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In the World Series of Poker (WSOP) circle, US player Scott Bohlman (cover image) is not a new face. With 59 WSOP cashes and $737,414 in winnings, the only thing missing in an otherwise illustrious career was the elusive gold bracelet. Bohlman finally got the money off his back by winning the bracelet in Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet where he topped a field of 205 competitors to bag the title and $122,138 in prize money. The event collected a prize pool of $461,250 that was distributed among the top 31 places.
“I didn’t get to play it last year so I didn’t realize how fun it was, I think the average and having antes in every game made it really fun and interesting,” Bohlman said.
“It was more fun with a deeper stack. Shallow stacks would be more punished by the antes. Overall, it was a very fun tournament,” he added, admitting that more than happy, he was relieved that he will be recognized as a winner from here on as long as he keeps showing up to play the packed WSOP schedule.
A look at Bohlman’s WSOP scorecard shows that he first scored at the WSOP in 2005 where he finished 24th in the $1,500 Limit Hold ‘em event for $7,240. Over the years, he has made it to six unofficial final tables at WSOP but never quite managed to close the deal.
Usually a regular at Limit events, Bohlman was quite at ease in the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet as well, where he held the chip lead for a good part of Day 1 and destroyed most of his competition along the way with incredible dominance on Day 2. In fact it was here that his leading streak started to get noticed. Despite facing a number of top-notch names, Bohlman just maintained his momentum and entered the final day with 60% of the overall chips in play.
Action on Day 2 went through different games and Maria Ho was eliminated empty-handed just before the bubble.
Notables who joined the rail subsequently include Warwick Mirzikinian (8th for $11,898), Ray Henson (9th for $8,915), Dario Sammartino (10th for $8,915), Barry Greenstein (11th for $6,874), John Hennigan (12th for $6,874), Shaun Deeb (13th for $5,460), Joey Couden (15th for $5,460), Mike Matusow (17th for $5,460), Andrew Kelsall (21st for $4,470), Eli Elezra (22nd for $4,470), David ‘ODB’ Baker (23rd for $4,470), Max Pescatori (27th for $3,777) and Chris Ferguson (31st for $3,777).
Later, Jeff Lisandro (7th for $11,898) was eliminated in a hand of PL 2-7 Triple Draw played by Weinman, setting up the six-handed final table.
Final Table Recap
There were six players on the final table and the final level of Day 2 was about to conclude when Jeremy Harkin who was up against Bohlman in a Pot-Limit Omaha hand lost out and exited in sixth place. Hereon, the play was halted and continued on the final day.
Day 3 Recap
The final five returned the following day and in the very first hand, Weinman quartered Marcel Vonk who doubled up through Bohlman in the next. However, several hands later, Vonk confronted Bohlman in an NL Five-Card Draw game and was eliminated in fifth place.
Aaron Rogers then doubled through Bohlman, followed by Hughes pulling off a massive four-bet shove and Bohlman winning a pot against Rogers. Playing NL Five-Card Draw, Bohlman moved all in for 100,000 in the small blind, Rogers called off. Both pitched three and Bohlman showed while Rogers revealed . Bohlman quickly turned over all three cards at once, showing for a total airball winning the pot while Rogers was eliminated in fourth place.
Next, in NL Five-Card Draw, Daniel Weiman opened for 35,000 on the button and Bohlman made it 150,000 from the big blind. Weinman jammed for 500,000 and Bohlman snap-called and pitched two. Weinman threw away one card and Bohlman showed . Weinman on KxKx2x2x had a chance to survive but he then got 4x that sent him packing in third place.
The heads-up battle between Ryan Hughes and Bohlman was over a Big O game where first, with open on the board, Bohlman checked and called a 80,000 bet from Hughes. On the river, Bohlman bet 200,000 and Hughes folded. After two hands, both players saw a flop for the minimum. Here, Bohlman bet 25,000 and Hughes made the call. Bohlman then checked on the turn and Hughes put in 86,000. Now, Bohlman shoved for 200,000 more and Hughes called. Hughes revealed against Bohlman’s . Bohlman had a set and was looking to fade low cards. The river brought Bohlman just that, and he won the tournament along with the bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Scott Bohlman- $122,138
2. Ryan Hughes – $75,477
3. Daniel Weinman – $49,541
4. Aaron Rogers – $33,344
5. Marcel Vonk – $23,028
6. Jeremy Harkin – $16,329
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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