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2023 54th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, June 10, 2023 to Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,971,600
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:37 PM Local Time
Ben Lamb Runs "Hotter Than the Sun" to Win Second Bracelet in Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Ben Lamb

It took just three and a half hours on the final day of Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship to determine a champion and Ben Lamb has become the latest card shark to earn his second WSOP gold bracelet at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

It was yet another record field for a Championship Event of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), which drew a staggering 212 unique entries, and the top 32 finishers secured a portion of the $1,971,600 prize pool.

Lamb entered the final day with a narrow lead at the top of the leaderboard and proceeded to knock out all six of his opponents to secure the live poker's most coveted prize and $492,795 for the efforts. James Chen finished as the runner-up in a brief heads-up encounter while Poker Hall of Fame member Erik Seidel was eliminated in fourth place.

Event #25: Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Ben LambUnited States$492,795
2James Chen (US)United States$304,571
3Luis VeladorMexico$211,715
4Erik SeidelUnited States$150,445
5Robert YassUnited States$109,340
6Brad RubenUnited States$81,317
7Johannes BeckerGermany$61,919
8James ObstAustralia$48,300

Winner's Reaction

Lamb wrapped up the victory in lightning fashion and even before the winner shots were taken, he headed over to the side feature tables to embrace Shaun Deeb on the final two tables of Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix.

"I guess I am not any more confident than I was, I mean, I don't know. Cards come and go, you have a hot streak and a cold streak, and I ran hotter than the fuckin sun, which was nice. Again, I think I am playing pretty good poker. I haven't been playing a lot but when I have been playing, I have been more emotionally invested and focusing harder," Lamb clarified during the winner interview, which perfectly sums up the run-good of the now two-time champion on the final day.

Since his first WSOP victory, Lamb had a few close calls including a third-place finish in Event #28: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha and a runner-up finish in Event #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em one year ago during the 2022 WSOP. Lamb described the former as "that one hurt a lot" but he has now redeemed himself in the four-card variant.

Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb's winning hand.

A potential bid for a second WSOP Player of the Year title may also be on the cards as Lamb intends to increase his volume of play. "You will definitely see me in some tournaments that I don't normally play, whether that's the $250k or the 10k Razz."

Lamb expressed his particular love for the four-card variant with the special environment it is in. Where other high-stakes competitions may be rather dull and tense, that is not necessarily the case with four cards at everyone's disposal according to Lamb: "It is a very social game. If you play PLO, it is a bunch of people in PLO cash, they like having a good time, laughing and running it twice," he clarified.

With his bracelet counter now up to two, Lamb can now change the tunes on the golf course where the banter and prop bets are flowing. Whether or not it feels sweeter to win the money on the felt or the green is still not settled, however. "In golf you just go out there and can say, you won that ... in poker, in the first hour and a half, I played good. I made like thirty wheels, I scooped so many pots. It is always that thought in the back of your mind - did I play good or run good, or a combination of both. In golf, if you win you beat them".

Having played poker for more than 16 years, the thought of earning more WSOP gold bracelets wasn't as important during the first couple of years, especially given that may change in the near future. "Now the last couple of years I got some close shots, like damn, I wanted to win another bracelet. Now to get that monkey off my back, of course, but no one is ever happy with two ... or sixteen," Lamb said with a smirk on the face.

While Lamb didn't experience any swings on the final day, making it that far was a whole different story, however, as the eventual champion endured a roller coaster ride during the late stages of Day 3.

"You know, tilt is a funny thing. I went from chip leader nine-handed to low stack nine-handed and ended up chip leader seven-handed. Everybody gets tilted, like in my mind I was yelling at everyone and could stay in a dark place but if you think logically, I think you can just make your chips. Just slow down and think before you put chips in the pot and don't let that anger win."

Action of the Final Day

The conclusion on the final day stands in stark contrast to the long hours of the previous days and last year's edition, which featured a marathon heads-up duel of more than seven hours. Lamb was the chip leader by one full bet when the action resumed but it took only one level for him to establish a commanding lead.

He first scooped Brad Ruben and then Luis Velador in quick succession before knocking out German mixed game expert Johannes Becker. In three-way action, Becker flopped the top two pair and a gutshot only to see Lamb turn over top set when the remaining chips went in after the turn. The run-good of Lamb continued when he turned a wheel against Ruben's set and flush draw to cut down the field to the final five at the end of the first level.

Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel was denied a 10th WSOP bracelet for now

Once the cards went back in the air, short stack Robert Yass quickly bowed out and Seidel became short before losing the last few chips to Lamb, too. During three-handed play, Velador tripled up while Chen was left short only for the one-time bracelet winner to become the next casualty when he couldn't beat the aces of Lamb.

Heads-up play between Lamb and Chen was a lopsided affair and the former held a lead of fifteen to one. Chen dropped all the way to just two big bets and survived three consecutive all-in showdowns via split pot before Lamb out-flopped him to seal the victory.

