Near Miss for Griffin, Kenney King of $5k Stud

Gavin Griffin
Gavin Griffin

A near-miss for Gavin Griffin, a massive field (and a bit of confusion) in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Rebuy and a strong Stud day for Bryn Kenney were the stories of note on Day 8 of the 2012 WSOP.

A broken-ankled Liv Boeree and 71-year-old bracelet winner also deserve some ink.

Tapscott Edges Griffin for $1,500 Omaha 8 Bracelet

A tumultuous couple of years for Gavin Griffin improved dramatically yesterday but fell just short of a return to the podium with a WSOP bracelet in hand.

Triple Crown winner Griffin, who’s had a well documented turn of luck that saw him drop down in stakes to rebuild his bankroll, narrowly missed his second career WSOP bracelet in Event 8, $1,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better, when he was defeated heads-up by Herb Tapscott.

A 14-hour day and two-hour heads-up battle was needed to settle things and Griffin looked poised for the win before a big hand turned the tide back in Tapscott’s favor.

Raymond Davis
No dice for Davis.

With a 2-1 chip lead for Griffin, the two got into big pot where Tapscott ended up showing down the nut flush.

Griffin mucked and the 71-year-old Tapscott went on to take the title just before play was called at the end of the night.

Tapscott wins his first WSOP bracelet and $264,400 while Griffin settles for $163,625 for second.

A stacked final table included John Racener, Thayer Rasmussen and Ray Davis while Allen Bari and Dutch Boyd fell just outside the final nine.

The final nine and payouts:

1. Herbert Tapscott $264,600
2. Gavin Griffin $163,625
3. Ashly Butler $102,373
4. Can Kim Hua $74,306
5. Michael “Boonie” Kleist $54,855
6. John Racener $41,121
7. Thayer Rasmussen $31,278
8. Raymond Davis $24,111
9. Bryan Jolly $18,837

Juanda, Boeree, Mercier Among Stacked NL Rebuy

With 3,400+ entries in Event 9, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys, and well over 500 players left, it’s a little early to get excited about having a big chip stack.

Liv Boeree
Stacking with busted ankle and all.

Still, several notable names had solid runs yesterday on the second day of entries, open to both new players and players who busted on Day 1a.

Adam Kornuth is the Day 1b big stack with 94,700 but John Juanda (70,600), Liv Boeree (57,700) and Jason Mercier (50,400) have put themselves in position to make a move on Day 2.

Also still in the mix are James Akenhead (41,700), Tony Dunst (38,700), Greg Mueller (37,000), Men “The Master” Nguyen (31,000) and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow (21,500).

Survivors from the first Day 1 joining them on Day 2 today at the Rio include Tristan Clemencon (88,800), Brian Rast (70,000), Jonathan Duhamel (65,700) and Kevin MacPhee (63,700) among others.

A bit of confusion in the re-buy process did result in 81 players, notably Will "The Thrill" Failla, trying to buy in twice on the same event day, but only three players actually succeeded and were subsequently refunded.

Play will pick up again at 1 pm at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Kenney, Kassela, Seed Strong in $5k Stud

Bryn Kenney, Frank Kassela, David Singer, Huck Seed, Paul Volpe and Mike Leah all secured a place in the top 10 in chips heading into Day 2 of Event 10, $5,000 Seven-Card Stud.

Bryn Kenney
Current king of Stud.

Kenney has the outright lead with 59,000 in chips but 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Kassela is not back by much at 53,800.

Singer (53,400), (Seed 47,700), Volpe (46,900) and Leah (45,700) are all well within striking range.

Also still in contention are Jeff Lisandro (36,000), Shaun Deeb (35,700), Max Pescatori (35,600), John Monnette (35,000) and Jason Mercier (32,900).

Just 91 of the 145 players who started the event return for Day 2 today at the Rio.

Play resumes at 2 pm and the plan is to get to a final table if possible.

Top 10 and chip counts:

1. Bryn Kenney 59,000
2. Mike Sigel 54,900
3. Maxwell Troy 54,200
4. Frank Kassela 53,800
5. David Singer 53,400
6. Huck Seed 47,700
7. Paul Volpe 46,900
8. Mike Leah 45,700
9. Marco Liesy 45,200
10. Matt Kelly 43,600
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