2011 WSOP Event #42 Recap – Ben Lamb Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Event #42 of the 2011 WSOP was the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. A field of 361 runners turned out for Day 1 of this event to take a shot at the bracelet and $814,436. This was one of the strongest fields of any championship event this point of the WSOP.
The final table of this event was reached on Day 3, but it failed to complete. Play was suspended at the end of Day 3 with just 4 players left and Ben Lamb leading the field. Lamb took 2nd in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event earlier in the series and was looking to win his first bracelet.
Here are the final four participants and their starting stacks on the final day:
Seat 1: Sami Kelopuro 2,155,000
Seat 2: Ben Lamb 4,335,000
Seat 3: Christopher King 1,645,000
Seat 4: John Shipley 2,705,000
Christopher King was the first player eliminated from the final table. He had been knocked down to just 1.1 Million before his last hand, and committed that stack with Ah-As-Ks-Qs. Ben Lamb called with Kc-Kd-8d-4s. The flop fell 10d-6d-3d to give Lamb a flush and a near lock on the hand. It was all over for King when the 5d hit the turn. Christopher King finished in 4th place and took home $273,575.
John Shipley was the next to fall. He was all-in pre-flop with Ac-Kd-8c-5s and called by Sami Kelopuro with Ks-Qh-Js-8d. The flop fell Qs-5h-10d to give Kelopuro top pair and an open-ended draw. Shipley picked up bottom pair and a broadway draw. The turn 2s and river 7c failed to bring him help, and Shipley finished in 3rd place, good for $369,575.
At the start of heads-up play, Ben Lamb led Sami Kelopuro 6.6 Million to 4.1 Million. Kelopuro took the chip lead for about a hand before slipping under Lamb prior to the final hand. The final hand saw Kelopuro all-in at the turn with board showing As-9h-3d-Qs. He was holding Ac-Qc-Kd-7d for top two pair. Lamb was showed 6s-5h-4s-2d for absolute air but he did have both a wheel draw and a flush draw. Kelopuro looked to double-up to take nearly all the chips when the river fell the 5d to give Lamb a wheel, and the bracelet win.
Ben Lamb survives a stacked field to win the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship bracelet and $814,436. His victory also put him at the top of the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year race. Congratulations.