The World Series of Poker 2013 which is currently taking place in Las Vegas, has been extremely successful based on the number of participants at this year’s tournament and player feedback.
Amateurs as well as poker professionals from all across the globe have flow into to see if they can make it big at the WSOP, which is considered by many to be one of the biggest tournaments on the poker circuit.
Corey Harrison was one of these players who decided to plan his summer vacation around the WSOP. Harrison who has a PhD in cellular molecular pathology entered the tournament but had no idea he would have a 6 figure pay day. According to reports, Harrison has been able to cash twice so far in a $1,500 no-limit hold ’em events at the 2013 WSOP. He won a WSOP bracelet and walked away with a total of $432,411.
In a statement, Harrison said
I’ve been playing poker for 10 years, and grinding the WSOP Circuit events. I had some success, but nothing like this. This is a great accomplishment. There’s nothing like it.
Corey Harrison who is 36 years old, comes from Birmingham, AL. He has been playing poker for over 10 years but has never really won anything of real significance, till he made it big at this WSOP 2013. He credits his background in research, which trained him to be patient and focused, for his success.
Harrison went on to say that
I’m a very patient person. That helps me in my research. In research, you have many days and nights spent in the lab. Then at the end, you might get a result that’s not what you’re expecting. So, it’s the same thing in poker. You may have made the right play and got it in good, but get a wrong result.
Harrison had stiff competition at the final table of Event 24 but held his nerve to beat a number of popular players such as EPT Champions Zimnan Ziyard (7th) and Mohsin Charania (6th). Some of the other recognizable names at the table included Kevin MacPhee, Victor Ramdin (22nd) and Shannor Shorr.
Daniel Cascado finished second and walked away with a total of $267,452, while Salvatore Dicarlo finished 3rd and won a total of $184,914. Corey Harrison did not really confirm what he was going to do with his prize money but that’s probably because he believes he can still win a few more events at the WSOP 2013 and make it an even bigger payday.