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Benjamin “Ben” Lamb is an American professional poker player from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lamb is best known for his incredible performance at the 2011 World Series of Poker in which he scored his first bracelet, made four final tables and cashed in a total of five events.


Lamb was born in 1985. He started playing poker as soon as he turned 18 and just after two years he crashed the American live tournament circuit scoring big money finishes and titles. Lamb won three live events in 2006 including the United States Poker Championship $500 No Limit Hold 'em event for $60,000. However, his true moment of glory came at the 2011 World Series of Poker when Lamb won his first bracelet and finished third in the Main Event. That summer Lamb was named the WSOP Player of the Year.


Before becoming a professional poker player Lamb attended Jenks High School in his hometown of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He graduated in 2004 and then studied at the Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas for a little while. As many poker pros Lamb soon dropped out of the University to pursuit his poker career. Lamb also worked as a dealer at the Cherokee Casino in Tulsa.

World Series of Poker

Lamb first cashed at the World Series of Poker in 2006. He scored a 12th place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event taking home more than $25,000. A year later Lamb cashed again, only this time it was in the most prestigious event of them all, the Main Event. Lamb finished in 156th place and took home almost $60,000. He then collected three more WSOP money finishes in 2009 adding another three a year later.

Then in 2011 Lamb made his name known to the entire poker world. Apart from winning a bracelet at the 2011 World Series Lamb also scored one runner-up finish and made it all the way to the November Nine in the $10,000 Main Event. Lamb eventually finished the tournament in third place collecting just over $4 million in prize money. His incredible run guaranteed Lamb the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year honors as well as the Card Player Player of the Year Award.

Ben Lamb's Top 5 WSOP Results

2011$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship1st$814,436
2011$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha2nd$259,918
2011$10,000 Main Event3rd$4,021,138
2010$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better5th$53,319
2011$50,000 Poker Player's Championship8th$201,338

Other Achievements

At the very beginning of his poker career Lamb scored a number of first-place live tournament finishes. He won three tournaments in 2006, including the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge in Tulsa for $53,671; the $500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at the United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City for $60,000 and the $300 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the Cherokee Poker Classic in Tulsa for $47,596. Then in 2007 Lamb once again won the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge's $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event collecting $47,596.

Did you know?

  • Lamb can be found playing at the online poker tables on the world's largest poker site PokerStars under the alias “Benba”.
  • In 2011 Lamb was named the WSOP Player of the Year and the Card Player Player of the Year.

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
5th $53,319
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
11th $11,027