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Poker Profiles: Hoyt Corkins

Hoyt Corkins may be soft spoken but his toughness at the Poker table is unquestionable. He has had several memorable table finishes, some of which either gave him a bulk of fortune, fame, or both.

Hoyt started playing Poker when he was 19. At that time, his father, who has immeasurable interest in the game, decided to involve him and teach him all the knowledge he had about Poker. Shortly afterwards, Hoyt turned pro and was very successful in doing so.

Hoyt's early successes happened in 1992 when he won a glitzy World Series of Poker bracelet plus over $90,000 in cash prize. His first taste of Poker fame and fortune was due to a killing he made at the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. He made a total of seven money finishes after that triumph. Then again, his personal life got in the way. Hoyt decided to quit Poker after 1992 and had been absent in the gambling circuit for over 11 years. He knew he could not perform at his best while his personal life is in shatter so his next best choice was to quit.

Certainly, you cannot put a good man down. After going through the painful process of divorce, Hoyt found his way back into the game. His current flame encouraged him to join tournaments again. Hoyt's comeback in 2003 proved to be a worthy one because it was then when he made a record-breaking finish at the World Poker Tour. He earned over $1 million in cash prize after defeating every single challenger in the way to top the WPT finals. In 2004, Hoyt finished second at the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure next to Gus Hansen. In that event, he earned close to $300,000 amid suffering from a severe case of flu. Obviously, Hoyt did not let his sickness get in the way of a possible triumph so he continued to play his game. Fortunately, the breaks favored him. Aside from those two successes, Hoyt has had a memorable final table appearance at the United States Poker Championship event, which was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Hoyt sure did not know the meaning of slowing down. He continued to conquer the Poker scene with numerous final tables and money finishes respectively. In 2005, Hoyt placed second to Mike Matusow at the WSOP Tournament of Champions freeroll. The following year, in 2006, he made another final table finish at the WPT season five's Legends of Poker event. He finished third in that particular event. In 2007, Hoyt conquered the WSOP anew when he won his second bracelet at the $2,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event. The following year, in 2008, Hoyt made another killing at the WPT, finishing second at the World Poker Open.

Hoyt keeps a residence both in his hometown Alabama and in Las Vegas. He shares his Alabama home to over sixty cattle, which he attends to when not playing Poker.

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