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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Ben Lamb $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Champion

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The WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship, Event #42, began with 361 runners settling in for the long haul.  Of those 361 players, 36 would be paid and first place would take home $814,436.  The Omaha Champion to claim the cash and the bracelet was Ben Lamb.

Taking 1st place in this event put Lamb at the top of the "Player of the Year" standings. He finished in 2nd place in the $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event and 1st place in this event catapulted him right into the lead for POY.

The final table of the $10,000 PLO World Championship was no slice of pie; three former gold bracelet winners were there to put up a fight for the gold and the cash: Dario Alioto, John Kabbaj and Josh Tieman. But as all freeze-out tournaments go, there can only be one winner.

When heads-up play started Lamb held the chip lead with 6.65 million to Kelopuro's 4.18 million. Lamb was able to extend his lead right away. Sami Kelopuro fought back to nearly even and then took the lead from Lamb, but not by much. But Lamb was able to rebound and took the lead right back before the final hand came up.

The final hand came down with Sami Kelopuro on the button and he opened to 240,000. Ben Lamb defended his big blind.

The flop peeled off {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and Lamb check-called a bet of 275,000. The {Q-Spades} arrived on the turn and Lamb checked again. Kelopuro fired 675,000 and Lamb answered by raising the pot. Kelopuro appeared to take a deep breath before re-raising all-in. Lamb quickly called.

Kelopuro: {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Lamb: {6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}

Kelopuro held the top two pair. Lamb was counting on draws to a wheel and a flush. He got there with a wheel on the river when the {5-Diamonds} fell. Sami Kelopuro finished in 2nd place for $503,173.

Ben Lamb overcame his own personal best - 2nd placed in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event - and locked up his own gold bracelet, the title of champion, and $814,436 with his 1st place win! Congratulations Ben!

Ben Lamb 
Sami Kelopuro
John Shipley
 Christopher King $273,575
Dario Alioto
John Kabbaj
Cory Wood
Josh Tieman
Hans Winzeler

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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