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World Series Of Poker
 $3,000 Omaha Hi-low Split Result
15th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 24 (3 day event)
Entries -- 352 (359)
Buy-in -- $3,000
Prize Pool -- $1,000,056
Scott Clements
(Mt. Vernon, WA, USA)
wins $301,175 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Scott Clements WA $301,175
2 Thor Hansen Oslo $155,443
3 Brent Carter IL $77,722
4 Martin Corpuz Jr CA $68,006
5 Ronald Matsuura CA $58,291
6 Phil Hellmuth Jr AZ $48,576
7 Peter Costa Leicester $38,861
8 Steven Ladowsky ON $29,146
9 Alex Limjoco CA $19,430
11 Andy Black (Dublin, Ireland) $11,658
18 Allen Cunningham $7,772
24 Huck Seed $5,829
34 Kirill Gerasimov $2,914
Key Facts 
37 places paid.
Scott Clements Demolishes All-Star Final Table

Las Vegas, NV - Scott Clements understands Las Vegas. He knows of the various vices and distractions the gambling Mecca presents to visitors. When Clements boarded his flight from his home in Washington State to come and play in the 37th annual World Series of Poker presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, Clements viewed his experience as a business trip.

'I don't stay on The Strip,' Clements said matter-of-fact, following his win in the latest mega-tournament on the WSOP schedule. 'When they are all driving this way, I am driving that way. I come here to play poker….and I expect to win when I sit down at the table.'

Indeed, Clements is 'all business' about poker. Which is not to say he does not enjoy the game. He certainly does. But from the unyielding look on Clements' face immediately after his win, one might have thought he was still sitting down at the table, strategizing, playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. The poker face stuck. Perhaps it's hard to shift one's focus away from the role as a 'player' to being a 'champion' within just a few minutes. The Omaha High-Low Split championship attracted 352 entries. The total prize pool was nearly one million dollars. It took two days to eliminate 343 players.

On Day Three, the nine finalists took the stage at the Rio Las Vegas to play for the championship. The final table included several well-established tournament veterans. Three players were former gold bracelet winners - Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (9), Thor Hansen (2), and Brent Carter (2). But the hottest player at the table had to be Michael Guttman, who was making his third final table appearance so far at this year's World Series. He is the first player to do so in 2006. Scott Clements, who won an event last month at the Lake Tahoe stop on the WSOP Circuit, enjoyed a decisive chip advantage.

Clements may have enjoyed the chip lead at the start of the final table, but all eyes were on Phil Hellmuth, who was competing for his record-tying tenth WSOP gold bracelet. In his previous final table appearance just one week ago, Hellmuth fell just short of winning bracelet Number Ten, finishing an emotionally-devastating second place. When play began for the Omaha High-Low championship, the gallery was filled to capacity as fans were eager to see if poker history would be made.

This final table was dominated by Scott Clements. Not one time was his chip lead ever seriously challenged. Thor Hansen had a rowdy cheering section, but no amount of enthusiasm could derail Clements on his quest for his first WSOP win. Hansen survived several all-in situations, but finally went out when the blinds were so high that he was forced to play a speculative hand. The final hand of the tournament came when Hansen was dealt J-5-4-2 versus Clements' 10-9-6-5. The final board showed 8-4-2-7-3, with three spades. Clements made a flush and also scooped with the better low.
by Nolan Dalla
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