Randy Ohel Defies Predictions To Win Bracelet
Event #22 of the World Series of Poker came to a close earlier this morning and despite the predictions of many industry “experts” – us included - who tipped one of David Baker or Shawn Buchanan to break their bracelet duck, it was Randy Ohel who took home the gold.
The Las Vegas grinder found himself heads-up with Benjamin Lazer in what turned out to be one of the WSOP’s all-time epics, with the six-and-a-half hour battle seeing both players claim 90% of the chips on more than one occasion only for their opponent to fight back from the short stack.
Eventually, however, Ohel did manage to grind Lazer to just one big blind and this proved to be one comeback that even he couldn’t muster as his all-in pre-flop was called and Ohel drew to a 9-6-4-3-2. Lazer tabled 8-6-5-3 and took his last draw needing to pick up a 2, 4 or 7 to remain in contention.
There was no such luck for Lazer, however, as the final card paired his five, meaning that Ohel won the hand and the tournament with a nine-high to earn himself a $145,247 payout and the first WSOP bracelet of his fledgling poker career. Lazer, meanwhile, took home $89,714 for his heroic efforts.
Further down the payout places, Josh Arieh could not overcome his short-stacked position and busted in 9th for $10,970, with Layne Flack next out for $14,725. Shawn Buchanan finished 6th for $20,332, while final table chip leader David Baker will be disappointed with 3rd and $59,925.