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Sunday, June 8, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 6 of the World Series of Poker was the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo which saw 833 players start out on day 1. The prize pool was $1,249,500 to be shared with the top 81 finishers and the 1st place prize set at $243,356.

The Limit format of this event didn’t stop the early exits from this event with the most notable names being Todd Brunson, Men Nguyen and Tom Schneider. As the first day came to a close just a quarter of the field remained with James van Alstyne leading the field on $39,200 in chips.

Day two saw the bubble burst after a good few hours of play with the unlucky player Nick Polydoros going out in 82nd place. The tournament had run up till 4am with 19 players left when a vote was taken to suspend play for the night. The players decided to carry on until we had the final nine players to fight out the final table on the last day, and it wasn’t until 6am before they packed up for the night. During this time Thang Luu took the lead in the chip rankings with some aggressive play and took $560,000 into the final table.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Thang Luu $560,000
  • 2nd Greg Jamison $333,000
  • 3rd Chris Falconer $331,000
  • 4th Scott Clements $315,000
  • 5th Mark Wilds $226,000
  • 6th Spencer Lawrence $226,000
  • 7th George Guzman $196,000
  • 8th Craig Sabel $160,000
  • 9th James Pritchard $155,000

Scott Clements didn’t have too good a start loosing a lot of his chips in the first few exchanges. The end came for Clements when All In up against Thang Luu and James Pritchard. Pritchard won the pot making a full house with :js :qc :kh :2c leaving Clements to collect $22,172 in 9th place.

Being a Limit event the eliminations were few and far between and it took a while for the next one to come. Mark Wilds found himself on the short stack and pushed All In. Luu and George Guzman called to see a flop of :qd :7h :10s Both players checked to see the :7c fall on the Turn, Guzman fired out a bet and Luu mucked. Guzman found himself in the lead having :js :9d :ac :7d against :jc :9s :4d :2d and the :ah on the River completed his full house to send Wilds to the rail in 8th place.

A few round later Craig Sebel All In from the big blind was leading Spencer Lawrence after the Turn, but lost when Lawrence hit a full house on the River to win the pot. Sebel collected $39,228 in 7th place.

Play slowed down after this point with everyone having a decent chip stack, but once the 6th place was decided we found ourselves down to the heads up showdown in quick time. Greg Jamison found himself All In against three callers, Lawrence took the high pot with a set of Tens and Guzman took the low with eight high. Chris Falconer took 5th place when loosing to Luu’s rivered flush. Luu then struck again eliminating James Pritchard with just a pair of Kings, and a few hand later Lawrence sent Guzman to the rail hitting a full house with pocket Aces in his hand.

The chip stacks of both players going into heads up was almost even and it took over an hour to complete. Luu left Lawrence crippled after hitting a flush and on the next hand Lawrence got all his chips into the middle with :6h :5d :9d :5c after the Flop had come down :7d :ks :8d. Luu made the call tabling :4d :kd :3s :7h No help for either player with the :8c coming down but Luu hit a full house with the :kc to end the tournament. Luu collected $243,356 and his very first WSOP bracelet, Lawrence collected $156,343 for his efforts finishing in 2nd place.

Final Standings

  • 1st Thang Luu $243,356
  • 2nd Spencer Lawrence $156,343
  • 3rd George Guzman $93,806
  • 4th James Pritchard $78,456
  • 5th Chris Falconer $64,243
  • 6th Greg Jamison $50,598
  • 7th Craig Sabel $39,228
  • 8th Mark Wilds $30,700
  • 9th Scott Clemens $22,172



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