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An Orbit with Ben Hamnett


Ben Hamnett recently exploded onto the poker scene last month when he won the WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,300 Championship Event in Atlantic City for $818,847. Now the young pro from Pennsylvania has traveled across the Atlantic to take his shot at an EPT title.

We recently spent an orbit with Hamnett, who had a stack of 27,000, at the tail end of Level 1 to give you a glimpse into his style of play.

Hand #1 (Big Blind): The player in the cutoff raised to 300, the button called, and Hamnett came along from the big blind. The {3-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop saw Hamnett lead out for 550, only the button call, and then the {2-Spades} turn, which both players checked. When the {A-Diamonds} peeled off on the river, Hamnett check-folded to a bet of 1,550.

Hand #2 (Small Blind): The cutoff raised to 300, the button called, and Hamnett folded from the small blind.

Hand #3 (Button): An early-position player opened for 300 and Hamentt folded the button.

Hand #4 (Cutoff): A middle-position player raised to 350 and Hamnett folded his cutoff.

Hand #5 (Hijack): The under-the-gun player opened for 250 and Hamnett folded from the hijack,

Hand #6 (Middel Position): An early-position player opened for 325 and Hamnett folded.

Hand #7 (Middle Position): Action folded to Hamnett in middle position and he raised to 250. Dario Alioto made the call from the cutoff and it was heads-up action to the {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop. Hamnett led out for 425, Alioto called, and the {4-Diamonds} turned. This time Hamnett checked, and ended up folding when Alioto bet 825. Alioto then flashed the {A-Diamonds}.

Hand #8 (UTG +2): Action folded to Hamnett and he did the same.

Hand #9 (UTG +1): The under-the-gun player raised to 425 and Hamnett folded.

Hand #10 (UTG): Hamentt was first to act and folded.

It wasn't a very exciting orbit, but then again it was still the first level. By the end of it, Hamnett's stack had dipped to 25,300.

Chip Counts
Ben Hamnett us 25,300

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