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The second Shootout tournament of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker has crowned a champion and it was David Lambard topping a field of 313 players to take home the lion's share of a $845,100 prize pool, and most importantly, the elusive gold bracelet. For his victory in Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, Lambard received $207,193 after defeating French poker pro and poker coach Johan “YoH ViraL" Guilbert heads-up.
Heading into the final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, plenty of well-known poker pros had hit the rail in the previous two rounds, yet Lambard still had to face off against former bracelet winners Justin Bonomo, Alexandru Papazian and Andrew Lichtenberger. The 44-year-old, who has been playing poker for a living for the past 10 years, knew what to expect and how tough it would be to win.
“Actually, I knew this whole field was top notch," he said. "They are all wizards, they are all super pros, this was a top field going on. I was well aware of that. A lot of these tournament pros I don't even follow, I just know they are tough. I came with my own style. The only way to win a tournament is to have no fear.”
Down to the last three players, a key hand took place when fearless Lambard clashed with eventual third-place finisher Weiyi “Wayne” Zhang. Lambard raised with pocket sixes and jammed a ten-high turn with a gutshot, showing that he had no fear. Zhang called with queen-seven for trips and instead of the straight, Lambard spiked one of the two remaining sixes to take a commanding lead.
“I just went with it, I just had a feel. I am kind of an instinct player and these guys are pretty robotic and know the whole matrix. I am kind of old school. I play mostly play cash games and go with the feel. Like the bluff with the three-five, it felt like the right play and he folded.”
That bluff hand was run with five-high and a gutshot against Guilbert in the penultimate hand of the tournament, and he forced the Frenchman to lay down seven-four for bottom two pair. It was all over the very next hand when Lambard won a flip and posed for the winner shots a few minutes later.
Lambard also admitted that he didn't have any special strategy for this Sit-and-Go format.
“Just a basic strategy. Play tight early and when you get down to five-six handed you open up. Establish a tight image early on. I noticed some of the other guys tried to accumulate chips faster. When it is nine or ten-handed, it is pretty ABC. I do everything off, unorthodox. Old school is all I know.”
Coming into the tournament, the father of three had four WSOP and WSOP Circuit cashes to his name with a top score of $107,640. This victory nearly doubled that and Lambard can usually be found at the cash game tables at The Bike, Commerce and in Gardena.
“My dad played poker for a living, and it has been in my blood since the seventies.” Lambard also mentioned Bobby "The Wizard" Hoff as his mentor. Going forward, Lambard will be playing some more events and also giving the upcoming $10,000 Main Event a shot.
A maiden bracelet winner was already guaranteed when the field was reduced to the final three, as Justin Bonomo (10th - $12,937), Alexandru Papazian (7th - $28,182), and Andrew Lichtenberger (4th - $67,706) all saw their bid for a repeat victory fall short.
Final Table Results
|1||David Lambard||United States||$207,193|
|4||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||$67,706|
|6||Ben Farrell||United Kingdom||$37,341|
|9||Martin Zamani||United States||$16,586|
|10||Justin Bonomo||United States||$12,937|
Action of the Final Day
After winning the initial full-ring round and getting past the four-handed stage in the second round, only 10 players remained and took their seats in the "Thunderdome." All eyes were on three-time WSOP bracelet winner Justin Bonomo, who eventually became the first casualty of the day. Down to around 15 big blinds in the third level of the day, Bonomo lost a flip with pocket nines against the ace-king of Ben Farrell.
Martin Zamani experienced a roller coaster ride in the early stages of the final table and went from one of the chip leaders to a short stack, doubled and then ran with queens into the pocket aces of Jan Lakota. No miracle queen showed up and Zamani bowed out a couple of hands later.
Down to the last eight, the live stream on CBS All Access and PokerGO kicked off and it would take 109 hands from there to determine a champion. It took 20 hands to reduce the field to seven when Adrien Delmas failed to hold up in a flip with pocket fours against the ace-queen suited of Weiyi Zhang. Two diamonds on the flop gave Zhang a flush draw, running queens improved the Chinese player to trips instead.
After a move with king-nine suited against the ace-jack of Lichtenberger, Papazian was knocked down to less than one big blind. He more than doubled, but eventually came up short with king-eight against the ace-seven of Farrell. Just one hour later it was Farrell that headed to the payout desk as his ace-ten was no good against the pocket jacks of Lambard.
Lakota was the next to fall and again it was Lambard that did the work. Two ace-kings clashed and Lambard had them in spades, spiking two further spades on the flop and improving to the nut flush on the river. That hand vaulted Lambard into the lead with four players remaining.
Weiyi "Wayne" Zhang doubled into the lead in a flush-over-flush clash with Lichtenberger, and he finished the job soon after with ace-ten against the queen-eight of Lichtenberger. However, Zhang would not become the fifth Chinese player to win a WSOP bracelet just yet as Lambard got there with pocket sixes against the trip sevens of Zhang, spiking one of his six outs on the river.
Lambard entered the heads-up with Johan Guilbert with a comfortable lead, but the Frenchman nearly closed the gap after taking down four hands in a row. With sheer aggression, Lambard pulled further ahead again and even a double for Guilbert with ace-jack versus ace-trey suited only changed the momentum for a few minutes. Eventually, it was a flip that decided over the victory when Lambard came out on top with pocket fours against ace-eight.
