The winner of the $10 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is poker pro Blair Hinkle, whose total poker tournament winnings has now crossed the $3.5 million mark. Hinkle had to defeat Justin Bonomo, who has won a total of more than $7 million in the course of his career, in order to become the champion of this tournament.
The final table results are as follows: As the champion of the event, Blair Hinkle won $1,745,245; and as the runner-up Justin Bonomo won $1,163,500. The players who finished third and fourth were Mukul Pahuja and Ray Qartomy, who won $872,625 and $639,925, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert, who won $494,490 and $494,490, respectively.
Greg Lehn, who has the shortest stack of chips at the beginning of the day, was the first to bust; and after three more hands were played, Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert was knocked off the table. During the fifty-second hand, Qartomy lost to Hinkle when he bet all in for 2.375 million when the blinds were at 100,000/200,000/25,000. Although Hinkle’s cards were not as good as Qartomy’s, the queen appeared on the flop and acted in favor of Hinkle. As a result, Qartomy had to leave the table.
Ultimately, there were just three players left at the table, but the poker action lasted only for six hands. On the fifty-sixth hand, Pahuja bet 550,000 and Bonomo responded with a three-bet of 1.5 million. When Pahuja bet all in, Bonomo called; and it turned out that Bonomo’s Ace of Hearts and Ten of Hearts were better that Pahuja’s King of Spades and Ten of Spades.
Once Pahuja was eliminated, as many as 167 hands were played between Bonomo and Hinkle. Although Hinkle was in the lead to begin with, Bonomo soon caught up with him. When the ninety-sixth hand was being played between the two, Bonomo found himself in the lead. Now it was Hinkle’s turn to try catching up with Bonomo, and although this was a challenging task, Hinkle slowly got back to his original lead position after the 151st hand.
The heads-up match was over at the 223rd hand, with Hinkle emerging as the champion of the first $10 million guaranteed event in poker history.
The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has ended, but players can now look forward to the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona, which is just around the corner.