Blair Hinkle Wins WSOPC Council Bluffs Again!April 24, 2013 11:39 am
Blair Hinkle has won the WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs, after defeating a field of 367 players over three days to lift the title, and collect the $121,177 first place prize.
Amazingly, the 27 year old poker pro won the very same event back in 2010 for $88,566, and with his latest win in Iowa now becomes the first man in WSOPC history to take down the same event twice. Apparently, Hinkle was aware of the possible record going into the competition, and as he explains:
“Coming into the final table, my mom mentioned story lines for the reporters. I thought this would be a good one so I tried to make it happen.”
As the $1,675 buy-in event reached its final table of ten, Blair Hinkle was lying third in chips. Hinkle then proceeded to eliminate Tim Hughes in 9th ($11,457), before doing likewise to Ben Smith in 8th ($14,343) and Mark Bonsack in 4th ($40,627).
Next, Brendan Waite (A-K) eliminated a short-stacked Sean Small (K-10) in 3rd for $54,716 to herald-in the heads-up phase of the competition.
At his stage, Waite held a 4.35m to 2.95m chip lead over Hinkle, but following a three-hour heads-up epic battle, the defining hand was played after Hinkle was dealt 4-2 to his opponent’s 7-6. Hinkle then check-raised Waite all-in on a K-5-3-K-6 board, who subsequently made the call to finish the runner-up for a $74,881 payday. Meanwhile, Blair Hinkle was crowned the WSOPC Council Bluffs champion, again!
The Kansas City resident now boasts $1,665,952 in live tournament winnings to go with the $1,960,895 he has earned online under the screen name Blur5f6.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1st Blair Hinkle $121,177
2nd Brendan Waite $74,881
3rd Sean Small $54,716
4th Mark Bonsack $40,627
5th Cord Garcia $30,635
6th Trevor Deeter $23,448
7th Sterling Savill $18,209
8th Ben Smith $14,343
9th Tim Hughes $11,457
10th Phil Mader $9,275