David Lambard Claims First WSOP Bracelet in Event #36: $3,000 NLH Shootout
The second Shootout tournament of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker has crowned a champion and it was David Lambard topping a field of 313 players to take home the lion's share of a $845,100 prize pool, and most importantly, the elusive gold bracelet. For his victory in Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, Lambard received $207,193 after defeating French poker pro and poker coach Johan “YoH ViraL" Guilbert heads-up.
Heading into the final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, plenty of well-known poker pros had hit the rail in the previous two rounds, yet Lambard still had to face off against former bracelet winners Justin Bonomo, Alexandru Papazian and Andrew Lichtenberger. The 44-year-old, who has been playing poker for a living for the past 10 years, knew what to expect and how tough it would be to win.
"They are all wizards, they are all super pros, this was a top field going on."
“Actually, I knew this whole field was top notch," he said. "They are all wizards, they are all super pros, this was a top field going on. I was well aware of that. A lot of these tournament pros I don't even follow, I just know they are tough. I came with my own style. The only way to win a tournament is to have no fear.”
Final Table Results
|1||David Lambard||United States||$207,193|
|4||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||$67,706|
|6||Ben Farrell||United Kingdom||$37,341|
|9||Martin Zamani||United States||$16,586|
|10||Justin Bonomo||United States||$12,937|
Big Hands Short Handed
Down to the last three players, a key hand took place when fearless Lambard clashed with eventual third-place finisher Weiyi “Wayne” Zhang. Lambard raised with pocket sixes and jammed a ten-high turn with a gutshot, showing that he had no fear. Zhang called with queen-seven for trips and instead of the straight, Lambard spiked one of the two remaining sixes to take a commanding lead.
“I just went with it, I just had a feel. I am kind of an instinct player and these guys are pretty robotic and know the whole matrix. I am kind of old school. I play mostly play cash games and go with the feel. Like the bluff with the three-five, it felt like the right play and he folded.”
That bluff hand was run with five-high and a gutshot against Guilbert in the penultimate hand of the tournament, and he forced the Frenchman to lay down seven-four for bottom two pair. It was all over the very next hand when Lambard won a flip and posed for the winner shots a few minutes later.
“My dad played poker for a living, and it has been in my blood since the seventies.”
Lambard also admitted that he didn't have any special strategy for this Sit-and-Go format.
“Just a basic strategy. Play tight early and when you get down to five-six handed you open up. Establish a tight image early on. I noticed some of the other guys tried to accumulate chips faster. When it is nine or ten-handed, it is pretty ABC. I do everything off, unorthodox. Old school is all I know.”
Coming into the tournament, the father of three had four WSOP and WSOP Circuit cashes to his name with a top score of $107,640. This victory nearly doubled that and Lambard can usually be found at the cash game tables at The Bike, Commerce and in Gardena.
“My dad played poker for a living, and it has been in my blood since the seventies.” Lambard also mentioned Bobby "The Wizard" Hoff as his mentor. Going forward, Lambard will be playing some more events and also giving the upcoming $10,000 Main Event a shot.
A maiden bracelet winner was already guaranteed when the field was reduced to the final three, as Justin Bonomo (10th - $12,937), Alexandru Papazian (7th - $28,182), and Andrew Lichtenberger (4th - $67,706) all saw their bid for a repeat victory fall short.
Action of the Final Day
After winning the initial full-ring round and getting past the four-handed stage in the second round, only 10 players remained and took their seats in the "Thunderdome." All eyes were on three-time WSOP bracelet winner Justin Bonomo, who eventually became the first casualty of the day. Down to around 15 big blinds in the third level of the day, Bonomo lost a flip with pocket nines against the ace-king of Ben Farrell.
Martin Zamani experienced a roller coaster ride in the early stages of the final table and went from one of the chip leaders to a short stack, doubled and then ran with queens into the pocket aces of Jan Lakota. No miracle queen showed up and Zamani bowed out a couple of hands later.
Down to the last eight, the live stream on CBS All Access and PokerGO kicked off and it would take 109 hands from there to determine a champion. It took 20 hands to reduce the field to seven when Adrien Delmas failed to hold up in a flip with pocket fours against the ace-queen suited of Zhang. Two diamonds on the flop gave Zhang a flush draw, running queens improved the Chinese player to trips instead.
After a move with king-nine suited against the ace-jack of Lichtenberger, Papazian was knocked down to less than one big blind. He more than doubled, but eventually came up short with king-eight against the ace-seven of Farrell. Just one hour later it was Farrell that headed to the payout desk as his ace-ten was no good against the pocket jacks of Lambard.
Lakota was the next to fall and again it was Lambard that did the work. Two ace-kings clashed and Lambard had them in spades, spiking two further spades on the flop and improving to the nut flush on the river. That hand vaulted Lambard into the lead with four players remaining.