This concludes the PokerNews reporting for this event but you can follow the live updates of various other WSOP gold bracelet events in the 2023 WSOP hub.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:30 PM Local Time
Chen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($304,571)

James Chen

Short on chips, James Chen three-bet an open from Ben Lamb, with Lamb calling.

Chen would commit his remaining chips on the     flop and Lamb called.

James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

The dealer ran out the remaining two streets for a final board of      , leaving Chen behind the two pair of Lamb and eliminating him from the tournament.

Ben Lamb12,750,000500,000
James Chen (US)0-500,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:27 PM Local Time
Three Chops Keep Chen In Contention

Ben Lamb raised the button and Andrew Chen defended with 275,000 behind as they got it in after the     flop.

James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

Chen survived thanks to the   turn and   river as he made a low.

Shortly after, Chen was all-in before the flop.

James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

The     flop vaulted Lamb into the lead with the top pair while Chen had a gutshot and better low redraw. The low came with the   turn and Lamb needed an ace to seal the victory but the   river provided another chop.

Last but not least, they got it in after the     flop and Chen was in rough shape but marginally ahead this time.

James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

Lamb had the low draw and multiple straight outs but they chopped once more on the   turn and   river runout.

Ben Lamb12,250,00075,000
James Chen (US)500,000-75,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:19 PM Local Time
Chen Below Two Big Bets

The start of the new level brought very few multi-street hands before they saw a turn once.

James Chen raised with the      and was called by Ben Lamb with the     . The flop came     and Lamb opted to check, which then prompted a bet by Chen. Lamb check-raised for Chen to reluctantly call and the   fell on the turn.

Lamb bet and Chen sigh-folded.

Ben Lamb12,175,000225,000
James Chen (US)575,000-225,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:10 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:01 PM Local Time
Lamb Adds to Chip Lead

Ben Lamb James Chen

James Chen raised the button with      and Ben Lamb defended the big blind holding     . The     flop favored Lamb, as he would flop middle set, with Chen flopping an open-ended straight draw.

Lamb took the initiative and bet into Chen, with Chen making the call.

Lamb bet out again on the   turn and once again, Chen called.

The   river gave Chen top pair, but it was still behind the set of tens of Lamb and he would make the fold to Lamb's river bet.

Ben Lamb11,830,000-120,000
James Chen (US)900,000100,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 6:00 PM Local Time
Break for the Final Two Players

While the conclusion of the tournament is all but in sight, the final two players have been sent on a scheduled 10-minute break.

Ben Lamb11,950,000960,000
James Chen (US)800,000-940,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:50 PM Local Time
Lamb Get's One Through on Chen

Ben Lamb

James Chen raised from the button with      and Ben Lamb defended the big blind holding     .

Action would heat up on the     flop with Lamb flopping top two pair and Chen flopping a pair and a flush draw. Lamb checked and Chen bet, leading Lamb to a check-raise, with Chen calling.

The   on the turn gave Chen two higher pair, but would complete a fairly draw heavy board, prompting a check from both players.

Lamb lead out on the   river and Chen ended up folding what would've been the winning hand.

Ben Lamb10,990,000240,000
James Chen (US)1,740,000-240,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:43 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Play Has Begun
Ben Lamb10,750,000480,000
James Chen (US)1,980,000-480,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:35 PM Local Time
Luis Velador Eliminated in 3rd Place ($211,715)

Luis Velador

Short on chips, Luis Velador was roughly forced to commit his remaining chips from the big blind after a button raise from Ben Lamb and a call from James Chen in the small blind.

A side pot between Lamb and Chen would ensue after the dealer rolled out the     flop. Lamb bet out and Chen called. Both players checked the   turn and Chen would fold to a bet from Lamb on the   river.

Luis Velador:     
James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

Velador didn't find the help he needed and was out in 3rd place.

The players are on a short break before starting heads-up play.

Ben Lamb10,270,000505,000
James Chen (US)2,460,000-360,000
Luis Velador0-145,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:24 PM Local Time
Velador Escapes From Elimination for Now

Luis Velador was all-in for more than half a big bet out of the small blind and Ben Lamb looked him up.

Luis Velador:     
Ben Lamb:     

The board ran out       and they chopped it up.

Ben Lamb9,765,0000
Luis Velador145,0000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:22 PM Local Time
Chen Hits Runner-Runner to Leave Velador on Fumes

Ben Lamb raised with the      on the button and was called by James Chen with the     , Luis Velador also came along with the      out of the big blind. They checked the     flop which led them to the   turn, as Chen picked up a straight and flush draw.

Chen checked and Velador bet, forcing a reluctant fold from Lamb. Chen called and hit the   on the river for his straight.

