For a short time yesterday afternoon, dreams of a further British bracelet at the World Series of Poker looked a distinct possibility as the conclusion of the $10,000 pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 42) was played out at the Rio Casino.
Solihull´s John “Sapphire1” Shipley took his seat at the table in second place of the four remaining players who had battled through three days of intense play to claim the right to contest the WSOP title, and in the early stages John was in command.
John quickly took a big pot from Christopher King to become chip leader, but when King busted out against eventual winner Ben Lamb, Lamb took a significant chip advantage that he was never going to relinquish.
The fourth player on the table – Finn Sami Kelopuro – had a rollercoaster day on Sunday, and was again betting aggressively in the finale. He first decimated John´s stack with two better pairs than, and then eliminated John with queens when John was unable to connect with the board.
John collected his thirteenth cash ($369,575) in a love affair with the WSOP which goes back almost a decade, while Kelopuro and Lamb fought out the Heads Up. Kelopuro´s aggressive style saw him briefly take a chip advantage against the American, but Lamb battled back to secure his first WSOP Bracelet and make up for his narrow defeat in the $3,000 Pot limit Omaha Championship against compatriot Sam Stein.
Lamb also collected $814,436 and rose to the top of the WSOP Player of Year rankings for his tremendous effort.