2008 World Series of Poker - Event #23 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em - Final Table
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 09:00 PM
We've got a winner!
First, Hinkle can't close out Brockington.
Mark Brockington made it 200K to go and Hinkle shoved. Brockington would make the easy call with Q-Q, in good shape against the 5-5 of Blair.
To the flop, how does A-Q-Q sound. Quads for the double up.
Let's try it again.
O'Brien moves all in and Hinkle would make the call. The cards turn and it's O'Brien's 8-8 out in front of Hinkle's 6-6. Cue the Hinkle fans... 6-5-A on the flop. Hinkle would fill up after the 5 on the turn. He would clear the table for heads-up play after the two-outer didn't rear its ugly head on the river.
Daniel O'Brien will have to settle for 3rd-place and $198,132.
Hinkle would enter heads-up play with better than a 3-1 chip lead over Brockington. He wouldn't waste much time.
Just a few hands in, Brockington picked up big slick and would see Hinkle pick up 6-6 again.
Brockington's ace appears, but Hinkle again finds a set of sixes. No miracles here and Hinkle has done it.
Mark Brockington earns $326,551 as runner-up.
Blair Hinkle emerges victorious from Event 23, earning $507,613 and the gold bracelet.
Blair joins brother Grant in the bracelet club. Grant conquered the record-setting Event 2 field to capture the top-prize of $831,279. While Puggy and J.C. Pearson beat the Hinkles to the punch by being the first siblings to earn bracelets, the brothers Hinkle are the only ones to grab bracelets in the same year. A very happy mother accompanied Blair to the table for the bracelet presentation.
Grant told the WSOP during an interview that, "Since I won a WSOP gold bracelet before (Blair), I have bragging rights now."
That didn't last too long.
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 08:00 PM
Steicke is chipping away at Hinkle's lead.
O'Brien and Brockington both mucked and Steicke pumped it up to 150K. Hinkle would make the call to see the A 6 3 flop. Steicke made it 200K to see the turn and again, Hinkle would make the call. Q on the turn and Steicke would tank, before moving all in for more than 900K. Hinkle would muck, shipping a nice pot across the table.
Brockington all in and at risk.
Brockington found a caller in his second of two recent open-shoves. This time, after shoving from the SB, Steicke looked him up from the BB with K-J. Brockington held the lead with A-6.
The 8-10-Q flop gave Steicke some straight outs, but after the dealer ran out a 5 and 8 on the remaining streets, Brockington had survived.
Hinkle is UTG and makes it 100K to go and everyone at the table sees the flop. Q 8 6 on the board and it's checked to Steicke, who moves all in. Hinkle is next to act and follows Steicke with an all in of his own. The other two fold and it's time to show.
Hinkle tabled 8-6, having flopped bottom two. Steicke rolled over the Doyle, 10 2. The 5h on the turn meant that Steicke would be looking for a river club to get out of this one. The 10 fell on the river, giving the pot to Hinkle and his two pair.
David Steicke is out in 4th-place, earning $166,333.
Hinkle opens up a big chip lead.
Blair Hinkle - 3,600,000
Daniel O'Brien - 1,115,000
Mark Brockington - 735,000
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 07:00 PM
Action has slowed considerably.
Lot's of raise/folds and walks going on, with the exception of a Mark Brockington double up.
Hinkle had upped the flop price to 100K. Brockington decided now was the time and shoved his 385K in. Hinkle would take a stab at it.
It was Hinkle's Q-9 trailing the Ad4d of Brockington. After the board ran out 10-4-7-2-J, Brockington had dodged elimination and doubled up to 800K.
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 06:00 PM
Hinkle bags another one.
Dustin Dirksen found himself UTG and down to 330K. He decides to shove and gets protection from Hinkle, who moves all in as well.
The cards were turned to reveal Dirksen was dominated, his A-2 trailing the A-8 of Hinkle. After the Q-3-2 flop, Dirksen had paired his deuce to take the lead. Tides would turn as the 8d showed up on 4th street, handing the lead back to Hinkle. A brick on the river would ice it.
Dustin Dirksen is out in 5th-place, worth a cool $135,757.
It looked like we were on our way to four-handed.
Daniel O'Brien found himself short and in need of a move. He was able to double up through Steicke after his A-K dodged a suckout by 10-9. O'Brien would quickly find himself at risk again.
Hinkle made it 100K to go from the SB and O'Brien comes over the top with his whole stack, worth 516K. Hinkle would meet him with the insta-call, his A-Q dominating O'Brien's Q-J.