The PokerNews team will provide continued updates of all bracelet events of the 2019 World Series of Poker until the end, so make sure to tune back regularly to find out who will next claim a bracelet.
Hand #109: David Lambard raised to 250,000 and Johan Guilbert jammed for 1,670,000, which Lambard called.
Lambard's rail was calling for hearts before the flop fell , then asked for the board to pair. Exactly that happened on the turn to give Guilbert even more outs. However, the on the river was a blank and that sent Guilbert to the rail in 2nd place for $128,042.
Lambard scores his far biggest cash prize so far and earned the maiden bracelet. A full recap of today's action is to follow.
Hand #106: Johan Guilbert limped the button with the and David Lambard checked his option holding the . The flop saw both players check and the appeared on the turn. Again it went check-check and the peeled off on the river. Both players knocked the table and chopped it up.
Hand #107: Lambard looked down at the on the button and raised to 250,000. Guilbert folded his .
Hand #108: Guilbert limped with the and Lambard checked his option holding the . The latter led out for 150,000 on the flop and Guilbert, who flopped two pair, just called. When the appeared on the turn, Lambard checked and Guilbert bet 625,000.
Lambard wasted little time in check-raising all in and Guilbert, who had 1.79 million behind, took a drink of water, stood up from his chair, and sat back down. He appeared tortured over the decision and eventually laid down the best hand.
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Hand #100: Johan Guilbert called on the button and David Lambard raised to 300,000 which Guilbert called. The flop came , Lambard shoved with the bigger stack and Guilbert folded.
Hand #101: Lambard raised to 200,000 on the button and Guilbert called. The flop came , both players checked to see the dealer turn the . They both checked again for the to complete the board on the river. Guilbert bet 225,000 and Lambard called but mucked when he saw Guilbert held for the pair of queens.
Hand #102: Guilbert called on the button and Lambard checked. The flop came for both players to check for the on the turn. Lambard bet 200,000 and Guilbert folded.
Hand #103: Lambard called and Guilbert checked. The flop came , Guilbert check-folded to the 100,000 bet of Lambard.
Hand #104: Guilbert raised to 250,000 on the button and Lambard opted to fold.
Hand #105: Lambard raised to 200,000 and Guilbert called. The flop came and Guilbert checked, which prompted a continuation bet of 200,000 by Lambard. Guilbert check-raised to 625,000 and that did the trick to win the pot.
Hand #95: David Lambard limped in and Johan Guilbert checked to see a flop. Guilbert checked and snap-folded to a bet of 100,000.
Hand #96: Guilbert moved all in for 1,270,000 and Lambard let go.
Hand #97: Lambard min-raised to 200,000 and Guilbert jammed for 1,370,000, Lambard called.
The board came and the kicker played to ensure the double up of Guilbert.
Hand #98: Guilbert limped the small blind and Lambard raised to 400,000, which ended the hand right there.
Hand #99: Lambard limped in and Guilbert checked his option. The flop brought and Guilbert check-called a bet of 100,000 to see the turn. Guilbert checked once more, Lambard bet 400,000 and forced a fold.
Hand #90: Johan Guilbert called on the button and David Lambard raised to 300,000 for Guilbert to fold.
Hand #91: Lambard raised to 200,000 from the button and Guilbert called. The flop came for both players to check to the on the turn. Guilbert checked again and so did Lambard. The on the river completed the board. Guilbert checked and Lambard bet 400,000. Guilbert opted to fold after considering it for a few seconds.
Hand #92: Guilbert called on the button and Lambard opted to check. The flop came , Lambard bet 200,000 and that was enough to Guilbert to let the hand go.
Hand #93: Lambard raised to 200,000 on the button and Guilbert called. The flop came , Guilbert check-folded to the 300,000 continuation-bet of Lambard.
Hand #94: Guilbert called on the button and Lambard opted to check. The flop came , Lambard bet 100,000 and Guilbert raised to 225,000. Lambard called and looked at his cards once more before the was dealt on the turn. Lambard bet big to put Guilbert all-in who snap-folded.
Hand #85: David Lambard raised to 200,000 and Johan Guilbert called to see the flop. Guilbert checked and Lambard continued for 200,000, Guilbert check-raised all for 1,300,000 and Lambard asked for a count after giving it some consideration.
Lambard cut out calling chips, carefully checked his stack and folded.
Hand #86: Guilbert limped in and Lambard checked. There was no betting action on the flop and the came on the turn. Lambard checked again and Guilbert bet 220,000 to win the second hand in a row.
Hand #87: Lambard min-raised to 200,000 and Guilbert defended out of the big blind. On a flop, Guilbert min-bet for 100,000 and Lambard called to see the on the turn. Guilbert now made it 525,000 to go and claimed the third consecutive pot.
Hand #88: A limp by Guilbert resulted in a check from Lambard and the flop brought , which went check, check. On the turn, Lambard bet 200,000 and a call by Guilbert followed. The river completed the board and Lambard checked, facing a bet of 100,000 after. Lambard folded and conceded the fourth pot in a row.
Hand #89: Lambard min-raised to 200,000 and Guilbert came along to a flop, which he checked. Lambard continued for 250,000 and that won the pot.