Scott Clements Demolishes
All-Star Final Table

Event # 24 Final WSOP Results
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It’s All Business

Scott Clements Demolishes All-Star
Final Table

Washington State poker player wins first gold bracelet
one month after winning event on WSOP Circuit
Poker Lesson: 52
Representing a Bluff
March 13, 2006

Deception is a vital tactic in
poker. Usually, when a player
talks about a deceptive play,
he's referring to a bluff - a
time when he represented a
hand of greater value than the
one he held. But this isn't the
only deception available in
poker - not by a long shot. If
you study your opportunities
thoroughly, you can use the
threat of a bluff to engage in
another type of deception, one
in which you're trying to
convince an opponent that you
are bluffing when, in fact, you
have a great hand.

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2006 World Series of Poker        
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Official WSOP Results and Report
Day Two Results

Event #24
Omaha High-Low Split
Buy-In:  $3,000
Number of Entries:  352
Total Prize Money:  $971,520
Defending Champion (2005):  None (First-Time Event)

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Thor Hansen
Brent Carter
Martin Corpuz
Ron Matsuura
Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Peter Costa
Stephen Ladowski
Alex Limjoco
Joshua Tieman
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Perry Green
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It’s All Business

Scott Clements Demolishes All-Star Final Table

Washington State poker player wins first gold bracelet one month after
winning event on WSOP Circuit

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
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.

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Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Martin Corpuz, Jr
Peter Costa
Scott Clements
Thor Hansen
Alex Limjoco
Stephen Ladowsky
Brent Carter
Ronald Matsuura
Chip Count
Alex Limjoco had a short stay at the final table.  About half an hour into play,
Limjoco went out in ninth place.  The civil engineer from southern California
received $19,430 in prize money.
Steve Ladowsky was the next player out.  He missed on a straight and a low
draw on his final hand and was forced to accept an eighth-place finish.  
Ladowsky, a Canadian businessman who already has achieved two final
tables and four cashes in his first two years at the WSOP, earned $29,146.
Peter “The Poet” Costa was born on Cyprus and now resides in Las Vegas.  
Costa has won several major tournaments around the world over the past
decade, but is still seeking his first WSOP title.  Costa fell short again this
time, losing with a queen-high flush to his opponent’s ace-high flush on the
last hand.  Costa collected $38,861 for seventh place.
Phil Hellmuth, Jr. spent a miserable two hours at this final table.  He was
never able to generate any momentum.  Each time he was in position to
scoop a large pot, a brick would fall and shatter Hellmuth’s aspiration.  The
1989 world poker champion and nine-time gold bracelet winner went out
when his A-Q-6-5 was cracked by A-K-6-3 to a board of 10-8-8-3-8.  Sixth
place paid $48,576.  With yet another in-the-money finish in 2006, Hellmuth
is now distancing himself from the pack as the all-time leader in WSOP cashes
(currently with 53).
Ronald Matsuura was the next player to be eliminated.  “Ronzo,” who works
in the poker industry, went out with A-10-8-3 versus A-9-8-2 to a board of A-
Q-5-J-9, Matsuura collected $58,291 for fifth place.   
Four-handed play lasted for a while before Martin Corpuz went out in fourth
place.  Corpuz was dealt A-8-4-3 to his opponent’s Q-3-3-2.  The final board
showed A-9-8-K-10, with three spades to make a flush.  Corpuz’s two pair
was flattened.  Fourth place paid $68,006.
Brent Carter has been around the gambling scene most of his life.  The
Chicago native has made money on horse racing, sports betting, and playing
poker.  Carter has also won two WSOP gold bracelets.  His bid for Number
Three fell short when his A-10-7-3 lost to Scott Clements’ J-10-5-2.  The final
board showed 9-8-5-5-Q giving Clements trip-fives.  Carter, with 42 lifetime
cashes at the WSOP, picked up $77,722 in prize money.
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.
Norwegian-born Thor Hansen, now living in southern California, was the
runner up.  He received $155,443 in prize money.  Scott Clements won
$301,175 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.  

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Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #24):

Total Entries to Date:                          21,841

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 46,312,592
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