Bill Kohler placed in a full bet with the . While Ernest Bohn folded, Hal Rotholz had other plans and raised it up with the . Kohler called, then called another bet on fourth street.
Kohler spiked a third low card on fifth street, and Rotholz check-called a bet. Kohler was first to act on sixth street after receiving a king, and he led out, earning another call from Rotholz.
The pot was already huge, and the action heated up even more on the river, with Kohler leading again. Rotholz raised, and Kohler called to see the showdown.
Hal Rotholz: / /
Bill Kohler: / /
Rotholz turned up a huge hand, holding in the hole for a straight and six-five low. Kohler looked to be beaten, but then he double-checked Rotholz's board and eventually rolled over his for six-smooth.
"Wow. What a slowroll," Rotholz said when he observed that he didn't scoop. "Almost a hand for a blog," he added.
While chops aren't usually a popular thing to read about, this one deserved a mention.
Bill Kohler had the bring-in with the , and all remaining players called. "Family pot," glossed Kohler.
The family pot was reduced to just a heads-up pot on fourth street when Hal Rotholz bet. Tim Finne had open fours and called, while Kohler and Ernest Bohn folded.
Finne led out on fifth, earning a call. He led out again on sixth after double-pairing his board with another king. Rotholz announced a call, thinking it was for all of Finne's remaining chips. Finne had 5,000 more behind, though, and they went in on seventh.
Tim Finne: /
Hal Rozholz: /
Rotholz made an eight-high straight with his river card, sending Finne to the rail in fourth place for $52,272.
A king and an ace were in front of Hal Rotholz when he led on fourth street. Ernest Bohn had two clubs, the queen and the nine. He called.
Fifth street brought another bet from Rotholz. Bohn said, "Hundred," and it wasn't clear if he meant it as an announcement of a bet or as a question.
Rotholz checked on sixth, seeing four consecutive cards on Bohn's board. Bohn bet out, puzzling Rotholz: "Did you mean to raise on the last street? It sounded like it," Rotholz observed and sighed. He eventually laid it down, accompanying it with, "You're on fire!"
Hal Rozholz: / (folded on sixth street)
Ernest Bohn: /
Bohn never revealed the truth about his plan on fifth street, and play carried on toward the next hand.
Max Pescatori came back from dinner with just one big bet, and his stint in the seventh level couldn't have been shorter. He was knocked out in the first hand.
Pescatori completed with the and found calls from Bill Kohler and Justin Bonomo. Pescatori put his remaining 45,000 in on fourth street, and both of his opponents called again. Kohler and Bonomo then checked all remaining rounds.
Max Pescatori: / /
Justin Bonomo: / /
Bill Kohler: / /
Kohler had in the hole for a six-low, and the open tens secured him the other part of the pot. Bonomo had for a pair of sixes and a seven-low, while Pescatori opened his before leaving the tournament.
The four-time bracelet winner from Milan notched his 71st cash from the WSOP, adding a fifth-place finish in the $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo Event to the packed résumé. Pescatori picked up $27,275 for his performance.