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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 to Thursday, June 21, 2012

Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (2,000 player max)

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $1,602,510
  • Entries: 587
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:37 PM Local Time

The third and final day of Event 36, $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout, of the World Series of Poker has come to and end. After a final table of ten players resumed play this afternoon only Craig McCorkell remained to claim the WSOP gold bracelet and $368,593.

The ten returning players had to win two tables to make the final table. The first round saw a full ring table and Day 2 had six-handed action. McCorkell won his first bracelet and had to battle Jeremiah Fitzpatrick heads up to claim it.

The first elimination from the ten-handed final table was Sardor Gaziev. He went to a flop three-handed with Alessandro Longobardi and Jonathan Lane. The       flop saw Gaziev bet 62,000, Longobardi folded and Lane raised to 125,000. Gaziev shoved and Lane snap-called holding trip fives. Gaziev' pocket tens never improved and he was sent to the rail.

The ninth place elimination came 20 minutes later when Joe Tehan opened, Jonathan Lane three-bet and Tehan four-bet shoved. Lane called with pocket jacks and Tehan held    . The board ran           and Tehan was eliminated and Lane took a serious chip lead over the table after his second knockout hand.

Thiago Nishijima didn't lose a major pot while he was at the table, instead he bled chips for almost four levels. Lane opened for 50,000 and Nishijima moved all in. Lane called with pocket jacks and Nishijima held    . The board ran           and Nishijima was sent to the rail.

Another hour would pass before we saw our next elimination. Lane opened to 55,000, Craig McCorkell and Alessandro Romanello called from the blinds. The flop came       and after two checks Lane bet 100,000. McCorkell folded and Romanello shoved. Lane called, tabled pocket tens and Romanello held    . The board bricked for Romanello and he was eliminated.

Another 30 minutes passed before Antonio Esfandiari opened for 65,000, Longobardi shipped on the button and Lane re-shipped over the top. Esfandiari folded and the hands were tabled. Lane had     and Longobardi was in trouble with    . The board ran ten high with only one diamond and Longobardi was eliminated.

Just two hands later Athanasios Polychronopoulos got all in preflop against Esfandiari. Polychronopoulos had     and Esfandiari had pocket jacks. The board ran           and Polychronopoulos was eliminated.

We would return from the dinner break before the next elimination would come. Lane got his money after to flop of       and Esfandiari called. Lane was all but dead with Esfandiari flopping the nut straight holding     and Lane holding the low end with    . Lane exited the final table in fourth place.

During most of three-handed play Esfandiari held a dominant chip lead. At one point he held 75% of the chips in play and seemed to be in cruise control en route to his second WSOP gold bracelet.

But fate is cruel sometimes. Esfandiari first doubled up McCorkell and then lost a big chunk of his stack when he called Jeremiah Fitzpatrick's all in shove with pocket sevens holding pocket nines. Fitzpatrick flopped a seven and left Esfandiari with just over one million chips.

Then he called another McCorkell all in when he held     and McCorkell held    . The board ran           and Esfandiari was suddenly the short stack. A shocked Esfandiari moved all in the next hand holding     and McCorkell called with    . The board ran           and Esfandiari was eliminated in third place.

The heads up battle between McCorkell and Fitzpatrick started with Fitzpatrick holding 3-1 chip lead. McCorkell worked his way up to even and then closed it out in just a few key hands.

Fitzpatrick had picked up some momentum before it came crashing to a halt. McCorkell three-bet and Fitzpatrick four-bet jammed and McCorkell called with pocket eights. Fitzpatrick held     and never connected with the flop. The hand left Fitzpatrick with just 45,000 chips with the blinds at 30,000/60,000.

