Friday, October 29, 2021 3:00 AM Local Time
Ben Lamb Leads 25 Survivors After Day 2 in Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
One of the high-stakes highlights of the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is one step closer to crowning a champion. Out of a field of 212 entries in Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, only 25 players remain in contention for the biggest slice of the $5,008,500 prize pool. They have all locked up a payday of $44,807 locked up so far and the winner can look forward to the coveted gold bracelet and top prize of $1,251,860.
Best-positioned for the seven-figure payday and what would be his second gold bracelet is Ben Lamb, who soared to the biggest stack on Day 2. Lamb was one of nearly three dozen late entrants during the first two levels and bagged up a massive stack of 3,885,000. That's well ahead of second-placed Nathan Zimnik (2,535,000) and David Benyamine (2,340,000). One of the former champions of this specific tournament is also still in the mix, as Shaun Deeb advanced with just shy of two million in chips.
Top 10 Counts Day 2 Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
|Position||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Ben Lamb||United States||3,885,000||130|
|2||Nathan Zimnik||United States||2,535,000||85|
|4||LaDarren Banks||United States||2,000,000||67|
|5||Shaun Deeb||United States||1,975,000||66|
|7||Farhad Jamasi||United States||1,480,000||49|
|9||Bryce Yockey||United States||1,420,000||47|
|10||Charles Sinn||United States||1,335,000||45|
Among the notable contenders outside of the top five are Joao Vieira, Bryce Yockey, Jeremy Ausmus, Tommy Le, Simon Lofberg,
Jerry Wong, and Ka Kwan Lau. Ausmus and Le were on the final table of Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, in which Le claimed his second career gold bracelet only a few days ago. The Californian was down to just under two blinds prior to the money bubble but made it through with 1,035,000 in pursuit of an unprecedented back-to-back victory in WSOP PLO High Roller tournaments.
Previous WSOP $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High-Roller Champions
|Year||Player||Country||First Prize||Players||Prize Pool|
|2019||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$1,618,417||278||$6,602,500|
|2018||Shaun Deeb||United States||$1,402,683||230||$5,462,500|
|2017||James Calderaro||United States||$1,289,074||204||$4,868,750|
|2015||Anthony Zinno||United States||$1,122,196||175||$4,156,250|
Defending champion Stephen Chidwick was eliminated a few spots outside of the money when he fell victim to the hot run of Lamb during the final stages of the night. Other notables such as Dash Dudley, Dylan Weisman, John Racener, Josh Arieh, Yuval Bronshtein, Dario Sammartino, Sam Soverel, and Jake Schwartz all missed out on another WSOP cash for their poker resume.
Lamb was also responsible for bursting the money bubble when he turned a flush against Ian Bradley's two pair. For the remainder of the day, Lamb remained the undisputed chip leader. Seven players earned cash prizes and among them were four WSOP bracelet winners in Ben Yu, Joseph Cheong, Scott Seiver, and Chance Kornuth.
All remaining 25 players will return to their seats in the Amazon Room at 2pm local time on Friday, October 29. The penultimate tournament day is scheduled to reduce the field to the final five players and the action recommences in Level 21 at blinds of 15,000/30,000 with a big blind ante of 30,000.
Stay tuned to find out who will make it all the way to the live-streamed final as the PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide all key hands from start-to-finish.
