Blair Hinkle's Full Tilt Poker Horror StoryApril 23, 2012 11:19 am
Blair Hinkle is a US poker player from Kansas City, Missouri who won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 at the $2k No-Limit event for $507,613, with the 26 year-old pro’s live tournament cashes currently standing at $1,319,370.
Blair “blur5f6” Hinkle was also a prolific online player and on February 20th, 2011, famously came 2nd at Full Tilts FTOPS XIX Main Event for a staggering $1,162,949, after some shrewd deal-making.
That was just just over a month before Black-Friday in the US, after which the young pro’s life changed dramatically. Prior to Full Tilt going offline, Blair Hinkle had tried to withdraw some of his huge winnings off the site but got a message through, instead, saying the $48,000 transaction hadn’t gone through. Hinkle then attempted to withdraw his money once more, explaining to pokernews.com:
“I had emailed Full Tilt about doing a large cash-out so as to avoid paying the [$50] bank fees. They didn’t respond for a month, and that was only after I sent an email explaining how frustrated I was. I then requested a large cash-out, but they said I needed to verify my account. By the time I actually got my info to them it was a week from Black Friday.”
In the meantime, Hinkle says he has tried to remain positive and view any money he may still receive from the beleaguered poker room as a bonus. Given the huge amount he has stuck on Full Tilt, receiving 10% back would be a “great score”, according to Hinkle, while 50% would make him “ecstatic.”
Hinkle also says he doesn’t particularly miss online poker as he was never really a high-volume player, but does miss the practice it used to afford him going into live tournaments. Nevertheless, Hinkle says he is looking forward to this year’s World series Of Poker, commenting:
“I can’t wait for the WSOP! I will be there for the whole schedule, except for a 4 to 5 day break to go home and be with family and friends. I’ll be playing as many no-limit tournaments as I can get my hands on though.”