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After three days of intense play, the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs ended Monday as the final 10 players of a 367-player field returned to battle to a winner. After seven levels of play, Blair Hinkle emerged victorious, capturing the title for the second time in three years, not to mention the $121,177 first-place prize and a seat in the season-ending National Championship.
Final Table Results
Action recommenced in Level 26 (10,000/20,000/3,000), and the first elimination occurred in less than a half an hour on a
Small was ahead with pocket kings; Mader was drawing very much alive to an open-ended straight draw. The
Less than 30 minutes later, Tim Hughes opened for 40,000 under the gun and Hinkle called from the hijack. The other players folded, so it was heads-up to the flop, which fell
Hughes returned to checking and Hinkle took the opportunity to bet 210,000. Hughes quickly check-raised all in for 468,000 and Hinkle seemed shocked. "Jesus," he said. "I guess I have to call." He did just that and was glad he did as his
In Level 28 (15,000/30,000/5,000) when action folded to Mark Bonsack in the small blind, he raised to 80,000. Deeter then moved all in for 575,000, Bonsack snap-called, and their cards were turned up:
Bonsack’s ace high was leading for the moment, and the
Later in the same level, Bonsack opened from the button only to have Cord Garcia shove his short stack of 425,000 all in from the big blind. Bonsack called with the
During four-handed play, Hinkle opened under the gun for 90,000 and received calls from Brendan Waite and Small in the small and big blinds respectively. All three players checked the
On the first hand of Level 30 (25,000/50,000/5,000), Hinkle opened for 110,000 under the gun and Bonsack shoved for 580,000. The blinds folded and Hinkle made a quick call.
Bonsack was in big trouble and needed help. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Hinkle was a 70.61% favorite, and Bonsack had just a 28.97% chance of surviving the hand. The
There is no denying his poker prowess at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Last year he final-tabled the Main Event and ultimately finished in fifth place for $25,127, and not only did he make the final table again, he managed to win a ring in between. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it two, because he was sent off in fourth place with $40,627 and the consolation prize as Casino Champion, which locked him up a seat in the National Championship for the second year in a row.
By the middle that same level, Small had dwindled to 800,000 and moved all in under the gun. Hinkle folded the small blind, and then Waite squeezed out his cards in the big. "Call," he said as he rolled over the
Hinkle managed to take the chip lead in a huge pot that took place early in the match, but Waite battled back. The two jockeyed back and forth until Hinkle pulled ahead once again and delivered the final blow.
It happened in Level 32 (40,000/80,000/10,000) when Waite limped from the big blind and Hinkle checked his option, bringing about a flop of
Hinkle checked, Waite bet 420,000, and Hinkle woke up with an all-in check-raise. Waite had about 1.3 million behind and thought long and hard before spiking in a call. It was the wrong choice. Hinkle tabled the
Congratulations to Blair Hinkle on capturing his second WSOP Circuit gold ring and qualifying for the National Championship in New Orleans May 22-24, 2013.