Boom! Ship it to Ben Lamb, winner of Event #42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, a whopping $814,436 and his first-ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet!
The field size in this championship event was 361 players and coming into Day 3, Ben Lamb was on the top of the pack with 38 players remaining. The money bubble was set at 36, which meant everyone was in for a long Day 3. After ten levels of play on Sunday, the returning field was whittled down to just four players and again it was Lamb on top of the pack. From there, Lamb was able to maneuver himself to victory and take down the title.
First, Lamb was able to eliminate Christopher King in fourth place. Lamb was able to flop a flush on King's aces and hold from there after all of the money went in preflop. King earned $273,575 for his finish while Lamb extended his lead even more.
The aggressive Finn Sami Kelopuro was then able to find a double through John Shipley when three-handed. After doubling through the Brit, Kelopuro then eliminated Shipley shortly thereafter. Shipley took home $369,575 for his finish and the heads-up battle was set between Kelopuro and Lamb.
When heads-up play began, Lamb held the lead with 6.65 million in chips to Kelopuro's 4.18 million. Right away, Lamb was able to extend his lead and move over seven million in chips. From there, Kelopuro battled back to nearly even. He then took the lead from Lamb, but not by much as the two were virtually deadlocked. Lamb rebounded well and stole the lead right back before the final hand came up.
Kelopuro held the and Lamb the on the board when all of the money went in. The river completed the board with the and gave Lamb a straight to win the tournament. Kelopuro was eliminated in second place for $503,173.
Final Table Payouts
Congratulations to all of the winners and especially to Ben Lamb for taking down Event #42 here at the 2011 WSOP! Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of our continuing coverage of the Series straight from the floor and thanks for following along in this one.