Zhang doubled into the lead in a flush-over-flush clash with Lichtenberger, and he finished the job soon after with ace-ten against the queen-eight of Lichtenberger. However, Zhang would not become the fifth Chinese player to win a WSOP bracelet just yet as Lambard got there with pocket sixes against the trip sevens of Zhang, spiking one of his six outs on the river.
Lambard entered the heads-up with Johan Guilbert with a comfortable lead, but the Frenchman nearly closed the gap after taking down four hands in a row. With sheer aggression, Lambard pulled further ahead again and even a double for Guilbert with ace-jack versus ace-trey suited only changed the momentum for a few minutes. Eventually, it was a flip that decided over the victory when Lambard came out on top with pocket fours against ace-eight.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be in Vegas all summer to bring you all the action from the 50th Annual World Series of Poker. You can also watch the live-streamed final table action all summer long at PokerGO.
In this Series
- 1 Aria Dealer Nicholas Haynes Wins WSOP $500 Casino Employees Event
- 2 Brian Green Cracks Kings, Beats Imsirovic, Wins First WSOP Bracelet
- 3 Derek McMaster Wins 2019 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $228,228
- 4 Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon Wins WSOP Online Bracelet, Hellmuth Fifth for First Summer Cash
- 5 Dan Zack Claims First Bracelet After Fantastic Comeback in WSOP $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw
- 6 Ben Heath Wins His First Bracelet - Conquers WSOP $50,000 High Roller for $1.48 Million
- 7 Yuval Bronshtein Wins First Bracelet After 10 WSOP Final Table Apperances
- 8 Daniel Strelitz Claims First WSOP Bracelet and $442,385 in Event #11: $5,000 NLHE
- 9 Scott Clements Wins Event #10: $1,500 Dealers Choice ($144,957)
- 10 Jeremy Pekarek Wins Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack for First Gold Bracelet
- 11 Daniel Park Wins Event #12: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty for $226,243
- 12 Alex Epstein Wins Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck for $296,277
- 13 Femi Fashakin Wins Largest-Ever Poker Tournament; BIG 50 Triumph Earns Him $1,147,449
- 14 Isaac Baron Captures Long-Awaited WSOP Bracelet in Event #16: $1,500 NLH 6-Handed
- 15 Backed by Insane Rail, Murilo Souza Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. ($207,003)
- 16 Sean Swingruber Defeats Ben Yu, Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Heads-Up
- 17 Brett Apter Wins First Bracelet in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
- 18 Frankie O'Dell Wins His Third WSOP Omaha Hi-Lo in $10K Championship Event
- 19 Galfond, Bleznick, Zamani Fall Short as Josh "loofa" Pollock Wins Second Bracelet in $600 Online PLO Event
- 20 Eli Elezra Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet and $93,766 in Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
- 21 Expecting Father Jorden Fox Conquers Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack to Win $420,693
- 22 Former Main Event Champ Jim Bechtel Wins $10K 2-7 Single-Draw for $253,817
- 23 Rami Boukai Wins 2019 WSOP Event #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix for $177,294
- 24 John Gorsuch Rebounds from 2 Bigs to Win 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker for $1,344,930
- 25 Andrew Donabedian Turns $600 Into $205,605 Payday at 2019 WSOP
- 26 Michael Mizrachi Wins His Fifth Bracelet!
- 27 Stephen Song Battles To Capture First Bracelet and $341,854 in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
- 28 "Silent Assassin" Thomas Cazayous Wins the WSOP $3K Six-Max for $414,766
- 29 Greg Mueller Wins His Third Bracelet, Takes Down WSOP $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- 30 Luis Zedan Wins 2019 WSOP Event #30: $1K PLO for $236,673; Will Donate 35% to Charity
- 31 Roman Korenev Wins 2019 WSOP Event #26 for $477,401 After "Marathon" Battle
- 32 Australian Robert Campbell Wins Maiden WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 Limit 2-7
- 33 Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva Wins His Third Bracelet in WSOP Online Event
- 34 Howard Mash Wins First Bracelet and $662,594 in WSOP Seniors Championship
- 35 Adam Friedman Goes Back-to-Back in WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
- 36 David Lambard Claims First WSOP Bracelet in Event #36: $3,000 NLH Shootout
- 37 Salt Lake's Robert Mitchell Wins Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack ($297,537)
- 38 Joseph Cheong Breaks Through, Wins $1K Double Stack for $687,782
- 39 Ismael Bojang Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet and $298,507 in 10th 2019 WSOP Cash
- 40 Hennigan Wins Sixth Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud, Negreanu Second
- 41 Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo Wins $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack for $145,274
- 42 Aristeidis Moschonas Turns Chip-and-a-Chair into Event #42: $600 Mixed NLH/PLO Deepstack Win
- 43 Michael Blake Wins Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em, Shulman Second
- 44 Loren Klein Wins 4th Bracelet in 4 Years; Claims $127,808 in Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
- 45 Asi Moshe Captures Third WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty
- 46 Stephen Chidwick Captures First WSOP Bracelet in Event #45: $25K PLO High Roller for $1,618,417
- 47 Ari Engel Wins His First WSOP Bracelet and $427,399 in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
- 48 Luke Schwartz Latest To Win First Bracelet, Triumphs in $10K 2-7 Championship
- 49 South Korea's Jiyoung Kim Wins 2019 WSOP Ladies Championship for $167,308
- 50 Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch Does It; Wins $1,000 WSOP.com Online Event!
