Ben Lamb Wins $10k PLO Bracelet, Leads 2011 POY

Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb increases his total career earnings to over $2.3 million and takes the lead in the Player of the Year race.

26-year-old Ben Lamb defeated a field of 361 players to win the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship in Vegas Monday, good for $814,436 and the lead in the 201 Player of the year race.

This victory is just the latest mark in a stellar PLO career. He finished second in the $3k event just one week ago, pocketing $259,918.

Lamb has been playing live tournaments since 2006 and has amassed over $2.3 million in winnings. That’s in addition to the $1.1 million he’s earned playing online poker tournaments.

Lamb’s biggest score prior to this win came in 2009 when he narrowly missed making the November Nine, finishing 14th for $633,000.

 “A lot of my friends have bracelets,” Lamb told in Las Vegas.

“So at least they can’t tease me about that anymore,” he added.

While the money may mean more to him now, Lamb predicts it will be the bracelet that has the more lasting importance.

“The money is better than the bracelet right now but I think in 20 years I’ll still have the bracelet and I’ll be able to look back and say I actually won something,” he said

Lamb has been playing Pot-Limit Omaha for five years live and online and has watched the general poker population get better at a game that used to provide much more value than No-Limit Hold’em.

 “In PLO tournaments now half the players are good and the half are okay,” said Lamb.

“It used to be that like 20% of the field was good and the rest were bad, but the bad players are decent now and the good players have just gotten better,” he continued.

With 42 of the 58 events this summer already completed the POY race is starting to get serious. Lamb is now leading and shows no signs of slowing down.

 “I think I’m definitely playing my best and people always say when you’re running good you’re playing your best,” he said.

“That’s definitely true for me right now.”

Ben Lamb is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and now lives in Las Vegas.

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