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2017 48th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017

Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $803,250
  • Entries: 595
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 23, 2017 3:50 AM Local Time
Ernest Bohn Wins Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($173,228)

Ernest Bohn

Ernest Bohn came into Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, his fourth World Series of Poker tournament, with nary a recorded live cash to his name. He left it a WSOP champion with a gold bracelet and $173,228 in prize money after getting through a field of 595 players.

The long, grueling days of tournament poker can be a grind on anyone. But, a 68-year-old relative tournament novice playing a 13-hour slog on Day 3, when tournament decisions are most pressure-packed and taxing on the mind?

One could be forgive for expecting such a situation to take its toll, but Bohn said he felt right at home.

"I'm not a good sleeper anyways," he said. "If I get two hours of sleep, three hours of sleep that's enough. So, I was wide awake."

Indeed Bohn appeared to be the man with the advantage against Bill Kohler as the night wound deeper, with the two battling short-handed and then heads up for several hours. Sipping the occasional Scotch, Kohler kept things lively throughout much of the day with a relatively constant stream of chatter.

However, by the night's end, even when he had surges into the lead during heads-up play, Kohler's table talk died down as it took all of his energy just to get the proper betting amounts out. The man from Cincinnati had come second in this very event in 2009.

"He was starting to play a little loose," Bohn said. "I said, 'This is my tournament.' I picked up on it right away."

However, Bohn didn't deviate much at all from his initial game plan. He came into Day 3 looking to play a solid game, and it was a plan he executed to perfection. He didn't seem inclined to do much stealing and seemed to have it almost every time he bet strongly, with his weakest holdings at showdown being mostly strong one-pair hands and one-way low hands.

"I made up my mind," he said of his approach to Day 3. "I'm gonna play cautious, I'm not gonna chase, and I'm going to play the best hands possible. It worked."

Most of Bohn's poker experience, he said, comes from playing in a $0.50/1 home game that runs every other Friday, with much of the action coming in stud and split-pot games. He also used to put in some hours at the tables in Atlantic City, once a haven for stud players, in years past.

It turned out to be enough to conquer a final table that included multiple-bracelet winners Ted Forrest and Max Pescatori, as well as high stakes expert Justin Bonomo.

While they battled and took each other out one by one, Bohn sat quietly, grinding and listening to his "good old rock 'n roll and country" to keep himself occupied and in line.

He took the lead into heads-up play, but despite the stacks being short, Bohn and Kohler sparred for two hours until the 68-year-old took command with a series of pots in the final level before they'd have bagged to come back for an unscheduled Day 4. When it was all over, Bohn let out an excited shout after showing hardly an ounce of emotion over the course of 13 hours.

"We're both retired now, my wife and I," said the former harness racing trainer. "We've been together 46 years, and we like to travel. We're going to do a little sightseeing. I'm happy as all hell."

Event #40 Final Table Results

1Ernest BohnUnited States$173,228
2William KohlerUnited States$107,063
3Hal RotholzUnited States$74,200
4Tim FinneUnited States$52,272
5Justin BonomoUnited States$37,441
6Max PescatoriItaly$27,275
7Shannon PetluckUnited States$20,214
8Ted ForrestUnited States$15,245
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:49 AM Local Time
Bill Kohler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($107,063)

William Kohler

Ernest Bohn completed with the   and Bill Kohler called with the  . Kohler called another bet on fourth, saying: "I think this might be it, Ernie."

Bohn fired one more bet on fifth, covering Kohler's 105,000 remaining chips. Kohler nearly called but then paused and counted his chips. Then he finally called.

Bill Kohler:    /    
Ernest Bohn:    /    

Kohler received a meaningless   on sixth but spiked a pair of tens on the river, turning up the  . Bohn hit the   on sixth and was guaranteed to take at least a half of the pot with his low. He looked at his last card after Kohler had exposed his full hand, knowing which cards would be sealing the victory.

Bohn rolled over the   for a straight and shouted "Yes!" in immediate joy.

Bill Kohler repeated his result from 2009, adding another runner-up finish from $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo to his name. This time, Kohler's performance was rewarded with a $107,063 prize.

