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World Series of Poker expanding in 2012

Oklahoma poker player Ben Lamb seeking more success in this year's World Series of Poker.
BY SEAN CHAFFIN Published: May 23, 2012

Throughout June, weekend action will cater to the “weekend warrior” players, with affordable buy-in No Limit Holdem tournaments for gold bracelets at $1,500 on Saturdays and $1,000 on Sundays. The June 2-3 weekend features a re-entry $1,500 No-Limit Holdem tournament where players can play on Saturday and re-enter on Sunday if knocked the first day. July 4-5 will feature a multiday start $1,000 No-Limit Holdem tournament just before the biggest poker tournament in the world — the $10,000 WSOP Main Event Championship beginning July 7.

One of the biggest events will take place July 1 — the Big One for One Drop featuring an unheard of $1 million buy-in with $111,111 of each buy-in going to the One Drop charity, which provides fresh water wells to Third World countries. The event has attracted many pros and business executives and the number of entries will be capped at 48.

For Oklahoma poker fans, many may be tracking the success of Tulsa's Ben Lamb, who took third place in the Main Event last year for a whopping $4 million. He also took home $1.3 million in preliminary tournaments, including his first gold bracelet and WSOP Player of the Year honors. Lamb has become one of the superstars in the poker world. If he plays his cards right and with a little luck, it could be another big summer for this Oklahoma card shark.

Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Rockwall, Texas, and his new book, “Raising the Stakes: True Tales of Gambling, Wagering and Poker Faces,” will soon be available at and He is also editor of, a website that provides information on poker history, lore, and people. If you have a gambling or poker story idea, email