At WSOP 2012, there have been quite many players who came beyond expectation and exhibited brilliant performances. First time bracelet winner, some poker amateurs, professionals, online cash game players, players of all sorts made the events entertaining and exciting. One of the player that one his first bracelet and amazed everyone is McCorkell.
Craig McCorkell is a British poker player who has been playing online cash games and participating in local tournaments and EPT. McCorkel is one of the few young poker players who have taken the poker world by surprise. His live earnings prior to June 19, 2012, were insignificant and his ranking figures were not impressive. All that changed on that day as he beat everyone else in the #36 event of WSOP 2012. It was McCorkell’s run for his first bracelet and accreditation.
In a dramatic turn of events at the #36th event of World Series of Poker, the event produced a new winner quite contrary to what the players and spectators were expecting. Event #36 – No-Limit Hold’em Shootout was captured by Craig McCorkell who defeated Jeremiah Fitzpatrick and Antonio Esfandiari to claim title and along with it a cash prize of $368,593 and the much sought after WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #36 – No-Limit Hold’em Shootout with a buy-in of $3,000 was entered by 587 aspirants contributing to a prize pool of $1,602,510. The event, as scheduled commenced on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 and concluded on Thursday, June 21, 2012. With the course of the event, it was quite expected that Antonio Esfandiari would turn out victorious as he was dominating the final table and almost 80% of the chips in play. However, it came as a big blow to both Esfandiari as well as onlookers when he got badly beaten and eliminated in the 3rd position.
McCorkell’s winning the title was a landmark victory. However, for the most of the final table, both McCorkell and Fitzpatrick were at the bottom of the chip counts and were playing conservatively. Leading the chip count were Esfandiary and Jonathan Lanewho eliminated first five players – Sardor Gaziev, Joe Tehan, Thiago Nishijima, Roberto Romanello and Alessandro Longobardi.