Hinkle Binks Big, Silverman Top Dog, Ivey Swears Off
Blair Hinkle and Steven Silverman took down major poker titles this week at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open while Phil Ivey could be looking to recoup some of his online poker losses in the form of a massive prop bet.
Blair Hinkle Wins $10m Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Blair Hinkle took down the largest score of his poker career on Wednesday after winning the $10 million guarantee Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event.
Hinkle came into the final table as the chip leader and it would take just 58 hands to reach heads-up action.
He faced Justin Bonomo heads-up for the title and the two battled for 165 hands before Hinkle finally sealed the victory and $1.74 million in prize money.
While he failed to win the title, Bonomo did manage to take home $1.17 million.
Steven Silverman Wins Inaugural Alpha 8 - Moves to Top of GPI
The inaugural event of the World Poker Tour Alpha8 series kicked off this week at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open but the turnout was somewhat lackluster with just 21 players showing up for the event.
Matt Glantz finished Day 1 as chip leader and did manage to make the final table, but his momentum failed to carry him to the title. He ultimately finished in 4th, which equated to a min-cash of over $250k.
November Niner JC Tran and Steven Silverman faced off for the title with Tran pulling out to an early lead. Silverman retook the lead after shoving with pocket nines and Tran made the call with Ah-Jh. The nines held to give Silverman a massive lead.
A short time later Silverman shoved with Qd-9d and Tran made the call with Qs-8c. Tran would actually spike an eight on the flop but a nine came on the turn to give Silverman the lead and the title.
Silverman took home $891,660 for his Alpha8 victory and in addition moved to the top of the Global Poker Index. He now sits 19 points above Paul Volpe. Volpe had been atop the GPI for 19 weeks prior.
Phil Ivey Books No Drinking Prop Bet
Phil Ivey announced Wednesday night via Twitter that he is taking on a massive no-drinking prop bet. The terms of the bet have not been disclosed as of yet but it is speculated that he has to give up drinking for close to a year.
Ivey booked a similar bet back in 2010 when he said he could go a year without eating meat. That bet was for about $1 million, but Ivey didn't even last a month before cracking.
Ivey could be a bit more motivated to win this bet as he is currently one of the biggest online poker losers this year. At last count, he is down $2.98 million.