Commentary

Two bracelets for two Hinkles

Updated: June 17, 2008, 6:50 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN Poker Club

Event 22 | Event 24

It's good to be a Hinkle in 2008.

Event No. 2 winner, Grant Hinkle, kicked off the WSOP by winning the biggest preliminary event in history. Just 12 days later, it was his brother Blair who earned his own title in Event 23, a $2,000 no-limit hold 'em tournament. It marked the first time in WSOP history that brothers won bracelets in the same year. The Pearson brothers, Puggy and J.C., have both won bracelets, but never at the same WSOP. Puggy won three bracelets in 1973, while J.C. won his only bracelet in 1994.

Considering Blair and Grant are 22 and 27, respectively, the potential for more records from these professional-poker playing brothers is extremely possible.

Blair Hinkle
IMPDI for the WSOPBlair Hinkle won his first bracelet only 12 days after his older brother Grant accomplished the same feat.

Clearly with this much at stake, there must be some sort of sibling rivalry … right? Blair doesn't believe so.

"There is no rivalry between us," Blair Hinkle said after the victory. "I was ecstatic when [Grant] won his bracelet and I know he's the same way. It's just amazing that we could both win in the same year."

The win marks Blair's second cash at the WSOP, as he finished 520th in the 2007 main event. He also finished in sixth place in the biggest WSOP Circuit stop of the year in Las Vegas just two months ago. For the victory, Blair earned $507,613.

Other notable finishers include Chris Bjorin (sixth), Young Phan (34th) and Barry Greenstein (46th).

Below are the complete results of Event 23 of the 2008 World Series of Poker:

Event 23: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,000
Entries: 1,344
Prize pool: $2,446,080
Players in the money: 99

1. Blair Hinkle ($507,613)
2. Mark Brockington ($326,551)
3. Daniel O'Brien ($198,132)
4. David Steicke ($166,333)
5. Dustin Dirksen ($135,757)
6. Chris Bjorin ($106,404)
7. Dominik Kulicki ($81,943)
8. Andrew Jeffreys ($63,598)
9. Stephane Tayar ($45,252)
10. Alessandro Dalbello ($29,108)
11. Nicholas Niergarth ($29,108)
12. Rick Lenobl ($29,108)
13. Yue Huang ($22,993)
14. Matthew Lagarde ($22,993)
15. Michael Ellis ($22,993)
16. Dean Schneider ($16,877)
17. Corwin Cole ($16,877)
18. Scott Preston ($16,877)
19. Matthew Ehrlich ($13,208)
20. Conor Tate ($13,208)
21. Ricky Tang ($13,208)
22. Graham Wheldon ($13,208)
23. Dylan Bircheff ($13,208)
24. Christopher Dombrowski ($13,208)
25. Kenneth Justin ($13,208)
26. Eric Celeste ($13,208)
27. Eric Lucas ($13,208)
28. David Chicotsky ($10,762)
29. Paul Smith ($10,762)
30. Derek Buonano ($10,762)
31. Andrew Gordon ($10,762)
32. David Campbell ($10,762)
33. Earl Coggin ($10,762)
34. Young Phan ($10,762)
35. Russell Carson ($10,762)
36. Maria Mayrinck ($10,762)
37. Hoa Hoang ($8,316)
38. Mark Graffius ($8,316)
39. David Steirman ($8,316)
40. Nadim Shabou ($8,316)
41. Jared Hamby ($8,316)
42. John Lewis ($8,316)
43. Daniel Rome ($8,316)
44. Andrew Lee ($8,316)
45. John Parker ($8,316)
46. Barry Greenstein ($7,582)
47. Shawn Hattem ($7,582)
48. Matthew Sterling ($7,582)
49. Takamori Maruyama ($7,582)
50. Alan Myerson ($7,582)
51. Badih Bounahra ($7,582)
52. Vivek Rajkumar ($7,582)
53. Robert Perry ($7,582)
54. Charles Dolan ($7,582)
55. David Barnes ($6,849)
56. Hicham Chami ($6,849)
57. Thomas Braband ($6,849)
58. Allen Bari ($6,849)
59. Sean Keeton ($6,849)
60. Frank Howerton ($6,849)
61. Ernest Bennett ($6,849)
62. Dan Stir ($6,849)
63. Joshua Moskow ($6,849)
64. Preston Brake ($6,115)
65. Robert Suer ($6,115)
66. Scott Bohlman ($6,115)
67. Arlan Goldberg ($6,115)
68. Chris Hammett ($6,115)
69. Steve Pestal ($6,115)
70. Glen Bean ($6,115)
71. Loyal Sprague ($6,115)
72. Kent Washington ($6,115)
73. Duane Remington ($5,381)
74. Joseph Grenon ($5,381)
75. Greg Buonocort ($5,381)
76. Jose Paz ($5,381)
77. Edwin Yurakanin ($5,381)
78. Al Contarino ($5,381)
79. Lamar Wilkinson ($5,381)
80. Douglas Kim ($5,381)
81. Joseph Bolnick ($5,381)
82. Joshua Norris ($4,892)
83. Randy Coble ($4,892)
84. Kenneth Krouner ($4,892)
85. Vincent Vanbreugel ($4,892)
86. Remy Andre Biechel ($4,892)
87. Courtney Harrington ($4,892)
88. William Gazes ($4,892)
89. George Veach ($4,892)
90. Katelyn Tupper ($4,892)
91. Motoyuki Mabuchi ($4,402)
92. Philip Fedeniuk ($4,402)
93. Emanuel Failla ($4,402)
94. Hjalti Jacobsen ($4,402)
95. Earl Hunter ($4,402)
96. Dane Lomas ($4,402)
97. Kevin Hanson($4,402)
98. Kai Paulsen ($4,402)
99. Patrick Stemper ($4,402)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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