Fitzpatrick doubled up on the next hand, being forced all in and then shoved blind all in on the next hand. McCorkell called holding     and Fitzpatrick held    . The board ran           and McCorkell locked up his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Final Table Payouts

1Craig McCorkell$368,593
2Jeremiah Fitzpatrick$228,261
3Antonio Esfandiari$151,613
4Jonathan Lane$112,512
5Athanasios Polychronopoulos$84,436
6Alessandro Longobardi$63,988
7Roberto Romanello$48,924
8Thiago Nishijima$37,707
9Joe Tehan$29,277
10Sador Gaziev$22,899
Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:33 PM Local Time

Jeremiah Fiztpatrick - 2nd Place

After being defeated in the previous hand, Jeremiah Fitzpatrick was forced all in in the dark. Fitzpatrick picked up    against Craig McCorkell's   .

McCorkell took the lead on the     by pairing his ten, but Fitzpatrick was able to jump ahead when the   turned. Fitzpatrick ensured the double up on the   river.

Fitzpatrick moved all in blind again the next hand and was called by McCorkell.


McCorkell had Fitzpatrick crushed and kept it that way on the    . McCorkell's victory was ensured when the   turned. The   completed the board but by that time McCorkell was being lauded by his rail with cheers and celebratory chants.

Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, will take home $228,261 for his second place finish.

Craig McCorkell5,285,00045,000
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick0-45,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:26 PM Local Time

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick opened and Craig McCorkell raised to 350,000. Fitzpatrick moved all in and McCorkell called.


The board ran           and Fitzgerald was left with just 45,000 after the stacks were counted.

Craig McCorkell5,240,0001,910,000
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick45,000-1,875,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:23 PM Local Time

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick has picked up two decent pots in a row. In the first hand, both players limped and the flop came      . McCorkell bet 70,00 and Fitzpatrick called. Both players checked the   turn. The river brought the  , McCorkell bet 145,000 and Fitzgerald raised to 425,000. McCorkell folded.

The second hand saw McCorkell open on the button to 120,000 and Fitzpatrick called. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came  , Fitzpatrick checked, McCorkell bet 70,000 and Fitzpatrick check-raised to 170,000. McCorkell folded.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:16 PM Local Time

Craig McCorkell opened to 120,000 from the button and Jeremiah Fitzpatrick called.

The flop was     and Fitzpatrick checked to McCorkell who continued for 65,000. Fitzpatrick opted to check raise to 170,000 and McCorkell called.

Fourth street brought the   and Fitzpatrick continued the aggression by betting 250,000. Once again, however, McCorkell called.

Fitzpatrick eased up when the   dropped down on the river, allowing McCorkell to bet 390,000. Fitzpatrick folded and McCorkell dragged the pot and slid into the chip lead.

Craig McCorkell3,330,000780,000
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick1,920,000-780,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:06 PM Local Time
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick2,700,000-930,000
Craig McCorkell2,550,000940,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:52 PM Local Time

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick opened on the button for 150,000. Craig McCorkell re-raised to 385,000 and Fitzpatrick sat motionless.

Some of the crowd rose to their feet but then Fitzpatrick folded.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:48 PM Local Time

The two competitors have played a few hands and they've kept it small.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:42 PM Local Time

The remaining two players took a quick break and cards are hitting the air for heads up play.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:26 PM Local Time

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick - Chip Leader Going Into Heads Up

With the shocking elimination of Antonio Esfandiari, Jeremiah Fitzpatrick and Craig McCorkell will play each other heads up for the World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Fitzpatrick has a chip lead going into this match but anything can happen.

Players have decided to take a quick break before returning to play heads up.

Stay tuned to our live updates for the conclusion to this dramatic match!

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick3,630,000150,000
Craig McCorkell1,610,000310,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:24 PM Local Time

Antonio Esfandiari - 3rd Place

After being crippled in the previous hand, Antonio Esfandiari got his entire stack in the middle holding    but was crushed by Craig McCorkell's   .

The flop of     was of no help to Esfandiari. The turn was the   giving Esfandiari diamond outs as well as the three remaining nines. Esfandiari's rail screamed for a diamond to river, but alas, the   fell and Esfandiari was sent packing in third place.

