Event 6, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better - Live Updates

Day 3 Live Updates

06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Thang Luu defeats Spencer Lawrence

After a relatively brief bout of heads-up play Las Vegas’ own Thang Luu has gotten the best of the Spencer Lawrence.

The two players were very active in heads-up and traded blows back and forth for the entirety of the match.

“I played every hand,” said Luu in the winner’s interview.

Luu managed to grab the early lead when he forced Lawrence out of a large pot. At one point Lawrence’s stack was diminished to just $500,000 but slowly built it up until the stacks were virtually equal.

It was around this time that Luu struck once again and forced Lawrence off a big hand by betting big. Shortly after that hand Luu hit the nut-flush to cripple Lawrence.

In the final hand Luu bet pre-flop and Lawrence called. The flop came K 8 7 and Lawrence checked. Luu fired a bet and Lawrence quickly re-raised. The two went back and forth until Lawrence was all-in and they flipped over their hands:

Luu: K 4 7 3

Lawrence: 6 5 9 5

Luu shouted for a diamond as the turn came 8 and the river fell K! It was no diamond but it was good enough for Luu to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Lawrence was obviously disappointed but the $156,343 for second will likely make him feel better.

Meanwhile Luu takes $243,356 for first place and becomes a newly minted WSOP bracelet winner.

Congratulations to everyone that played in Event 6!

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Average Stack
$1,248,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Falconer, Pritchard, Guzman bust, heads-up begins

In a sudden flurry of eliminations (is this really a hi/lo game?) we're down to heads-up play. Stay tuned to see who has the ability to close this one out.

Falconer Clipped (Fifth)

Chris Falconer bet the last of his chips from the cutoff and both George Guzman and Thang Luu called from the blinds.

Guzman and Luu both checked the entire T 9 5 A 5 board and the players flipped over their cards:

Guzman: K 9 7 8

Luu: 7 2 J 6

Falconer: A 2 K K

Luu scooped the pot and Falconer was eliminated. He will receive $64,243 for finishing fifth.

James Pritchard Busts (Fourth)

The blinds had become so high than James Pritchard decided to ship it all-in from the small blind and Thang Luu looked him up. Both players flipped over their cards:

Pritchard: 6 4 T 5

Luu: K Q 9 2

The board came down J J 4 K 7 and Luu raked the pot. Pritchard was eliminated fourth and will receive $78,456 for his efforts.

George Guzman goosed (Third)

George Guzman has been an all-in machine at this final table but finally met his match against Spencer Lawrence. The players got it all-in pre-flop and Lawrence revealed A A Q 9 while Guzman flipped over K 7 Q 9.

The board went 4 3 3 A 6 and that was enough to oust Guzman from the tournament. He will receive $93,806 for coming in third place.

We are now heads-up between Thang Luu and Lawrence.
Level
26
Blinds
25000/50000
Average Stack
$1,248,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Sabel, Jamison eliminated

We’ve got a couple more casualties at the final table of Event 6. In the last hour or so Spencer Lawrence has taken control of the final table and now leads with approximately $1 million chips to his name. We’re trying not to get our hopes up but things are moving quickly for a Hi-Lo event.

Sabel Silver’ed (Seventh)

Craig Sabel was all-in from the big blind and got two callers in George Guzman and the suddenly dominant Spencer Lawrence. The flop came K 5 4 and both players checked their options. The turn brought the Q and Lawrence decided to bet. Guzman quickly got out of the way and it was down to just Sabel and Lawrence.

Lawrence: Q Q 6 4

Sabel: A 6 Q J

The 4 on the river spelled doom for Sabel and he’ll have to settle for seventh place and the $39,228 that goes along with it. Go buy something nice for yourself, Craig.

Jamison Jenna’ed (Sixth)

Greg Jamison was forced all-in on the big blind and got three callers. All three opponents didn’t supply any mercy to Jamison and checked all the way down a A 6 3 T Q board. George Guzman had the low with 8 4 6 6 while Spencer Lawrence had the high with T T K 2.

Jamison had K K 9 5 which didn’t get him anything. He will receive $50,598 for coming in sixth.

Level
22
Blinds
8000/15000
Average Stack
$499,200
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Wild Finish for Greg Wilds (Eighth)

We have our eighth place finisher in Event 7 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better. With seven players still remaining it’s anybody’s game but Thang Luu still has a stranglehold on the chip lead which means we’ll be using the phrase “It ain’t no Thang!” roughly 700 times before the night is over.

Craig Sabel slides into a double up

Craig Jamison popped it up to two bets pre-flop and both Thang Luu and Craig Sabel called. The flop of Ks Qd 6d inspired a bet from Sabel and both of his opponents called. The turn came 6c and Sabel bet, Jamison called, Luu raised and Sabel re-raised. Jamison folded and Luu re-re-raised which put Sabel all-in. Sabel made the call and flipped over Qh Qc 8d Td to Luu’s Ac 6s 5d 4d. The river was the 2s, which changed nothing.

Sabel raked the pot and can now breathe a little easier.

Greg Wilds calms down (eighth)

Greg Wilds was severely crippled and forced all-in from the small blind. Thang Luu limped and George Guzman checked from the big blind.

