WSOP Event Results: Event 22 – $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
On the final day of play 9 players would return to the Rio and try to become this year’s first lowball winner. Among those were former bracelet winners, Josh Arieh and Layne Flack, although they would bow out in 9th and 8th respectively. Their hunt for another bracelet would have to wait. Other notable pros and those that most were watching were David Baker and Shawn Buchanan. They were both seeking their first bracelets. Von Altizer would be eliminated in 7th place when she couldn’t draw to the better 8-5 low of Benjamin Lazer and the final table was officially set.
There was a lot of chip movement and action when the final table began, but Buchanan’s bid for his first bracelet would end when he paired on his final draw and was eliminated by Lazer in 6th. Lazer wasn’t done railing players as he got the next one as well. Jason Lavalle was done when his 10-low was destroyed by the 7-low of Lazer and then there were 4. It was the battle of the short stacks to see who was going to get third as Lazer and Randy Ohel had most of the chips. It was David Baker who would get the best of Farzad Bonyadi when his 8-5 low beat out the 8-6 low of Bonyadi, sending him home in 4th. Baker wouldn’t last much longer as his 7-4-3-2 would pair up on the final draw and Ohel’s 7-6-5-2-3 would end the first bracelet run attempt by Baker.
The two remaining players would battle for almost 6 1/2 hours before a champion would be crowned. Ohel and Lazer would trade the chip lead so many times it was difficult to see who had the upper hand most of the time. The reason for that is that both players at one point had nearly all the chips. only to see the other battle back to even. Finally, Ohel had gotten Lazer down to one big blind. Lazer had 8-6-5-3 going into the final draw as Ohel already revealed his 9-6-4-3-2 low to the board. Lazer needed to be better than that to keep him afloat. It was not to be as he paired his 5 on the final draw and Ohel was crowned the winner at nearly 2:00 am. It was Ohel’s first bracelet and he would take home $145,247 in prize money. It was the 2nd longest match for a limit event in the history of the WSOP.
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Mike “Daggum” Krisle – Beat Writer – AGP