Event 23, No-Limit Hold'em - Live Updates

Blair Hinkle has made WSOP history, capturing his first WSOP bracelet just a couple of weeks after older brother Grant Hinkle won his own WSOP bracelet in Event 2, the first $1,500 No Limit Hold'em donkament of the season. The younger Hinkle defeated Mark Brockington in heads-up play to capture the jewelry and $507,563 in cash. Congratulations, dude!

Day 3 Live Updates

06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - Sibling Rivalry: Hinkle Wins!

Blair Hinkle
Woo Hoo!

Young online pro Blair Hinkle has just made poker history by capturing his first WSOP bracelet in Event 23, the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, just a few weeks after older brother Grant Hinkle won his own in the first $1,500 NLHE donkament of the season.

Here's how the final table played out its epic conclusion:

Steicke Stuck (4th)!

Blair Hinkle raises to $100,000 from under the gun and is joined in the pot by his three opponents, including David Steicke in the big blind. The flop comes Q 8 6 and Steicke open-shoves all-in after the action folds to him. Hinkle moves all-in over the top and successfully isolates his opponent.

As the players show down their hands, Steicke has T 2 for the club flush draw while Hinkle has 8 6 for two pair. The board finishes out 5 T and Hinkle avoids the flush to eliminate Steicke in fourth place for a $166,333 payout.

O'Brien O'Busto (3th)!

Hinkle raises to $130,000 and Daniel O'Brien re-raises all-in for his last $1.2 million in the small blind. Hinkle makes the call and shows a pocket pair of sixes to O'Brien's pocket eights. O'Brien looks primed to double, but the flop comes A 6 5 to send a roar through the pro-Hinkle crowd. The board finishes out 5 K and Hinkle wins the pot with a full house to send O'Brien packing in third place. The boy will take $198,132 for his time.

Hinkle Takes It Home!

Blair Hinkle enters heads-up play with Mark Brockington with a massive lead and it doesn't take long for all of Brockington's chips in the middle. Young "blur5f6"(that's Hinkle) raises on the button to $155,000 and Brockington raises to $510,000. Hinkle moves all-in over the top and Brockington makes the call, showing A K while Hinkle again rolls up a pocket pair of sixes.

The crowd is on its feet screaming for a six and as though motivated by the collective will of the mob, the flop comes A 6 2 to give Hinkle the Cloven-Hoofed Set once again. The turn is the 8 and Brockington is drawing dead; Blair Hinkle has won his first WSOP bracelet!

For the win, Hinkle earns $507,563, the bracelet and the exclusive PokerListings.com interview . Meanwhile, Brockington takes home $326,552 and no PokerListings interview.

Stay tuned for our recap blog and a conversation with the winner!

 

Level
25
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$5,376,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - Time

Not much has changed in the past hour of this final table. Blair Hinkle retains his lead but is being threatened by Hong Kong's David Steicke once again. Canadian Mark Brockington seems to double every time he gets short stacked and Las Vegas local Daniel O'Brien is still in good shape.

Steicke Strikes Back

David Steicke has fought back to take a stranglehold on second position. The key hand was a face off between he and Daniel O'Brien that started with a $120,000 bet from Steicke from the button.

Blair Hinkle passed in the small blind but O'Brien made the call from the big. The two went heads up to the Q J 7 flop and O'Brien fired out right away making it $160k.

Steicke thought for a moment before deciding to make a huge move. He pushed all in and pushed O'Brien off his hand collecting the $400k pot.

Brockington Comes Back

A shortstacked Mark Brockington got it all in again - this time holding A 6 to David Steick's K J. The Q 10 8 flop gave Steicke the open ender, but the 5 turn and 8 river wasn't enough to complete it.

Brockington's double puts him back up to over $500k.

Chipping Away; The Moments That Make Up a Dull Day

Here's the chip counts thanks to our friends at WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Blair Hinkle
$2,425,000
David Steicke
$1,290,000
Daniel O'Brien
$935,000
Mark Brockington $770,000

 

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,344,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - Four On The Floor!

Blair Hinkle
Still the one!

