WSOP Player Profile – Ben Lamb
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World Series of Poker Player of the Year elect, Ben Lamb, is most people´s idea of the Main Event winner.
Despite going to the final table fifth of the nine remaining players, the Rio All Suites Hotel has been a happy hunting ground this year for the poker player from Tulsa Oklahoma, and his current position in the WSOP Main Event is no worse than when he found himself in 12th place of the 14 remaining players in the Pot Limit Omaha Championship earlier this year – an event he went on to win in four days.
How Ben Reached the Final Table
Ben had been in a final table position ever since Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event, and following his bracelet winning victory in the Pot Limit Omaha Championship, two further final table appearances and a fourth cash under his belt, was everybody´s favourite to be a key member of the November Nine. A full house against Andrey Pateychuk and trip Kings against Martin Staszko enabled Ben to keep among the chip leaders for most of Day 8, but a major loss with K♥ 9♠ against Matt Gianetti´s J♠ J♦ set him back to the 20,875,000 chips with which he starts the final table.
What´s Ben Been Doing Since?
Ben joined many of his fellow November Niner´s at the WSOPE in Cannes, and like many of his table companions found the experience to be a complete disaster. Despite competing in many of the side events as well as the feature tournament, Ben failed to cash. In an interview, he admitted that he actually preferred the cash games at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas to the tournament structure but felt he had to get into the right mindset for the WSOP Main Event final table.
Ben´s Chances of Success
Despite his dislike of tournaments, there is no disputing that Ben is the player most people expect to win the Main Event. Had his hand against Matt Gianetti gone the other way, he would be alongside second-placed Eoghan O´Dea in chips and, unless something goes horrendously wrong in the early levels on Sunday, Ben should get his stack back up to be in a challenging position. The three players in front of him are all shorter stacked, and with only Martin Staszko to worry about behind, we believe Ben will still be involved in the WSOP Main Event on Tuesday when the table becomes three-handed.