Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:02 AM Local Time
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:
|Year||Player||Prize||# of Entrants|
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:
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:58 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,710,000||70,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||0||-70,000 |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:52 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,640,000||330,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||70,000||-330,000 |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:46 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,310,000||-200,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||400,000||200,000 |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:42 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,510,000||240,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||200,000||-240,000 |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:36 AM Local Time
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:24 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,270,000||-115,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||440,000||115,000 |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:15 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,385,000||255,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||325,000||-255,000 |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:08 AM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,130,000||280,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||580,000||-280,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:57 PM Local Time
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 Lazer||860,000||119,000 |
|Randy Ohel||850,000||-119,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:49 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||969,000||-191,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||741,000||191,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:40 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,160,000||170,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||550,000||-170,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:32 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||990,000||140,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||720,000||-140,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:26 PM Local Time
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 Lazer||860,000||165,000 |
|Randy Ohel||850,000||-165,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:18 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,015,000||-295,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||695,000||295,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:16 PM Local Time
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:10 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,310,000||-205,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||400,000||205,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:05 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,515,000||115,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||195,000||-115,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:59 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,400,000||250,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||310,000||-250,000 |
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:54 PM Local Time
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 Ohel||1,150,000||665,000 |
|Benjamin Lazer||560,000||-665,000 |