WSOP 2008 Event #6, $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #6, $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Final Results and Report

Buy-In: $ 1,500
Number of Entries: 833
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 1,137,045

Final Results

# Name Prize City State/Country
1 Thang Luu $243,342 Las Vegas Nevada
2 Spencer Lawrence $156,344 London United Kingdom
3 George Guzman $93,806 Ft. Lauderdale Florida
4 James Pritchard $78,456 Duluth Georgia
5 Chris Falconer $64,243 Canton Ohio
6 Greg Jamison $50,599 Las Vegas Nevada
7 Craig Sabel $39,228 Grand Junction Colorado
8 Mark Wilds $30,700 Biloxi Mississippi
9 Scott Clements $22,172 Mt. Vernon Washington
10 Mark Gregorich $13,986 Las Vegas Nevada
11 Jose RazoCabrera $13,986 Bakersfield California
12 Jac Arama $13,986 London United Kingdom
13 Wayne Kepfer $11,143 Camas Washington
14 Shirley Graham $11,143 Dallas Texas
15 John Lukas $11,143 Las Vegas Nevada
16 Mallory Smith $8,300 Centennial Colorado
17 Harold Heckethorn $8,300 Flagstaff Arizona
18 John Shirk $8,300 Clayton North Carolina
19 Benjamin Johnson $6,367 Minnetonka Minnesota
20 William Rector $6,367 Little Rock Arkansas
21 Stephen Bennette $6,367 Brooklyn New York
22 Joseph Bunevith $6,367 Irvine California
23 Gregory Giannokostos $6,367 Dunwoody Georgia
24 Denis Ethier $6,367 Las Vegas Nevada
25 Linda Johnson $6,367 Las Vegas Nevada
26 Allyn Shulman $6,367 Las Vegas Nevada
27 Mike Spegal $6,367 Saint Marys Georgia
28 Wing Wong $5,230 Rowland Hts California
29 Dennis Marinack $5,230 Jackson Michigan
30 Chris Chang $5,230 Kelowna British Columbia, Canada
31 Mark Scott $5,230 Aledo Texas
32 Robert Mangino $5,230 Plantation Florida
33 Joachim Holle $5,230  
34 Giacomo Dagostino $5,230 N Providence Rhode Island
35 Richard Ashby $5,230 Watford
36 Rodeen Talebi $5,230 Los Angeles California
37 Robert Campbell $4,093 North Miami Florida
38 Kyle Cianflone $4,093 Hamilton Montana
39 Marc Cianciola $4,093 Alameda California
40 Zachary Brooks $4,093 Phoenix Arizona
41 Ethan Werner $4,093 Montreal Quebec, Canada
42 Victor Wilcox $4,093 Austin Texas
43 Andrew Micali $4,093 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
44 Curtis Rystadt $4,093 Portland Oregon
45 Allen Kessler $4,093 Hunt Valley Pennsylvania
46 Perry Friedman $3,752 Las Vegas Nevada
47 Ben Tang $3,752 Scottsdale Arizona
48 Jay Kerbel $3,752 Huntington Beach California
49 Michelle Ashley $3,752 Fort Wayne Indiana
50 Barry Rosenbloom $3,752 Redondo Beach California
51 Robert Parise $3,752 Huntington California
52 Adrienne Rowsome $3,752 Edmonton Alberta, Canada
53 Jerry Simon $3,752 Temecula California
54 John Kim $3,752 Las Vegas Nevada
55 Roland Isra $3,411 Forest Hill New York
56 Cliff Kettinger $3,411 Sanantonio Texas
57 David Moyer $3,411 Luling Louisiana
58 Brian Karp $3,411 San Diego California
59 Anthony Valosek $3,411 Eagle River Alaska
60 Edgar Cheng $3,411 Lindsay Ontario, Canada
61 Robert Mizrachi $3,411 Las Vegas Nevada
62 Stephen Cooper $3,411 Austin Texas
63 Lonnie Heimowitz $3,411 Monticello New York
64 J Smith $3,070 Dalton Georgia
65 Paul Wolfe $3,070 Boca Raton Florida
66 Hunter Sadler $3,070 Henderson Nevada
67 Sam Bonifield $3,070 Keller Texas
68 Gary Knoll $3,070 Modesto California
69 Thomas Hunt $3,070  
70 Steven Stencil $3,070 Estoncada Oregon
71 Thomas Besnier $3,070 Reugny
72 Ralph Porter $3,070 Woodinville Washington
73 Naji Hajjar $2,729 Souk-El-Gharb
74 Samuel Hapak $2,729   Hungary
75 Richard Toth $2,729 Miscolk Hungary
76 Ryan Wolf $2,729 Nampa Idaho
77 Peter Dawson $2,729 Rolla Missouri
78 Faud Koubi $2,729 Van Nuys California
79 Jameson Enoch $2,729 Livonia Michigan
80 Rolf Slotboom $2,729 Amsterdam Netherlands
81 Art Mirrow $2,729 Arlington Virginia

