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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The Corkin Clan

Hoyt Corkins at Foxwoods

While in Vegas during the WPT Championships at the Bellagio I had the oppotunity to meet some of Hoyt Corkins relatives. It was pure chance. It was shortly after my Scotty Nguyen meeting. I was standing by the poker room alternating between watching the Scotty Nguyen / Hoyt Corkin table and the Doyle Brunson / Sam Grizzle table. I was standing next to this older man. He must have been at least 70 yrs. old. His son and daughter in law kept wandering around and coming back to him every once in a while talking poker. I struck up a conversation with them. They were nice. A little later, I noticed Hoyt Corkin (Foxwoods WPT champ) waving at the people I was talking to. I asked the old guy if he knew Hoyt. His face lit up. He was shocked and excited that I knew who his nephew was. He formally introduced me to his family. He asked how I knew Hoyt. I recognized him from the Travel channel. He won at Foxwoods and threw a beating Phil Hellmuth's way. I told the clan that anyone who makes Phil bitch and moan like a whiny little girl is cool by me. They laughed and said they've met Phil and thought he was an ass. He wasn't friendly to them even though they were related to Hoyt. Maybe Phil was still pissed off by that runner runner Hoyt pulled on him at Foxwoods earlier in the WPT season. I told them how Phil blew me and my brother off last fall. It was about 10 feet from where we were currently standing. They laughed and the old guy said that Hoyt liked sucking out on girls like Phil. The old guy asked how long I was in town for. They were going to dinner with Hoyt later. I was leaving that night and I still wanted to hit the tables. Maybe next time. I wonder if they ate at the Bellagio buffet??


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