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Anthony Lambert Picks Up a Career High $43,103 By Winning Event 5

2021 WPT Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 5
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries:  202
Prize Pool:  $195,940
June 13-14, 2021

Anthony Lambert
Event 5 Champion Anthony Lambert

Event 5 ($1,100 No Limit Hold’em) was a two-day event that attracted 202 entries, and after a heads-up battle that saw several big back-and-forth lead changes, Anthony Lambert won in a heads-up deal with Thomas Boyden.

Boyden started heads-up with a slight lead, and then extended it to more than 2-to-1. But Lambert scored a key double-up when a five on the river gave both players a straight. Lambert’s eight-high straight beat Boyden’s five-high straight, and that gave Lambert the lead, which he then extended to 3-to-1.

Not long after that, they got it all in after a flop of Qc10d9h, and Lambert showed KhKd. But Boyden flopped a straight with his Jh8s, and it held up to even the chip stacks once again. Shortly after that, they agreed to a deal.

“We had been here for a while,” said Lambert. “We were both tired, and it’s been a long two days. So with even chip stacks, let’s make a deal, and we both leave happy.”

Lambert had slightly more chips, so as chipleader, he was declared the champion, receiving the title and the trophy.

“It feels great,” said Lambert, who is primarily a cash game player. “It’s been a long time since I had a big score. This will be my biggest, and it’s been a long time coming.”

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStateWINNINGS
1AnthonyLambertAlpharettaGA$43,103
2ThomasBoydenConcordNC$43,103
3JosephPreshoReadingMA$20,103
4AaronThivyanathanRentonWA$12,236
5DavidShawSpringTX$9,444
6MichaelVelaNewburghNY$7,828
7RyanHoganWinter GardenFL$6,780
8FrankMiceliColumbiaTN$5,976
9CurtisKingThe VillagesFL$5,208
10MatthewLeecyTrinityFL$4,507
11OscarLindo ZeledonSpring HillFL$4,507
12KennethTaffaroMooresvilleNC$4,507
13SamuelPanzica IiFort LauderdaleFL$3,821
14AndrewKelsallTampaFL$3,821
15AnthonyMarchTampaFL$3,821
16KevinHazzardBrunswickGA$3,174
17TimothyMilesMiamiFL$3,174
18GloriaShenefieldLa FontaineIN$3,174
19HamidIzadiMariettaGA$2,551
20JohnGorsuchOkeechobeeFL$2,551
21ChristopherAgnelloCape CoralFL$2,551

Event 5: Anthony Lambert Wins in a Heads-Up Chop with Thomas Boyden ($43,103 Each)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 202

Anthony Lambert
Event 5 Champion Anthony Lambert

Anthony Lambert raised to 80,000, and Thomas Boyden called.

The flop came Qc10d9h, Boyden checked, Lambert bet 60,000, and Boyden check-raised to 175,000. Lambert moved all in, and Boyden snap-called all in for 840,000 with Jh8s for a flopped queen-high straight.

Lambert turned over KhKd for an overpair with a gutshot straight draw, and Boyden needed his straight to hold to stay alive.

The turn card was the 8d, the river card was the 9d, and Boyden won the pot with his queen-high straight to double up in chips.

Thomas Boyden  –  1,880,000  (47 bb)
Anthony Lambert  –  2,160,000  (54 bb)

Thomas Boyden
Runner-Up Thomas Boyden

Shortly after that hand, the two players agreed to an even chop of the prizepool while Lambert had a slight chip lead.

As chipleader, Lambert is declared the champion, and he received the title and the trophy.

Here are the full final table payouts, including the revised payouts for first and second:

1st:  Anthony Lambert  –  $43,103
2nd:  Thomas Boyden  –  $43,103
3rd:  Joseph Presho  –  $20,103
4th:  Aaron Thivyanathan  –  $12,236
5th:  David Shaw  –  $9,444
6th:  Mike Vela  –  $7,828
7th:  Ryan Hogan  –  $6,780
8th:  Frank Miceli  –  $5,976
9th:  Curtis King  –  $5,208
10th:  Matthew Leecy  –  $4,507
11th:  Oscar Lindo Zeledon  –  $4,507
12th:  Kenneth Taffaro  –  $4,507
13th:  Sam Panzica  –  $3,821
14th:  Andrew Kelsall  –  $3,821
15th:  Anthony March  –  $3,821
16th:  Kevin Hazzard  –  $3,174
17th:  T.K. Miles  –  $3,174
18th:  Gloria Shenefield  –  $3,174
19th:  Izadi Hamid  –  $2,551
20th:  John Gorsuch  –  $2,551
21st:  Christopher Agnello  –  $2,551

Congratulations to Anthony Lambert!

