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2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, May 31, 2008 to Tuesday, June 3, 2008

No-Limit Hold'em (Event 2)

  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $5,363,085
  • Entries: 3,929
  • Remaining: 0
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Wed, 04 Jun 2008 05:42:03 -0700
 
Congratulations to Grant Hinkle, Champion of Event #2 ($ 831,462)
 
We have our champion - Grant Hinkle has won Event #2. "So Grant, is the ten-four suited your new favorite hand?" Norman Chad asked him after the tournament ended. "Quad tens is," said Hinkle. In his interview, Hinkle mentioned he had to reschedule his flight home fives times due to his consistent success in the tournament. "I"m supposed to be on a flight at 6:45 this morning, so I'm gonna have to reschedule that one too," he said. His mother, Lynn Hinkle, learned of his son's success this morning at 10:30. She says she was on a Southwest Airlines flight by 11:30. "I'm coming out...I'm his mom...he can't stop me," she proudly declared. Hinkle bested the largest field ever in non main event by outlasting 3,928 other competitors to take home the title. When asked about his decision to quit his job he said that was a decision he won't rush into. "I don't know yet...I need to talk it over with my wife and my family...we'll see," he said. Whether Hinkle decides to turn pro or not, he has what many would do anything for - a coveted gold bracelet, and his very own place in the history books...oh and $831,462 to go with it.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:48:17 -0700
 
Grant Hinkle Wins Event #2 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em); James Akenhead Eliminated in 2nd Place ($520,219)
 
Hand #160 - Grant Hinkle has the button in Seat 10. He raises to 350,000. Akenhead tries to pop it up again, this time by raising to 1.2 million. Hinkle moves all in and Akenhead quickly calls. Here it is! The moment we've been waiting for over the last two hours. Akenhead is the one who is all in. The hands are opened: Hinkle: Akenhead: Wow, a stone bluff from Hinkle and now he's in very rough shape. The shouting has begun from the gallery, who have all suddenly found that last reserve of energy to remain on their feet. Side bets are being made on what the flop will contain. Here it comes... Pandemonium in the Milwaukee's Best Light All-In Lounge! Akenhead is dead to running cards. The crowd is absolutely floored. Akenhead cannot believe his misfortune. He knows he's on thin ice. And just to add insult to injury... Hinkle makes quad tens! Akenhead is drawing dead. The meaningless river completes the hand. Akenhead is eliminated in second place and collects $520,219. Grant Hinkle is the winner of Event #2. He earns $831,462 and a coveted gold bracelet for his triumph. The winning hand was the all-powerful .
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:39:38 -0700
 
Hand #159 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he raises to 420,000. Grant Hinkle folds and James Akenhead wins the blinds and antes.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:39:03 -0700
 
Updated Chip Counts
 
Grant Hinkle - 6,600,000 James Akenhead - 5,100,000
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:38:43 -0700
 
Hand #158 - Grant Hinkle
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. He raises to 350,000. James Akenhead reraises to 1,100,000. Hinkle quickly moves all in. The crowd is on its feet -- hoping, praying, pleading for a call. But Akenhead folds, and everyone sits back down.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:35:51 -0700
 
Hand #157 - Grant Hinkle
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he limps into the pot. Grant Hinkle checks his option. The flop comes . Hinkle bets 200,000 and Akenhead calls. The hits the turn and Hinkle confidently pushes out 400,000. Akenhead folds and Grant Hinkle wins the pot.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:33:45 -0700
 
Hand #156 - Grant Hinkle
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. He again raises to 350,000. James Akenhead folds, allowing Hinkle to take down the blinds and the antes. Nobody wants to lose. Perhaps just as accurately, nobody wants to win.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:32:21 -0700
 
Hand #155 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he raises to 420,000. Grant Hinkle folds and James Akenhead wins the blinds and antes.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:31:39 -0700
 
Hand #154 - Grant Hinkle
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. He completes and James Akenhead checks. It's another limped flop that comes . Grant bets 200,000 and again wins the pot. The Brits in the crowd are getting a little restless, trying to spur Londoner James Akenhead to the bracelet. Maybe we can get a case of Red Bull to the Milwaukee's Best Light All-In Lounge.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:30:41 -0700
 
Hand #153 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he limps in to the pot. Grant Hinkle checks his big blind option. The flop comes and both men check. The turn is the and Hinkle leads out for 200,000. Akenhead calls and the dealer puts the down on the river. Hinkle checks and Akenhead bets 550,000. Hinkle folds and James Akenhead takes down another pot. This is the ninth consecutive pot in a row that James Akenhead has won when he held the button.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:27:11 -0700
 
Hand #152 - Grant Hinkle
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. He completes. James Akenhead checks his option in the big blind. We have a flop. Akenhead checks the highly coordinated flop. Hinkle bets 200,000 and wins the pot. The tournament director has instructed the gallery, who offered up some scattered applause on that hand, "Please be quiet. We have people trying to sleep."
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:24:40 -0700
 
Hand #151 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he raises to 420,000. Grant Hinkle folds and James Akenhead wins the blinds and antes.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:23:47 -0700
 
Hand #150 - Grant Hinkle
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. He makes his now-standard raise to 350,000. This time James Akenhead folds.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:22:33 -0700
 
Hand #149 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he raises to 420,000. Grant Hinkle folds and James Akenhead wins the blinds and antes.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:21:32 -0700
 
Hand #148 - Grant Hinkle
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. Again he raises to 350,000. Akenhead calls again. The flop comes and (surprise) Akenhead checks. Hinkle makes a bet of 400,000. I feel like I'm stuck in a Moebius strip. This time, Akenhead mixes it up with a raise to 1,000,000. Hinkle quickly reraises all in. Could this finally be the hand? No. Akenhead folds.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:18:27 -0700
 
Hand #147 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he raises to 420,000. Grant Hinkle folds and James Akenhead wins the blinds and antes.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:18:05 -0700
 
Updated Chip Counts
 
James Akenhead - 7,500,000 Grant Hinkle - 4,200,000
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:16:58 -0700
 
Hand #146 - James Akenhead
 
Grant Hinkle has the button in seat 10. He raises to 350,000. James Akenhead makes the call. Off to the flop we go. is our flop. Akenhead checks. Hinkle wastes no time in making a continuation bet of 400,000. Akenhead calls. The turn comes . Check, check. The river comes . Akenhead now bets 500,000. This hand fits a familiar pattern and sure enough, Hinkle folds.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:13:20 -0700
 
Hand #145 - James Akenhead
 
James Akenhead has the button in seat 9 and he raises to 420,000. Grant Hinkle folds and James Akenhead wins the blinds and antes.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 04:11:25 -0700
 
Play Resumes
 
Players are back from the break and cards are in the air.
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 03:59:48 -0700
 
Updated Chip Counts
 
James Akenhead - 6,735,000 Grant Hinkle - 5,050,000 James Akenhead has taken the chip lead and at the start of this level, each player will have 42 and 32 big blinds respectively. We'll see how this affects their strategies. Despite the rising blinds and antes, there is still plenty of room left for post-flop play, and given the way this tournament has gone up to this point, we may see the action in round 29 resemble that of round 28.
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