Ernest Bohn4,465,000380,000
William Kohler0-380,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:43 AM Local Time
Kohler on Fumes

Ernest Bohn didn't strike the killing blow, but he has Bill Kohler in awful shape with less than two big bets. The key hand came up with Bohn sporting high cards and then pairing queens on board, betting fourth, fifth, and sixth.

Bohn:   /    
Kohler:   /    

Bohn did his signature dark check on the end.

"Unbelievable," Kohler said after sweating out his last card. "Open-ended and I get a frickin' nine."

He showed     for a whiffed straight and low draw, and Bohn turned over     for trips.

Ernest Bohn4,085,000785,000
William Kohler380,000-785,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:30 AM Local Time
Bohn Extends His Lead

Ernest Bohn barreled fourth, fifth and sixth streets before checking seventh in the dark. Kohler called the three bets and checked back on the river. He had three consecutive wheel cards on his board, but didn't qualify for low.

William Kohler:     /     
Ernest Bohn:     /     

Kohler showed eights and threes for two pair but Bohn topped that with his queens and jacks. Bohn is now getting closer to the finish line with Kohler playing under five big bets.

Ernest Bohn3,300,000535,000
William Kohler1,165,000-535,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:25 AM Local Time
Kohler Can't Beat Kings

Ernest Bohn bet fourth, fifth and sixth streets against Bill Kohler, who called down to the river.

Kohler:   /    / 
Bohn:   /    / 

"Jacks," Kohler said after both checked.

Bohn rolled over     for kings.

Ernest Bohn2,765,00015,000
William Kohler1,700,000-15,000
Gorillla Gaming
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:13 AM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120000/240000
Ante: 30000
Friday, June 23, 2017 2:06 AM Local Time
15-Minute Break; Heads-Up Continues Today

With the tenth level in the bag, the tournament staff gave players option to call it a day or play an extra level. Kohler let his opponent choose and Bohn agreed to carry on for one more hour.

Friday, June 23, 2017 2:04 AM Local Time
Kohler Misreads Bets; Plays His Hand Face Up

Bill Kohler completed with the   and Ernest Bohn defended his  . Fourth street saw Kohler bet again and Bohn stuck around.

Fifth street turned out to be very interesting. Bohn was first to act and he checked. Kohler continued in barreling, but Bohn opted for a check-raise. Kohler said "I call," twice but he didn't know he was supposed to pay more. The dealer explained him the situation and Kohler changed his mind, trying to send his    hole cards to the muck.

The dealer and floor person informed Kohler that he was still obliged to pay the extra bet. Kohler then took his cards back and said: "Alright then, I'm going to play my cards face up."

So the action continued through to sixth street where Kohler called Bohn's bet. Bohn, knowing six of Kohler's seven cards, fired on the river as well. Kohler finally gave up. Bohn showed him his two pair, jacks and deuces.

Bill Kohler:     /     
Ernest Bohn:     /     

That was the last hand before the break.

Ernest Bohn2,750,000130,000
William Kohler1,715,000-130,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:47 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Ernest Bohn2,620,00055,000
William Kohler1,845,000-55,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:37 AM Local Time
Bohn Takes This Round

Bill Kohler had the betting lead with    but relinquished it with Ernest Bohn picking up fours on board on fifth as both players checked. Both checked sixth and seventh as well.

Kohler:    /    
Bohn:    /    

Bohn thought he lost then realized he had eights up.

Ernest Bohn2,565,000565,000
William Kohler1,900,000-565,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:33 AM Local Time
Kohler Soars into Chip Lead

With one small and two big bet lying in front of each player, Bill Kohler and Ernest Bohn ended up on seventh street. Bohn, like many times before, checked in the dark.

"I doubt I will check, but let me check my cards to see if I check," Kohler said. His doubts proved right as he fired one more bet. Bohn called.

Bill Kohler:    /      /  
Ernest Bohn:    /      /  

The showdown was little confusing for both players. Kohler thought he had six-low and a pair of sixes, but figured out that his     was good for sixes up and no low.

Bohn had     and thought he had a low, but he didn't make it either. His pair of aces was trailing for the high, leaving Kohler scooping the full pot.

