Main Event
Days:
123

Event Info

Prize Pool $550,800
Players 367

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 10,000

Waite's Stack Cut in Half

[user249964] • Level 30: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
The railbirds observe the heads-up match.
The railbirds observe the heads-up match.

A few hands into heads-up play a huge hand started to develop. It began with a min-raise and call preflop, but once the {7-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} came on the flop, fireworks ensued. Waite check-raised Hinkle's 100,000 bet to 300,000. Hinkle took his time, but decided to fire out 600,000, and when Waite four-bet to 1,100,000, the room started to stand and gather around the table, in anticipation of a possible all-in situation. Hinkle eventually made the call and the {j-Hearts} peeled off on the turn. Waite checked and there was a long pause, now about ten minutes into this hand, before Hinkle checked behind. The{5-Hearts} came on the river and Waite put out a bet of 800,000 and Hinkle quickly called.

Waite: {q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Hinkle: {9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}

Hinkle had flopped trip sevens and took down the massive 3,800,000 pot.

Blair Hinkle us
Blair Hinkle
us 5,105,000 2,155,000
Brendan Waite
Brendan Waite
2,240,000 -2,110,000

Tags: Blair HinkleBrendan Waite

Big Hand Coming

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

A big hand just went down that saw the chip lead change hands. Stay tuned for details.

Sean Small Eliminated in 3rd Place ($54,716)

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Sean Small - 3rd Place
Sean Small - 3rd Place

After dwindling a bit, Sean Small moved all in under the gun for 800,000. Blair Hinkle folded the small blind, and then Brendan Waite squeezed out his cards in the big. "Call," he said as he rolled over the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}. Small's face dropped a bit and he tabled the inferior {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. Both players had a king, which meant Small's best chance of survival was a ten.

The {2-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop was dry, though Small's supporters began calling for a diamond. "Three of diamonds," Small requested. The dealer put out a three, but it was not a diamond. Instead, the {3-Hearts} turned. Small began to rise in preparation for his exit, which he made in third place after the {4-Hearts} blanked on the river. Small earned $54,716 for his performance here in Council Bluffs.

Sean Small us
Sean Small
us Busted

Tags: Sean SmallBrendan Waite

The Waite-ing Game

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Play has slowed to a crawl here in the Whiskey Roadhouse. Min-raises seem to be the norm, but there haven't been many defenses of the blinds. It might take a cooler to get the chips moving.

In the meantime, Ma Hinkle and Mason Hinkle are in the house to cheer on Blair, who is seeking to win this title for the second time in three years.

Tags: Blair Hinkle

Small One for Waite

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Sean Small opened for 110,000 on the button and Brendan Waite defended from the big blind. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet of 100,000 on the {j-Spades}{5-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} flop, and then both players checked the {3-Spades} turn and {J-Diamonds} river. Wait tabled the {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and Small flashed the {3-Clubs} before mucking his hand.

Brendan Waite
Brendan Waite
4,000,000 260,000
Sean Small us
Sean Small
us 1,250,000 -250,000

Tags: Brendan WaiteSean Small

Mark Bonsack Eliminated in 4th Place ($40,627)

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Mark Bonsack - 4th Place
Mark Bonsack - 4th Place

There's no denying Mark Bonsack's poker prowess here at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Last year he final tabled this very event and ultimately finished in fifth place for $25,127. Not only did he follow that up by making the final table for a second consecutive year, he managed to win a ring in between. Unfortunately, he won't be making it two.

On the first hand of Level 30 (25,000/50,000/5,000), Blair Hinkle opened for 110,000 under the gun and Bonsack shoved for 580,000. The blinds folded and Hinkle made a quick call.

Hinkle: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Bonsack: {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}

Bonsack was in big trouble and needed some help. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Hinkle was a 70.61% favorite, and Bonsack had just a 28.97% chance of surviving the hand. The {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}{K-Hearts} flop dropped Bonsack's chances to 16.46%, but the {10-Hearts} turn gave him some hope by delivering him a flush draw and bumping it up to 25%. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {5-Spades}.

Bonsack missed his flush and was sent to the rail in fourth place for $40,627, but he also left with the consolation prize of being the Casino Champion, which locked him up a seat in the National Championship for the second year in a row.

Blair Hinkle us
Blair Hinkle
us 2,130,000 580,000
Mark Bonsack us
Mark Bonsack
us Busted

Tags: Mark BonsackBlair Hinkle

Level:
30
Blinds:
25,000/50,000
Ante:
5,000