Craig McCorkell on Thursday night defeated a strong final table in the WSOP's Event #36 to claim his first golden bracelet and a $368,593 first prize. McCorkell at the same time became the first British WSOP champion of the year.
UK pro Craig McCorkell last night defeated a strong final table to claim the win in the World Series of Poker's Event #36, the $3,000 NLHE Shootout.
The event saw 587 runners sign up to create a $1,602,502 combined prize pool, including a host of international pros and WSOP regulars.
Following three days of play, ten players had made it to the WSOP's 36th final table this year, headlined by the well-playing underdog McCorkell.
Also qualified for the final table were players like Joe Tehan, Roberto Romanello, Alessandro Longobardi and Antonio Esfandiari, who all did their best to stop McCorkell on their way.
Despite the tough field, McCorkell managed to outlast them all, even though Antonio Esfandiari
held almost 80% of the chips as the tournament went into three-handed play.
Following a couple of major upsets and unfortunate setups, Esfandiari lost his lead, and finished the event in an unlikely third place
McCorkell at this point seemed unstoppable on his way to his first golden bracelet, and ended up finishing off North Carolina poker pro
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick heads-up for a memorable win.
The victory will award McCorkell the title as the first British WSOP champion this year, as well as a $368,593 first prize to go along with the bracelet.
Fitzpatrick collected $228,261 as runner-up, while Esfandiari made his first big cash of the 2012 series with his third-place finish for $151,613.
For more updates and results from the 2012 World Series of Poker, see the official WSOP website