Ben Lamb: Profile Of A WSOP ChampionJuly 14, 2011 10:03 am
Currently chip leader in the 2011 WSOP Main Event, Ben Lamb enters Day 3 of the prestigious tournament sitting on an impressive 551,600 stack.
Even before the 26 year old started grabbing headlines in this year’s Main Event the US pro had already earned a fair amount of WSOP accolade after finishing 14th in the 2009 Main Event for $633,022.
Now, however, Ben Lamb has further stamped his authority on the world’s most coveted series of poker events, after enjoying one of the most highly productive WSOP of any player.
Ben Lamb’s record at this year’s WSOP speaks for itself having triumphed in the $10k PLO Championship for $814,436. Lamb also finished 2nd in the $3k PLO event ($259,918), 8th in the $50k Poker Players Championship ($201,338) and 12th in the $10k NL Six Handed ($56,140) for a combined payout of $1,331,832 so far.
Six years ago Lamb quit his studies at Trinity University in San Antonio to concentrate on his poker career. Just a few short years later and now the Las Vegas resident has managed to amass $2,553,878 in live tournament winnings, to go with his $1,131,871 playing online under the screen name Benba.
Ben Lamb’s record is all the more impressive when you consider he is known foremost as a cash game specialist. Successfully changing strategy has been key to Lamb being able to interchange between playing cash and tournament poker, but good stamina has been a communal feature of both disciplines.
“I’ve been in cash games that have gone 20 hours straight. It’s hard to leave a table when you have a chance to make $1,000 or $1,500 an hour,” explained Lamb.
Ben Lamb will now be hoping to cap a remarkable WSOP 2011 with success in the Main Event, and given the recent boosts to bankroll and confidence, it would be a brave man to bet against him making a deep run in the event.
“I’m making great reads and everything seems to work. Maybe I am in a zone this year,” exclaimed Lamb.