We're stuck on four as the two short stacks have made they're moves and are still surviving. Blair Hinkle still leads, but the race for second is certainly much tighter as we head into much bigger blind levels.

O' No! Here Comes O'Brien

From, the small blind Blair Hinkle kicked it up to $100,000, but Daniel O'Brien had bigger plans and reraised all in.

Hinkle almost beat him to the pot with the call felting A Q and looked to rail the young Las Vegas native and his Q J.

The 10 9 5 flop gave Hinkle a sweat, but the 10 turn kept him in good shape to send O'Brien out fourth. It wasn't until the 8 came rolling down on the river that the dominated O'Brien made his straight to double up.

He's now over $1 million in chips virtually tied for second with David Steicke. Hinkle retains the lead with almost $2.2 million.

Brockington Takes A Stand

Canadian Mark Brockington has played only a few hands throughout this final table. Down to under $400k he finally took a stand getting all $380k in his stack in with A 4. Blair "I Call" Hinkle did just that with naught but Q 9 and when he could not connect to the board, Brockington doubled up.

Chip Off The Old Pun

Here's the latest chip counts from WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Blair Hinkle $2,040,000
Daniel O'Brien
$1,325,000
David Steicke
$1,101,000
Mark Brockington$800,000

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,344,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - All About Blair

Dustin Dirksen
Dusted!

Blair Hinkle is our new leader as we are down to four and ready for more. Sadly, the most aggressive player at the table outside of Hinkle, Dustin Dirksen is out. Right now it seems like a two horse race between Hinkle and David Steicke with the other two in the final four looking to move up.

Dirksen Done (5th)

Dustin Dirksen ran out to a chip lead behind some aggressive play early on, but he's now run out of steam and completely out of chips.

He became the fifth place finisher cashing $135,757 when he pushed his last $300k in with A 2 and got the call from Blair Hinkle with A 8.

The Q 3 2 flop gave Dirksen the lead and hopes of a double, but those hopes were crushed when the 8 came on the turn. The 6 river ended any dreams Dirksen had of WSOP gold and the final table became four handed.

O'Double

Daniel O'Brien was the short stack, but those days are over. He just used A K to double through David Steicke. Steicke started the action making it $90k from the button. O'Brien took one look at big slick and shoved for $302k.

Steicke made the obvious call, but had just 10 9 to do it with. The J 6 3 flop kept O'Brien in the lead and stole a few of Steicke's outs. The turn and river bricked and O'Brien pulled up and over $600k.

New Heights For Hinkle

David Steicke made it $90,000 to se the flop but Blair Hinkle decided it was time to tangle and reraised him up to $220k total. Steicke made the call and the flop fell K 4 3. Both players checked but when the 3 turn came and Steicke checked Hinkle pounced. He made it $200k, but could not shake Steicke, who flat called.

The river was the very brick like 2 and after another check from Steicke, Blair took him to value town making it $300k to see his holding with more than $900,000 in the pot.

Steicke made the call, but mucked when Blair showed him K 7.

Hinkle is now in control of the table and has the chip lead.

Here's how the final four stack up according to WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Blair Hinkle $2,829,000
David Steicke
$1,561,000
Daniel O'Brien
$769,000
Mark Brockington
$473,000
Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,344,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - Steike's Turn

David Steicke
Meet the new man!

Thanks to a major copnfrontation with end of Day 2 chip leader Andrew Jeffreys, David Steicke is now the leader. We're down to just five players and the action shows zero signs of slowing down.

Jeffreys Jolted (8th)

Aussie Andrew Jeffreys came into the final table with a slight chip lead. However, it didn't take long for him to lose that and now he's surprisingly gone out eighth.

In Jeffreys' last hand of the event, Chris Bjorin raised to $75k in late position and David Steicke reraised to 225,000.

Jeffreys then looked down at his hole cards and came up shoving his entire $646,000 in. Bjorin let it go, but Steicke made the call.

It turned out to be the classic confrontation of Jeffreys' K K against Steicke's A A.

The aces held, Steicke grabbed the $1.3 million pot and the chip lead with over $2 million and a shocked Jeffreys is out eighth cashing $63,598.

