by Julio Rodriguez | Published: Feb 18, 2017 | E-mail Author
Finding Tournament Success
Although Ohel usually clocks in for work in the high-stakes mixed cash games at Bellagio, he can’t resist all of the tournament offerings at the annual WSOP each summer. His first cash came in 2008, but since 2012 he’s managed to make eight final tables. It was at his first final table that Ohel picked up his gold bracelet, winning the $2,500 deuce-to-seven triple draw event for $145,247.
“I was actually quite excited for that event, and had a feeling I would do well,” Ohel said. “I don’t know why I thought I would do well, but for some reason I did. My best result at the WSOP before that was a 32nd-place finish, so I had never even sniffed a final table let alone a bracelet. Winning a bracelet didn’t seem like it could ever happen, but once it did, I had the confidence that I could maybe do it again one day. It hasn’t happened again yet, but I’ve had a few close calls.”
More than a few actually. Later in 2012, he finished fifth in the $3,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event. In 2014, he picked up the largest score of his career, banking $313,715 for taking second in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
He added final tables in the $1,500 10-game mix, $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. and $1,500 dealer’s choice events. In 2016, he took fourth in the $10,000 dealer’s choice event for $96,876. After a close call in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. where he finished tenth, he got third in the $3,000 six-max pot-limit Omaha event for $141,187. Finally, he notched another runner-up finish, this time in the $10,000 stud eight-or-better event for $209,302.
“In the moment, losing is never easy,” he said. “As time passes, it gets easier. I had my best summer ever. My wife and twins’ lives were improved by it. I’m proud of that.”
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