Ben Lamb captures $10,000 WSOP Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship for second bracelet


Ben Lamb added to his already impressive World Series of Poker make a major comeback at the 54th annual historic poker festival. The 38-year-old Las Vegas resident won 2023 WSOP $10,000 Omaha eight or better, besting a field of 212 entries to earn $492,795 and his second gold bracelet. The twice WSOP The final main event tablist now has nearly $16 million in career tournament earnings, with over $9 million coming from WSOP cash out.

This was only Lamb’s 31st cash finish in a bracelet event, meaning his average winnings in the series were over $291,000. Lamb has two seven-figure marks in the series, having finished third in 2011 WSOP main event for $4,019,635 and ninth in 2017 for an additional $1,000,000. His first bracelet win, in the 2011 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha Championship, also earned him a hefty $814,436.

This was Lamb’s fifth final table and first title of 2023. He has been awarded 900 Card player Player of the Year goes for the win, bringing his point total to 1,796. As a result, he moved up the standings and to 78th place in the overall standings POY extension ranking, which are presented by Global Poker.

Lamb also scored 493 Tour of PokerGO points as the winner in this championship event. With 1,028 points and over a million in qualifying earnings, he is now the second-ranked player on PGT extension classification.

Erik SeidelThis event took place over the course of four days on the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas properties. The final day began with just seven contenders remaining from the 212 entrants, with Lamb leading the way and nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel essentially tied with two-time bracelet winner Luis Velador for second place in the standings.

Lamb scored the first knockouts of the day, hitting top set against the first two pair of bracelet winner Johannes Becker (7th – $61,919) and spinning the wheel against four-time bracelet winner Bradley Ruben (6th – $81,317) for further extend its lead. Robert Yass was next to fall (5th – $109,340), with his last chips picked up by Lamb and his nine-high straight.

Seidel gasped when he folded on the river in a big pot against Velador. His last chips went to Lamb, with Seidel AHeart dress7Heart dress5Club dress2Heart dress unable to beat ADiamond dresskClub dressjHeart dress7Club dress. The board ran out of 10Suit in spades9Suit in spades6Diamond dress7Suit in spadeskHeart dress to give up Lamb kings and yet another knockout. Seidel earned $150,445 as the fourth-place finisher, bringing his lifetime earnings to nearly $44.2 million. The 63-year-old Poker Hall of Fame inductee now sits eighth on the all-time cashes list following this latest strong performance in the series.

Lamb had more than 80 percent of the total chips in play for three-way action. He hit pocket aces and won with aces and nines on a single-high board to eliminate Velador, who took home $211,715 in third place.

James Chen’s last chips went early in the middle after a QDiamond dress10Club dressClub dress9 flops. Chen had committed most of his short stack preflop with AcesSuit in spadesjDiamond dress6Diamond dress2Suit in spades. The lamb held KDiamond dress10Heart dress8Heart dress5Suit in spades. The 5Club dress he improved Lamb to ten and five, which remained the best after 2Club dress completed the board. Chen secured a career-best payday of $304,571 as the runner-up.

Here’s a look at the prizes and ranking points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points PGT extension Points
1 Ben Agnello $492,795 900 493
2 James Chen $304,571 750 305
3 Louis Velador $211,715 600 212
4 Erik Seidel $150,445 450 150
5 Robert Yass $109,340 375 109
6 Bradley Reuben $81,317 300 81
7 Johann Becker $61,919 225 62
8 James Ost $48,300 150 48
9 Jason Daley $38,620 75 39

Visit the Card Player 2023 World Series of Poker page for schedules, news, interviews, and the latest results from the event.

Winning photo credit: WSOP / Hayley Hockstetler.

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