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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 11, 2012 to Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Event #24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $1,203,200
  • Entries: 256
  • Remaining: 0
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06/14/12 02:19:58 PM PST
 
Congratulations to Joe Cassidy on Winning Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better ($294,777)
 

Joe Cassidy

And there you have it! Joe Cassidy wins his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet after beating Scotty Nguyen in an epic heads up battle. This event started four days ago with 256 players all gunning for that little piece of poker history, and of course a $294,777 first place prize.

Many greats came to play, and possibly the greatest came very close to winning his ninth bracelet. Phil Ivey couldn't close it out yesterday and found Nguyen and Cassidy battle heads up for the title today. And what a battle it was! Read all about Ivey's fight for number nine in yesterday's recap, as we started this fourth day with just two players.

These were the chip counts going into the final day of play.

Joe Cassidy3,000,000
Scotty Nguyen845,000

Cassidy started off with a big lead and looked to close it out quickly, but Nguyen had other plans in mind. After just a couple of hands Nguyen got his stacks up to over a million and the first scoop of the day also went to the short stack.

From the button Scotty Nguyen just limped, Joe Cassidy raised and Nguyen made the call. The flop came down    , Cassidy bet and Nguyen called. The turn was the   and this time Cassidy opted to check-raise when Nguyen put in a 100,000 chip bet. Nguyen called. The river was the   and this time Cassidy check-called.

Nguyen turned over      for a straight and a low, and Cassidy got scooped. It didn't hurt Cassidy all that much, as he still had around 2.3 million chips left, and soon after he chipped Nguyen down to just 220,000 chips. It seemed to be over, but Nguyen had some fire left in him.

After doubling up with      against      on a       board Nguyen was back up to 690,000 chips and ready for more. The limits were massive and only 25 minutes later Nguyen had managed to add another million to his stack.

Cassidy was clearly a bit frustrated, since he probably figured the bracelet was only a couple of hands away when Nguyen was super short. In the third level of heads up play Nguyen reached his high point at 1,710,000. From this point on it went uphill again for Cassidy who took Nguyen apart.

A serious of small pots knocked Nguyen down to just a few big bets, and even a runner-runner double up couldn't keep him in the tournament for long. This is how the final hand went down.

Joe Cassidy raised on the button and Scotty Nguyen re-raised all in for 200,000 total. Cassidy called and the hands were revealed:

Joe Cassidy    
Scotty Nguyen    

The flop came down     giving Cassidy top pair to Nguyen's bottom pair with the same low draw. However, the   hit the turn to give Nguyen a leading two pair. Cassidy picked up a broadway draw and got there when the   hit the river to win the tournament.

With this win Joe Cassidy collects his first ever gold bracelet and a $294,777 payday. Scotty Nguyen adds another amazing result to his long list of cashes, but his sixth bracelet will have to come some other time. Joe Cassidy is the new champion!

06/14/12 02:17:55 PM PST
 
Scotty Nguyen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($182,213)
 

Scotty Nguyen - 2nd place

Joe Cassidy raised on the button and Scotty Nguyen re-raised all in for 200,000 total. Cassidy called and the hands were revealed:

Cassidy:     
Nguyen:     

The flop came down     giving Cassidy top pair to Nguyen's bottom pair with the same low draw. However, the   hit the turn to give Nguyen a leading two pair. Cassidy picked up a broadway draw and got there when the   hit the river to win the tournament.

Scotty Nguyen's valiant effort came up just short with a second-place finish.

Joe Cassidy3,845,000200,000
Scotty Nguyen0-200,000
06/14/12 02:17:45 PM PST
 
Nguyen On Life Support
 

After the previous pot was chopped, Scotty Nguyen limped on the button. Joe Cassidy checked his option and the flop came down    .

Both players checked through to the   turn where Cassidy bet. Nguyen raised, Cassidy called, and the   hit the river. Both checked and Nguyen showed the    for an 8-6 low

"I scoop, Scotty," said Cassidy.

Cassidy tabled      for ace-ten high with an 8-5 low to scoop the pot.

Joe Cassidy3,645,000400,000
Scotty Nguyen200,000-400,000
06/14/12 02:17:31 PM PST
 
Nguyen Keeps It Going
 

Scotty Nguyen called on the button and Joe Cassidy raised from the big blind. Nguyen called and the flop came down    .

Cassidy bet, Nguyen raised all in for 140,000 total, and Cassidy called.

"Just a ten," said Cassidy.

Cassidy:     
Nguyen:     

Nguyen was well ahead with the flopped flush and scooped the pot following the   turn (which happaned to give Cassidy outs to a full house) and   river.

Joe Cassidy3,245,000-300,000
Scotty Nguyen600,000300,000
06/14/12 02:17:04 PM PST
 
And Cassidy Knocks Nguyen Down Again
 

From the button Scotty Nguyen raised and Joe Cassidy called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and both players checked. The turn was the   and it got checked once more. The river was the   and Cassidy bet, Nguyen called. Cassidy showed      and scooped the pot.

On the next hand Cassidy raised the button and Nguyen called. The flop came down     and Nguyen check-folded.

Nguyen is down again to just 300,000 chips.

Joe Cassidy3,545,000480,000
Scotty Nguyen300,000-480,000
06/14/12 02:13:46 PM PST
 
Runner Runner For Scotty, He Doubles Up
 

From the button Joe Cassidy raised and Scotty Nguyen called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and after some raised Nguyen's final money went into the pot.

Scotty Nguyen    
Joe Cassidy    

The turn was the   and the river the   giving Nguyen both a low and a flush in order to scoop the pot. He's right back in it.

