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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 10, 2012 to Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Event #22: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $518,700
  • Entries: 228
  • Remaining: 0
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06/13/12 12:02:25 AM PDT
Congratulations to Randy Ohel on Winning Event 22: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball ($145,247)

Randy Ohel

Coming back today most of the eyes, and probably a lot of money in the Rio Sportsbook, were on first-time bracelet hunting David Baker and Shawn Buchanon. Layne Flack and Josh Arieh have enjoyed their spills; surely one of these two renowned players would close the deal. It wasn't to be as Benjamin Lazer and Randy Ohel were the ones to make it to head-up.

Then began one of the most epic duels in World Series of Poker History. Their battle lasted for six and a half hours including a dinner break. The chip lead changed sides so many times we lost count. Both players had 90% of the chips in play at least twice each, but both somehow managed to fight their way back from fumes on each occasion. Something, or someone, had to give and it turned out to be Lazer. He got down to less than one big blind at nearly 2:00 AM and that situation, even for him, was too much to come back from. Ohel had a rail full of fans with him for hours upon hours and they, as he, were just as full as relief, as well as joy, come the end of the match.

He takes over the championship mantle left by these esteemed fellows:

YearPlayerPrize# of Entrants
2007Rafi Amit$227,005209
2008Bon Phan$151,911238
2009Abe Mosseri$165,513258
2010Peter Gelencser$180,730291
2011Lenny Martin$189,818309

Back to the beginning of the day and nine players returned. One was a lot shorter than the rest, and it came as no surprise to see Arieh first out. He got to showdown all-in versus Buchanan who fanned an eighty-six, and Arieh mucked his hand before heading to the rail. He was followed soon after by Flack who was called all-in on the last betting round versus Von Altizer, who opened      . Flack mucked and looked very disappointed in defeat.

The remaining seven players all joined together on the secondary feature table in the Pavilion room and it didn't take long for official final table of six to be set. Altizer had played this whole tournament with a big smile on her face and she continued to smile even when she fell to Lazer's smooth eighty-five.

There was a lot of chip movement after this as most of the remaining players were keen to be in the action. None more so that Buchanan but his up-and-down day ended when he paired on the last draw when all-in to lose his chips to Lazer. It was Ohel who pushing a lot of the action at this pot and that helped him into a clear chip lead. That being said it was Lazer who took another scalp, that of the quiet Jason Lavallee. Lazer fanned a seventy-six, besting Lavallee who called all-in for just a few chips with      .

Baker and Farzad Bonyadi were, by far, the two short stacks at this stage but they continued to play a brave and aggressive game with their eyes seemingly on the gold rather than the money jumps. The cards didn't fall for them though, and it was Bonyadi who went in fourth when his eighty-six was beaten by Baker's      . That was the last thing that went right for Baker and the final nail in his coffin came when his      caught a pair on the final draw to lose out to Ohel's      .

On a final note, here's how much all today's players took home for three days, or less, work:

1stRandy Ohel$145,247
2ndBenjamin Lazer$89,714
3rdDavid Baker$59,925
4thFarzad Bonyadi$40,987
5thJason Lavallee$28,585
6thShawn Buchanan$20,332
7thVon Altizer$14,725
8thLayne Flack$14,725
9thJosh Arieh$10,970
19thThomas Keller$4,782
06/12/12 11:58:29 PM PDT
Benjamin Lazer Eliminated in 2nd Place ($89,714)

Benjamin Lazer - 2nd Place.

Benjamin Lazer was very short entering the last hand, and got the rest of his stack in the middle. Randy Ohel quickly called.

On the first draw, Lazer drew two cards, and Ohel two. On the second draw, Lazer stood pat, and Ohel drew one. There was a little bit of confusion on the third draw, and both players knuckled the felt, indicating a pat, but Lazer actually drew one card. Ohel fanned      , and Lazer showed     .

He paired his five in the end, and Ohel is your winner!

Randy Ohel1,710,00070,000
Benjamin Lazer0-70,000
06/12/12 11:52:46 PM PDT
Fumes for Lazer, Again

Benjamin Lazer is down to less than one big bet now.

Randy Ohel limp-called a raise and then stood pat all the way down as Lazer drew three, two, and one. He stayed with Ohel's betting until the end but it was clear that Ohel was very strong.

Lazer admitted defeat on the third betting round, and folded.

