Blair Hinkle began the final table of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10M GTD Championship Event with the chip lead. With a World Series of Poker bracelet under his belt and seven figures in online earnings, Hinkle has shined on poker’s biggest stage before. Second in chips was Justin Bonomo, who has more than $6 million in tournament earnings to his name. It was little surprise that the two chipleaders would find themselves playing for the $1,745,245 first-place prize.
The final table began at a fast pace, as four players fell in the first 58 hands. What followed next was a 165-hand heads-up duel between Hinkle and Bonomo. With career tournament earnings of nearly $10 million between them, both top professionals gave it everything they had for nearly six hours before Hinkle emerged victorious, having fought back from several chip deficits.
On the final hand, with more than a 6-to-1 chip lead, Hinkle called Bonomo’s all-in raise after the turn. Bonomo held top pair with a queen-high straight draw, but was drawing dead against Hinkle’s king-high straight.
Congratulations to Blair Hinkle, winner of the inaugural Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship Event!
Final Table Results:
1st: Blair Hinkle – $1,745,245
2nd: Justin Bonomo – $1,163,500
3rd: Mukul Pahuja – $872,625
4th: Ray Qartomy – $639,925
5th: Samuel Bernabeau Guilabert – $494,490
6th: Greg Lehn – $378,138