Ben Lamb

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Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb 2011.jpg
Ben Lamb (2011 World Series of Poker main event final table, November 2011)
Nickname(s) Benba
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada/Tulsa, Oklahoma[1]
Born (1985-03-31) March 31, 1985 (age 33)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Final table(s) 6
Money finish(es) 16[2]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
3rd, 2011
Information accurate as of 2018-07-18.

Benjamin "Ben" Lamb (born March 31, 1985)[3] is an American professional poker player. Lamb was the 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.[4] He was also a member of the 2011 November Nine, finishing in third place in the no limit hold'em championship event. Lamb has one World Series of Poker bracelet and five career World Series of Poker (WSOP) final tables, three in variations of Pot Limit Omaha, one in no limit hold'em and one in the 8-game mix format. He was the winner of the 2011 Card Player Player of the Year Award.

Early career[edit]

Lamb became a professional poker player in 2004.[5] In September 2006, he won the United States Poker Championship $500 No Limit hold 'em 400-player event for a prize of $60,000.[6] Another notable championship was his victory in the May 11, 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker $109 No Limit hold 'em event. He outlasted a field of 4,204 competitors for a prize of $66,003.[7] In 2011, he dominated the World Series of Poker on his way to the Card Player Player of the Year Award.[8][9]

World Series of Poker[edit]

Lamb at 2011 World Series of Poker main event, July 2011

Prior to the 2011 World Series of Poker, Lamb's only WSOP final table was the 2010 WSOP $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better where he was 5th in a field of 847 for a prize of $53,319.[10][11] His best WSOP main event finish prior to 2011 came in 2009, when he finished 14th in the 6494-player event for a prize of $633,022.[12]

At the 2011 World Series of Poker, he had four in the money finishes: He won a WSOP bracelet in the 361-player $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship for a prize of $814,436;[2] he finished 2nd in the 685-player $3000 Pot Limit Omaha Event 31 for a prize of $259,918;[13] he finished 12th in the 474-player $10,000 No Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Championship for a prize of $56,140;[14] and he finished 8th in the 128-player $50,000 Poker Player's Championship Event 55 for a prize of $201,338.[15]

At the 2011 WSOP Main Event, Lamb was chip leader after Day 1-B, which was the second of four Day 1 starts in the tournament.[16] He was also the overall chip leader after Day 2-B (of two Day 2 starts), entering Day 3 with 551,600 chips.[17] On Day 6, he took the lead in the Player of the Year race and finished the day in second place in chips out of 57 remaining players.[18] On Day 8, he qualified for the 2011 November Nine in fifth place with 20,875,000 chips.[19] Lamb went on to finish in third place, earning $4,021,138.

World Series of Poker results
Year Cashes Final Tables Bracelets
2006 1
2007 1
2009 3
2010 3 1
2011 5 4 1
2017 2 1
2017 1
World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2011 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha $814,436

Other poker achievements[edit]

As of 2017, his live poker tournament winnings exceed $8,200,000.[10]

Personal[edit]

Lamb attended Jenks High School in Tulsa, graduating in 2004. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas for one semester.[1] He is a former dealer at Tulsa's Cherokee Casino, which is now the Hard Rock Casino.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pokernews.com: Ben Lamb - Main Event Regular
  2. ^ a b WSOP.com profile
  3. ^ Official Ben Lamb Facebook
  4. ^ "2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Ben Lamb Gives Poker Tournament Advice". Pokernews.com. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Klein, John (July 21, 2011). "John Klein: Bold moves pay off for Tulsa's rising poker star". Tulsa World. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ 2006 United States Poker Championship
  7. ^ Doft, Mickey (May 12, 2010). "SCOOP Day 10: Lamb, Monnette, and Bach Capture SCOOP Titles". Poker News. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ Katz, Dan (January 3, 2012). "Eugene Katchalov, Ben Lamb Top Player of the Year Rankings". Poker Daily News. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fast, Erik (January 1, 2012). "Ben Lamb Wins 2011 Card Player Player of the Year Award: Lamb's WSOP Domination Secures POY Top Spot". Card Player. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Ben Lamb". Hendonmob.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "#41: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better". WSOP.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship". WSOP.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2011 Event #31: Pot-Limit Omaha". WSOP.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "2011 Event #46: No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Championship". WSOP.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ "2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker: Event #55: The Poker Player's Championship". WSOP.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "2011 Official Report Event #58 End of Day One" (PDF). WSOP.com. July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2011 Event #58: No-Limit Hold'em Championship". WSOP.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  18. ^ "2011 Official Report Event #58 End of Day Six" (PDF). WSOP.com. July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ Meet the 2011 November Nine

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