Level 5 (200/400/50)
Day 1A Entrants: 55
In a room full of mostly low-limit grinders, there's no question one man stands out from the rest: RunGood Ambassador Blair Hinkle (pictured). With over $4 million in live tournament cashes and $2 million more online, Hinkle has built a tournament ledger equaled by few others.
Earlier, we referenced Hinkle's remarkable dominance here at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. While he claimed that the magic has somewhat worn off and he's trying to get it back, it's still fun to look at the damage he's done here.
Hinkle has claimed four WSOP Circuit rings here, an astounding three of them coming in Main Events. In 2010, Hinkle first claimed the crown here, winning $88,566. He took two years off before once again asserting his dominance, winning in 2013 for $121,377. Then, Hinkle followed up with a repeat in 2014 for $90,770.
They nearly had to rename it "The Blair Hinkle Invitational" in 2015 as he stormed to another deep run before busting in 20th. While he finally bricked the Main in 2017, he made up for it with a win in the $1K event for $26,181.
While Hinkle started off in a rut here, sinking to half of the starting stack, he's now back above water with 20,400 and looking to once again add to his legend here at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.