Joe Cassidy3,065,000-490,000
Scotty Nguyen780,000490,000
06/14/12 02:10:56 PM PST
 
And Shorter
 

Scotty Nguyen limped the button and Joe Cassidy checked his option in the big blind. The flop came down     and Cassidy bet, Nguyen folded.

Joe Cassidy3,555,000260,000
Scotty Nguyen290,000-260,000
06/14/12 02:06:41 PM PST
 
Nguyen Getting Shorter
 

From the button Scotty Nguyen raised and Joe Cassidy called.

The flop came down     and Cassidy check-called. The turn was the   and the action got checked. The river was the   and Cassidy bet, Nguyen folded.

Joe Cassidy3,295,000200,000
Scotty Nguyen550,000-200,000
06/14/12 02:04:41 PM PST
 
Under One Million
 

From the button Scotty Nguyen raised and Joe Cassidy defended his big blind.

On a       board Nguyen ended up calling a bet on every street, costing him a total of 400,000 chips. Cassidy turned over      and he took down the whole pot.

Joe Cassidy3,095,000320,000
Scotty Nguyen750,000-320,000
06/14/12 02:02:07 PM PST
 
Cassidy Stays on Top
 

Joe Cassidy

The very next update could've very well been about Scotty Nguyen taking the chip lead, but Joe Cassidy just pulled in a big pot putting him far in front again.

From the button Joe Cassidy raised and Scotty Nguyen defended his big blind. The flop came down     and Nguyen check-raised, Cassidy called.

The turn was the   and Nguyen bet 160,000, Cassidy called. The river was the   and now it was Nguyen who check-called.

Cassidy turned over     . He had two pair for the high and used his ace-seven in order to take down the low.

Joe Cassidy2,775,000640,000
Scotty Nguyen1,070,000-640,000
06/14/12 01:57:38 PM PST
 
Scotty Reaches New High
 

We just saw the first pre flop three-bet of the match, and at the end of the hand we noted Scotty Nguyen's biggest chip stack since the start of the day.

Nguyen raised from the button after which Joe Cassidy made a re-raise. Nguyen called and the flop came down    . Cassidy bet, Nguyen raised and Cassidy called.

The turn was the   and Cassidy check-called. The river was the   and Cassidy checked to Nguyen once more. Nguyen threw out a 160,000 chip bet and Cassidy folded    face up.

Joe Cassidy2,135,000-560,000
Scotty Nguyen1,710,000560,000
06/14/12 01:51:12 PM PST
 
Here We Go!
 

The cards are back in the air.

06/14/12 01:50:57 PM PST
 
Level 30 started
 
Level: 30 Blinds: 80000/160000 Ante: 0
06/14/12 01:43:36 PM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Joe Cassidy2,695,00080,000
Scotty Nguyen1,150,000-80,000
06/14/12 01:41:25 PM PST
 
Short Break
 

We are at the end of this level, and both players have agreed on a short five-minute break.

06/14/12 01:39:22 PM PST
 
Cassidy Needed This
 

After starting today with a big chip lead, Joe Cassidy probably couldn't help himself thinking about on what wrist to put his gold bracelet.

These thoughts were knocked out of him pretty quickly as Scotty Nguyen mounted a serious comeback. We just saw Cassidy win a decent pot, and this probably gives him a bit more confidence in winning this one.

Cassidy raised from the button and Nguyen defended his big blind. The flop came down    . Nguyen check-raised Cassidy's bet and the call was made.

The turn was the   and both players checked. The river was the   and Nguyen check-called a 120,000 chip bet.

Cassidy turned over      and with a wheel he took down both parts of the pot.

Joe Cassidy2,615,000370,000
Scotty Nguyen1,230,000-370,000
06/14/12 01:30:08 PM PST
 
Closing in on Even
 

We're not there yet, but if Scotty Nguyen keeps this going we will be soon.

Nguyen just raised the button and Joe Cassidy called from the big blind. The flop came down     and both players checked. The turn was the   and Cassidy bet, Nguyen raised and Cassidy laid it down.

Joe Cassidy2,245,000-220,000
Scotty Nguyen1,600,000220,000
06/14/12 01:24:57 PM PST
 
Scotty Comes Back
 

Joe and Scotty

The match seems to go Scotty Nguyen's way in the last couple of hands, as he's now back up to 1.38 million.

Nguyen raised from the button and Joe Cassidy defended his big blind. The flop came down     and both players checked. The turn was the   and it got checked again.

The river was the   and Cassidy bet, Nguyen raised and Cassidy called.

Nguyen showed      and raked in the pot with a broadway straight.

Joe Cassidy2,465,000-330,000
Scotty Nguyen1,380,000330,000
06/14/12 01:20:58 PM PST
 
Small One For Cassidy
 

From the button Joe Cassidy raised and Scotty Nguyen defended his big blind.

The flop came down     and Nguyen check-called a bet. On the turn, the  , and river, the  , the hand was checked. Cassidy showed      and took it down.

Joe Cassidy2,795,000180,000
Scotty Nguyen1,050,000-180,000
06/14/12 01:18:00 PM PST
 
Two More For Nguyen
 

From the button Joe Cassidy limp-called Scotty Nguyen raised giving us another flop. The flop came down     and Nguyen check-called a bet.

The turn was the   and Nguyen check-called another bet. The river was the   and both players checked. Nguyen showed      and took down this pot.

On the very next hand it was Nguyen who limp-called the button and we got to see a     flop. Cassidy bet, Nguyen raised and Cassidy folded.

Two pots in a row for Nguyen who is back up to over a million.

Joe Cassidy2,615,000-360,000
Scotty Nguyen1,230,000360,000
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