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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 11-32: 5x WSOPC Ring Winner Blair Hinkle


In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee interviews the five-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner, Blair Hinkle. Over the past decade, Blair has had historic success at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, winning the Main Event there in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Earlier this month, he finished runner-up to the eventual champion, Nicholas Burris.

During the show, Blair also discusses his other major victories including 2008 WSOP bracelet, 2016 Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at Thunder Valley Casino and 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Championship Event.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be five-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, Blair Hinkle.
0:59WSOP Circuit is at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The Main Event will be completed next weekend and the show will review the winners next week. Afterward, the WSOP Circuit will be heading to its last two stops of the season: Horseshoe Tunica and Harrah’s New Orleans.
1:35World Poker Tour at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida had 1,360 entrants in it $3,500 Main Event. The final 18 players are playing down to the final table, which will be completed on May 30th at the HyperX Sports Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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4:14Bernard welcomes Blair Hinkle to the show.
5:28Blair joins the show.
7:00Blair discusses playing at the final table, especially playing with the eventual winner and good friend Nicholas Burris, who plays in his home game back in Kansas City. “Nick’s a great player. He’s not a full-time pro, but he was playing like it this weekend…I just had a lot of fun watching him do work on a lot of people.”
7:55Blair discusses losing heads-up to Nicholas Burris. “As I got heads-up, I really switched into game mode and really wanted to take it down because I know what I’ve done there (Horseshow Council Bluffs) has been historic. It’s funny, it seems like every time I’m on your show, it’s after Council Bluffs.”
9:44Bernard and Blair recall the critical hand heads-up that changed the momentum, where Blair flopped two pair and Nicholas made a runner-runner straight. “That’s such a big momentum swing.”
12:59Blair remembers how long he has been friends with the winner, Nicholas Burris.
14:52Blair explains why he feels he runs so well at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. “It’s running good up there seems to happen there for me…I’m familiar with the area and maybe I just have a better sense every once in a while, with the players.”
15:54Blair discusses his Arby’s superstition.
16:58Blair likes the WSOP Circuit structure. “I want to have all the time I can to figure out reads and kind of finesse the stack if it’s not going well. So, I really love the structures.”
18:24Blair discusses his trance-like focus while playing. “I heard I can be intense…I do pride myself on focus.”
20:43Blair discusses picking up on timing tells, live and online.
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27:28Bernard continues his interview with the five-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, Blair Hinkle.
28:31Blair discusses having his brothers, Grant and Mason (aka Uncle Ron), playing with him sometimes on tour. “It’s a blast. You know it’s good to have friends in the poker world, but having family in poker is even more fun…It’s nice when we’re all at the same stop together.”
29:26Blair discusses his involvement with RunGoodGear as one of their ambassadors, along with Bernard.
31:30Blair recalls winning his first WSOP bracelet in 2008.
32:26Blair discusses what he focuses on during large field events. “I like to focus on getting through Day 1.”
35:20Blair describes his strength during tournaments is his end game. “I just got into the habit of when you get close to that money bubble, I would always just try to go for it.”
38:37Blair discusses how he recognizes which players to attack during the tournament.
41:26Blair elaborates on his 2019 WSOP schedule. “The $500 (buy-in) $5 million guarantee (Big 50). It just sounds like it will be crazy. Good way to kick off the summer.”
45:37Blair explains how he tries to dig himself out of slow start at previous WSOPs. “It’s really tough. You just keep showing up and telling yourself you are just going to grind your way out of it…The best thing to do is to skip an event and try to get your mind right.”
48:49Blair talks about playing some mixed games at the WSOP.

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