Surely he can't come back from here!

Randy Ohel1,640,000330,000
Benjamin Lazer70,000-330,000
06/12/12 11:46:18 PM PDT
Lazer Doubles

Benjamin Lazer had the button, and raised. Randy Ohel called. Both players drew two cards, and Ohel led out. Lazer moved all in, and Ohel called. Ohel drew one, Lazer drew two, and Ohel stood pat. Lazer tanked for a bit, then drew two more.

"I have a ten," Ohel said, fanning      .

Lazer received his two new cards, looked at them, then tabled      , doubling him to 400,000 chips.

Randy Ohel1,310,000-200,000
Benjamin Lazer400,000200,000
06/12/12 11:42:23 PM PDT
Lazer Chopped in Half

Benjamin Lazer lost half his stack on the first hand back.

Randy Ohel limp-called a raise and went on to draw three, two, and one. Lazer drew two, one, and one. He led the betting until the third betting round where Ohel led out. Sound familiar?

"You got it," said Lazer and folded.

Randy Ohel1,510,000240,000
Benjamin Lazer200,000-240,000
06/12/12 11:36:42 PM PDT
Level 28 started
Level: 28 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 0
06/12/12 11:24:33 PM PDT
The Break That Almost Wasn't

Randy Ohel had the button, and raised. Benjamin Lazer three-bet, Ohel four-bet, and Lazer called. Both players drew one card, then checked. Both players drew one card again, and Lazer check-called a bet. On the final draw, Lazer took one card, and Ohel stood pat. Lazer check-folded, leaving himself with just 225,000 chips.

The clock read 00:43, and the tournament director asked how long the players wanted to break for.

"As long as possible," Lazer joked. He then sweated his cards and raised. "We might not need it though."

Ohel three-bet, Lazer four-bet, and Ohel called. Ohel drew one card, and Lazer two. Ohel led out, and Lazer raised all in for an extra 25,000-chip. Ohel called. Both players drew one card, and then Ohel drew one more. Lazer stood pat.

"What do I have to beat?" Ohel asked.

Lazer fanned      .

"I'm drawing dead," Ohel said, mucking      face up.

The players are now on a 20-minute break.

Randy Ohel1,270,000-115,000
Benjamin Lazer440,000115,000
06/12/12 11:15:08 PM PDT
More For Ohel

Benjamin Lazer is back in deep trouble after a hand where it looked as if he was leading until the last draw.

He opened and Randy Ohel called from the big blind. Ohel drew two, one, and one. Lazer drew one, one, and stood pat. Lazer led the betting until the final betting round when Ohel led out. Call.

Ohel tabled      . A frustrated Lazer threw down his cards and    were exposed.

Randy Ohel1,385,000255,000
Benjamin Lazer325,000-255,000
06/12/12 11:08:02 PM PDT
Four Bets on the First Draw

Randy Ohel opened with the button, and Benjamin Lazer called. Lazer drew three, Ohel drew two, and Lazer checked. Ohel bet, Lazer check-raised, Ohel re-raised, and Lazer put in the fourth bet. Ohel called.

Both players patted on the last two draws, and Lazer checked to Ohel who bet. Lazer unhappily mucked, and Oher shipped the pot.

Randy Ohel1,130,000280,000
Benjamin Lazer580,000-280,000
06/12/12 10:57:08 PM PDT
Even Stevens

They're back to even yet again, or near enough.

Benjamin Lazer two-bet the button, drew one and stood pat from there. Randy Ohel called the raise and drew two, two, and one. Lazer bet all three rounds and Ohel check-called each time.

Lazer opened       and won the pot as Ohel mucked.

Benjamin Lazer860,000119,000
Randy Ohel850,000-119,000
06/12/12 10:49:28 PM PDT
Lazer Takes Some

Benjamin Lazer had the button, and called. Randy Ohel checked, and both players drew two cards. Ohel check-called a bet.

On the second draw, Ohel discarded two again, and Lazer stood pat. Ohel check-folded to a bet.

Randy Ohel969,000-191,000
Benjamin Lazer741,000191,000
06/12/12 10:40:37 PM PDT
Ohel Turns the Screw

Randy Ohel raised and Benjamin Lazer called. Both drew three and Lazer check-raised a bet. Call.