Kulicki Kicked (7th)

Dominik Kulicki went out seventh when he shoved into the aggressive caller at this final table - Blair Hinkle. Hinkle, of course, made the call with A J and needed help to knock out Kulicki and his Q Q. Help came in spades, although the re was only one on the A A 10 flop bringing a fist pump from Hinkle.

The 5 turn and K river made no difference and Kulicki was out seventh. He'll make $81,944 for the finish.

Bjorn Banked (6th)

He managed to double up a few times, but never really got off the short stack and Chris Bjorin is now out sixth. He'll cash $106,404 after shoving into a Blair Hinkle pre flop raise. Once again, Hinkle made the aggressive call with A 3, but was slightly ahead of Bjorin's K Q this time.

A board full of blanks sealed Bjorin's fate while Hinkle looks more and more comfortable.

Here's the latest in the chip count department courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

David Steicke $2,225,000
Blair Hinkle
$1,804,000
Mark Brockington
$607,000
Dustin Dirksen
$545,000
Daniel O'Brien
$244,000
Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,075,200
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - Dirksen Grabs Hold

Dustin Dirksen
Thinking about winning!

We've reached the first break here at the final table and things are moving as expected. We've seen one elimination already and Dustin Dirksen has ridden a wave of aggressive play into the chip lead picking up a the majority of pots here in the early going.

Tayar Tazed (9th)

Stephan Tayar is headed to the cage to grab $45,252 after becoming the ninth place finisher here.

In his final hand, just the fifth of the final table, David Steicke made it 60,000 to play and Tayar shoved. Steicke made the call and was a heavy favorite with Q Q over the Frenchman's A 10. The board brought very little excitement to the ESPN final table area and Tayar was golf clapped out of the room.

Bouncing Baby Bjorin

Chris Bjorin open shoved for his final $108,000 and got the call from Dustin Dirksen. Blair Hinkle then decided to push all in himself having Bjorin covered by almost $1 million in chips. This effectively pushed Dirksen off his hand and Hinkle showed K J for two overs to Bjorin's 10 10.

The 10 5 4 flop pretty much sealed the triple for Bjorin but the Q turn brought a myriad of chop and straight possibilities for Hinkle. The 6 river fell into neither of those categories and Bjorin had three times as many chips as when the hand began.

Count It Up 

Here's the official chip counts according to WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Dustin Dirksen $1,131,000 
David Steicke
$1,077,000
Blair Hinkle
$1,058,000
Andrew Jeffreys
$712,000
Mark Brockington
$414,000
Chris Bjorin
$358,000
Daniel O'Brien
$277,000
Dominik Kulicki
$187,000
Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$672,000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
06/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 23 - The Final Table

Things are just about to get rolling here at the final table of Event 23.

The chip leader coming in is Aussie Andrew Jeffreys who is in the one seat and has a stack of chips totaling $1,051,000.

Kansas City's Blair Hinkle is in seat two and just behind Jeffreys with $1,030,000. Blair's been tearing up the WPT out West here lately. He was James Mackey's former College roommate and his brother Grant already has a bracelet from this year's WSOP.

In the three seat is Dutchman Dominik Kulicki with $241,000 and Las Vegas local Daniel O'Brien will bring his $456,000 to the four seat.

In seat five is Canadian Mark Brockington with $552,000 and Chris Bjorin brings $247,000 to his second final table of the WSOP, this time in seat six.

The always dangerous Dustin Dirksen has $867,000 and will occupy the seven seat while David Steicke of Hong Kong has $611,000 in seat eight and France's Stephane Tayar brings $323,000 to the nine chair.

We're about ready to shuffle up and deal so keep it locked on PL.com throughout for the best WSOP coverage in the universe. That's right, we do this good!

Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$597,333
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1

Event Information

Event Name
Event 23, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-12
Final Day
2008-06-14
Buy In
$2,000
Entrants
1344
Prize Pool
$2,446,080
First Prize
$507,563

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Blair Hinkle $507,563
2 Mark Brockington $326,552
3 Daniel O'Brien $198,132
4 David Steicke $166,333
5 Dustin Dirksen $135,757

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