Somewhere out of the shadows and smoke filled backrooms that housed the poker games of days gone by 288 souls met at the World Series of Poker and ponied up a buy-in of $2,500 to take a seat in a poker game usually played by the old timers of poker - Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball (Limit).
The prize pool of $513,700 was appealing but only 24 of those 288 souls would make the money and no one would expect 26-year-old Randy Ohel to be the one stacking first place prize money when the smoke cleared.
The heads-up match is being touted as the most exciting of the year with the chip lead changing 14 times and Ohel making three comebacks in the second longest limit heads-up final in the history of the WSOP.
The final table was no slice of pie because Layne Flack, Farzad Bonyadi, and Josh Arieh were all there - 10 titles are spread amongst them - and they were not going to lay down and play dead while Ohel walked with the gold bracelet and the cash. They came to play.
But so did Randy Ohel.
The last hand came about around 2:00 AM and Benjamin Lazer was down to less than one big blind which he shoved and Randy Ohel quickly called.
- Lazer drew two and Ohel drew two.
- Lazer stood pat on the 2nd draw and Ohel drew one.
- Some confusion ensued and both players knuckled the felt - which means pat - but Lazer drew one card. Hm-n-n-n-n-n!
Ohel laid down and Lazer showed and drew another 5 which paired him.
Benjamin Lazer went home in second place with $89,714. Randy Ohel got the whole package; first place of $145,247, bragging rights, and that wonderful bling – AKA a WSOP gold bracelet! Congratulations Randy!
The final nine payouts:
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