Antonio Esfandiari0-325,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:16 PM Local Time

Antonio Esfandiari

The very next hand Craig McCorkell moved all in and Antonio Esfandiari re-shoved. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick folded and the cards were tabled.


The board ran           and suddenly Esfandiari was the short stack.

Craig McCorkell1,300,000485,000
Antonio Esfandiari325,000-675,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:15 PM Local Time

It seemed that it was just a few minutes ago that Antonio Esfandiari was steamrolling this final table. Now, after doubling up Craig McCorkell, Esfandiari got it all in once again. This time it was Jeremiah Fitzpatrick's life on the line.

After a series of preflop raises, Fitzpatrick got it all in with    and was crushed by Esfandiari's   .

Heartbreak came on the flop of    . Esfandiari was unable to catch back up when the turn came   and the river  . This crippling two outer left Esfandiari with only a million in chips when he once had over 4,000,000.

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick3,480,0001,760,000
Antonio Esfandiari1,000,000-1,750,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:10 PM Local Time

Let's Make A Deal

The action was paused for a couple minutes when the some of the WSOP Floor Supervisors came to the stage. They pulled Jeremiah Fitzpatrick and Craig McCorkell aside to discuss something with them.

We could only hear that something was overheard on the live stream and the WSOP does not endorse what was discussed. We could call it a "stern reminder" of some of the rules.

The players returned to their seats nodding.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:07 PM Local Time

Antonio Esfandiari stares down Jeremiah Fiztpatrick

Antonio Esfandiari opened for 125,000 on the button and Jeremiah Fitzpatrick moved all in from the small blind for 1.545 million.

When Fitzpatrick has been all in today he stares straight down at the board and doesn't respond to any kind of prodding from the table.

Esfandiari leaned forward to stare at him and Fitzpatrick turned slightly to his left, away from Esfandiari.

Esfandiari responded by leaning way to his right, almost in the lap the of the dealer to get a view of Fitzpatrick. He responded by turning even more to his left.

Esfandiari smiled and let his hand go.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:53 PM Local Time
Level: 8
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 10000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:52 PM Local Time

Antonio Esfandiari raised to 90,000 from the small blind and Jeremiah Fitzpatrick called out of the big.

The flop was     and Esfandiari fired 105,000. Fitzpatrick called and the   turned. This time Esfandiari made it 155,000 and once again received a call.

The river was the   and both players checked. Esfandiari meekly tabled    and Fitzpatrick showed    for a turned pair of queens that took down the pot.

Antonio Esfandiari2,750,000-570,000
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick1,720,000420,000
Craig McCorkell815,000-5,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:47 PM Local Time

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick moved all in from the small blind and and Craig McCorkell asked for a count before calling. Fitzpatrick held 650,000 and the cards were tabled.


The board ran           and Fitzpatrick stayed alive.

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick1,300,000830,000
Craig McCorkell820,000-800,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:40 PM Local Time

Craig McCorkell

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick folded his button and Craig McCorkell moved all in from the small blind. Antonio Esfandiari called in the big blind and the hands were turned over.


McCorkell found a pair on the     flop and Esfandiari was looking for a king or a jack. The   drilled the turn, giving McCorkell the winning hand with fours full of fives and the   on the river was just like pouring salt in the wound for Esfandiari.

As McCorkell raked in his new found chips, the Brits railing him went absolutely insane stomping their feet and screaming in support.

Antonio Esfandiari3,320,000-815,000
Craig McCorkell1,620,000940,000
Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:35 PM Local Time

With Antonio Esfandiari having nearly 75% of the chips in play, Craig McCorkell and Jeremiah Fitzgerald have either been shoving or folding against Esfandiari. We don't remember a hand the McCorkell and Fitzgerald have played against each other since three-handed play began.

It's just a matter of time before Esfandiari picks up a hand to call with.

Playtika - Jason Alexander