Atlantan Josh Arieh won his 2nd gold bracelet yesterday, claiming Event #12 of the WSOP ($2,000 Pot Limit Omaha). Josh held off Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, who was vying for his 6th bracelet, to win the title and $381,600. Jesus gets $210,460.
On the final hand, Ferguson raises to $36,000 on the button. Arieh calls. With a flop of 7h-5h-2c, Arieh bets out $50,000, and Ferguson re-raises it to $200,000. Maybe because he was truly perplexed, or maybe because it’ll make great TV, Arieh stands up to think about this for a minute…then…he re-raises (seriously, doesn’t that just sound like great TV?). This puts Ferguson all-in. Ferguson calls. Arieh flips over his Kh-9d-3h-2d (giving him a pair of twos and a king-high flush draw. Ferguson’s Kd-10h-9h-3d doesn’t look too good now, because he’s drawing dead to a ten, unless he catches a runner-runner straight to split the pot. You can see where this is going. The turn (Ac) and the river (Js) do not produce a straight, and Jesus is knocked out. A great read and play by Josh gives him the title.
Other notables placing in the event include: Erick Seidel (9th), Jim Bechtel (10th), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (15th…and this guy is primed to win a bracelet), and John Juanda (17th).