Blair Hinkle has outlasted a field of 367 players to win the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event for the second time in three years.
Hinkle picked up the first place prize of $121,117 and scored an entry into the World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship that will be held at Harrah’s New Orleans on May 22nd.
The twenty-seven year-old was delighted to make history as the first player to win the same World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event twice.
“Coming into the final table, my mom mentioned storylines for the reporters and I thought this would be a good one so I tried to make it happen,” Hinkle joked.
Hinkle played well throughout the tournament but found his biggest competition came from his brother Grant – himself a World Series of Poker bracelet winner.
“It sucked playing against Grant,” Hinkle said.
“Obviously we don’t want to play against other good players let alone each other, because we don’t soft play each other.
“We got into some pretty big hands.”
Hinkle eventually outlasted his brother but still faced a tough task to win the tournament at a final table that included past WSOP circuit winners Mark Bonsack, Sterling Savill and Lance Garcia.
“I have to be honest, going into the final table I wasn’t exactly sure I was going to make it too far,” Hinkle said.
“It looked like a tough final table and I was glad to continue moving forward and then win.”
The Missouri native could not explain why he has had so much success at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs event.
“Maybe it’s that my brother lives in Iowa or my girlfriend went to Iowa State,” Hinkle said.
His second WSOP circuit victory improved Hinkle’s already stellar tournament record, which now includes two WSOP Circuit Rings, a World Series of Poker bracelet and two second place finishes in the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
Hinkle will return to the World Series of Poker Circuit for the National Championship in just over a months’ time.
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