Blair Hinkle Wins $1.74m At Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

Blair Hinkle Wins $1.74m At Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open  Blair Hinkle has won the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event, after besting a field of 2,384 players on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the $1,745,245 first-place prize.
With his latest victory in Florida, the 27 year-old pro now boasts $3,515,803 in live earnings to go with the $1,960,895 he has won online playing under the screen name ‘Blur5f6’.
The $5,300 buy-in main event attracted a good-sized field to create a prizepool worth $11,920,000. By the time the final table of six had been reached, Blair Hinkle (152 bb) was way out in front as the chip leader, followed by Justin Bonomo (123 bb). Also competing for the title was Ray Qartomy (87 bb), Mukul Pahuja (68 bb), Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert (31 bb), and Greg Lehn (14 bb).
Justin Bonomo (A-Q) then proceeded to eliminate Greg Lehn (K-J) in 6th ($378,138), before being dealt pocket queens and doing likewise to Samuel Guilabert (2-2) in 5th ($494,490). Blair Hinkle subsequently dispatched Ray Qartomy to the rail in 4th ($639,925), and after Justin Bonomo (A-10) took care of Mukul Pahuja (K-10) in 3rd ($872,625), the heads-up phase of the competition got underway.
As the heads-up battle commenced, both players were fairly even in chips but Blair Hinkle was eventually able to build up a 6-to-1 chip advantage before the final hand arose with Hinkle dealt K-10 to his opponent’s Q-8. Bonomo subsequently proceeded to go all-in on a Q-9-5-J board, only to then see Hinkle had made a straight to relegate him to a runner-up finish worth $1,163,500. Meanwhile, Blair Hinkle was crowned the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1st Blair Hinkle     $1,745,245
2nd Justin Bonomo     $1,163,500
3rd Mukul Pahuja     $872,625
4th Ray Qartomy     $639,925
5th Samuel Guilabert     $494,490
6th Greg Lehn             $378,138

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