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Lamb Passes Hellmuth in WSOP Player of the Year Race
You can rack up yet another accolade for Ben Lamb at the 2011 WSOP.
Lamb has officially passed Phil Hellmuth in the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year race thanks to his deep run in the Main Event.
The Las Vegas-based poker pro, who is still in the tournament, is now guaranteed to pass the Poker Brat thanks to making it to the final 138 players of the Main Event.
Lamb tried to downplay the significance of the achievement but admitted it was a special moment in his poker career.
“I’m more focused on playing this tournament right now but I’m definitely excited to be leading Player of the Year,” said Lamb.
Lamb has been a revelation at the 2011 WSOP with four cashes (five once the Main Event is complete), three final tables and one bracelet win.
He’s cashed for a total of $1.3 million so far.
It’s difficult, even for Lamb, to point to one particular reason for all his success this year.
“It’s a combination of things,” said Lamb. “Run good is probably the leading thing but I’ve just been more focused this summer. I haven’t really done much but play poker.”
Prior to the Main Event, Hellmuth had 710 points to Lamb’s 659.
The Poker Brat also had a very impressive WSOP that included three second-place finishes, including one in the $50k Players Championship.
Despite Lamb passing Hellmuth by at least 24 points, the Player of the Year contest is far from over.
This year, for the first time ever, tournaments in the World Series of Poker Europe in France will count towards the race.
Hellmuth has already said he will be flying to France to attempt to re-take the POY lead in October. It appears Lamb will follow suit.
“I’m almost definitely going,” said Lamb.
The winner of the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year award will join such illustrious players as Frank Kassela (2010), Jeff Lisandro (2009), Erick Lindgren (2008) and Tom Schneider (2007).