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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - HORSESHOE SOUTHERN INDIANA (Louisville area)

Friday, October 07, 2016 to Monday, October 10, 2016

Event #9: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $648,000
  • Entries: 432
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 2:39 AM Local Time

Robert Hankins

Nashville pro collects a fat payday, second ring of the series, sixth of his career

Elizabeth, Indiana (October 10, 2016) – Robert Hankins is the newest Main Event champion on the WSOP Circuit, outlasting a stacked final table to claim the title at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Hankins’ performance earned him his second gold ring of the series — the sixth of his career — and the top prize of $146,520. This ring, unlike the other five he owns, is encrusted with diamonds to set it apart from those awarded to winners of preliminary events. He’s just the ninth player to win at least six rings in the Circuit’s 13-year history. The victory also guarantees him a seat in the 2017 WSOP Global Casino Championship, marking the fourth consecutive season in which he’s qualified for the season-ending bracelet event.

“This feels [expletive] awesome,” Hankins said succinctly in the moments after his victory. “It’s gratifying, because I get probably 25 percent of the volume that most players get. So, to have a good week up here, you know — for myself, it just feels good.” Hankins even called his shot, in a way. Prior to the final table, the nine remaining players filled out information sheets, and Hankins scrawled a message of foreshadowing across the top of his page: “1st Place (6 rings) *CHAMPION*”

The champ is a 28-year-old professional poker player from Nashville, Tennessee. He also has a part-time job as the father to two children — a son, Reece (7) and a daughter, Aubri (6). “I try to be a good dad,” he said in his previous interview. “Any other time, it’s poker time. I don’t really have a social life outside of poker.” Hankins has been playing the game as his profession since about 2010, when he lost a lucrative job at Bridgestone.

“Four days before Christmas, they laid us all off,” he said. “I waited around thinking I was going to get my job back, and I started playing poker. I was getting an unemployment check — $220 a week with two new kids. Poker saved me; it helped me be able to support my family.”

So far, the new career is going rather well for Hankins. He was only able to play six of the 12 ring events at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, making the final table in four of them and winning two outright. He conquered back-to-back events, in fact. Hankins was busy winning Event #8 while Day 1A of the Main Event was getting underway, and he late-registered after posing for winner’s photos with his fifth ring and what was his most recent at the time. Three days later, Hankins was celebrating again, this time as the Main Event champion with ring number six.

This victory puts quite an exclamation point on Hankins' series, ending a stretch of five consecutive days of tournament poker without being eliminated. His total career earnings on the WSOP Circuit now total nearly $500,000 in addition to those six rings. He’s going to run out of free space on his fingers soon at this pace.

Monday, October 10, 2016 8:10 PM Local Time


Robert Hankins

Hank Sitton limps in on the button and Robert Hankins moves all in out of the big blind. Sitton calls and is all in for about 1,600,000. Sitton shows   , but is dominated by Hankins'   .

"Come on baby," says Hankins. "Hold up."

Hankins walks away from the table and doesn't watch the board as it runs out      . Hankins wins the pot with ace-high, eliminates Sitton in second and takes home his sixth Circuit ring. Hankins gives celebratory hugs to the staff and some of the onlookers before exchanging a congratulatory embrace with Sitton.

Sitton takes home $88,096 for his runner-up finish and Hankins earns $142,560, the ring, and a seat into the Global Casino Championship.

This is Hankins' second ring at this stop alone and his second consecutive tournament win after taking down the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha on Thursday afternoon. He's gone five consecutive days of tournament poker without being eliminated.


Hank Sitton

Robert Hankins - WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Champion ($142,560)
Hank Sitton - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($88,096)

 

Monday, October 10, 2016 7:44 PM Local Time

Robert Hankins limps in on the button and Hank Sitton checks his option. They both check a flop of 9s6d2s and the 4s comes on the turn.

Sitton bets 130,000 and Hankins calls. The river is the 7c and Sitton bets 300,000. Hankins beats him in the pot to call. Hankins wins the pot with 8d8h.

Robet Hankins - 7,200,000 (90 bb)
Hank Sitton - 1,450,000 (18 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 7:37 PM Local Time

Robert Hankins limps in on the button and Hank Sitton checks his option. They both check a flop of     and the   comes on the turn.

Sitton bets 100,000 and Hankins raises to 350,000. Sitton calls and the river is the  . Both players check and Hankins wins the pot with   , good for a flush.

Robert Hankins - 6,600,000 (82 bb)
Hank Sitton - 2,000,000 (25 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 7:24 PM Local Time

Here is a look at the chip counts as heads-up play begins between Hank Sitton and Robert Hankins:

Robert Hankins - 5,935,000 (74 bb)
Hank Sitton - 2,580,000 (32 bb)

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Monday, October 10, 2016 7:22 PM Local Time


Lytle Allen

Robert Hankins raises to 200,000 on the button and Lytle Allen moves all in for about 1,200,000. Hankins calls with    and is flipping against Allen's   .

The flop is     and Allen flops top two pair, but Hankins flops a flush draw. The   comes on the turn to add a straight draw for Hankins.

The river is the   and Hankins fills his straight draw to eliminate Allen in third place. Allen takes home $64,372 for his finish and Hankins takes the chip lead into heads-up play.