Both drew one and Lazer just check-called a bet this time. Both drew one again and Ohel bet out like he hit and took the pot down as Lazer mucked.

Randy Ohel1,160,000170,000
Benjamin Lazer550,000-170,000
06/12/12 10:32:24 PM PDT
Ohel Regains the Lead

Randy Ohel had the button, and raised. Benjamin Lazer called, and drew two cards. Ohel stood pat. Lazer check-called a bet, and drew one more card. Ohel stood pat. Lazer check-called another bet.

On the final draw, Lazer drew one more card. He checked a third time, Ohel bet, and Lazar snap-mucked.

Randy Ohel990,000140,000
Benjamin Lazer720,000-140,000
06/12/12 10:26:08 PM PDT
Lazer Takes the Lead Yet Again

The stacks are pretty much even again.

Benjamin Lazer took around a one million to 700,000-chip lead after he showed down      . Randy Ohel mucked. Ohel had been the aggressor until the last betting round when Lazer led out and was called.

The very next hand Ohel called a raise before both drew two. Ohel led out and Lazer mucked.

Benjamin Lazer860,000165,000
Randy Ohel850,000-165,000
06/12/12 10:18:28 PM PDT
Lazer's Turn to Come Back

Randy Ohel had the button, and raised. Benjamin Lazer called. On the first draw, Lazer dished two, and Ohel discarded two. Lazer led out, and Ohel called. On the second draw, Lazer stood pat, and Ohel drew two. Lazer led out, and Ohel called.

On the final draw, Lazer stood pat one more time, and Ohel drew one. Lazer bet, Ohel called, and Lazer tabled      .

It was good.

Randy Ohel1,015,000-295,000
Benjamin Lazer695,000295,000
06/12/12 10:16:42 PM PDT
Level 27 started
Level: 27 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 0
06/12/12 10:10:16 PM PDT
Lazer Doubles!

It's not over yet. In a three-bet pot Benjamin Razer was all-in by second betting round. On showdown he tabled a nine and Randy Ohel hadn't looked at his last draw card. It needed to beat a nine but he tabled a ten.

Lazer still has hope after that double.

Randy Ohel1,310,000-205,000
Benjamin Lazer400,000205,000
06/12/12 10:05:55 PM PDT
Ohel Getting Closer...

Randy Ohel made a ninety-eight perfect, dropping Benjamin Lazer to less than 300,000, and after this hand, Lazer has about three big bets.

Lazer had the button, and raised. Ohel called, and drew three. Lazer drew three as well, and bet when Ohel checked. Ohel called the bet.

Both players drew two on the second draw, and Ohel led out. Lazer raised, and Ohel called.

On the final draw, Ohel called for one, and Lazer stood pat. Ohel fanned another ninety-eight perfect, and raked in the pot.

Randy Ohel1,515,000115,000
Benjamin Lazer195,000-115,000
06/12/12 09:59:02 PM PDT
Ever Seen a More Swingy Heads-Up Match?

Jimmy Fricke on the rail doesn't seem to think so, and we find it hard to disagree.

Benjamin Lazer two-bet and and Randy Ohel called. Ohel drew three to Lazer's one. Ohel check-called and they both drew one.

Ohel now came out betting and Lazer called. Both stood pat and Ohel led again. Lazer tanked for two minutes, made the call, and mucked upon seeing Ohel's      .

Randy Ohel1,400,000250,000
Benjamin Lazer310,000-250,000
06/12/12 09:54:32 PM PDT
The Comeback Kid

Randy Ohel had the button, and raised. Benjamin Lazer three-bet, and Ohel called. Both players drew on card on the first draw. Lazer led out, and Ohel called. On the second draw, both players drew one card again, and Lazer slowed down, check-calling a bet from Ohel.

On the final draw, Lazer drew one, and Ohel stood pat. Lazer check-folded, and Ohel raked in the pot.

The next hand, Lazer had the button and raised. Ohel called. On the first draw, both players took two cards, and Ohel led out. Lazer raised, and Ohel called. On the second draw, Ohel took one card, and Lazer stood pat. Ohel checked, Lazer bet, and Ohel check-raised. Lazer called.

On the final draw, Ohel stood pate, and Lazer drew one. Both players checked, and Ohel's       was good enough for another pot, giving him a big chip lead once again.

Randy Ohel1,150,000665,000
Benjamin Lazer560,000-665,000
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