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Blair Hinkle Wins the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs for 2nd Time; Banks $121,177

Chad_Holloway • Level 32: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Blair Hinkle wins the 2012/2013 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

After three days of intense play, the 2012/2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs came to an end Monday as the final ten players of a 367-player field returned to battle to a winner. After seven levels of play, Blair Hinkle emerged victorious to capture the title for the second time in three years, not to mention the $121,177 first-place prize and a seat into the season-ending National Championship.

Action recommenced in Level 26 (10,000/20,000/3,000) and it didn't take long for the first elimination of the day, less than a half an hour in fact. It happened on a {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop when Phil Mader checked from the big blind and Sean Small bet 102,000. Mader moved all in for right around 300,000 and Small couldn't call fast enough.

Mader: {J-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Small: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

Small was ahead with pocket kings, but Mader was drawing very much alive to an open-ended straight draw. The {J-Diamonds} turn gave him even more outs, but the {3-Clubs} river was not one of them. Mader exited in tenth place for $9,275 and the official final table was set.

Less than 30 minutes later, Tim Hughes opened for 40,000 under the gun and Blair Hinkle called from the hijack. The rest of the players folded and it was heads up to the flop, which fell {8-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Hughes bet 40,000, Hinkle called, and the {J-Spades} turned. This time Hughes checked and Blair bet 85,000. Hughes woke up with a check-raise to 185,000, Hinkle called, and the {Q-Clubs} completed the board on the river.

Hughes returned to checking and Hinkle took the opportunity to bet 210,000. Hughes quickly check-raised all in for 468,000 and Hinkle seemed shocked. "Jesus," he said. "I guess I have to call." He did just that and was glad he did as his {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} straight easily downed Hughes {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Hughes, a 48-year-old business owner from Fort Pierre, South Dakota, was eliminated in ninth place for $11,457.

After the eliminations of Ben Smith and Sterling Savill in eighth and seventh place respectively, Trevor Deeter followed them out the door.

It happened in Level 28 (15,000/30,000/5,000) when action folded to Mark Bonsack in the small blind and he raised to 80,000. Deeter then moved all in for 575,000, Bonsack snap-called and their cards were turned up:

Deeter: {k-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}
Bonsack: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Bonsack's ace high was leading for the moment, and the {2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} flop left Deeter in need of either a king or eight. Unfortunately for him, he would not get lucky as the {j-Spades} appeared on the turn followed by the {10-Diamonds} on the river river. Deeter, a 29-year-old native of Longhorne, Pennsylvania, finished in sixth place for $23,448.

Later on in the same level, Bonsack opened from the button only to have Cord Garcia shove his short stack of 425,000 all in from the big blind. Bonsack called with the {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Garcia turned over the {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. Garcia, who was sporting a Run Good Gear hoodie, was in dire straits after the flop came down {9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, giving Bonsack a set. Garcia needed runner-runner, and while the {5-Diamonds} gave him a gutshot draw, it didn’t come in as the {5-Hearts} came on the river. Garcia, a 23-year-old poker pro from Houston, TX, was eliminated in fifth place taking home $30,365.

During four-handed play, Hinkle opened under the gun for 90,000 and received calls from Brendan Waite and Small in the small and big blinds respectively. All three players checked the {2-Spades}{9-Spades}{J-Hearts} flop, and then Waite led out for 135,000 on the {J-Clubs} turn. Small called, Hinkle folded, and the {7-Hearts} completed the board on the river. Waite slowed down with a check and Small thought for about 25 seconds before betting 375,000. Waite responded with an all-in check-raise to 1.17 million and Small made a relatively quick call. Waite tabled the {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for a rivered full house, and Small slammed down his cards, the {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades}, in frustration. After the chips were pushed, Waite took over the chip lead while Small fell to the short stack.

On the first hand of Level 30 (25,000/50,000/5,000), 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}.

There is no denying his poker prowess at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Last year he final tabled the Main Event and ultimately finished in fifth place for $25,127, and not only did he make the final table again, he managed to win a ring in between. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it two as he was felled in fourth place for $40,627. 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.

By the middle that same level, Small had dwindled to 800,000 and moved all in under the gun. Hinkle folded the small blind, and then 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. The hand gave Waite a 4.35-million-to-2.95-million chip lead headed into heads-up play.

Hinkle managed to take the chip lead in a huge pot that took place early in the match, but Waite battled back. The two jockeyed back and forth until Hinkle pulled ahead once again and delivered the final blow, which you can read about in the post below!

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Final Table Results

1stBlair Hinkle$121,177
2ndBrendan Waite$74,881
3rdSean Small$54,716
4thMark Bonsack$40,627
5thCord Garcia$30,635
6thTrevor Deeter$23,448
7thSterling Savill$18,209
8thBen Smith$14,343
9thTim Hughes$11,457
10thPhil Mader$9,275

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