I feel great! I'm pumped with adrenaline! I'm a marketing professional from Missouri who came out here to play this event and ended up having the ride of my life!
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (PRWEB) June 5, 2008
PokerListings.com's live coverage of the 2008 World Series of Poker* (http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-tournaments/wsop) is less than a week old and already has delivered several see-it-to-believe-it moments - not the least of which was yesterday's final table in Event 2, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
Among the highlights: a jaw-dropping run by renowned poker pro Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and a miraculous final hand, with amateur poker player and marketing pro Grant Hinkle hitting quad tens to seal the gold bracelet and an $831,279 payday.
Act 1 of Event 2 undeniably belonged to famous poker figure Ferguson. Down to just $2,500 in chips at one point and hanging by a thread, Jesus had already gone on an incredible heater to make it to the final table, surviving countless all-ins and eventually landing in the final nine an amazing sixth in chips.
Once there, see-saw action saw the esteemed pro make it all the way to the final three before his luck ran dry and he succumbed - for a somewhat consoling $388,287 however - to eventual runner-up, Brit James Akenhead.
As it turns out, Akenhead should have saved some of his own luck for later, as he fell victim to Hinkle's incredible quads in the final hand of an epic heads-up match that ran until 5:30 in the morning.
Having built himself a slight chip lead, Hinkle made a bold move and shoved over the top of an Akenhead re-raise. Akenhead called. Flipping over 10-4, Hinkle was way behind Akenhead's ace-king, but amazingly the flop came 10-4-10, giving Hinkle a full house.
As if that wasn't enough, another ten on the turn gave Hinkle quads and it was all over.
Hinkle, whose brother Blair is actually a well-known and successful poker pro, had this to say in the prestigious PokerListings.com post-win interview.
"I feel great! I'm pumped with adrenaline! I'm a marketing professional from Missouri who came out here to play this event and ended up having the ride of my life!"
For the complete interview with Hinkle - and all bracelet winners at the 2008 World Series - visit the PokerListings.com player interview section (http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-tournaments/player-interviews).
Live 2008 WSOP* coverage continues daily at PokerListings.com with updates and photos from all ongoing events, which on Wednesday included the conclusion of perhaps the best final table in Series history in Event 4, $5,000 Mixed Hold'em.
The contenders: Bodog pros David Wiliams and Justin Bonomo, Full Tilt Poker pros Erick Lindgren, Howard Lederer and Roland De Wolfe, veteran pros David Rheem and Pat Pezzin and Internet superstars Isaac Haxton and Andrew Robl.
See how it all played down at (http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-tournaments/wsop/2008/event4/live-updates).
Daily coverage also of course includes pro-player blogs, player interviews and more, all capped off by the PokerListings.com daily video recap with host Amy Macbride. Visit the PokerListings.com World Series coverage section (http://www.pokerlistings.com/live-tournaments/wsop) to access all features.
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