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:54 AM Local Time
Day 3 Seat Draw - Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||427||2||Charles Sinn||United States||1,335,000||45|
|Amazon||427||3||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||1,280,000||43|
|Amazon||427||4||Nathan Zimnik||United States||2,535,000||85|
|Amazon||427||5||Robert Paddock||United States||505,000||17|
|Amazon||427||7||LaDarren Banks||United States||2,000,000||67|
| || || || || || || |
|Amazon||428||1||Jerry Wong||United States||705,000||24|
|Amazon||428||2||Shaun Deeb||United States||1,975,000||66|
|Amazon||428||3||John Beauprez||United States||905,000||30|
|Amazon||428||4||Matthew Wantman||United States||985,000||33|
|Amazon||428||5||Ka Kwan Lau||Hong Kong||525,000||18|
|Amazon||428||6||Michael Kamran||United States||725,000||24|
|Amazon||428||8||Tommy Le||United States||1,035,000||35|
| || || || || || || |
|Amazon||429||1||Farhad Jamasi||United States||1,480,000||49|
|Amazon||429||3||Maxx Coleman||United States||340,000||11|
|Amazon||429||6||Amir Mirrasouli||United States||605,000||20|
|Amazon||429||7||Bryce Yockey||United States||1,420,000||47|
| || || || || || || |
|Amazon||430||1||Mohammad Arani||United States||600,000||20|
|Amazon||430||6||Joseph Sanders||United States||1,140,000||38|
|Amazon||430||8||Ben Lamb||United States||3,885,000||130|
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:25 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 2 Counts
|Ben Lamb||3,885,000||235,000 |
|Nathan Zimnik||2,535,000||-15,000 |
|David Benyamine||2,340,000||940,000 |
|LaDarren Banks||2,000,000||-200,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,975,000||-325,000 |
|Joao Vieira||1,805,000||0 |
|Farhad Jamasi||1,480,000||710,000 |
|Veselin Karakitukov||1,445,000||445,000 |
|Bryce Yockey||1,420,000||-280,000 |
|Charles Sinn||1,335,000||-265,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||1,280,000||-90,000 |
|Joseph Sanders||1,140,000||215,000 |
|Martin Dam||1,045,000||-55,000 |
|Tommy Le||1,035,000||0 |
|Matthew Wantman||985,000||235,000 |
|John Beauprez||905,000||-15,000 |
|Simon Lofberg||885,000||90,000 |
|Michael Kamran||725,000||225,000 |
|Jerry Wong||705,000||-115,000 |
|Amir Mirrasouli||605,000||0 |
|Mohammad Arani||600,000||-25,000 |
|Ka Kwan Lau||525,000||-25,000 |
|Robert Paddock||505,000||-145,000 |
|Maxx Coleman||340,000||-510,000 |
|Gabriel Andrade||300,000||-200,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:10 AM Local Time
Day 2 Completed With 25 Remaining
All remaining 25 players have bagged and tagged the chips for the night. They will be back tomorrow at 2pm local time to play down to the final five contenders for the live-streamed showdown. All chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:08 AM Local Time
Final Pot to Le
Tommy Le bet the flop for 40,000 and Amir Mirrasouli raised to 90,000, which Le called. The turn was checked by Le and Mirrasouli now bet 100,000 for Le to call.
After the river, Le checked once more and Mirrasouli checked behind with the to see Le turn over for treys full of jacks to win the pot.
|Tommy Le||1,035,000||185,000 |
|Amir Mirrasouli||605,000||-245,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:06 AM Local Time
Kornuth Eliminated by Wong
Chance Kornuth was in a heads-up pot against Jerry Wong and got all-in on the flop of .
Wong had flopped trips and Kornuth couldn't improve to stay alive as the board ran out .
|Jerry Wong||820,000||0 |
|Chance Kornuth||0||-630,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:04 AM Local Time
Seiver Bricks Out
Scott Seiver raised to 60,000 on the button and Joao Vieira made it 205,000 in the small blind. Seiver quickly called and the two players saw a flop of . Vieira made a pot-sized bet and Seiver snapped in his last 300,000 chips.
Vieira flopped top pair but Seiver had a small wrap with an over card. The on the turn paired the board and the hit the river, bricking everything for Seiver who hit the payout desk.
|Joao Vieira||1,805,000||555,000 |
|Scott Seiver||0||-300,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:00 AM Local Time
The Last Three Hands
All remaining 27 players will complete another three hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:55 AM Local Time
Late Chip Changes
Tommy Le lost nearly half of his stack when he tangled with Martin Dam, who jammed the flop to force an instant fold.
Ben Lamb appears to be the runaway chip leader as Shaun Deeb and Nathan Zimnik are more than one million behind.
|Ben Lamb||3,650,000||125,000 |
|Nathan Zimnik||2,550,000||50,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||2,300,000||-350,000 |
|Bryce Yockey||1,700,000||790,000 |
|Joao Vieira||1,250,000||-50,000 |
|Martin Dam||1,100,000||350,000 |
|Amir Mirrasouli||850,000||-655,000 |
|Tommy Le||850,000||-650,000 |
|Ka Kwan Lau||550,000||0 |
|Scott Seiver||300,000||-140,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:49 AM Local Time
Lau Doubles Through Vieira
Ka Kwan Lau opened late position and Joao Vieira raised in the small blind to put his opponent all-in. Lau called.
Ka Kwan Lau:
The board ran out and Lau made a straight to save himself from elimination and secure a double-up.
|Joao Vieira||1,300,000||-100,000 |
|Ka Kwan Lau||550,000||213,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:47 AM Local Time
Arani Doubles Through Deeb
Mohammad Arani was all-in with a short stack after a flop and big stack Shaun Deeb called.