Robert Hankins - 5,935,000 (74 bb)
Lytle Allen - Eliminated in 3rd Place ($64,372)

Monday, October 10, 2016 7:08 PM Local Time

Lytle Allen moves all in on the button for 635,000 and Robert Hankins calls out of the big blind. Hankins shows    and is dominated by Allen's   .

The board runs out       and there isn't much of a sweat for Allen to double up.

Lytle Allen - 1,290,000 (16 bb)
Robert Hankins - 4,200,000 (52 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 7:04 PM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 10,000
Monday, October 10, 2016 6:53 PM Local Time
Players are taking a 10-minute break.
Monday, October 10, 2016 6:49 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton limps in from the small blind and Robert Hankins checks his option in the big blind. They are heads-up to a flop of     and Sitton checks. Hankins bets 125,000 and Sitton calls.

Both players check the   turn card and the   comes on the river. Sitton bets 225,000 and Hankins calls. Sitton shows   , good for a straight, and takes the pot against Hankins'   .

Hank Sitton - 2,800,000 (46 bb)
Robert Hankins - 4,850,000 (80 bb)

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Monday, October 10, 2016 6:35 PM Local Time

Lytle Allen raises to 140,000 on the button and Robert Hankins three-bets to 240,000 out of the big blind. Allen calls and the action is checked to the river as the board runs out      .

Hankins checks and Allen bets 260,000. Hankins folds    face-up, Allen mucks his hand, and takes the pot. He claims he had two pair as he drags the pot.

Lytle Allen - 1,700,000 (28 bb)
Robert Hankins - 4,700,000 (78 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 6:33 PM Local Time

Lytle Allen raises to 135,000 on the button and Hank Sitton calls from the small blind. They both check a flop of     and the   comes on the turn. Sitton bets 150,000 and Allen folds.

Hank Sitton - 1,860,000 (31 bb)
Lytle Allen - 1,700,000 (28 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 6:27 PM Local Time

Robert Hankins raises to 155,000 from the small blind and Lytle Allen defends his big blind. The flop is     and Hankins bets 125,000.

Allen calls and the turn is the  . Hankins bets 400,000 and Allen goes into the tank. After a few minutes in the tank, Allen folds and Hankins takes the pot.

"You fold a king?" asks Hankins.

Hankins shows    and extends his chip leave over his two opponents.

Robert Hankins - 5,800,000 (96 bb)
Lytle Allen - 1,700,000 (28 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 6:07 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton raises to 150,000 on the button and Robert Hankins calls from the small blind. Lytle Allen defends his big blind and all three players take a flop of    .

Everybody checks and the turn is the  . Hankins checks and Allen bets 175,000. Sitton and Hankins both fold. Allen mucks his hand and takes the pot.

Lytle Allen - 1,850,000 (31 bb)
Robert Hankins - 4,800,000 (80 bb)
Hank Sitton - 1,800,000 (30 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:52 PM Local Time
Level: 29
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 10,000
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Monday, October 10, 2016 5:40 PM Local Time

Players are taking an unscheduled 10-minute break. Here's how they'll stack up when the new level begins with 30,000/60,000 blinds and a 10,000 ante.

Robert Hankins - 4,890,000 (82 bb)
Lytle Allen - 1,940,000 (32 bb)
Hank Sitton - 1,810,000 (30 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:40 PM Local Time


Ben Keeline

Robert Hankins raises to 125,000 under the gun and Ben Keeline calls on the button. They are heads-up to a flop of     and Hankins checks. Keeline bets 125,000 and Hankins moves all in for effectively Keeline's remaining 1,000,000. Keeline calls and is all in for about 1,100,000.

Keeline shows   , good for the queen-high flush draw, and needs to improve against Hankins'   . The turn is the   and the river is the   to send the pot to Hankins, eliminate Keeline in fourth, and give Hankins more than half of the chips in play with three players remaining.

Robert Hankins - 4,700,000 (94 bb)
Ben Keeline - Eliminated in 4th Place ($47,796)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:21 PM Local Time

Robert Hankins raises to 125,000 on the button and Ben Keeline three-bets to 275,000 out of the small blind. Lytle Allen folds his big blind and Hankins moves all in for effectively Keeline's remaining 1,500,000. Keeline takes a few moments to think it over and then folds.

Hankins drags the pot and shows    as he takes the pot. He moves over the 3 million chip plateau.

Robert Hankins - 3,050,000 (61 bb)
Ben Keeline - 1,500,000 (30 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:09 PM Local Time

Robert Hankins moves all in for 1,325,000 from the small blind and Ben Keeline calls out of the big blind. Keeline shows    and is dominated by Hankins'   .

The board runs out       and Hankins doubles up with king-high.Hankins wins the pot and takes a slight chip lead as the chip counts have evened out across the board.

Robert Hankins - 2,670,000 (53 bb)
Ben Keeline - 2,000,000 (40 bb)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:02 PM Local Time

Ben Keeline raises on the button and Hank Sitton calls out of the big blind. Both players check a flop of     and the   comes on the turn.

Sitton bets 125,000 and Keeline calls. The river is the   and Sitton checks. Keeline bets 525,000 and Sitton quickly folds.

Ben Keeline - 3,350,000 (67 bb)
Hank Sitton - 1,900,000 (38 bb)

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