Event 5: Back-and-Forth During Heads-Up Play

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  20,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 202

Thomas Boyden vs Anthony Lambert
Thomas Boyden (left) heads-up against Anthony Lambert (right).

With the final board showing 10d6h6c4c9d on the river and more than 800K already in the pot, Anthony Lambert moved all in from the small blind for 1,170,000.

Thomas Boyden asked for an exact count and thought for a while before he folded, saying, “I’m folding a very pretty hand,” later adding that he picked up a flush draw on the turn. But Lambert took the pot to nearly even up the chip stacks.

Anthony Lambert  –  2,000,000  (67 bb)
Thomas Boyden  –  2,000,000  (67 bb)

A short while later, the board showed AsJh4cQs on the turn with about 550K already in the pot. Boyden checked, Lambert bet 300,000, and Boyden called. The river card paired the board with the Qd, and both players checked.

Boyden showed Ad6s for two pair, aces and queens, and Lambert mucked, saying, “Flush draw. I still have not hit a single flush.” Boyden won the pot to take a lead of more than 2-to-1.

Thomas Boyden  –  2,800,000  (93 bb)
Anthony Lambert  –  1,300,000  (43 bb)

A short while later, the final board showed 8c4s2d8h5s with about 150K in the pot. Lambert bet 100,000, Boyden raised to 525,000, and Lambert three-bet all in for 1,085,000.

Boyden asked for a count and thought for a while before he called with Ah3s for a rivered five-high straight, but Lambert turned over 7s6s to win the pot with a rivered eight-high straight.

“That five was an interesting card,” said Lambert.

Anthony Lambert  –  2,300,000  (77 bb)
Thomas Boyden  –  1,700,000  (57 bb)

Less than 10 minutes later, they battled over a board of Qd10d2c9d5h with more than 1.1 million already in the pot. Lambert moved all in from the small blind, and Boyden went into the tank for a long time.

“This is a crazy spot,” said Boyden. “Almost the same as that earlier three-bet.”

Boyden eventually folded, and Lambert took the pot, along with a 3-to-1 chip lead.

Anthony Lambert  –  3,000,000  (100 bb)
Thomas Boyden  –  1,000,000  (33 bb)

Event 5: Joseph Presho – 3rd Place ($20,103)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 202

Joseph Presho
Joseph Presho

Thomas Boyden raised from the button to 50,000, Joseph Presho reraised from the big blind to 175,000, and Boyden tanked for a while before he moved all in for 705,000.

Presho snap-called with KsKh, and Boyden turned over AdKd. Boyden needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came As10c3c4h3s, and Boyden paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Thomas Boyden  –  1,450,000  (58 bb)
Joseph Presho  –  975,000  (39 bb)

Twenty minutes later, Boyden raised from the button to 50,000, Anthony Lambert called from the small blind, and Presho reraised from the big blind to 200,000.

Boyden thought for a while before he moved all in for 1,060,000, and Lambert folded.

Presho asked for an exact count, saying something like, “I don’t think I’m ever supposed to fold here.” Presho had 1,040,000, and was covered by just 20K in chips.

Presho calls with 10h10d, and Boyden turned over AhKd.

The board came Ad8c7c3hKs, and Boyden paired his ace on the flop and his king on the river to win the pot with two pair, eliminating Presho in third place.

Joseph Presho  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($20,103)

Here are the updated chip counts for the start of heads-up play, followed by the final table payouts:

Thomas Boyden  –  2,175,000  (87 bb)
Anthony Lambert  –  1,865,000  (75 bb)

1st:  $52,083
2nd:  $34,123

3rd:  Joseph Presho  –  $20,103
4th:  Aaron Thivyanathan  –  $12,236
5th:  David Shaw  –  $9,444
6th:  Mike Vela  –  $7,828
7th:  Ryan Hogan  –  $6,780
8th:  Frank Miceli  –  $5,976
9th:  Curtis King  –  $5,208

Event 5: Aaron Thivyanathan – 4th Place ($12,236)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 202

Aaron Thivyanathan
Aaron Thivyanathan

Aaron Thivyanathan was all in from the small blind for about 425,000 with AhQc, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the AcJh of Anthony Lambert on the button.

The board came Js7c3s9h4h, and Lambert paired his jack on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Thivyanathan in fourth place.

Anthony Lambert  –  1,900,000  (76 bb)
Aaron Thivyanathan  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($12,236)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,350,000 (54 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $20,103.