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Thursday, June 28, 2007 | Francis Lee


The 30th event at the World Series of Poker 2007 was a $2,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Six Handed tournament. The three day event attracted around 800 entrants all fighting for the $515,065 top prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet.When we reached the third day Hoyt Corkins was leading the chip rankings on $1.3 million in chips, closely followed by Alan Sass on 1.2 million. James Pittman was on the short stack with $127,000 and needed to make an early impact to stand a chance with the blinds starting out at $12,00-$6,000 and an ante of $1,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Hoyt Corkins $1,300,000
  • 2nd Alan Sass $1,127,000
  • 3rd William Lin $726,00
  • 4th Terrance Chan $502,000
  • 5th Kelly Vander-Mheen $307,000
  • 6th James Pittman $127,000

Being a six handed tournament meant that play was a lot looser than normal, and we didn’t have to wait long before we lost the first player. It was James Pittman on the 10th hand of play who decided to make a move whilst holding :ah :9c he was up against William Lin with pocket Eights. The pocket pair held up for Lin with the final board showing :7h :4c :2c :10c :5s knocking Pittman out of the tournament in 6th place winning $63,118.

Only six hand later the other short stacked player Kelly Vander-Mheen went out of the tournament. Mheen moved all in holding :7c :6s after the Flop came down :kd :7h :2h and was instantly called by Hoyt Corkins with pocket Aces. The pocket Aces was good enough to win the pot with the :4s coming down on the Turn and :jc on the River. Mheen was eliminated in 5th place winning $96,431.

Hoyt Corkins proceeded to dominate the table increasing his chip stack to well over 2 million in chips slowly grinding down the other players. It wasn’t until the 56th hand of play when he eliminated the next player. Alan Sass was in a great position against Corkins with his :as :kd dominating Corkins :ad :10h with the Flop and Turn coming down :9c :8d :7d :ah But the River killed Sass off with the :10s coming down giving Corkins the huge pot. Sass took the $132,471 in prize money for 4th place.

Just four hands later Terrance Chan put himself in a decent position eliminating William Lin into 3rd place. Chan hit two pair holding :ac :6h against Lin’s :as :jh with the board coming down :ah :qc :3c :6c :7s Lin heading for the rail collecting $196,758 for third place.

Hoyt Corkins held a decent chip lead going into heads up and made this dominance tell within twenty hands. The final hand came when Chan called an All In move from Corkins with :ad :4d against :kd :10s pre Flop. The Flop came down :9s :8d :8h giving no help to either player and Chan was still in a slender lead. This quickly changed with the :kc coming down on the Turn pairing up Corkins hand. The :6s on the River ended the event giving Hoyt Corkins the deserved win. This was Corkins second WSOP bracelet win but the last time he won was fifteen years ago, so his long wait for his next was finally over.

WSOP 2007 Event 30 Result:

  • 1st Hoyt Corkins $515,065
  • 2nd Terrence Chan $287,345
  • 3rd William Lin $196,758
  • 4th Alan Sass $132,471
  • 5th Kelly Vande-Mheen $96,431
  • 6th James Pittman $63,118

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