Chen bet and Velador snap-called to see his stack reduced to fumes.

Ben Lamb9,765,000-285,000
James Chen (US)2,820,000960,000
Luis Velador145,000-720,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:18 PM Local Time
Chen Doubles Through Lamb With Top Full House

James Chen

Ben Lamb opened the action with a raise from the small blind and was met with a three-bet from James Chen in the big blind. Lamb called and the dealer put out a flop of    .

Lamb checked-called a continuation bet from Chen and the   fell on the turn.

This time Lamb took the initiative and bet into Chen, who raised all-in his remaining chips.

James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

The final board read       and Chen would get the double-up with kings full of deuces to avoid elimination.

Ben Lamb10,050,000-285,000
James Chen (US)1,860,000570,000
Luis Velador865,000-240,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:09 PM Local Time
Chen Essentially Doubles Through Velador

Luis Velador raised with the      and Ben Lamb called in the big blind with the     . The     flop was checked by Velador, who then folded to a bet by Lamb with the nut low and wheel draw at that time.

Soon after that, James Chen raised his smaller stack out of the small blind with the      and Velador defended the     . The     flop saw Chen bet and Velador call as the same action repeated on the   turn. Chen only had 45,000 behind to the   river and moved all-in.

Velador had huge pot odds but couldn't call, thus denying Chen a full double but dropping behind him on the leaderboard.

Ben Lamb10,335,000540,000
James Chen (US)1,290,000705,000
Luis Velador1,105,000-1,245,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:57 PM Local Time
Vital Triple Up for Velador

Jose Luis Velador

Ben Lamb raised first to act and was called by James Chen with the     , Luis Velador also stuck around as they went three ways to the     flop. Chen opted to check and Velador bet. Lamb eyeballed the stack of his opponent and called, as did Chen and they headed to the   on the turn.

Chen checked again and Velador bet, Lamb raised and that sent Chen into the tank before he folded. Velador got it in for 635,000 and Lamb called as they flipped over their cards.

Luis Velador:     
Ben Lamb:     

The   on the river failed to improve Lamb and he also missed the low to see Velador triple up while Chen was now the far shortest stack.

Ben Lamb9,795,000-420,000
Luis Velador2,350,0001,355,000
James Chen (US)585,000-180,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:55 PM Local Time
Chen Survives All-In Against Lamb

James Chen

Ben Lamb raised from the button and was three-bet by James Chen in the small blind. Lamb made the call and the two players took a flop of     which would prompt Chen to commit his remaining 105,000 chips. Lamb called and the cards were tabled.

James Chen:     
Ben Lamb:     

The final board ran out       and Chen would survive by outkicking Lamb with the same two pair, nines and treys.

Ben Lamb10,215,000-485,000
James Chen (US)765,000-300,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:52 PM Local Time
Erik Seidel Eliminated in 4th Place ($150,445)

Erik Seidel

Down to just 90,000 and on the button, Erik Seidel was all-in and looked up by Ben Lamb out of the small blind.

Erik Seidel:     
Ben Lamb:     

The board ran out       and Lamb made kings and sevens to knock out Seidel, as there was no possible low, sending the Poker Hall of Fame member to the rail in fourth place.

Ben Lamb10,700,000480,000
James Chen (US)1,065,000-180,000
Luis Velador995,000300,000
Erik Seidel0-570,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:42 PM Local Time
Seidel Stays Alive Against Chen

Erik Seidel had lost a portion of his stack right out of the gates and was then all-in in a battle of the blinds with James Chen.

They got it in after the      turn with Seidel at risk for a fraction of a big bet.

Erik Seidel:     
James Chen:     

Seidel was in need of help and the   river ensured the split pot as Seidel made the low.

Ben Lamb10,220,000800,000
James Chen (US)1,245,000-205,000
Luis Velador695,000-180,000
Erik Seidel570,000-1,020,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:42 PM Local Time
Velador Survives All-In Against Seidel

Luis Velador

Action folded to Erik Seidel who called from the small blind, but would face a raise from Luis Velador in the big blind. Seidel called and both players checked the     flop.

Velador bet out on the   turn and Seidel made the call.

Velador would be all-in for his last 35,000 on the   river and even though Seidel was getting a good price, didn't have enough hand to make the call, keeping Velador's bracelet dreams alive.

Luis Velador995,000120,000
Erik Seidel90,000-1,500,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:35 PM Local Time
Robert Yass Eliminated in 5th Place ($109,340)

Robert Yass

Shortly after the previous chop, Yass was all-in for 320,000 preflop and looked up by the run-away chip leader Ben Lamb.

Robert Yass:     
Ben Lamb:     

The     flop was bad news for Yass while the   turn locked up half the pot already. Yass then missed the low draw with the   and bowed out in fifth place.

Ben Lamb9,420,000980,000
Robert Yass0-460,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander