Lamb Crowned $10k PLO Champion

Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb

Ben “benba” Lamb came painfully short of winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $3k PLO tournament little over a week ago.

The 26-year-old poker pro remained unperturbed by his loss, however, and just 10 days later found himself in the same position – at the final table of a PLO event at the 2011 WSOP.

This time around Lamb made no mistake outplaying a tough final table and then beating Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro heads-up to claim the $10,000 PLO Championship earlier today.

“Truthfully I kind of played the same game,” said Lamb. “I feel I played well although I did get lucky too.”

Lamb had to beat a much more challenging field this time around that included 361 of the best PLO players in the world.

The reward was even better, however, as Lamb took down an $814k first place prize.

“I probably wouldn’t have played this tournament if I didn’t come in second place in the $3k PLO tournament,” he said.

Primarily a cash-game pro, Lamb has only played six tournaments at the 2011 WSOP and is suddenly leading the Player of the Year race. He now has 486 points, which eclipses Phil Hellmuth’s 420 points.

Lamb now has over $2.2 million in lifetime live tournament earnings but this is his first WSOP bracelet.

It also provides Lamb wih a good response to friends who used to needle him about not having a WSOP bracelet.

“Now I can ask them if they have a $10k bracelet,” he joked.

Lamb considers PLO to be his best game and if you take one look at his results it’s easy to see why. He’s earned over $1.1 million just from PLO events.

Originally from Tulsa, OK, Lamb moved to Las Vegas three years ago to be closer to the poker scene and it’s a move that has paid off for him.

Unlike many players his age he played live poker before online poker and he wasn’t as affected by Black Friday as some of his fellow players.

“I did play a lot online and I do miss it though,” he said. “I hope it does come back in some capacity in the future.”

Despite the huge victory, Lamb is not changing his plans for the 2011 WSOP. He doesn’t plan on playing much beyond the $50k Players Championship and the $10k Main Event.

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