Hinkle Reels in Bonomo for $1.7m Seminole Hard Rock Title

Blair Hinkle
Blair Hinkle

It took over 160 heads-up hands but Blair Hinkle finally reeled in Justin Bonomo to win the $10m GTD Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and its $1.7m first-place prize.

A WSOP bracelet winner back in 2008, Hinkle essentially doubled his career live earnings to $3.5 million with the win.

Bonomo earned $1.1 million for his runner-up finish in the richest live tournament ever played in Florida.

Hinkle and Bonomo Put On Two-Man Show

The two battled for the chip lead for much of the tournament and quickly polished off the rest of the six-man final table before settling into a back-and-forth heads-up match.

Starting heads-up play fairly even Hinkle stretched his lead out early to about 2-1 before Bonomo came back to even things up.

Bonomo then took control for much of the heads-up after a big straight-over-straight pot and looked destined to finish things off a few times but Hinkle hung around.

It took until hand #200 of the final table for Hinkle to take the lead back for good before finally completing the comeback with a turned king-high straight over Bonomo's top pair.

Hinkle, who chopped the FTOPS Main Event in 2011 for over $1m but hasn't seen a penny because of Black Friday, was unsurprisingly thrilled at the cash (and guitar) in his hands at the table:

The official final six and payouts for the $10m Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open:

  • 1st: Blair Hinkle - $1,745,245
  • 2nd: Justin Bonomo - $1,163,500
  • 3rd: Mukul Pahuja - $872,625
  • 4th: Ray Qartomy - $639,925
  • 5th: Samuel Bernabeau Guilabert - $494,490
  • 6th: Greg Lehn - $378,138

For a complete rundown of all the final table action, check the live updates here.


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