Event 23 - Sibling Rivalry: Hinkle Wins!
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!
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