- 51 Brazil's Yuri Martins Dzivielevski Captures First Bracelet and $213,750!
- 52 WCOOP Winner Jonas Lauck Secures First WSOP Bracelet and $260,335 in $1,500 Turbo Bounty
- 53 Santiago Soriano Wins $371,203 and First Bracelet in the WSOP $800 Deepstack
- 54 Dash Dudley Wins Event #52: $10,000 PLO Championship ($1,086,967)
- 55 Kevin Gerhart Dominates $1,500 Razz Final Table to Win First WSOP Bracelet and $119,054
- 56 Another Day, Another Millionaire; Kainalu McCue-Unciano Wins the WSOP Monster Stack
- 57 Israel's Team Geiger Wins WSOP $1,000 Tag Team Event
- 58 Joe Foresman Wins 2019 WSOP $600 Deepstack Championship for Nearly $400K
- 59 Anthony Zinno Wins 2019 WSOP $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo for 2nd Career Bracelet; Aims for POY
- 60 Phil Hui's Dream Comes True as He Conquers $50K Poker Players Championship for $1,099,311
- 61 Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Razz Championship for Third WSOP Bracelet
- 62 Anatolii Zyrin Denies Yueqi Zhu Title Defense to Win WSOP $1,500 Omaha Mix Title
- 63 Sejin Park Claims First-Ever Open Event Bracelet for South Korea; Wins 2019 WSOP Colossus for $451,272
- 64 Nicholas "Illari" Baris Wins $303,739 in Massive WSOP.com ONLINE Championship
- 65 Nick Schulman Wins Third Bracelet in Event #65: $10,000 PLO8 or Better Championship
- 66 David “ODB” Baker Steamrolls $1,500 Limit Hold’em to Capture 2nd WSOP Gold Bracelet
- 67 Robert Campbell Wins His Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10K Stud Hi-Lo, Grabs POY Lead
- 68 French Pro Jeremy Saderne Wins 2019 WSOP Mini Main Event ($628,654)
- 69 From Working at In-N-Out Burger to Crushing Poker; Rick Alvarado Triumphs in WSOP Crazy Eights for $888,888
- 70 Brandon "DrOctagon" Adams Wins WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller for $411,560
- 71 High Roller Joao Vieira Wins First Bracelet and $758,011 in $5,000 6-Max
- 72 Juha Helppi Finally Does It: Finnish Poker Hero Claims First Bracelet in $10K Limit!
- 73 Susan Faber Wins First Bracelet in Event #71: $500 Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold'em
- 74 Shawn "bucky21" Buchanan Wins His First Bracelets, Takes Down $800 WSOP.com ONLINE 6-Max ($223,119)
- 75 Danny Tang Wins $50,000 Final Fifty for $1,608,406: "I Want to go Down in the History Books"
- 76 Tu Dao Wins WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Max for $133,189
- 77 James Anderson Wins 2019 WSOP Little One for One Drop for $690,686
- 78 Denmark's Maximilian Klostermeier Wins First Bracelet in Event #78: $1,500 PLO Bounty
- 79 Shankar Pillai Takes Down 2019 WSOP $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only Event
- 80 Ivan Deyra's Dream Comes True; Wins Event #79: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($380,090)
- 81 Boyhood Dream Achieved: Jerry Odeen Wins WSOP Bracelet for $304,793
- 82 Keith Tilston Wins 2019 WSOP $100K High Roller; Negreanu Finishes as Runner-Up
- 83 Tom Koral Wins Second Bracelet in Event #82: $1,500 NLH Double Stack ($530,164)
- 84 Taylor "Galactar" Paur Wins his Second Bracelet in $500 WSOP.com ONLINE Summer Saver
- 85 Abhinav Iyer Takes Down The Closer to Win His First Bracelet and $565,346
- 86 Alan Sternberg Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for First WSOP Bracelet
- 87 Carl Shaw Defeats Tony Dunst to Claim First Bracelet & $606,562, Hellmuth Sixth
- 88 Anuj Agarwal Wins $10K 6-Max on Last Day of 2019 WSOP ($630,747)
- 89 Denis Strebkov Wins His First Bracelet and $206,173 Top-Prize in $3k H.O.R.S.E.
- 90 Hossein Ensan Wins the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000