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Herbert Tapscott Wins Event No. 8, $1,500 Omaha Eight-Or-Better At World Series of Poker

71-Year-Old Earns $264,400 For The Victory


Herbert TapscottEvent no. 8 at the 2012 World Series of Poker was the largest Omaha eight-or-better tournament of all time, drawing 967 entrants and generating a total prize pool of $1,305,450.

The winner after three grueling days of play was none other than Herbert Tapscott, a 71-year-old financier from Hartselle, Alabama. Tapscott, making his first ever trip to the WSOP, had previously only cashed for a total of about $75,000 in live tournaments. For the win on Sunday night, he earned a handsome payday of $264,400.

The final day of action started with 20 players, but took more than 14 hours to complete. With just six minutes left on the tournament clock for day 3, Tapscott finally defeated runner-up finisher Gavin Griffin for the victory.

Gavin GriffinGriffin has been chronicling his experiences playing small-stakes games in Los Angeles for Card Player Magazine as a featured columnist, detailing how he is rebuilding his bankroll after becoming the youngest WSOP bracelet winner in history (at the time) when he was 22 and the first player to ever win poker’s Triple Crown by snagging a win in a WSOP, WPT and EPT tournament. Griffin picked up $163,625 for his second-place showing.

Other notables at the final table included Can Kim Hua (fourth), John Racener (sixth), Thayer Rasmussen (seventh) and Ray Davis (ninth).

For his victory, Tapscott also picked up 912 Card Player Player of the Year points, which is enough to vault him into 77th place overall.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Name Winnings POY Points
1 Herbert Tapscott $264,400 912
2 Gavin Griffin $163,625 760
3 Ashly Butler $102,373 608
4 Can Kim Hua $74,306 456
5 Mike Kleist $54,855 380
6 John Racener $41,121 304
7 Thayer Rasmussen $31,278 228
8 Ray Davis $24,111 152
9 Bryan Jolly $18,837 76

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