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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Tournaments

Thang Luu Wins Event 6 With Pure Aggression

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The first Omaha tournament of the 2008 World Series of Poker drew quite the crowd. A total of 833 players came to participate in the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo split 8-or-better event, and playing down to the final nine on Day 2 was quite the feat. The game isn’t a fast one by nature, and it took from 3pm until after 6am to determine the ones who would return on Day 3 to play for the WSOP title.

Those top nine came to the final table with the following chip stacks:

Thang Luu

560,000
Greg Jamison

333,000
Chris Falconer

331,000
Scott Clements

315,000
Spencer Lawrence

226,000
Mark Wilds

226,000
George Guzman

196,000
Craig Sabel

160,000
James Pritchard

155,000

Play began at the 21st level with 6,000/12,000 blinds. Action started a bit slow, but Scott Clements got aggressive before too long. He took the high half of a sizable pot that went to showdown, but then things took a turn. He lost a showdown against three other players and fell to 205,000. Another hit to his stack came shortly thereafter, and a hand against Wilds left him absolutely crippled with only 30K in chips.

Clements waited for a hand, and when he found one, he pushed his 12,000 into the pot. The blinds called and checked it down as the cards came {J-Clubs}-{9-Diamonds}-{J-Diamonds}-{2-Hearts}-{8-Hearts}. Pritchard showed {J-Spades}-{Q-Clubs}-{K-Hearts}-{2-Clubs} for a full house, which prompted Luu to fold, and Clements to show Aces before folding and shaking hands. Scott Clements, two-time WSOP champion, was eliminated in 9th place for $22,172.

Mark Wilds was the next player in trouble when a hand with Luu went horribly wrong, Wilds was rivered for the low and lost the high, putting Luu up to 800,000 and lowering Wilds to 100,000. A short while later, Wilds found himself with only 10,000 after distributing chips slowly but surely. He was all-in from the small blind for that 10K, Luu called, and Guzman checked his big blind option. Both players checked the {Q-Diamonds}-{7-Hearts}-{10-Spades} flop, and the turn of a {7-Clubs} prompted a bet from Guzman and fold from Luu. Wilds then showed {J-Clubs}-{9-Spades}-{4-Diamonds}-{2-Diamonds}, and Guzman produced {J-Spades}-{9-Diamonds}-{A-Clubs}-{7-Diamonds}. An {A-Hearts} on the river gave Guzman a full house, and Mark Wilds went home in 8th place with $30,700.

Craig Sabel hadn’t had much of a chance to get anything going chip-wise, and when he did become involved in a strong pot with Lawrence, he lost the pot and scarcely had enough left to take care of the blinds. He did scoop a hand after that to survive with 130K in chips, but it wouldn’t be long before he had to make a move.

And it happened. Sabel was all-in in the big blind with two callers. Lawrence and Guzman checked the {4-Spades}-{5-Hearts}-{K-Clubs} flop, but Lawrence bet on the {Q-Hearts} turn and Guzman folded. The cards were turned up: Lawrence with {Q-Clubs}-{Q-Diamonds}-{6-Hearts}-{4-Diamonds} and Sabel with {A-Diamonds}-{6-Spades}-{10-Spades}-{Q-Clubs}. The river was a {4-Hearts}, and Craig Sabel was gone in 7th place with $39,228.

The eliminations began to happen more quickly. Next would be Greg Jamison all-in in the big blind. Three callers came before the board showed {3-Clubs}-{A-Spades}-{6-Hearts}-{10-Spades}-{Q-Clubs}, and everyone checked it down. Guzman showed [4]-{8-Clubs}-{6-Diamonds}-{6-Clubs}, Lawrence showed {10-Clubs}-{10-Hearts}-{K-Diamonds}-{2-Diamonds}, and Jamison had {K-Spades}-{K-Clubs}-{9-Hearts}-{5-Diamonds} only to be shown the door and a check for $50,598.

Chris Falconer took the next step and raised for his low stack of 80K. Luu and Guzman called and checked down when the board came {9-Diamonds}-{10-Hearts}-{5-Hearts}-{A-Diamonds}-{5-Diamonds}. Luu revealed the winning hand with {2-Diamonds}-{7-Diamonds}-{J-Diamonds}-{6-Clubs}, Guzman lost the hand, and Falconer’s {A-Spades}-{2-Clubs}-{K-Spades}-{K-Clubs} lost to send him home in 5th place with $64,243.

James Pritchard tried to take a stand against Lawrence, and all of his chips were in the pot pre-flop. Pritchard showed {A-Hearts}-{2-Spades}-{K-Spades}-{8-Clubs}, and Lawrence turned over {2-Hearts}-{3-Clubs}-{Q-Diamonds}-{9-Diamonds}. The board came {8-Diamonds}-{8-Spades}-{4-Spades}-{4-Clubs}-{Q-Hearts}, and Pritchard doubled to 400K. And he was soon all-in again as the blinds rose quickly. Pritchard came in from the small blind with {6-Spades}-{4-Spades}-{5-Diamonds}-{10-Diamonds}, and Luu called from the big blind with {K-Hearts}-{Q-Hearts}-{2-Diamonds}-{9-Hearts}. The board came {J-Diamonds}-{4-Diamonds}-{J-Clubs}-{K-Spades}-{7-Clubs}, and Pritchard was gone in 4th place with $78,456.

George Guzman was next to go all-in, and he did so pre-flop against Lawrence. He showed {K-Diamonds}-{7-Hearts}-{Q-Clubs}-{9-Spades}, and Lawrence had {A-Diamonds}-{A-Clubs}-{Q-Diamonds}-{9-Diamonds}. The dealer gave them {3-Hearts}-{3-Diamonds}-{4-Spades}-{A-Hearts}-{6-Hearts}, and Guzman would not survive this hand. He left in 3rd place with $93,806.

Heads-up play got underway between the two remaining players:

Spencer Lawrence

1,300,000
Thang Luu

1,200,000

Luu kept his aggressive stance and pumped it up a notch. His determination was clear, and a short while in, he was up by more than a 2-1 chip lead. Lawrence came back to even it up in just one hand, even surpassing him a bit in subsequent hands, but Luu wasn’t giving up.

A key hand of heads-up action was on a board of {A-Hearts}-{9-Hearts}-{7-Diamonds}-{10-Hearts}-{K-Clubs}, and the pot had grown on each street. Numerous raises took place after the river, and when Luu showed {K-Hearts}-{Q-Hearts}-{10-Clubs}-{8-Spades}, it was the winning hand and he sent Lawrence into the lowlands with less than 600K.

Then came the hand! Luu raised pre-flop, and Lawrence called. After the flop of {7-Diamonds}-{K-Spades}-{8-Diamonds}, Luu bet, Lawrence check-raised, and Luu reraised. Eventually, as raises continued, Lawrence ended up all-in. Cards were shown as Lawrence with {6-Hearts}-{5-Diamonds}-{9-Diamonds}-{5-Clubs} and Luu with {4-Diamonds}-{K-Diamonds}-{3-Clubs}-{7-Hearts}. The turn and river were {8-Clubs} and {K-Clubs}, and Luu won with a full house.

Spencer Lawrence was eliminated in 2nd place for a prize of $156,343.

Thang Luu won the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo split 8-or-better tournament, $243,356, and a World Series of Poker bracelet. Congrats!

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