Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blair Hinkle - @HPTPoker Champion - $223,411

Blair @blur5f6 Hinkle began dominating final table play 5-handed, chipping down opponents without often playing big pots against them. He kept that same strategy going once heads-up against Novato's John Sheehan.

Heads-up play began with Hinkle holding almost a 3-1 chiplead, and while Sheehan occasionally pulled to within 2-1, he rarely came closer for the first 3 levels, but stacks evened and one hand made the difference.

Some 9 hours after final table play began, Hinkle moved in for 6.8 million and Sheehan called off his 6 milly stack. Hinkle's 8-7 outdrew Sheehan's A-T - Hinkle hit trips against Johnny Trips and took the title. Hinkle wins the $223,411 top prize and a $3600 2017 HPT Championship Event package.

Derrick Geliberte, Saurabh Patel, Daniel Maor, Lance Donnell, Marty Verdegaal, Hoang Vang and Ian Kalman rounded out the final table cashes.

The Season XII Player of the Year race was also decided here at Thunder Valley, with Kansas City champ Ryan Gregor holding off Cord Garcia for the POY title and entries into six HPT Main Events next season.

Garcia took 14th in the Championship Event held at Thunder Valley. Other notables cashing were Roger Campbell (10th) Julie Cornelius (13th) Aaron Thomas (18th) Jay Friedman (19th) Duke Lee (20th) Tyler Patterson (26th) Casey Carroll (27th) and Jermaine Gerlin (30th).

Players who came for the Championship Event and made Day 2 but did not cash included JC Tran, Mark Newhouse, Greg Raymer, Aditya Prasetyo, Allen Kessler, Neil Blumenfield, Amir Lehavot, Kathy Liebert, Ryan D'Angelo, Craig Casino, Stan Jablonski, Loren Klein, Lee Markholt, Chan Pelton and Darren Rabinowitz.

John Sheehan - 2nd Place - $137,931

Blair Hinkle moves all-in preflop for about 6.8 million total and John Sheehan makes the call. Hinkle has Sheehan covered by about 800k.

Sheehan - Kc Kc
Hinkle - Kc Kc

The flop is Kc Kc Kc, a pair for Hinkle and a gutter for Sheehan along with 2 overs.

The turn is Kc and Johnny Trips has trips hit against him, leaving him only a jack to take the hand and stay alive.

The river is Kc and Sheehan is eliminated at the Season XII Championship runner-up.

John Sheehan - 2nd place - $137,931

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HPT Championship Event Results

$223,411 and a Season XIII Championship Package to Blair Hinkle, winner of the HPT Championship Event here at Thunder Valley. Here are the full results.

$2500 HPT Championships
$974,947 Prize Pool
437 Entries
Pays 45 Places

Place Name City Payout
1 Blair Hinkle Kansas City, MO $223,411
2 John Sheehan Novato, CA $137,931
3 Derrick Geliberte Elk Grove, CA $91,792
4 Saurabh Patel San Jose, CA $63,623
5 Daniel Maor San Jose, CA $48,082
6 Lance  Donnell Reno, NV $37,397
7 Marty Verdegaal Hanford, CA $31,083
8 Hoang Vang Fresno, CA $25,741
9 Ian Kalman SF, CA $21,758
10 Roger Campbell Centralia, IL $16,610
11 Huan Cung Elk Grove, CA $16,610
12 Larissa Bushman San Jose, CA $16,610
13 Julie Cornelius Bakersfield, CA $12,530
14 Lance Garcia Houston, TX $12,530
15 Pfizer Jordan Zion, IL $12,530
16 Anton Dimagiba Sacramento, CA $9,422
17 Phong Vu San Mateo, CA $9,422
18 Aaron Thomas Colorado Springs, CO $9,422
19 Hyman Friedman Eads, Tn $7,771
20 Duke Lee SF, CA $7,771
21 David Valdez Vacaville, CA $7,771
22 Brian Johnson Grand Forks, ND $7,771
23 Mario Lopez Cloverdale, CA $7,771
24 Adam Duong SAcramento, CA $7,771
25 Tom Santos Elk Grove, CA $7,771
26 Tyler Patterson Scottsdale, AZ $7,771
27 Casey Carroll Byron Center, MI $7,771
28 Marty Gorenc Reno, NV $6,314
29 David Rosenbloom LA, CA $6,314
30 Jermaine Gerlin Jacksonville, FL $6,314
31 Kenna James Las Vegas, NV $6,314
32 Hieu Le Elk Grove, CA $6,314
33 Justin Pitts Fair Oaks, CA $6,314
34 Edward Lewis Brentwood, CA $6,314
35 Shaurabh Sharma Martinez, CA $6,314
36 Matthew Kramer Lincoln, CA $6,314
37 Terry Wheeler Granite Bay, CA $5,342
38 Ray Villaman Jr. Truckee, CA $5,342
39 Antonio Gutierrez Lincoln, CA $5,342
40 Garrett Crites Fruita, CO $5,342
41 Larry Odegard San Jose, CA $5,342
42 Noah Wiseman Concord, CA $5,342
43 Hoang To Elk Grove, CA $5,342
44 Miles Sanders San Ramon, CA $5,342
45 Sakat Batra Campbell, CA $5,342


Blinds jump to 80k/160k, Blair Hinkle to 350,000 preflop, John Sheehan 3-bets to 860,000, Hinkle 4-bets to 1,900,000 .. and Sheehan cannot find a call.

Hinkle to 9,500,000
Sheehan to 3,500,000

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Heads-up Chipcounts

Here's what @blur5f6 and @johnnytrips5150 have to start HPT Championship Event heads-up play with ...

HU 4Rollz and the @HPTPoker Championship

@blur5f6 v @JohnnyTrips5150 for $223k-plus and the Season XII HPT Championship .... Hinkle with about a 2.5-1 chiplead to start play

Derrick Geliberte - 3rd Place - $91,792

Derrick Geliberte makes it 300,000 preflop and BLair HInkle comes along. Hinkle bets 350,000 on the KcKcKc flop and Geliberte calls.

Hinkle bets out 700,000 on the Kc turn, and there's an all-in for 2,780,000 from Geliberte. The previous hand, Geliberte bumped a 125,000 bet up to 825,000, and everyone folded. This time, Hinkle finds a call to put Geliberte at risk

Hinkle - Kc Kc for top pair
Geliberte - Kc Kc for a flush draw

The river is Kc and Geliberte is eliminated in 3rd place, cashing for $91,792

Blair Hinkle - 9,000,000