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Ben Lamb: Online Poker Loser to WSOP Star

by Jeremy

Ben Lamb is arguably the biggest star of the 2011 WSOP since he’s managed to win the $10k Pot Limit Omaha Championship ($814,436), finish second in a $3k PLO tournament ($259,918) and finish eighth in the $50k Players Championship ($201,338). Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that Lamb is currently in the top 10 of the WSOP Main Event with 25 players left, and poised to lead the 2011 Player of the Year standings.

With all of this being said, few people would guess that Lamb started out his poker days as a bonafide online poker loser. In 2004, Lamb deposited $100 seven different times at online poker sites with the same end result: he lost all of his money. But as stated in a recent article by ESPN’s Gary Wise, “On the eighth try, his life changed. Over a two week stretch, he turned that eighth deposit into $93,000.”

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Unfortunately, Lamb went on a roller coaster ride as Wise continued by writing, “He eventually lost $75,000 of those winnings in one session to Phil Galfond, noting with grinning recollection, “I had $300 cash in my pocket at the time.”

Lamb explained how losing the money wasn’t the end of the world by saying, “I think it’s important that people take shots. There’s just so much opportunity you can gain by doing it. You shouldn’t do it every day, but if a good game comes along … every month you’ll see one of those great games come along.”

He finished by adding, “When it does, sell some pieces if you can’t afford it, because you should probably play it. There’s a lot of people who never opt to not take the shot. The ones who take it every time go from $300,000 in a day a couple of times a month to broke, so you need to find a balance.”

Obviously all of the shots that Lamb took in the mid 2000′s have paid off since he’s on the verge of becoming the 2011 WSOP POY, and currently has over $2.5 million in live tournament winnings (before Main Event results).

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