After 56 hands of play at the Seminole Hard Rock Open $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event final table, Justin Bonomo and Blair Hinkle were the last men standing (just as many had predicted). The two American pros, who started the final table as chip leaders, battled it out for the next 167 hands...
Hinkle had a small lead when the match began and also took down several pots to increase his lead. However, Bonomo fought back and managed to narrow the gap later on. On the 96th hand, Bonomo took down a monster pot with a nine-high straight versus the eight-high straight of Hinkle. Suddently Bonomo had more than a two-to-one chip lead.
Now it was Hinkle's turn for a comeback, though. He took down pot after pot and nearly caught up with Bonomo around the 150-hand mark. The first all-in of the mach occured on Hand 183, but both players held ace-three and split the pot. Three hands later they were all-in once again, and now Hinkle doubled up with aces against Bonomo's middle pair. The two took turns at holding the chip lead over the next few hands, but eventually Bonomo found himself in a 3-to-1 lead again.
Hinkle managed to double up again after his pocket sixes outlasted the pocket deuces of Bonomo. Then it didn't take long before Hinkle was back in the lead once again. The battle came to an end on Hand 233 - after almost 6 hours of heads-up play - when Hinkle had a 6-to-1 lead. Bonomo check-shoved his remaining stack on a board of Q95J with Q8. Hinkle snap-called with the nuts: K10. Bonomo was drawing dead and the two shook hands. Hinkle received $1,745,245 and a guitar while Bonomo received $1,163,500!
Final table results:
1st Blair Hinkle $1,745,245
2nd Justin Bonomo $1,163,500
3rd Mukul Pahuja $872,625
4th Ray Qartomy $639,925
5th Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert $494,490
6th Greg Lehn $378,138