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Cowboy Wins World Poker Finals

18 November 2003

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "With a live television audience cheering him on, an Alabama cowboy who hid his expressions behind dark glasses won $1 million Monday in the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

"Foxwoods was the fifth stop on the World Poker Tour, the Travel Channel's wildly popular Wednesday night `reality' poker series. The three-day tournament set a record for the tour's prize pool –– $3,155,000.

"Winner Hoyt Corkins, who keeps 60 head of cattle back home, wore a black cowboy hat and boots to the final table, playing No Limit Texas Hold 'Em against five top players on a Hollywood set in the Grand Pequot Ballroom.

"Corkins started the game with the most chips –– $1.2 million worth –– and eliminated his competition over five hours by repeatedly going `all in,' or risking his entire stack. He waited out his opponents' decisions by staring straight ahead and crossing his arms over his chest, removing his sunglasses only after he beat his last opponent, Mohamed Ibrahim of Long Beach, Calif.

"…The audience loved him.

"…The television series gave kitchen-table players courage to enter card rooms for the first time, especially after newcomer Chris Moneymaker, a 27-year-old accountant from Tennessee, won the final tournament. Anyone can enter poker tournaments provided they have the money to buy into the game. The buy-in for Monday's game was $10,000, with a $200 entry fee. Players also can bluff their way into the game by winning a series of satellite matches…"

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