Former University School student wins WSOP bracelet

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A former University School student has won a World Series of Poker Deuce-to-Seven Lowball triple draw tournament (basically, worst hand wins) in Las Vegas.

Randy Ohel, 26, won what’s basically an old man’s game -- everyone else plays Texas Hold 'em.

The Coral Springs native, who's now a full-time poker pro in Las Vegas, says he plays just about every game offered "except not much Hold 'em."

His father, Hagai, of Margate, is a computer engineer; his mother, Cheryl, is a CPA.

Ohel attended the University of Florida after graduating from U-School in 2004 (where he was a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist), but left to play poker. He built up his bankroll playing online and in underground games. Since moving to Vegas, he got married, and his wife is finishing nursing school.

Buy-in was $2,500 and drew 228 entries. Ohel won $145,247.

The final heads-up duel between Ohel and Benjamin Lazar was a doozy, according to the WSOP, lasting more than six hours.  The chip lead changed 14 times, by one estimate.  At one point, Ohel was down by a 16 to 1 margin.  A half hour later, he was ahead by the 3 to 1 advantage.  Then, 30 minutes later, the positions were reversed again. Finally, Ohel came back from a third deficit of about 15 to 1 for the victory.
Follow all the World Series results at WorldSeriesOfPoker.com.

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