Bonded by Blood
Every World Series of Poker has its side stories that make the whole tournament complete. The Main Event winner always gets the front page but, for example, last year, we all heard about the remarkable story of Hal Lubarsky who cashed in the Main Event in 197th place despite the fact he’s legally blind. So making history is nothing unusual at the WSOP and 2008 is no different as two brothers, Blair and Grant Hinkle, each just won their own WSOP bracelet.
The feat was written into the books when Blair took down 1,344 players and won $507,563 in Event 23, $2,000 buy-in No Limit Hold ‘em just 11 days after his brother Grant won the $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold ’em event, the second in the series. “The one player I was worried about the most coming into today was Dustin Dirksen and taking him out was a huge jump for me,” Blair said after the win. “I was able to really pick up my game after that.” He then was presented with a gold bracelet to rival his brother’s.
“[Winning the same year as Grant] means probably more than just winning it,” Blair continued. “We’re setting a record together and he’s the one that really got me going in poker. I’m just really happy that we could both win in the same year and do something historic. It’s been a blast.”
Proud mother Lynn also witnessed the big moment when Blair clinched his bracelet.
“I just can’t even imagine,” Lynn said. “It’s like being in a movie and watching a movie at the same time. And the endings are so spectacular; you think, ‘Wow, can you really get away with writing that ending?’ But they did.”
Added to the Hinkle poker talent pool are two more brothers, but Lynn thinks they’re missing the poker gene as one is an aspiring cowboy and the other is “extremely frugal”, she said.