The flop came down Q T 7 and both players checked. The turn came 7c and Guzman put in a bet of $60,000 which was enough to chase Luu from the pot and the players revealed their hands:

Wilds: J 9 4 2

Guzman: J 9 A 7

The river came A and that was enough to eliminate Wilds from contention at the final table. Good game, thanks for playing.

Level
21
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$356,571
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Player Down

The action continues at a somewhat laboured pace. Some of the players seem to need to be constantly reminded it's a limit format, making inaccurate raises or calls, but the dealer is on the case and is keeping them just about in line.

No Clements-y For Scott (9th)

Following that last hand we reported on, Scott Clements was left short, and although he got his last few chips in with Aces, he had two callers and against 2 players they were unlikely to hold up.

This proved the case as Pritchard busted him with a full house to send him packing in 9th spot, missing out on a third bracelet but $22,172 richer.

Guzman Runs Like Jesus

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson was heard describing himself as the cockroach in the $1.5k as he just kept winning allins. Guzman looks set to steal his moniker though as he has now won or split 12 times when he has been allin!

Watch out Jesus!

Wild Thang bangs Wilds

Mark Wilds
Wild Thang, I think I… HATE you!

Wilds, Guzman and Luu see a flop of 8s 5s 3h.

Luu bet out and both players called.

The turn fell the 4s Luu bet out, Wilds raised, causing Guzman to back out, and Luu three bet him. Wilds called.

RIVER: 2d Luu bet again and Wilds called.

Luu told the dealer to give him three quarters as he showed As 3c Ks Jh for the wheel and nut flush. Wilds was visibly upset as he flipped over Ah 2s 5d 4h for a rivered nut low, that 3 outer on the river costing him half of the low pot.

The Nut Luu

Thang Luu
Come and get me!

After that hand, Luu maintains his vice-like grip on the competition with $750,000 or so in chips at the moment, almost twice that of second placed Chris Falconer. Here are the latest standings, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Thang Luu

$730,000

Chris Falconer

$385,000

James Pritchard

$360,000

Greg Jamison

$270,000

Craig Sabel

$250,000

Spencer Lawrence

$215,000

George Guzman

$160,000

Level
21
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$312,000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Slow and steady start

The final has re-commenced as the search to crown this year's Omaha /8 Bracelet winner continues. Despite it being a niche event, over 800 players made up the $1,500 required to enter, making the first prize nearly a quarter of a million dollars, a prize worth fighting over.

Luu Flush

Thang Luu
Thangs for the chips!

The early action has been tight with Thang Luu the main aggressor. The other players appear to be quietly sitting back and waiting for premium hands, allowing chip leader Luu to consolidate his lead.

Hell Breaks Loose!

Then, almost as if PokerListing's invoked the wrath of the poker gods by suggesting the action was a bit sedentary...WE HAVE ACTION FOLKS!

The flop, seen by Lawrence, Sabel, Guzman, Wilds and Clements falls...

9 7 4

Lawrence folds but there is some heavy betting and the betting gets capped four ways between the other players.

Remarkably the 6 on the turn receives a sequence of checks before the 5 falls on the river and Sable puts his last chips in, Wilds calls and Guzman raise, only to be called by Clements and Wilds.

Cards on their backs folks!

Scott Clements
Ah dun got SQUAT.


Guzman: A 2 9 9
Sabel: A 2 8 9
Clements: A 3 Q 4
Wilds: A 2 5 4

Sabel's 9 high straight picks up the entire High pot, whilst the Sabel, Guzman and Wilds all split 1/3 each of the low pot. Great coup for Sabel there. Clements, however, gets ZIP! 3 hours later, once the dealer has finished splitting the pot up correctly, play resumes.

Guzman was extremely unfortunate there, making the nuts for high with the nut low draw on the flop and then finding himself only picking up 1/6 of pot by the river. Sick game!

Level
20
Blinds
5000/10000
Average Stack
$277,333
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
06/05/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 6 – Final Table – Final Table on deck

After another marathon night of pure poker pandemonium we have our sixth final table of 2008. In a break from every other final table so far, this one is not packed to the gills with big-name professionals.

One of the last remaining familiars was Mark Gregorich but, sadly, he won't be joining us tomorrow as he was the last bustication of the day, told to leave by Greg Jamison and a six-high straight. Help yourself to the final-table roster below, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com. Join us for the conclusion at 2 p.m.

Thang Luu

$640,000

Chris Falconer

$331,000

Greg Jamison

$275,000

Mark Wilds

$225,000

Spencer Lawrence

$222,000

Scott Clements

$220,000

George Guzman

$195,000

Craig Sabel

$160,000

James Pritchard

$155,000

Level
20
Blinds
5000/10000
Average Stack
$277,333
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1

Event Information

Event Name
Event 6, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-03
Final Day
2008-06-05
Buy In
$1,500
Entrants
832
Prize Pool
$1,135,680
First Prize
$243,036

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Thang Luu $243,356
2 Spencer Lawrence $156,343
3 George Guzman $93,806
4 James Pritchard $78,456
5 Chris Falconer $64,243

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