Tournament Notes

  • Another WSOP record has been shattered. This was the largest Omaha High-Low Split tournament in poker history. This year’s $1,500 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split championship attracted 833 players, which created a prize pool totaling $1,137,045. The previous record turnout was for last year’s $1,500 buy-in tournament, which attracted 690 players. This marked a 17 percent increase over last year’s number. 
  • This was the first of three Omaha High-Low Split events on the 2008 WSOP schedule. On June 8th, a $2,000 buy-in event is offered. The $10,000 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split world championship will take place on June 19th.
  • Omaha High-Low Split has been offered at the WSOP every year since 1990. Omaha (high) was first seen at the WSOP back in 1983. The game phased its way onto the annual schedule as draw poker and lowball began to fade in popularity. All WSOP Omaha events played between 1983 and 1989 were Limit (high) and Pot-Limit. Now, Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha High-Low Split are the most popular forms of this poker game. Omaha High tournaments are now rare. It was last played at the WSOP in 2003.
  • Omaha High-Low Split is also called “Omaha Eight-or-Better.” This means the low hand must be an “eight or better” qualifier to split half of the pot.
  • This was the second non-ESPN final table of the 2008 WSOP. The final table was played adjacent to the main stage, which featured Event #5, the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em with Re-Buys event in what was an overlapping time slot. While the crowd was not as large for this finale, several players brought friends and relatives which created a more intimate atmosphere.
  • The winner was Thang Luu. He is a 33-year-old professional poker player from Las Vegas, NV. Luu was born in Vietnam. He arrived in the United States at the age of 17. Prior to becoming a poker pro, Luu worked as a table games dealer in Las Vegas. He is single, and is also known as “Tiger Luu.”
  • This victory was especially gratifying to Luu since he finished second in the $2,000 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split event at last year’s WSOP (to Frankie O’Dell). Despite the $147,726 payout, Luu was determined to get back to the final table and achieve victory.
  • Luu was the chip leader when play at the final table began. A few rivals got close in chips at various times, but Luu achieved a wire-to-wire win.
  • Luu is primarily a cash game player. He plays regularly in the $80-160 limit range at various casinos in Las Vegas. Luu doesn’t play tournament poker very often, but does try to play in most major Omaha High-Low Split tournaments, which he enjoys. He says his favorite poker game is Badugi.
  • Luu collected $243,342. This was his first WSOP gold bracelet. Luu has now has four career cashes at the World Series. He states that he intends to return to Vietnam and take a few months of vacation, where he will visit members of his family.
  • Following his win, Luu was interviewed at tableside. He had the following comments:

I like to play every hand. I don’t miss any hands, especially when I am playing heads up. I might check in a few spots. But I play every hand (and try to keep my opponent guessing).

Winning a World Series of Poker title is very special. You know, now they look at your differently. Everyone knows who you are.

This is just the start. I have to play again Sunday (in the next Omaha High-Low Split event). I am running pretty good in Omaha right now.

  • Pro’s versus Amateurs: Through Event #6 at this year’s World Series, poker professionals have won 4 gold bracelets. Amateurs have won 1 victory. One event was still undecided at press time.
  • The tournament was played over three days. The final table clocked in at slightly over seven hours. It began at 4 pm and ended at 11:35 pm.
  • The runner up was Spencer Lawrence, from London, England.
  • George Guzman took third place. Last year, he placed 36th in this event.
  • James Pritchard finished in fourth place. Now 23-years-old, Pritchard played college football for four years at the University of Tennessee-Martin.
  • The sixth place finisher was Greg Jamison. This was his second consecutive year to make it to the final table in this event. Last year, he took fifth place.
  • Scott Clements has become one of poker’s most promising young stars. The 26-year-old poker pro from Mt. Vernon, WA has won two WSOP gold bracelets and one WSOP Circuit gold ring. However, he could do no better than ninth place in this event.
  • Several former gold bracelet winners cashed in this tournament. They included Mark Gregorich (10th place), Denis Ethier (24th), Linda Johnson (25th), Perry Friedman (46th), and Robert Mizrachi (61st).
  • Mark Gregorich is widely-respected as one of Omaha High-Low Split’s best players. The Las Vegas poker pro plays in both tournaments and cash games, and specializes in Omaha. This was his sixth time to cash in an Omaha event at the WSOP.
  • Linda Johnson, who cashed 25th, is the former owner of Card Player magazine. She was inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class earlier this year.
  • Allyn Shulman took 26th place. She is a former prosecutor who has since become one of the poker industry’s leading legal consultants on Internet gambling.
  • Last year’s winner was Alex Kravechnko. He did not enter this year’s tournament.