Ben Lamb has taken down the Pot Limit Omaha Championship at the 42nd annual World Series of Poker. For more on this story, plus all the latest so far on Day 27, read on.
WSOP Event #42 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship
About ten days ago at the Rio, Ben Lamb finished second in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, narrowly missing out on his first ever WSOP bracelet. Undeterred, the 26 year old stuck to his task and has been duly rewarded.
Emerging victorious from a field of 361, Lamb has taken down the 2011 Pot Limit Omaha Championship and collected the coveted gold WSOP bracelet, as well as a handsome reward of $814,436.
Asked what he’d done differently this time around, Lamb said: “Truthfully, I kind of played the same game. I feel I played well although I did get lucky too. I probably wouldn’t have played this tournament if I didn’t come in second place in the $3k PLO tournament.”
Lamb, who considers Pot Limit Omaha to be the best weapon in his poker arsenal, has earned over $2.2 million from live poker tournaments despite being primarily a cash game player; just over half of that has come in Pot Limit Omaha tournaments.
The final table was a tough one to overcome, with the likes of Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro, Josh Tieman and John Kabbaj all present, while the likes of Sam Stein, Surindar Sunar, Max Pescatori and Alexander Kravchenko all ran deep in the tournament.
This result has elevated Lamb, who moved to Las Vegas from his home town of Tulsa in Oklahoma, to the top of the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year leader board, with 486 points to the 420 of eleven times WSOP winner Phil Hellmuth.
WSOP Event #43 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
It looks as though the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event will require a fourth day, as today’s poker nears an end. Three players remain, with the latest chip counts as follows:
Nachman Berlin – 6,000,000
Matthew Carmody – 4,100,000
Andre Akkari – 3,000,000
As well as the WSOP bracelet, the players are competing for a first prize of $675,117.
WSOP Event #44 – $2,500 Razz
Just three players remain in the Razz tournament as Day 27 draws to a close: Tommy Chen, Stephen Su and Rep Porter.
The three players are all closely matched in chips, though Porter has a slight lead and is trying to apply some pressure.
Robert Williamson was last to exit, finishing fourth for $60,788 in prize money, taking most of the railbirds with him. The action is now unfolding in relative silence.
Other notable names making a deep run in the event include Chad Brown (19th, for $6,358), David Sklansky (21st, for $6,358) and Scott Epstein (8th, for $19,635).
Also well under way at the Rio are WSOP Events 45, 46 and 47; a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Tournament, the Six Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship and a $2,500 Omaha / Seven Card Stud Hi Low mixed event.