In a week of grand international tournaments, Grant Hinkle proved you don’t have to travel across the ocean to score some major cash. The Kansas native won $375,427 and a gold WSOP circuit ring at the WSOP Circuit Choctaw $1,675 Main Event in Oklahoma. This is not his first piece of poker jewelry though – Hinkle also has a WSOP bracelet in a 2008 win in Las Vegas.
The win was the second big score in just a few months for Hinkle, who also collected $207,669 as part of a five-way chop in the River Poker Series Main Event at Winstar Casino – just down the road from Choctaw in Oklahoma. For his most recent win, Hinkle topped a massive field of 1,451 players that built up a prize pool of almost $2.2 million.
Just before the final table, Hinkle got in a bit of trouble when he lost a big stack against John Patterson with jacks to his opponent’s queens. He shoved his remaining chips in while holding a 7♧,3♤ and managed to outplay Will Berry’s Q♢,J♤. Berry was left with a short stack and lost quickly to Viet Vo, making the only player from Oklahoma the first to go from the final table.
John Richards from Illinois hit the rail in eighth, followed by Colorado’s Allan Hedin, leaving Hinkle at a table full of Texans. It didn’t bother him though, and a big pre-flop all-in pot sent Vo on a downward spiral. He finished sixth.
Hinkle and Austin Peck got into a series of big hands that saw the eventual demise of Peck. The first hand saw Peck check-raise to 1.6 million while Hinkle was holding a 5♢,4♤. He managed to pull out a win with a stunning 8♧,7♧,7♡,K♧,6♢ board. His straight delivered a massive blow to Peck and Hinkle finished him off shortly after with an A♢,9♢ against an A♧,5♤. DJ Alexander was sent home in next after a clash with Patterson.
Shino Fujiwara gave Hinkle a run for his money when the latter’s A♢,8♢ fell to a spade flush building off a A♧,5♤ in the hole. Despite this unexpected win, Fujiwara wasn’t able to keep up the momentum and busted in third place.
The final two competitors entered heads-up play with Hinkle in the chip lead. The larger stack fluctuated between the two players, but Hinkle secured his lead when he check-shoved with an A,10 on a 10♡,6♢,6♤ board. Pocket eights couldn’t hold up to the set of tens Hinkle got on the turn, and it was easy for him to carry his lead to the finish line.
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Grant is the brother of WSOP regular Blair Hinkle, who has three circuit rings. Grant is fifth on the Kansas All Time Money List and has roughly $1.5 million in lifetime earnings.
Featured photo credit: WSOP.
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