Craig McCorkell Ensures Brits Finally Bag a Bracelet
Londoner Craig McCorkell overcame a tough final table in the $3,000 buy-in NLHE Shootout event last night to become the first British player to bag a WSOP bracelet in what has so far been a disappointing Series for the UK.
The victory – which represents far and away McCorkell’s biggest career cash at $368,593 – was eventually secured against Jeremiah Fitzpatrick who was reduced to shrapnel after his Ac 8d lost out to McCorkell’s 8c 8s after the pair got it all-in pre-flop.
With less than a single bet left, Fitzpatrick was forced all-in blind on the next two hands, and though he survived the first, the second saw his 5h 2c thoroughly dominated by McCorkell’s 8d 5d, which promptly flopped an eight to end the contest and send Fitzpatrick home as runner-up.
Earlier on at the final table, McCorkell’s fellow Brit Roberto Romanello had exited in 7th place – with the Welshman taking home $48,924 for his troubles – before WSOP bracelet winners Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Antonio Esfandiari exited the tournament fray in 5th and 3rd respectively.
As you’d thoroughly expect for any Brit bracelet winner, McCorkell’s victory was greeted with raucous celebrations from the rail, with compatriots Chris Moorman and James Dempsey both leading protagonists. Here’s hoping the boys have more to cheer before this year’s Series is out.