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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2012

Herbert Tapscott Beats Gavin Griffin for Event 8 Omaha High-Low Split Title

Herbert Tapscott WSOP Event 8
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The road to a World Series of Poker gold bracelet can be long and hard and twisted with cruelty as players dreams shatter along the way. For Herbert Tapscott, a 71-year-young financier from Alabama, who took the first place prize of $264,400 and his first gold bracelet, the hard road probably soon evaporated into a puff of smoke in the wind. For runner-up Gavin Griffin, the hard road is a broken dream of adding another WSOP bracelet to his Triple Crown holder accomplishment.

But there can only be one winner!

Out of the 967 players that started the Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better tournament, 117 of them made the money and helped set a new record making this the biggest Omaha High-Low Split poker tournament ever held – taking four days to complete.

And the end came down to this hand: From the button Griffin raised to 200,000 and Tapscott was right there with the call. They watched the flop hit with {q-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} and Griffin pushed his last 67,000 chips in blind. Tapscott called and turned over the {q-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Spades} to Griffin's {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Hearts}. A straight became gold bracelet reality for Tapscott with the arrival of the {9-Diamonds} and the {j-Hearts}.

Gavin Griffin took home 2nd place and $163,625 which will give him a buy-in to try again for his second bracelet.

Herbert Tapscott had to be one happy guy when he collected the gold bracelet and $264,400 for winning Event 8 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Congratulations Herbert!

PlaceWinnerPrize (USD)
1Herbert Tapscott264,400
2Gavin Griffin163,625
3Ashly Butler102,373
4Can Kim Hua74,306
5Michael "Boonie" Kleist54,855
6John Racener41,121
7Thayer Rasmussen31,278
8Raymond Davis24,111
9Bryan Jolly18,837

There were numerous WSOP gold bracelet winners that cashed in this event. They were Gavin Griffin (2nd), Allen Bari (15th, Dutch Boyd (18th), Daniel Negreanu (45th), Phil Hellmuth (52nd), Todd Brunson (61st), David Bakes Baker (63rd), Matt Hawrilenko (65th), Jeff Madsen (80th), Men “the Master” Nguyen (99th), and Robert Mizrachi (115th).

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