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The curtains have fallen on the first-ever PGT Mixed Games festival with the delayed Event #4: $10,300 Big Bet Mix finding a winner in Ben Lamb (cover image) in the early hours on Tuesday, February 14.
The tournament was paused at heads-up play for three days, with both Lamb and Maxx Coleman busy playing the other tournaments at the festival. The duo returned for the showdown on February 13 to decide a champion, and Ben Lamb came out ahead, winning his maiden PGT, a beautiful PGT memento, and $186,300 in cash prize. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Maxx Coleman bagged away $138,000 for his runner-up finish.
Lamb has over $15 Million in live tournament earnings across a poker career spanning almost two decades. His career-best score is a whopping $4,021,138; he famously won from a third-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
With the last winner declared, the series’ leaderboard results have been formalized. Dan Zack (352 points) was crowned the first-ever Mixed Games festival champion. Event #2 winner John Monnette (316 points) finished #2 on the leaderboard. With the Event #4 win and a second-place finish in Event #3, Ben Lamb (304 points) displaced Event #5 champion Nick Guagenti (290 points) to round out the top three on the leaderboard.
Alongside Lamb and Coleman, other notables who cashed Event #4 but failed to reach the final table included Dan Zack (8th for $27,600), Johannes Becker (9th for $27,600), and Dan Cates (10th for $20,700).
The $10,300 Big Bet Mix tournament drew 69 entrants, and the top ten finishers got to share the $690,000 generated in prize money. Joshua Ladines was the last player to fall out empty-handed in 11th place.
Final Table Chip Count
Final Table Recap
Brian Rast was the first final table elimination. He fell in seventh place after losing his stack to Adam Friedman. Rast’s exit brought the day`s play to an end.
Day 2 Recap
Sam Soverel had a short day as he was sent packing in sixth place by Craig Chait (shortest stack at the start of FT) in a Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw hand.
Maxx Coleman went on an elimination spree by first taking down Ben Yu in fifth place, followed by Craig Chait in fourth.
Adam Friedman exited third after losing his stack to Ben Lamb.
After Friedman’s departure, Maxx Coleman (4,150,000) doubled up twice in the heads-up with Ben Lamb (6,200,000). Not long after that, Coleman climbed ahead of Lamb, at which time the two finalists decided to pause the match.
Final Day Recap
The delayed heads-up resumed at 4 PM (PT) on Monday. Coleman picked up the action where he left off on Thursday, taking away two decent pots to strengthen his chip lead. At this point, Coleman had 8,950,000 to Lamb’s 2,350,000.
However, Lamb waited patiently before scoring a crucial double-up in a No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw hand and made the big comeback by reclaiming the lead in a Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand.
The stacks at this point were:
Maxx Coleman – 2,675,000
Ben Lamb – 7,675,000.
Maxx Coleman retaliated. However, with the momentum going in Lamb’s favor, not much could be done.
On the last hand of the tournament, which was played in Pot-Limit Omaha, Coleman raised to 900,000 from the button with , and Lamb called off in the big blind holding .
The dealer brought out on the flop. Lamb led for 2,000,000, and Coleman made the call for the rest of his stack and missed his nut flush draw on the last two streets and . Lamb drilled a nut-straight to take down his maiden PGT title.
Final Table Results (USD)
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