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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better


Griffin Scoops on Racener

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6

Gavin Griffin raised from the button and bet the flop and turn. John Racener peeled from the big blind and called the two extra bets before they both checked the river.

The final board read {3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Spades}.

"Wheel," said Griffin.

"F##k!" responded Racener as he looked at his opponent's {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{2-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

Racener showed the {a-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and mucked.

Chip Counts
Gavin Griffin 1,350,000 250,000 pos
John Racener 400,000 -75,000 neg

Skill Game?

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6 • Level 28

As there are 4.3 million chips in play, there are just 43 big bets in play now!

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Griffin Gets Scooped and Quartered

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6

From the cutoff Ashly Butler raised to 80,000 and Gavin Griffin called from the big blind. On a {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop Griffin check-called a 40,000 chip bet. The turn was the {4-Clubs} and Griffin check-called 80,000. On the river the {7-Spades} showed up and Griffin check-called another bet. Butler showed {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for the nut full house and a low. Griffin mucked and Butler raked in a nice pot.

A couple of hands later John Racener raised under the gun to 80,000 and Griffin defended from the small blind. The flop came down {4-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and Griffin lead out for 40,000, Racener called. The turn was the {6-Spades} and Griffin bet 80,000 after which Racener made the call once more. On the river the {K-Hearts} hit and Griffin checked to the 2010 WSOP Main Event runner up who bet 80,000. Griffin called and was disgusted when he saw Racener turn over {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for a pair of kings and the nut low. Griffin had {A-Hearts}{2-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for the same low but only got a quarter of the pot since he couldn't beat the high hand.

Griffin is slipping while Butler and Racener are regaining some ground in this hard fought battle for the gold!

Chip Counts
Gavin Griffin 1,100,000 -400,000 neg
Ashly Butler 700,000 310,000 pos
John Racener 475,000 265,000 pos

Tapscott Overtakes Racener

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6

John Racener seemed to be upset with himself after he lost a pot to Herbert Tapscott.

Racener raised from the cut-off and was only called by Tapscott one seat along. The flop came down {8-Hearts}{j-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Racener continued for 40,000. Call.

The {5-Clubs}{6-Hearts} turn and river were checked through and Tapscott opened {a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Clubs}. Racener shook his head and folded.

Chip Counts
Herbert Tapscott 230,000 130,000 pos
John Racener 210,000 -265,000 neg

Important Pot For Racener

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6

Can Kim Hua raised to 80,000 from the hijack and John Racener made the call from the cutoff. Herbert Tapscott called from the button and both blinds folded their cards. The flop came down {J-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and Hua checked to Racener who bet 40,000 and got called by both his opponents. The turn was the {7-Clubs} and Hua checked again. Racener threw out 80,000 with very little behind but he got no action. Tapscott is really short once again while Racener is back in the hunt.

Chip Counts
John Racener 475,000 185,000 pos
Herbert Tapscott 100,000 -160,000 neg

Griffin the Table Captain

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6
Gavin Griffin is going to take some stopping
Gavin Griffin is going to take some stopping

Gavin Griffin is the chip leader and using his stack to pile pressure on his short-stacked opponents. He's opening most pots that are folded to him.

when he raised off the button John Racener defended his big blind to see a {j-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop. He check-called a bet here and on the {10-Spades} turn before both players checked the {9-Hearts} river.

Griffin tabled {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for two-pair. Judging by Racener's reaction we think he was rivered by Griffin.

Chip Counts
Gavin Griffin 1,500,000 530,000 pos
John Racener 290,000 -300,000 neg

Triple Up For Tapscott

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6

Herbert Tapscott just lost a pot against Gavin Griffin knocking him all the way down to just 75,000 chips, but shortly thereafter he found a spot to triple up. In the first hand Griffin raised to 80,000 from the cutoff and Tapscott called from the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{2-Spades} and both players checked. On the turn, the {K-Diamonds}, both players checked again. The river was the {7-Spades} and Tapscott double checked his cards before betting 80,000. Griffin called and Tapscott mucked his hand immediately. Griffin had to show and tabled {2-}{5-}{5-}{6-} for a pair of fives and a low.

Two hands later Tapscott was on the button and called all-in when John Racener had raised it up to 80,000. Rasmussen called as well and on a {3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} the hand got checked out. Racener showed {2-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts} and with two pair he took the small side pot from Rasmussen. Tapscott showed {A-Hearts}{2-Spades}{J-Spades}{9-Clubs} for the wheel and he scooped to main pot in order to stay alive in this tournament.

Chip Counts
Herbert Tapscott 260,000 35,000 pos

Racener Doubles Through Griffin

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6

John Racener will feel a lot better about life after he doubled through Gavin Griffin.

He was on the button and called a raise from Griffin. From there he took over the initiative and bet all the way down the {2-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades} board. Griffin check-called all the way.

Racener: {a-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs} to scoop.
Griffin {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for no part of the pot.

Chip Counts
Gavin Griffin 970,000 -280,000 neg
John Racener 590,000 330,000 pos

Raymond Davis Eliminated in 8th Place ($24,111)

Posted 2012-06-03 GMT-6
Raymond Davis out in 8th
Raymond Davis out in 8th

Thayer Rasmussen has taken care of Raymond Davis in 8th place.

Davis called all-in for his last 10,000 after Rasmussen raised to 80,000. Michael "Boonie" Kleist came along for the ride but folded when Rasmussen led for 40,000 on the {k-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} flop.

Rasmussen: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades} for the nut flush.
Davis: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for top set.

"Wow, I'm in better shape than I thought!" said Davis.

He needed the board to pair but it failed to do so as it ran out {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}.

Chip Counts
Thayer Rasmussen 450,000 160,000 pos
Raymond Davis Busted
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Winner Herbert Tapscott
Winning Hand ♣Q♠10♠7♥4
Prize 264,400

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 0

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