O'Brien would pick up an open end draw after the 10-9-5 flop. The turn didn't do it, as the board paired the 10. Then, right on cue, 8 on the river and the Hinkle faithful voice their displeasure. O'Brien hits his straight to double through.
Blair Hinkle - 2,233,000
David Steicke - 1,269,000
Daniel O'Brien - 1,268,000
Mark Brockington - 618,000
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 05:00 PM
Aces vs. kings clash again.
Just minutes after Steicke busted Jeffreys, his aces holding vs. kings, Steicke found himself on the other side of the battle.
Daniel O'Brien would make the shove for the rest of his stack and Steicke wasted little time calling from the button. Steicke soon saw the news, his kings were the second best hand. It would stay that way after the dealer ran out a paintless board.
O'Brien doubled up to 400K.
Another man down.
Hinkle would put in another raise, making it 60K to roll. Dominik Kulicki would shove from the SB and Hinkle quickly called.
Kulicki tabled a couple of queens. He would be looking to avoid anything that would improve Hinkle's A-J. That didn't work too well, seeing how Hinkle found trips on the A-A-10 flop. The 5 on the turn would have Kulicki searching for the ol' two outer. The dealer would turn over paint, but it was just a king. Hinkle's trip aces were good.
Dominik Kulicki earns $81,943 for finishing in 7th-place.
Then it was time for another Hinkle/Bjorin clash.
Hinkle raises to 65K and Bjorin shoves his last 113K. Hinkle calls the extra 48K with A-3, suprised to be ahead of Bjorin's K-Q.
Nothing would change after the 10-8-2 flop, but Hinkle would pick up a pair after a 3 turned. The river 5 meant Hinkle had finally taken out Bjorin.
Chris Bjorin is done in 6th-place, a payday worth $106,404.
And just like that, we're five-handed.
David Steicke - 2,225,000
Blair Hinkle - 1,804,000
Mark Brockington - 558,000
Dustin Dirksen - 545,000
Daniel O'Brien - 244,000
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 04:00 PM
Bjorin keeps doubling.
Chris Bjorin started the day as one of the short stacks. Soon enough, he was down to just 110K and was forced to ship it upon picking up 10-10. Dustin Dirksen would call, then get out of the way after Blair Hinkle moved in with the big stack.
Hinkle tabled K-J of hearts, hoping to win a race and trim the table to seven-handed. Bjorin would find a 10 high flop and fade Hinkle's open-ender on the river to double through.
Bjorin would find himself at risk vs. Hinkle a short time later.
Bjorin had called a Hinkle preflop raise to see the Q-J-2 flop. Bjorin would check and Hinkle again shoved. Bjoring would make the call and table Q-10, for top pair. Hinkle held J-9 and would have to catch up. The dealer would brick off two cards, allowing Bjorin to again double through Blair.
Eventually, a cooler would trim the table to seven.
Bjorin raised from the CO and Steicke pumped it to 225k from the SB. Jeffrey's would look down at K-K in the BB and ship his last 650K. Bjorin bails, but Steicke makes the call with aces.
An ace on the flop put a hammerlock on the pot. The brick on the turn had Jeffreys drawing dead.
Andrew Jeffreys is out in 8th-place, earning $63,598.
Saturday, 14th of June 2008 03:00 PM
Five hands, one down.
It folds around to a David Steicke raise to 60K. Stephane Tayar is next to act and he moves in his last 300K. Steicke would make the call.
Steicke shows a pair of queens and Tayar turns over A-10. Steicke held onto the lead after the 2-2-5 flop and the 9 on the turn. Tayar would be down to one of the three remaining aces in the deck, but found a king instead.
Stephane Tayar is our 9th-place finisher and will take home $$45,252.
So far, Hinkle and Dirksen have been the table aggressors, and their chip stacks reflect that. They sit one and two in the chip counts.
New chip counts:
Blair Hinkle - 1,375,000
Dustin Dirksen - 1,264,000
David Steicke - 1,056,000
Andrew Jeffreys - 712,000
Mark Brockington - 414,000
Daniel O'Brien - 277,000
Dominik Kulicki - 187,000
Chris Bjorin - 153,000
We're still in level 20, 10K/20K blinds plus an ante of 3K.
End of Day 2 chip counts and payout information:
Live final table coverage of Event #23, $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, begins Saturday, June 14th.
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