The midwest was kind to veteran player Robert Hankins this week. The Tennessee native managed to snag two World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) rings – his fifth and sixth – at the WSOPC Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Days before he earned first-prize at the $1,675 Main Event on Wednesday (which paid him a nice $142,560), Hankins grabbed his fifth WSOP ring in the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha event. He also made two other final tables in the series.
The field of 432 players raised the prize pool to a cool $648,000 and the money bubble burst at the 45th player, with bigger names like Chad Eveslage, BJ McBrayer, and Charles “Woody” Moore cashing out before the final table was set.
When the final table began, Lytle Allen held the chip lead with Hankins and Ben Keeline in a close race for second. Al Hencheck kicked off the final table with the first bust for just over $13K, followed closely by Keven Stammen who saw his king-high straight kicked to the curb by Allen’s ace-high.
After busting Alan Wyse in seventh, Keeline stole the lead and his newfound confidence helped him to push Gary Simms to the side in sixth and Karen Hodge in fifth.
While Keeline was dominating the table and making a name for himself, Hankins was dropping. After rough hands against Hank Sitton, he was down to 21 blinds. To stage his comeback, he jammed in the small blind with a K♤, Q♤ and won against Keeline’s Q♧, J♧.
It was the beginning of a lucky streak for the eventual winner, and after two big pairs, he was able to eliminate Keeline in fourth and found himself in control of more than half the chips. He busted Allen when his straight when up against the latter’s two pair. Then it was down to two.
Going into heads-up play, Hankins held twice the chips of his competitor. Sitton, who is first on his native South Carolina’s all-time money list, was down to just 20 big blinds. An uneventful last hand saw Hankins with A♧, J♢ against Sitton’s K♤, J♧. The board failed to assist either and the first-place prize went to Hankins with ace-high.
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Featured photo credit: The Hendon Mob Database
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