College prof wins WSOP title, $432,411

17 June 2013

The things we've done in life are what makes us who we are – especially at the poker table.

Dr. Corey Harrison has done a great many remarkable things in his life, most of which have taken place in science and academia. But those lessons learned and skills utilized for years provided what probably turned out to be the difference in winning his first gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker.

Harrison won the most recent $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event, beating a field of 1,731 players for $432,411.

Following his win, Harrison, who owns a PhD in cellular molecular pathology, cited his work as a researcher as a key component in making him a better poker player, and ultimately a champion.

“I'm a very patient person. That helps me in my research,” Harrison said afterward. “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 also talked about the similarities of being persistent in both poker and conducting research.

“When you take a bad beat, you just have to take it in stride,” Harrison said. “So my line of work helps me to keep an even emotional keel.”

Harrison gave one specific example.

“I came to the final table with 1.1 million and was third in chips. Then, I went card dead,” Harrison said. “I played three hands in four hours. I blinded down to about 400,000. … Then, after we came back from the second break, I went on a tear. … I waited for my run of cards and my patience really paid off.”

Daniel Cascado finished as the runner-up. He barely missed out on becoming the first English winner of this series. Instead, he settled for a second-place consolation prize worth $267,452.

Salvatore Dicarlo was third for $184,914 and Paul Spitzberg was fourth for $133,364. Other final table finishers included Gregory Josifovski (fifth), Mohsin Charania (sixth), Zimnan Ziyard (seventh), Gareth Teatum (eighth) and Robert Brewer (ninth).

The top 198 players finished in the money. Notable players who cashed but did not make the final table included Victor Ramdin (22nd), Sam Stein (23rd), Shannon Shorr (30th), Paul Wasick (31st), Adam Levy (62nd), Robert Salaburu (70th), Steve Zolotow (92nd), Sorel Mizzi (108th), Blair Hinkle (114th), Bryn Kenney (115th), Jeff Madsen (123rd), and Jimmy Fricke (185th).

Tournament recap modified from a report by WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, used by permission.

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