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A look back at Lamb’s quick exit from WSOP Final Three

This week has seen tense scenes at the World Series of Poker main event final. At the start of play on Tuesday night there were just three players left, Ben Lamb, Pius Heinz and Martin Staszko. All of them were hoping to claim the $8.72 million title which of course went to Pius Heinz who emerged as the winner.

Lamb was eliminated from the WSOP final after only four hands, clearing the way for Pius Heinz to win the title eventually.

However, looking back at the final three, it took only four hands of play for Lamb to exit, leaving just two players. He started aggressively going all-in on the first had with king-jack but was beaten by Staszko with pocket sevens. With very few chips left he went all-in again three hands later with a queen-six. This time around Staszko was holding pocket jacks and knocked Lamb out of the competition.

However, Lamb was not complaining he said that “every poker player dreams of having the year” he’d had and that he’d “be OK.” With a $4 million prize for third place he certainly wasn’t leaving empty handed.

This left Heinz and Stazko playing for the top spot, both of them were guaranteed at least $5.43 million of prize money. At first Heinz was in the lead holding just over half of the chips but it wasn’t long before Staszko took him over.
Over the next three hours they exchanged the leading position a total of eight times. At one point Staszko held a 2 – 1 chip advantage but that only lasted a very short while. Before a break in play Stazko one again gained the lead holding around 60% of the available chips after five hours of poker.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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