71 Year Old Alabama Man Wins WSOP Omaha Event

71 Year Old Alabama Man Wins WSOP Omaha EventA 71 year old Alabama man by the name of  Herbert Tapscott has won WSOP Event #8: $1,500 Omaha Eight-Or-Better, after defeating a record field of 967 players over three days to capture a prestigious gold bracelet.
Previous to his $264,400 WSOP victory in Las Vegas, the financier from Hartselle, Alabama had $59,248 in tournament cashes to his credit, including a 1st place finish in 2010 at the $500 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Tunica for $25,369. However, Sunday night saw the Vietnam veteran’s poker career hit a new height after defeating Gavin Griffin heads-up, who ironically in 2004 held the record for being the  youngest player ever to win a WSOP bracelet aged just 22.
Following his remarkable win, Herbert Tapscott commented: “The money is nice, but getting to the final table and winning the bracelet is what I was really after. That’s what everybody who plays is playing for.”
On his way to WSOP glory, Tapscott had to see off a record-setting sized field, as well as some extremely tough competitors, the most notable finishers of whom included Allen Bari (15th), Chad Brown (32nd), Dan Shak (40th), Daniel Negreanu (45th), Phil Hellmuth (52nd) and Shaun Deeb (62nd).
Herbert Tapscott then entered the final table of nine in second spot but two and half hours later into play was practically down to the felt before winning an all-in three-way pot to mount his comeback. Eventually entering heads-up play, Tapscott held a 2.65 million to 1.705 million chip advantage over Gavin Griffin who despite taking a slight lead at one point, was still unable to gain any traction in the final encounter. After finishing the runner-up for $163,625, Griffin tweeted:
“Had no shot heads up. Thanks to everyone who railed virtually and in person. Pretty disappointed but I’m back at it at noon tomorrow.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Herbert Tapscott – $264,400
2. Gavin Griffin – $163,625
3. Ashly Butler – $102,373
4. Can Kim Hua – $74,306
5. Michael Kleist – $54,855
6. John Racener – $41,121
7. Thayer Rasmussen – $31,278
8. Raymond Davis – $24,111
9. Bryan Jolly – $18,837

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