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.
This 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 A752 unable to beat Akj7. The board ran out of 10967k 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 Q109 flops. Chen had committed most of his short stack preflop with Acesj62. The lamb held K1085. The 5 he improved Lamb to ten and five, which remained the best after 2 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:
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Winning photo credit: WSOP / Hayley Hockstetler.