Deeb held a gutshot but didn't get there, as the turn and river kept Arani in the lead with aces up.
"Not even a dent," Arani said as Deeb lost a fraction of his massive stack.
|Shaun Deeb||2,650,000||1,040,000 |
|Mohammad Arani||625,000||125,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:42 AM Local Time
Cheong Eliminated by Banks
The hot streak of LaDarren Banks continues as he also knocked out Joseph Cheong. The latter hit top and bottom pair with a flush draw on the flop with but Banks had that crushed with the for the top set and nut flush draw.
Cheong was drawing to four outs with an off-suit nine for a straight or the case nine of diamonds for the straight flush but the turn and river kept Banks' nut flush as the superior hand.
|LaDarren Banks||2,200,000||150,000 |
|Joseph Cheong||0||-825,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:37 AM Local Time
Yu Falls to the Hot Streak of Lamb
Ben Yu raised to 85,000 in middle position and Ben Lamb three-bet to 290,000 on the button. The action folded back to Yu who called to see a flop of . Yu jammed all in for around 300,000 and Lamb snapped him off.
Yu flopped the best hand with two pair but the and runout gave Lamb a straight to eliminate Yu.
|Ben Lamb||3,525,000||725,000 |
|Ben Yu||0||-400,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:33 AM Local Time
Sinn Sends O'Hara to the rail
Picking up the action on a board reading , Charles Sinn bet out and Ian O'Hara raised all-in in the heads-up pot. Sinn called with his opponent well-covered.
O'Hara was ahead with a set against the two pair of his opponent. But the river brought the and Sinn scooped the pot with a straight.
"Sorry, man," Sinn said as O'Hara stood up to leave.
|Charles Sinn||1,600,000||100,000 |
|Ian O'Hara||0||-770,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:31 AM Local Time
Le Above the Average
Five ways to the flop, Tommy Le bet 75,000 out of the small blind and was only called by Bryce Yockey in a late position. The turn slowed down Le and he checked, Yockey bet 150,000 and Le reluctantly called.
Both then checked the river and Le flashed the for a full house first, then also revealed the as Yockey mucked to forfeit the pot.
|Tommy Le||1,500,000||850,000 |
|Bryce Yockey||910,000||-430,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:27 AM Local Time
Wantman Doubles Through Sinn
Charles Sinn opened to 60,000 on the button and Matthew Wantman re-raised to 205,000 in the small blind. The big blind folded and Sinn stuck in a four-bet. Wantman only had 300,000 total chips and they were all in the middle.
The flop came to give Wantman the best hand with a pair of queens. The on the turn and the on the river changed nothing as Wantman doubled his stack.
|Charles Sinn||1,500,000||-400,000 |
|Matthew Wantman||750,000||370,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:20 AM Local Time
Kurtzman First Casualty in the Money; Kamran Doubles
Former chip leader Eric Kurtzman was seen on the way to the rail and the board was already killed. The cards were still exposed as LaDarren Banks prevailed with versus to send Kurtzman out in 32nd place.
"You are killing it," Kurtzman said on his way out as he bumped fists with Banks.
Nathan Zimnik then looked up the all-in of Michael Kamran for the last 210,000.
The board kept Kamran in contention.
|Nathan Zimnik||2,500,000||-450,000 |
|LaDarren Banks||2,050,000||1,050,000 |
|Michael Kamran||500,000||200,000 |
|Eric Kurtzman||0||-460,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:15 AM Local Time
Andrade Doubles Through Sanders
The cards were already on their backs as Gabriel Andrade got the short stack in with the . Joseph Sanders was aiming to deal the final blow with the but didn't get there on the board.
|Joseph Sanders||925,000||-175,000 |
|Gabriel Andrade||500,000||100,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:09 AM Local Time
Zimnik Has a Profitable Bubble
Nathan Zimnik was already one of the chip leaders coming into the money bubble, but he continued to build his stack with some constant pressure during hand-for-hand play.
In one hand, Zimnik led out for 100,000 on the turn with the board reading . Eric Kurtzman called and the paired the board on the river. Zimnik fired out another bet of 300,000 this time and Kurtzman was forced to fold.
Just a couple of hands later, the board read and Zimnik took the lead with a bet of 75,000. Michael Kamran called this time and the river was the . Zimnik sized up a bet of 225,000 and Kamran dumped his cards to the muck.
|Nathan Zimnik||2,950,000||900,000 |
|Eric Kurtzman||460,000||-1,080,000 |
|Michael Kamran||300,000||-360,000 |
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:09 AM Local Time
Level 20 started