Main Event

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

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

Player Chips Progress
Blair Hinkle us
Blair Hinkle
us 2,130,000 580,000
Mark Bonsack us
Mark Bonsack
us Busted

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