The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has finally revealed its champion after an intense Day 5 at the felt, that ended with an enthralling heads up duel between two highly talented poker professionals. The winner of the $1,745,245 first place payout and of course the title was Blair Hinkle, the player that started the day with the chip lead.
The heads-up session went on for a staggering 167 hands with both Hinkle and Justin Bonomo swapping the chip lead on a number of occasions, before the former finally pushed out in front and finished his opponent off by making a straight on the river to beat the top pair of Bonomo.
— Blair Hinkle (@blur5f6) August 29, 2013
TY so much tweeps!! This is the biggest score of my poker career! On cloud 9
— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) August 29, 2013
Despite losing, Bonomo was extremely happy with his score, especially as it was his biggest to date. He has won a larger payout before of $2 million in Monte Carlo, but as he states on Twitter; he didn’t own 100% of the buy-in.
The final table pretty much fell in the order that the players started the day; first to go was the short stack Greg Lehn who was followed out of the door by the player that was fifth in chips at the start in Samuel Guilabert.
Ray Qartomy and Mukul Pahuja were the only changes as they swapped places to finish 3rd and 4th respectively. That just left the two biggest names on Day 5 to go at it and provide a memorable heads up duel.
The event has been a huge success, especially after taking a bit of a risk in placing a $10 million prize pool guarantee on it. They managed to smash that guarantee and bring about a new major event on the poker calendar.
How It Finished
1st) – Blair Hinkle – $1,745,245
2nd) – Justin Bonomo – $1,163,500
3rd) – Mukul Pahuja – $872,625
4th) – Ray Qartomy – $639,925
5th) – Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert – $494,490
6th) – Greg Lehn – $378,138
Take a look below at an interview given by the winner Hinkle who now has $3.5 million in career earnings to his name.