The last deep run by Ben Lamb in the World Series of Poker Main Event came in 2009 when he finished in 14th place. Lamb earned himself a ton of poker recognition thanks to that deep run and pocketed $633,022 in prize money, but where did he finish on Day 1 during that quest?
Well, we checked back in our archives and found that Lamb played Day 1a in 2009 and bagged up 53,275 chips to end the day. Right now, he's sitting at approximately four times that amount as the day moves to a close here in the last level. That begs the question: Will bagging up nearly four times as many chips this year lead to an even deeper run in the Main Event?
In many, many tournaments, it's not so common that one of the early chip leaders goes on to win. In fact, in the WSOP Main Event, no Day 1 chip leader has ever gone on to victory. For one thing, it's quite a long ride to the end and plenty of things can happen along the way. Still, Lamb is setting himself up with the chance to do just that if he can hold onto the chip lead and emerge at the top of the pack when the day is done. Of course, he'll have to top the stack of 209,500 that Fred Berger bagged up last night and also hold off the other competitors from Day 1c and Day 1d in order to be the overall chip leader, but that could all very well happen.
If you'd like to relive Lamb's final hand from the 2009 WSOP Main Event, check it out here. He was eliminated by Jeff Shulman who went on to make the November Nine and finish in sixth place. Lamb has one other WSOP Main Event cash on record and that's in 2007 where he placed 156th for $58,570.
Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for our ongoing coverage of the 2011 Main Event just to see how far Lamb can go. He also currently sits second in the race for WSOP Player of the Year and we'll be keeping an eye on that, too.