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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, April 28th, 2013
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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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, January 14th, 2013
Alexandru Masek has made World Series of Poker Circuit history by winning his sixth World Series of Poker Circuit ring in the $365 buy-in Turbo No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the Bicycle Casino Event.
The twenty-five year-old poker pro has now won an incredible three rings in the last three World Series of Poker circuit events after finishing last year with a victory at Harrah’s Rincon.
Masek was delighted to announce his victory to his Twitter followers yesterday.
“Took down a 6th WSOP Circuit ring in the turbo event at the Bike today -whole tourney played out in 13 hours, feels pretty surreal,” Masek posted.
Masek was tied with Mark Smith and Kyle Cartwright on five World Series of Poker Circuit rings, before this event, but now sits by himself as the king of the WSOP Circuit.
Smith has been the reigning champion of the World Series of Poker circuit for the last three years but was quick to pay credit to Masek.
“My heartfelt congratulations – wear that crown proudly,” Smith said.
“You earned it! Now, I’ve got something to shoot at.”
Masek won the tournament in front of a big crowd after just twelve hours by defeating Hollywood voice actor Bill Fagerbakke in heads-up play.
Fagerbakke is noted for his work on Sponge Bob Square Pants, Batman Beyond, The Artist, Weeds as well as Beethoven and is considered one of the more popular poker-playing actors in Hollywood.
Masek has now recorded six tournament victories, eleven final tables apperances and forty-six cashes for nearly y $300,000 in World Series of Poker tournaments.
Masek has no plans to quit the World Series of Poker Circuit and is expected to play at least three more events this season.
He has the chance to add another ring to his collection when he plays in the Main Event Champion at the Bicycle Casino today.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Mike Leah has become the first Canadian to win a World Series of Poker Circuit Casino Championship with his consistent performances at the Horseshoe Hammond event this week.
The experienced pro finished third in the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, fourth in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event and made a deep run in the $1675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.
Leah is the first non-American to earn a trip to New Orleans in May for the $1 million World Series of Poker National Championship and would have to be considered one of the favorites heading into the free roll event.
The Toronto native was pleased to have claimed the Casino Championship but said he would have liked to also be taking home a World Series of Poker Circuit Event ring.
“It feels good [winning the Casino Championship] but it would have been nice to win an event as well but this is a nice consolation price,” Leah said.
“One of the events I final tabled in had 700 people and the Main had over 1500 people so it was some pretty big fields to go deep in.”
Leah nominated for all twelve tournaments that were played at the Horseshoe Hammond during the week and said he enjoyed playing at the unique casino.
“The tournaments were good, well run as the staff hear are excellent,” he said.
“There are a few rules that are a little bit different to some places but overall it was a good experience and a really nice play to come to.”
The World Series of Poker Circuit tour rolls on with the next event commencing at River Rock Casino on Saturday.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, August 26th, 2012
Kyle Cartwright has won the $1675 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at IP Casino Resort in Biloxi to become just the second person ever to win five World Series of Poker Circuit tournaments.
Cartwright outlasted 299 other players to take the first prize of $107,992.
The victory means that Cartwright is now tied with Mark Smith for the most World Series of Poker Circuit championship rings.
Cartwright was extremely proud of his achievement and does not plan on stopping at five rings.
“It feels good and it hasn’t taken that long. It’s been about two years and I hope to get a lot more in the next few years. If someone gets six, I want seven. Whatever the record is, I want it,” Cartwright said in a post tournament interview.
Cartwright went into the final table as a big chip leader with 2,232,000 in chips compared to second place John Dolan who had 1,207,000.
Cartwright held his chip advantage the entire final table and won the heads up battle against Brad Johnson after only three hands of play.
Smith did not attend the tournament but followed at home as it looked more and more likely that Cartwright would win the tournament to go even with his record mark.
“I couldn’t be more pleased it was him. He is not only a really nice guy but a wonderful player. I’m flattered to be in such good company. These young guys play two to three times the stops I do and I’m sure over time I will be passed up, but from 2009 to now I have either been tied or held the world record in rings. How blessed am I,” Smith said in an interview with the World Series of Poker.
Cartwright and Smith will both attend the World Series of Poker Circuit event to be played at Horseshoe Bossier City next month.