The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is in its full swing and there are only 27 players still on the field, which means there are as many as 18 eliminations until the final table. Only nine of them will take their specially designated seats around it in an attempt to win the spectacular prize the Main Event boasts this year.
Day 6 came and went, giving many players the chance to amass their chip count and leaving many of them out of the competition for the top position on the leader board. Christian Pham managed to become the unofficial leader of the day with his impressive 31,440,000 in chips, propelling him way ahead of his rivals. Among the rest of the players, there was a single name which stood out at the end of the day and that was the Vegas resident Ben Lamb. He took the fourth place in the list and collected a total of 25,685,000, which will make his way to the final table more than an easy one.
Lamb is one of the biggest threats for the winner position since he has previous experience in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Back in 2011 he finished third in the race and claimed $4,021,138. This is by far his biggest winning from an event of the World Series of Poker, but now he has the real chance to go for the big money again. His lifetime earnings are estimated to be $7,207,830, which makes him one of the most accomplished poker pros at the Main Event this year.
He himself was very surprised by how far he was able to go in the championship, and he claims that the winning move he used was a simple reminder he put on his phone a year ago. On his Day 1 of this year’s Main Event, he saw the note pop up on his phone, reminding him not to bluff his chips on the first day. He did not bluff them and amassed a big amount of chips during Day 2, giving him the boost he needed. From there going for the deep run in the Main Event was only a matter of time.
So far he has a gold bracelet from the 2011 Event 42 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, where he won $814,436, and he also won the World Series of Poker Player of the Year in the same year. This leaves him without much left to prove and when he is on the table, he is focused on playing the game he is best at. The determination he has on his mind is his driving force on the way to the top.