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Blair Hinkle still waiting for $1.1m Poker Tournament Payout

by Jeremy

Winning the FTOPS XIX Main Event was a life-changing moment for online poker pro Blair Hinkle….or at least it should have been. In 2011, the American was fresh off of winning the prestigious tourney along with $1,162,949. But he had the unfortunate luck of winning his biggest tournament payout right before Black Friday struck.

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Seeing as how his big victory occurred at Full Tilt Poker, he’s never seen any of the $1.16 million. Hinkle said as much in a recent interview with PokerNews, where he talked about how he’s been doing following Black Friday. As for the tournament score, Blair told the site, “(I received) A big fat $0. I attempted to contact them about how to pull the money off their site, but they gave me the runaround for the most part.”

Unlike a lot of other professional grinders, Hinkle didn’t choose to move out of the United States, but instead decided to stay in his native country. He spoke about this by saying, “After the WSOP, I wanted to take a break from tournaments. I moved to Kansas City, Missouri, so I could start learning and playing live cash games. I spent about six months learning cash, and unfortunately, it wasn’t able to make up for not having online poker. The last few months I’ve traveled and played a few live tournaments, but no big scores so far.”

As for why he chose to stay in the United States, Blair told PokerNews, “I didn’t want to give up my life for poker. I have always felt that my success at poker has had a lot to do with keeping a positive mindset and enjoying life. Leaving my family, friends, and my girlfriend of three years didn’t seem worth it.”

It appears as if Blair Hinkle is just one more American online poker player who’s still feeling the sting of Black Friday one year after the fact.

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