William Kohler2,465,000580,000
Ernest Bohn2,000,000-580,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:28 AM Local Time
Kohler Closes the Gap

Bill Kohler picked up a pile of spades on his board and fired every street against Ernest Bohn.

Kohler:   /    / 
Bohn:   /    / 

Bohn finally mucked to the last bet.

"I think I have all the spades," Kohler said, showing    . "Do I have a straight flush? I have a straight flush."

Ernest Bohn2,580,000-920,000
William Kohler1,885,000920,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:25 AM Local Time
Kohler's Unorthodox Strategy Fails

Bill Kohler had    out and came up with an idea to bet without looking at his hole cards. He fired on fifth, too. Then he paired his five on sixth street, and fired again, still without knowing what he held in the hole. Ernest Bohn kept calling.

Bill Kohler:    /      /  
Ernest Bohn:    /      /  

Seventh street was checked and Bohn rolled over     for a pair of sevens. Kohler started exploring his hole cards. He turned over the  , saying, "that ain't bad". But then he opened the  . "That is bad." Finally, he rolled out the  . "That's even worse!" he finished his speech, knowing that meant a scoop.

Bohn re-established his big chip lead from earlier.

Ernest Bohn3,500,000700,000
William Kohler965,000-680,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:19 AM Local Time
Bohn Back in Command

Bill Kohler bet fourth street with   , and Ernest Bohn defended with   . He picked up another diamond and took the lead, firing fifth and sixth.

Kohler:   /    
Bohn:   /    

Bohn checked dark on seventh for a showdown, and his     for eights up was a winner.

Ernest Bohn2,800,000650,000
William Kohler1,645,000-670,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:06 AM Local Time
Kohler Vaults into a Slight Lead

What looked to be one of many small pots twisted into a showdown worth two big bets apiece.

Ernest Bohn bet out on sixth and seventh streets, and Bill Kohler called on both occasions.

Ernest Bohn:    /      /  
Bill Kohler:    /      /  

"Two pair," Kohler announced, revealing his     hole cards to scoop the pot. That win put Kohler slightly ahead of Bohn.

William Kohler2,315,000350,000
Ernest Bohn2,150,000-350,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 1:00 AM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 20000
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:52 AM Local Time
"You Must Have a Hell of a Hand"

Bill Kohler completed for the bring-in with  , and Ernest Bohn called with  . Bohn came out betting on fourth but got raised, and he called bets on fifth and sixth.

Kohler:   /    / 
Bohn:   /    / 

Kohler bet on the river as well.

"You must have a hell of a hand," Bohn said, mucking.

"I'll show you, just because I like you."

Kohler revealed     for aces and a low.

Ernest Bohn2,500,000-300,000
William Kohler1,965,000300,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:42 AM Local Time
Bohn Fed With Clubs

Ernest Bohn had the automatic bring-in with the   and Bill Kohler raised with the   out. Kohler contiuned on fourth street, but Bohn's board kept improving to a possibly strong two-way hand. Kohler check-called on fifth but eventually gave up on sixth, looking at Bohn's four-to-a-flush and all-low board. Kohler flashed a ten, confirming he'd started with a pair.

Bill Kohler:    /      (folded on sixth)
Ernest Bohn:    /     

Ernest Bohn2,800,000400,000
William Kohler1,665,000-400,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:32 AM Local Time
Kohler Gets Close to Even
Ernest Bohn2,400,000-300,000
William Kohler2,065,000300,000
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:26 AM Local Time
Hal Rotholz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($74,200)

Hal Rotholz

Bill Kohler brought it in for the full amount, and Ernest Bohn called. Hal Rotholz called off his last 80,000. Kohler bet fifth, sixth and seventh into the side pot against Bohn.

Rotholz:   /    / 
Kohler:   /    / 
Bohn:   /    / 

Bohn folded to the last bet.

"Trip sixes and a low," Kohler said, showing    .

Rotholz had a sweat for half the pot with    for a flush draw and open-ender, but he paired with the  .

Ernest Bohn2,700,000-345,000
William Kohler1,765,000465,000
Hal Rotholz0-80,000
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