2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
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Lamb Poised for Another Deep Run

donpeters • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb

The last deep run by Ben Lamb in the World Series of Poker Main Event came in 2009 when he finished in 14th place. Lamb earned himself a ton of poker recognition thanks to that deep run and pocketed $633,022 in prize money, but where did he finish on Day 1 during that quest?

Well, we checked back in our archives and found that Lamb played Day 1a in 2009 and bagged up 53,275 chips to end the day. Right now, he's sitting at approximately four times that amount as the day moves to a close here in the last level. That begs the question: Will bagging up nearly four times as many chips this year lead to an even deeper run in the Main Event?

In many, many tournaments, it's not so common that one of the early chip leaders goes on to win. In fact, in the WSOP Main Event, no Day 1 chip leader has ever gone on to victory. For one thing, it's quite a long ride to the end and plenty of things can happen along the way. Still, Lamb is setting himself up with the chance to do just that if he can hold onto the chip lead and emerge at the top of the pack when the day is done. Of course, he'll have to top the stack of 209,500 that Fred Berger bagged up last night and also hold off the other competitors from Day 1c and Day 1d in order to be the overall chip leader, but that could all very well happen.

If you'd like to relive Lamb's final hand from the 2009 WSOP Main Event, check it out here. He was eliminated by Jeff Shulman who went on to make the November Nine and finish in sixth place. Lamb has one other WSOP Main Event cash on record and that's in 2007 where he placed 156th for $58,570.

Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for our ongoing coverage of the 2011 Main Event just to see how far Lamb can go. He also currently sits second in the race for WSOP Player of the Year and we'll be keeping an eye on that, too.

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Fohrenbach Folds

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Ricky Fohrenbach
Ricky Fohrenbach

Ricky Fohrenbach raised to 1,050 from middle position and the woman in the big blind called. The flop came {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} and the big blind checked to Fohrenbach who tossed out a bet of 1,300. She quickly called and the turn brought the {10-Clubs}. Both players checked and they saw the {a-Spades} fall on the river. The big blind bet out a rather small bet of 1,500 and Fohrenbach thought for a moment before releasing his hand into the muck.

After the hand Fohrenbach's stack was down to around 62,000.

Ricky Fohrenbach
Ricky Fohrenbach
62,000 -7,000

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Friedman Finds Aces, Doubles

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Perry Friedman came in for a raise under the gun, and action folded around to the hijack, who raised it up to 3,000. Action folded around to Friedman, who instantly went all in for 10,225, and the hijack called. The cards were flipped, and Friedman was on the right side of a classic cooler.

Friedman: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Hijack: {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

The flop came out {3-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, and Friedman stayed out in front. The {q-Hearts} changed nothing, as neither player held a heart. The river brought the {10-Hearts}, and Friedman scored the double up to get closer towards his starting stack once again.

22,000 2,000

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Not Apple Counts, Orange Counts

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Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb
215,000 10,000
Bob Safai
Bob Safai
130,000 -25,000
Anton Ionel
Anton Ionel
130,000 75,000
Bryan Colin
Bryan Colin
100,000 24,000
90,000
Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius
85,000 2,000
Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo
80,000
Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly
75,000 7,700
Sam Stein
Sam Stein
70,000 -18,000
Maxim Lykov ru
Maxim Lykov
ru 65,000 22,000
58,000 -1,000
Garry Gates
Garry Gates
57,000 -3,000
David Bakes Baker
David Bakes Baker
55,000
Al Barbieri
Al Barbieri
55,000 -2,000
Erick Lindgren
Erick Lindgren
50,000 -5,000
Tim West
Tim West
45,000 20,000
Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett
42,000 19,000
David Chiu
David Chiu
40,000 1,000
Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella
38,000 -2,000
John Monnette
John Monnette
35,000 2,000
Ted Lawson
Ted Lawson
35,000 -2,000
William Thorson
William Thorson
35,000 -8,500
Andy Frankenberger
Andy Frankenberger
30,000 5,000
Allen Cunningham
Allen Cunningham
30,000 9,000
25,000 5,000

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The Mood in the Room

[user198205] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

With each player putting up $10,000 and going after the most prestigious prize in the poker world, you might think that the mood in the room would be tense and serious.

Quite the contrary, at least in the purple section, many of the tables are filled with smiles and laughter and the players seem to be having a really good time. One player who identified himself as "Big Ron" has his table (and the dealer) in stitches with his humorous banter.

We're only 45 minutes away from the end of the day so perhaps everyone is starting to (happily) realize that they've got a good shot of making Day 2 and are just trying to enjoy themselves.

Fernandez Finding Chips

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Leo Fernandez
Leo Fernandez

We caught up to a hand to find Leo Fernandez checking on a {j-Spades}{q-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop, a player in late position then bet and made it 1,500 if Fernandez wanted to see a turn. Instead of simply calling Fernandez opted to raise and made it 5,000 straight. After some careful thinking the player in early position made the call.

A {q-Spades} fell out of the deck for the turn and both players checked. The river {9-Hearts} lead to Fernandez going all in fairly quickly and the player in late position folding.

Leo Fernandez ar
Leo Fernandez
ar 34,000 11,000

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Levi Takes Leave

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Nicolas Levi three-bet shoved for less than 10,000 chips, and was called by Robin Mitchell preflop. Mitchell's {a-Hearts}{a-Spades} had Levi's {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} crushed, and Levi was unable to catch up, eliminating him from the tournament.

Nicolas Levi fr
Nicolas Levi
fr Busted

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Matusow Gutted

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Right after doubling, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow returned the favor to a player at the table. Matusow flopped a set of tens with {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} on a {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs} board, and called an all in after the {8-Spades} turned. His opponent held {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for the nut-straight however, and the river bricked.

Just like that, Matusow is back below 30,000 chips.

Mike Matusow
Mike Matusow
27,000 -30,000

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Still Trying to Go Deep in Purple

Homer
Edwin Kim
Edwin Kim
Edwin Kim
Edwin Kim
160,000 -3,000
Mark Kroon
Mark Kroon
106,000 -16,000
Per Linde
Per Linde
105,000 45,000
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald
75,000 17,000
75,000
John Racener
John Racener
72,000 10,000
Andrew Lichtenberger
Andrew Lichtenberger
68,000 10,000
Vivek Rajkumar
Vivek Rajkumar
54,000 -11,000
Galen Hall
Galen Hall
49,000 -14,000
Remy Biechel
Remy Biechel
48,000 19,000
Ricky Fohrenbach
Ricky Fohrenbach
40,000 11,000
Chad Batista
Chad Batista
38,500 2,500
John Duthie
John Duthie
35,000 -8,000
Roland de Wolfe
Roland de Wolfe
33,500 8,500
Leo Fernandez ar
Leo Fernandez
ar 23,000 -12,000
19,500 -16,500
19,000

Brady Runs Into Two Pair

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Matt Brady
Matt Brady

With the board reading {Q-Spades}{K-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades}, Matt Brady faced a bet of 2,700 from his opponent and was in the tank for a couple of minutes.

"I usually can go one way or the other, but I don't know with this one", Brady said in regard to the hand.

Eventually Brady dropped in the call and his opponent tabled {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a rivered two pair.

"Noooooo" said Brady, obviously not enjoying the river card. He threw his card in the muck, his stack dropping by a little.

Matt Brady
Matt Brady
52,000 30,000

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