World Poker Tour Players, Hoyt Corkins
Hoyt Corkins made a remarkable comeback to professional poker after more than a decade away from the game. The Alabama native took an unforced break from his passion due to a messy divorce, but has come back to the green felt tables with even more tenacity and aggression.
Although softly spoken, Corkins instils fear into the hearts of his opponents and comes to the big events kitted out for a real high noon type of showdown – resplendent in cowboy boots, a hat and all the other paraphernalia of a true blue cowboy!
Although primarily known as ‘Cowboy’ Corkins has been called a couple of other names, not all that complimentary either. Viewed by all as an enormous accolade, Phil Hellmuth, one of the true poker greats in the world today has dubbed him ‘Mr Move All-In’ and others have even gone as far as calling him ‘Nightmare’!
He takes his time at the table very seriously and even resorts to wearing earplugs so that the table chatter does not affect his enormous powers of concentration. Corkins has won two WSOP bracelets to date, one each in his two very distinctive poker tenures – in 1992 and 2007.
He has been knocking on the door at many of the big tour events, but just hasn’t managed to finish with the largest chip stack:
- He was runner-up to Gus Hansen at the 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
- He finished second to Mike Matusow at the WSOP Tournament of Champions in 2005
- He came third at the 2006 WPT Legends of Poker event
- In 2008 he finished second in the WPT’s World Poker Open
Corkins has already pocketed nearly $4 million in career earnings, an amazing achievement for someone who has been out of the game for over ten years, possibly at the height of his poker prowess! He was 5th on the 2003 Money List, the year of his return to the tables, and at the moment he is 50th on the All Time Money List.
Corkins’ Big Tour Triumphs
- 1989 – WSOP – $2500 Omaha Pot Limit – 4th – $27 600
- 1991 – WSOP – $1500 Omaha Limit – 5th – $11 550
- 1992 – WSOP – $5000 Omaha Pot Limit – $96 000
- 2003 – WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods – $1 089 200
- 2004 – WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – 2nd – $290 065
- 2005 – PPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars of Poker – 6th – $25 000
- 2007 – WSOP $2500 No Limit Hold ‘Em Six Handed – $515 005
- 2008 – WPT Gold Strike World Poker Open – 2nd – $458 267