WSOP Daily Round Up - Gavin Griffin Misses Second Bracelet In Epic Heads Up Battle

Gavin Griffin was frustratingly close to his second WSOP bracelet last night
While 71 year old veteran Herb Tapscott enjoys his first

It was another long day at this years WSOP in Las Vegas, especially for triple crown winner Gavin Griffin who played an agonisingly long 14 hour day at the tables in his quest for his second WSOP bracelet in Event 8, the $1500 Omaha Hi Low tournament - including a two hour heads up battle - only to fall at the final hurdle to 71 year old Hebert Tapscott at 3am local time.

Griffin had looked in good shape coming into the final day, sitting third from the twenty surviving players and lasted all the way to the end, unlike other big names who sat high on the leader board at the start of play, Allen Bari, Dutch Boyd and John Racener - with Bari, Boyd and overnight chip leader Tyler Schwecke all falling fairly early on and Racener making it to the final table before busting in sixth spot.

Griffin actually held a 2-1 chip advantage just 15 minutes before losing the match to Tapscott although with the blinds at 50,000/100,000 and only just over 4 million chips in play every hand could make a significant impact on the outcome of the match. With the lead at 2.85m to 1.45m Tapscott flopped the nut flush to double up and just a couple of hands later had taken a further 1.2m from Griffin and then with just six minutes left of match play he finished off a despondent Griffin to claim the gold bracelet and the $264,400 first prize.

This was the only bracelet awarded yesterday as the other event due to play to a close (Event 6, $5000 NLHE Mixed-Max) is still to be decided. The day started with the final four playing in two heads up matches with former November Niner Joseph Cheong playing Hugo Lemaire and Warwick Mirzikinian vs Aubin Cazals. The matches were destined to be long drawn out affairs with all players starting with a 1.5m stack and blinds at just 2.5k/5k but Cheong made relatively light work of Lemaire finishing him off in just three hours - drawing early blood from Lemaire after cracking his Aces with a set of threes and never really taking his foot off the gas. The other match however lasted a gruelling 9.5 hours with an exhausted Aubin Cazals eventually walking away victorious.

The final match had been scheduled for a 7pm start but in the meantime Cheong had accumulated quite a stack in Event 9, the $1500 NLHE with re-entries. This combined with Cazals marathon match lead to the two asking for the final to be moved to Tuesday. However, after some rankling with the officials it was decided that the players would reconvene at 12 midday local time today, and the match is underway as we speak. Don't expect a result any time soon however as both players sit on 3million starting stacks with only 4k/8k blinds. With $480k for first place at stake I shouldn't imagine they will be looking to play huge pots early on if they can help it.

Speaking of Event 9, Cheong eventually fell with his AJ falling to his opponents 10 10. There are however 514 players returning for day 2 of this event and with a total of 3404 entries over days 1a & b the prize pool is offering up a substantial first place prize of $780,00 for the man (or woman) who can successfully navigate there way through to the bracelet. At start of play today the chip leader will be Adam Kornuth on 94.7k chips with some big names still in with a shot at glory - the most highly placed being John Juanda who sits just outside the current top ten on 70k chips. A little further down we see the likes of Tony Dunst, Kathy Liebert, Mike Matusow and Jake Cody coming back for day 2. The day also saw some considerable controversy hanging over this event as quite a few players managed to re-enter the event on more than one occasion yesterday (against the rules of the new event) before officials spotted the infringement and dealt with the situation accordingly.

The only new event to start yesterday was Event 10, $5000 Seven Card Stud. Once again Phil Ivey failed to make it through the first day in what is considered one of his strongest events - Ivey is yet to find his mojo at this WSOP although he is certainly determined to get something going as he has already registered for todays $1500 PLO event (Event 11). There will be however a lot of top talent returning for day 2 of this one as the top twenty is littered with familiar names - leading the way is Bryn Kenney with 59k and within the top 20 sit Frank Kassala, David Singer, Huck Seed, Marco Liesy, Shaun Deeb, Max Pescatori, Nick Schulman and Jason Mercier. In fact 91 of the starting 145 players will be back today playing down to the final table of eight (or 10 full levels of play, whatever is reached first).

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