Two poker players with South Florida ties came close to winning World Series of Poker bracelets Tuesday. Still, they ended up with pretty nice scores.
Bob Bounahra, a part-time Fort Lauderdale resident, finished third in a $1,000 buy-in Texas hold 'em tournament. He earned $145,229 for his showing among the 2,043 entrants.
Bounahra, who lists his hometown as Belize City but often plays at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, finished seventh in the WSOP main event in 2011, earning $1,313,851.
Randy Ohel, a Coral Springs native, finished second in a $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, which is a combination of five poker games. Ohel (pictured) took home $313,715 Tuesday. There were 200 players.
Ohel, a 2004 University School graduate student, won a Deuce-to-Seven Lowball triple-draw tournament (basically, the worst hand wins) in Las Vegas in 2012. Ohel, 28, is now a full-time poker pro in Las Vegas.
Jason Mercier, of Fort Lauderdale, finished third in that event this year, earning $99,313 on June 5.