Hinkle defends WSOPC title, makes history

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Blair Hinkle made history at Horseshoe Council Bluffs by becoming the first player to defend a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event. He beat nearly 370 players on April 22, fighting through a field that included a few ring- and bracelet-winners.

He took home another circuit ring and $121,177. His older brother Grant, who has a WSOP bracelet, finished 11th.

It seemed the two couldn’t get away from each other through most of the tournament and were in several big pots with each other.

Some others who won rings include Mark Fink ($365 Turbo, $15,838), Nathan Bjerno ($580 NLHE), Matthew Weber ($365 six-max), Mark Bonsack, who won his second non-hold’em ring by taking down the Omaha/8 event, Randy Krauss ($365 NLHE, $14,505), Jason Mayfield ($365 NLHE, $14,505), Zach Smith (re-entry, $35,397), Jovan Sudar ($365 Turbo) and Nick Jivkov, who became a three-time winner of WSOPC events when he took down the first $365 NLHE tournament on April 12.

MYSTIQUE: The Mystique poker room in Dubuque has embraced social media and is actively using Twitter to announce cash-game and tournament information. Follow @MystiquePoker.

— Ken Warren is Ante Up’s Iowa Ambassador. You can email him at anteupken@gmail.com. 

WSOP Circuit, Horseshoe Council Bluffs, April 11-23

Event 1 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 260 • Pool: $78K
Nick Jivkov, $19,110
Event 2 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 148 • Pool: $44,400
Jovan Sudar, $12,434
Event 3 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 562 • Pool: $168,600
Zach Smith, $35,397
Event 4 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 186 • Pool: $55,800
Jason Mayfield, $14,505
Event 5 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 186 • Pool: $55,800
Ryan Krauss, $14,505
Event 6 • $365 O/8
Entries: 134 • Pool: $40,200
Mark Bonsack, $11,254
Event 7 • $365 6-Max
Entries: 184 • Pool: $55,200
Matthew Weber, $15,179
Event 8 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 221 • Pool: $66,300
Jonathan Hilton, $16,576
Event 9 • $580 NLHE
Entries: 203 • Pool: $101,500
Nathan Bjerno, $26,390
Event 10 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 203 • Pool: $60,900
Mark Fink, $15,835
$1,675 Main Event
Entries: 367 • Pool: $550,800
Blair Hinkle, $121,177
Event 12 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 128 • Pool: $38,400
Pejman Niyati, $10,752