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2012 WSOP Event #36: Craig McCorkell - UK's first WSOP 2012 Winner

Tags: Antonio Esfandiari, Craig McCorkell, Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, Poker, WSOP.
Posted on 22 June 2012 by "M".

wsopThursday night delivered some of the best poker action so far in the 2012 WSOP. It was the No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event that brought on some of the loudest crowds at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in this year's WSOP. UK's Craig McCorkell was the last man standing after the battle. The victory resulted in 2012's first British Gold Bracelet and a healthy bag of money for McCorkell - $368,593.

When only three players remained in the game, the 2004 Pot-Limit Hold'em winner Antonio Esfandiari was holding an estimated 80% of the chips.  Then something happened...
WSOP.com reporter Nolan Dalla explains the events: "the most stunning turn of events at this year’s WSOP took place when Esfandiari not only lost the chip lead, he was ultimately knocked out of the tournament.  All it took were three brutal hands for “the Magician” to completely disappear from the ESPN Main Stage".

Esfandiari went all-in with a pocket of 9's facing Jeremiah Fitzpatrick's pocket 7's. The flop showed a 7 and Fitzpatrick, who's best WSOP record shows a 102nd placement in 2009's No Limit Hold'em event 11, terminated Esfandiari. Fitzpatrick was in a great position for the Gold Bracelet.

Thirty minutes into the heads-up between Fitzpatrick and McCorkell, the chips had turned to McCorkell's favour. The final hand gave McCorkell the bracelet with a pair of eights. Nolan Dalla describes the last hand of event 36 as "Oddly enough, the final board was an inappropriately anti-climatic swan song of a thrilling final table that included  nine full hours of ecstasy, tragedy, jubilation, and heartbreak".


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7 comments for "2012 WSOP Event #36: Craig McCorkell - UK''s first WSOP 2012 Winner "

 noonlion22/06/2012 14:24:43 GMT
Esfandiari just can't seem to get it done at the WSOP - I think he lacks the concentration for a long event.

Thats great a British person won, thats after a Japanese won as well, so theres an international flavour to the winners, always good to see a mix.
 Cliffem23/06/2012 00:02:52 GMT
Bring it home! Smile
 Fakiry23/06/2012 12:51:37 GMT
What a movie!!! First, the drama, with Esfandiari dominating all the scenes and being prematurely crushed by some WSOP newbye. Then the action, with the new hero, who had the attention of all the public, going crazy til he gets to the final heads up against a more experienced player. In the end, the romantism, with Craig McCorkell, who blocked Fitzpatrick’s capability, took the bull by the horns and won the tourney.
 xalfu24/06/2012 04:21:36 GMT
interesante informacion. pero quisiera saber si alguno sabe donde puedo ver el wsop 2012 en internet, ya sea en vivo o diferido. puesto que he buscado pero no encuentro nada en ningun sitio, y quisiera saber si ivy y hansen han ganado algun brazalete este año. Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 teddybears7324/06/2012 11:22:55 GMT
Posted by xalfu:
interesante informacion. pero quisiera saber si alguno sabe donde puedo ver el wsop 2012 en internet, ya sea en vivo o diferido. puesto que he buscado pero no encuentro nada en ningun sitio, y quisiera saber si ivy y hansen han ganado algun brazalete este a�o. Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile



what?
Smile
 Macubaas24/06/2012 19:39:30 GMT
Nice to see that it was the turn of England for this year to take a gold bracelet home Big Smile

Some days ago also the first jap player in history of WSOP took a gold bracelet Smile

Still, can't wait for the Big ONe!
 noonlion24/06/2012 22:40:30 GMT
The big drop is gonna be nuts - i mean obviously you cant take the fact its a milion dollar buyin into account too much otherwise it would fuck with your mindset.

But still, just wow. so many good players!

Look at the bracelet tally on the WSOP main page - USA has won 29 bracelets, the next closest is 2 i think by canada, crazy disparity.

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