Lamb Bumps Hellmuth in POY Race ... For Now
Ben Lamb has been on a monster run this summer and he dominated again on Day 28 of the 2011 WSOP, earning his first bracelet in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
Lamb finished runner-up in the $3k PLO Event just 10 days ago and now sits atop the World Series of Poker Player of the Year rankings, bumping Phil Hellmuth down into second.
Ben Lamb Wins $10k PL Omaha Championship
Ben Lamb entered the final four of the $10k PL Omaha Championship on Monday with the chip lead and heads-up play was quickly reached in this one between Lamb and Sami Kelopuro.
Kelopuro tailed to start the match-up with 4.1 million to the 6.6 million of Lamb.
The stacks were almost even with Lamb holding the lead when Lamb got lucky on the last hand to take the bracelet.
The board at the turn of the final hand was As-9h-3d-Qs and the two got into a betting war that resulted in Kelopuro being all-in.
Lamb had him slightly covered and losing this hand would all but give the title to Kelopuro.
Most were surprised when Lamb turned over 6s-5h-4s-2d for only a wheel draw and a flush draw. Kelopuro turned over Ac-Qc-Kd-7d for top two pair.
Lamb got there when the river fell the 5d to give him a wheel and the win.
Ben Lamb finished one better than his 2nd-place finish less than two weeks ago to win the $10,000 PL Omaha Championship bracelet and top prize money of $814,436.
He now sits atop the Player of the Year standings with 486.25 points - rouchy 66 more than Phil Hellmuth's 420.75.
$1,500 NL Hold'em and $2,500 Razz Both Get Heads-Up
The 10-level hard stop rule claimed victims in both the $1,500 NL Hold'em Event and the $2,500 Razz Event on Monday.
Pokerstars Pro Andre Akkari made the final table of the $1,500 NL Event and eventually reached heads-up play for the title with Nachman Berlin.
The two battled until the end of the day when Berlin finished with 9.4 million in chips to Akkari's 3.4 million. They will battle it out on Tuesday for the bracelet.
Chris Bjorin, Rep Porter, and Robert Williamson III all headlined the final table of the $2,500 Razz Event.
Only Porter would make it to heads-up play where he faced Stephen Su.
Su started the heads-up match-up with 1.8 million to the 950,000 of Porter. The two battled until the end of the day and Su retained his chip lead.
The two will start play Tuesday for the bracelet with Su leading 1.65 million to 1 million.
Hellmuth and Esfandiari Excel in $1,000 NL Event
The two stories on Monday in the $1,000 NL Event were Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth.
Hellmuth battled early on to make the money in this event, but after a timely double-up he was able to make a deep run.
Ultimately he wasn't able to make the final day of the event and had to settle for 28th place.
Antonio Esfandiari will start the final day as one of the chip leaders. He finished the day with 663,000, which is good for 6th.
Jonathan Driscoll is the overall chip leader with 1.2 million.
Only 21 players are left in this event and the bracelet should be awarded in this one on Tuesday.
Record Setting Fields for $10k NL Six-Max and $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8
The $10k NL Hold'em Six-Max more than doubled its 2010 total when 474 players took the felt on Monday.
Of course, the buy-in was reduced from $25k to $10k, ergo the massive jump.
An all-star field took the felt on Day 1 and by the end of the day Alan Sternberg leads with 260k.
Ben Lamb is currently second in chips and looking to put a stranglehold on the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year award.
The last Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event was in 2009. Players complained loudly enough after the 2010 WSOP that the event was reinstated in 2011.
A record crowd of 450 players took the felt in this event, a 74 player jump over 2009.
Over half the field was knocked out in Day 1 with 201 players set to return for Day 2 action.
Abe Mosseri will lead that field into play with 64,200 chips.
Chad Brown, Erik Seidel, Scott Clements, and Bryan Micon are all in the Top 20.
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