Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008 Grant Hinkle Wins Event 2 in WSOP 2008
After two consecutive 16-hour poker sessions, Grant Hinkle took out his last adversary to win Event 2, holding T-4 against James Akenhead's A-K. The win brought Hinkle a WSOP bracelet as well as $830,000.
With a record-breaking 3,990 starting players, the $1,500 Holdem event didn't go down without some pain. It took two consecutive marathon sessions, each featuring sixteen straight hours of live poker, to reach the climaxing moment.
In the last hand, Hinkle looked down at T-4, not one of the great hands in holdem but clearly superior to the "Doyle Brunson" hand that won Brunson two Main Event titles in the days (T-2).
However, with a flop of T-T-4 and a fourth T on the turn, Hinkle didn't leave much leverage to James Akenhead's unimproved A-K.
The hand put an end to the fourth longest tournament in WSOP history. Playing your best poker three days in a row certainly is no walk in the park even for the most depraved poker junkies.
Hats off for the last standing contestants, Grant Hinkle and James Akenhead! Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson on third place put in his fair share of pain as well, to be sure.