Grant Hinkle Captures First WSOPC Title in OklahomaJanuary 27, 2017 11:37 am
Grant Hinkle has just booked his first tournament cash of 2017 in style, after taking down the WSOP Circuit Choctaw $1,675 Main Event for $375,427. In so doing, the pro also secured the second biggest score of his professional career, with his biggest coming in 2008 after winning the WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event for $831,462.
That was the year his brother, Blair, also won a WSOP bracelet at the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event for $507,613, making them the first siblings to ever achieve the feat. Following capturing his first WSOPC in Oklahoma, Grant commented:
“I was at zero. It’s nice to get one on the board.”
As a result, the Kansas City native now boosts his lifetime winnings to $1,595,896, whilst already ensuring that 2017 will be at least his second most successful year to date since 2008. In the meantime, brother Blair has amassed $3,972,539 in earnings, including winning the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Championship Eventfor $1,745,245.
The WSOPC Main Event was held at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, and attracted 1,451 players to create a prize pool of $2,176,500. Amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their buy-ins was David Baker in 126th ($3,178), Joshua Reichard in 90th ($4,092), Andy Philachack in 65th ($5,245), and Ray Qartomy in 28th ($10,382).
After the final table of nine was reached, Hinkle made it all the way through to heads-up play where he faced John Patterson for the title. At this stage, Patterson enjoyed a 2-to-1 chip lead, but Hinkle managed to forge ahead after winning an A-10 versus 8-8 all-in preflop battle.
Soon after, Hinkle went all-in preflop holding Q-8, only to be called by his opponent with A-3. The 10-9-7-8-10 board which ensued then sealed the deal, and so Patterson finished the runner-up for $232,866, while Hinkle was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1: Grant Hinkle $375,427
2: John Patterson $232,866
3: Shino Fujiwara $170,659
4: Dejuante Alexander $129,741
5: Austin Peck $98,770
6: Viet Vo $76,069
7: Allan Hedin $59,266
8: John Richards $46,708
9: William Berry $37,240