take home $366,643 in prize money. Corkins captured his second WPT title, and he was awarded the top prize worth $739,486.

Final-Table Results:

1st: Hoyt Corkins — $739,486
2nd: Jonathan Kantor — $366,643
3rd: Jerry Vanstrydonck — $196,829
4th: Jared Jaffee — $135,079
5th: James Reed — $106,134
6th: Tyler Smith — $86,837

The next WPT event will take place at the L.A. Poker Classic, and it begins Feb. 26 at the Commerce Casino in Southern California.



13 years ago

Congrats Hoyt!