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    Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 by Nadia

Ben Lamb’s performance at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2011 has been extremely impressive. Lamb won a place at the final table for the main event, making him one of the November Niners. With this tournament to look forward to, Lamb’s winning streak is likely to continue.

Preliminary Rounds at WSOP

Lamb, also known by his online avatar’s name ‘Benba’, had an exciting run at the WSOP this year. After finishing at second place at the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, Lamb went on to win a gold bracelet at the $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event. His first bracelet also came with a cash prize of $814, 436. This win allowed him to beat Jason Mercier as the number one cash prize winner at Omaha tournaments held at the WSOP.

The 26 year old finished at 8th place in the Poker Players Championship featuring a $50,000 buy-in and also captured 12th place in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em (six handed) event. Totally, he accumulated more than $1.3 million.

The Main Event

At the main event, Lamb gained a chip lead on Day 1 B. He led in five out of the eight events he participated in at WSOP. He managed to maintain a large stack during the main event. He was in close running with all the chip leaders during the 8 days of play and eventually secured his position as part of the November Nine. Lamb will enter the game in 5th place with more than $20 million. His recent successes have made him a favorite to win the overall championship.

This is Lamb’s second try for the title at WSOP in the last three years. He finished 14th in 2009, winning $633,022. He was defeated by Steve Begeleiter on the 8th day of the tournament. Until now, that had been his biggest cash prize. At this point in the series, he has $782,155 in winnings and has the chance to win the top prize of $8,711,956.

Lamb’s Performance at WSOP

On day one, his chips numbered 188,925. Day two saw them decrease to 551,600. By day 3 he had 354,500. On day four there was a considerable rise which put his stack at 1,268,000. On day five he had 4,032,000. Day six earned him 9,980,000. By day seven he had won 14,690,000. On his last day he accumulated 20,875,000.

Lamb’s last round against Matt Giannetti has been called one of the most intense and longest hands of the main event. On day seven, they battled for a large cash prize but Lamb emerged the victor due to his great control.

Lamb is a favorite at the finals because he has more experience playing high stakes poker than any of his competitors. The rest of the November Nine are not as skilled in high pressure games as he is. He is also probably the best No-Limit tournament player still in the running. He has made a name for himself as a high stakes Omaha player and is seen as a specialist in that field. He is quickly earning a reputation for being one of the best all-around players in the poker world. When he enters the finals, he will bring 40 big blinds to the table.




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