World Poker Open


Season Six – 20 -24 January 2008


$10 000

Prize Pool

$2 411 931




Gold Strike Tunica is in a league of its own – it has been voted "2007 Best of Gaming", "Best Dealers", "Best Live Poker", and it has over 50 000 square feet of gaming floor. The well appointed poker room on the second floor has over 16 tables to choose from which offer all the most popular table games including Texas Hold ‘Em poker, 7 Card Stud and Omaha High-Low.

Getting there

From Memphis Airport follow exit signs to Winchester Road and travel about 4.5 miles west to third street. Turn left on Third street, which changes into the US Highway 61 South. Travel 17 miles to Tunica and merge right onto Casino Centre Drive and the fabulous Gold Strike Casino.

Contact Details

Gold Strike Casino Resort, 1010 Casino Centre Drive, Robinsonville, MS 38664

Telephone – +1 888 245 7529


The Final Table was packed with poker superstars, and the odds were palpably against him, but Brett Faustman from Michigan was the lucky recipient of the best cards on the day and he walked away with the World Poker Open title and almost $900 000in winnings at the Gold Strike Casino in Robinsonville in January 2008.

A total dark horse to the professional poker world, Faustman had to contend with true poker giants including two former WPT champions, Freddy Deeb (UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic 2005) and Hoyt Corkins (WPT Finals 2003), the 2005 CardPlayer ‘Player of the Year” – Men Nguyen – and John Spadavecchia, who has career earnings well in excess of $2.4million!

One by one the leading celebrities fell by the wayside and it was soon heads-up time for the 28 year old former collegiate wrestler and the reticent Alabama cowboy, Hoyt Corkins. Faustman went in with a slight chip advantage,

2 715 000 to Corkins’ 2 470 000 and it all went his way – he simply picked up the best cards and won the biggest pots!

After a lengthy 40 hands Corkins tried his luck with an all-in on a board showing 993, but his 22 was up against QQ, and Faustman could celebrate one of the most unlikely victories in the WPT history.

Final Table

  1. Brett Faustmann
  2. Hoyt Corkins
  3. Men Nguyen
  4. Freddy Deeb
  5. Gabe Costner
  6. John Spadavecchia