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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 01, 2012 to Sunday, June 03, 2012

Event #8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,305,450
  • Entries: 967
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 4, 2012 2:02 AM Local Time

What a long day that was! We came back at 1pm yesterday afternoon and after nearly 14 hours of play we've finally crowned a winner. Herbert Tapscott from Birmingham, Alabama defeated the formidable Gavin Griffin after a two-hour heads up battle. There was just six minutes left of today's allotted play when the decisive hand (explained below) played out. The 71-year old Tapscott prize is more than ten times that of his previous win.

Not only did he have to get past Griffin, he had to navigate his way past the talents such Allen Bari, Dutch Boyd, and John Racener. A lot of players would had bets on those three in the sports-book this morning.

Griffin will be hugely disappointed as the Triple Crown holder was desperate to add to the first bracelet he won as a 22-year old. Tapscott was nearly 50 years older when he managed the same fete.

This is PokerNews signing off another event here at the Rio. We're absolutely shattered and are heading straight to bed. Be sure to tune in to out colleagues tomorrow where others will be looking to make their own poker history. Here at nearly 3am Herbert Tapscott made his own, and in the fall of his life. Many congratulations from us all.

Monday, June 4, 2012 1:44 AM Local Time

Gavin Griffin

And then it was all over! Within a couple of hands Herbert Tapscott found a way to end Gavin Griffin's resistance and we've got ourselves a winner. Griffin raised to 200,000 from the button and Tapscott made the call. The flop came down     and Griffin was all in blind for his final 65,000 chips. Tapscott made the call and showed      against Griffin's     . The turn was the   and the river the   giving Tapscott the winning hand and the gold bracelet!

Herbert Tapscott4,300,000250,000
Gavin Griffin0-250,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:42 AM Local Time
Herbert Tapscott4,050,000500,000
Gavin Griffin250,000-500,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:41 AM Local Time

Griffin just limped on the button and Tapscott checked. The flop was     and Tapscott check-called 100,000. The turn was the   and both players checked. On the river the   hit the board and Tapscott bet 200,000. Griffin called and had to muck when Tapscott showed his     . Griffin is getting seriously short but we only have 10 minutes left in the day. Could Tapscott finish it or are we coming back for more tomorrow?

Herbert Tapscott3,550,000650,000
Gavin Griffin750,000-650,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:38 AM Local Time

A big pot went Herbert Tapscott's way and it's put Gavin Griffin in the danger zone.

The pot was limped to a     flop where Griffin called a 100,000 bet to see the  . Tapcott checked-raised at this juncture but Griffin wasn't to be shifted.

The river fell   and Griffin made a reluctant sounding call. Tapscott showed him      and scooped as Griffin mucked.

Herbert Tapscott2,900,0001,450,000
Gavin Griffin1,400,000-1,450,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:29 AM Local Time

Griffin raised the button to 200,000 and Tapscott called. The flop came down     and both players checked. The turn was the   and Tapscott lead out for 200,000. Griffin called and the river was the  . Tapscott checked the river and Griffin bet 200,000. Tapscott called and mucked when Griffin showed his      for the king high flush.

Gavin Griffin2,850,000150,000
Herbert Tapscott1,450,000-150,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:19 AM Local Time

Gavin Griffin

Gavin Griffin has taken control (again) of this lengthy heads up battle.

He opened from the button and Herbert Tapscott defended to see the     flop where he check-raised Griffin's c-bet. Call.

The turn came   and Griffin called a 200,000 bet. The river fell   and Tapscott check-called a 200,000 bet.

"Straight," said Griffin who scooped with     .

Gavin Griffin2,700,0002,354,000
Herbert Tapscott1,600,0001,418,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:10 AM Local Time
Gavin Griffin2,500,000300,000
Herbert Tapscott1,800,000-300,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:58 AM Local Time

Gavin Griffin

It's been a couple of hours since Gavin Griffin was the tournament chip leader, but he's back there again.

He raised when Herbert Tapscott called on the button. Tapscott called, and called a c-bet on the     flop.

Both players checked the   turn before Tapscott folded to a 200,000 bet on the   river.

Gavin Griffin2,200,0001,854,000
Herbert Tapscott2,100,0001,918,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:51 AM Local Time

The initial idea of playing down to a winner just got changed. We are playing one last level, and if there's not a winner by the end of it, we will return tomorrow to play it out.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:51 AM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 0
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:43 AM Local Time
Herbert Tapscott2,490,000-660,000
Gavin Griffin1,865,000615,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:42 AM Local Time

A 20-minute break was announced, but the players negotiated that down to ten minutes.

Monday, June 4, 2012 12:39 AM Local Time

Herbert Tapscott

Gavin Griffin was caught bluffing on the river of a       board.

Herbert Tapscott checked to him and called the 160,000-chip bet. "Ten-high. Nice call," said Griffin when he saw his opponent's      for a flush.

Herbert Tapscott3,150,0002,968,000
Gavin Griffin1,250,000904,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:35 AM Local Time

Whatever happens we are going to play down to a winner tonight. That is the information we just got from the tournament director. The limits are huge and it could all be over in a matter of hands, but with the current pace it could also still take a couple of levels.

Monday, June 4, 2012 12:25 AM Local Time

Griffin limped from the button and Tapscott raised. Griffin followed with the quick call and the flop brought out    . Tapscott bet 80,000 and Griffin made the call. The turn was the   and Tapscott bet 160,000, Griffin called again. On the river   showed up and Tapscott checked. Griffin bet 160,000 and Tapscott called saying, "Nice catch", and Griffin showed      for the nut straight. Tapscott had      and mucked his top set.

Herbert Tapscott2,700,000-600,000
Gavin Griffin1,700,000600,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:15 AM Local Time

Gavin Griffin

Gavin Griffin threw his cards into the muck on the river prompting one of his railers to shout, "Shake it off, Gavin."

Griffin had limp-called a raise from Herbert Tapscott to head to a     flop. Tapscott led for 80,000. Call. The turn came   and Griffin called an 160,000 bet before both checked the   river.

Tapscott opened up      and scooped.

Herbert Tapscott3,500,0003,318,000
Gavin Griffin900,000554,000
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:03 AM Local Time
Herbert Tapscott3,426,000175,000
Gavin Griffin925,000-175,000
Sunday, June 3, 2012 11:59 PM Local Time

Herbert Tapscott

Herbert Tapscott is on top of things as he just won another important pot. Tapscott raised to 160,000 from the button and Griffin called. The flop came down     and Griffin check-called 80,000. The turn was the   and Griffin checked again after which Tapscott bet 160,000. Griffin decided to raise making it 320,000 and Tapscott called.

The river was the   and Griffin bet 160,000. Tapscott called and Griffin showed      for trip eights with a nine but his kicker was beat by Tapscott who showed     . Tapscott increased his lead and is looking very strong at the moment.

Herbert Tapscott3,251,0003,069,000
Gavin Griffin1,100,000754,000
Sunday, June 3, 2012 11:52 PM Local Time

Herbert Tapscott has had the better of the first few heads-up pots. They're not exciting or big enough to write about but they have seen Gavin Griffin slip further behind.

Herbert Tapscott2,871,000221,000
Gavin Griffin1,480,000-225,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander