9 players remain from the original 7,221-player field, with American semi-pro Scott Blumstein leading the way. Let’s recap how the final table was formed and discuss some of the notable finalists.
Final Day of Play
27 hopefuls began Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event seeking a final table spot.
Christian Pham had the best chance at moving on because he had the chip lead. Unfortunately for Pham, this wasn’t his day as he busted out in 19th place ($263,532).
Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske was one of the biggest names on the final day. But he too would bust out early, settling for 23rd place ($263,532).
Michael Ruane, who took fourth in last year’s main Event ($2.5 million), was looking to make his second-straight final table. However, he was the 10th-place bubble boy ($825,001) after his A-6 combo fell to Damian Salas’ J-J.
2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
1. Scott Blumstein (US) – 97,250,000 chips (122bb)
2. John Hesp (UK) – 85,700,000 (107bb)
3. Benjamin Pollak (Fr) – 35,175,000 (44bb)
4. Bryan Piccioli (US) – 33,800,000 (42bb)
5. Dan Ott (US) – 26,475,000 (33bb)
6. Damian Salas (Arg) – 22,175,000 (28bb)
7. Antoine Saout (Fr) – 21,750,000 (27bb)
8. Jack Sinclair (UK) – 20,200,000 (25bb)
9. Ben Lamb (US) – 18,050,000 (23bb)
Notable 2017 Main Event Finalists
All eyes are on this amateur player, who’s carved out a decent career with $312,142 in live winnings and another $147,046 online. Inspired by Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 Main Event victory, Blumstein has been playing poker ever since. And he has a chance to emulate Moneymaker’s win 14 years later.
“I feel amazing, I can’t believe its real,” said Blumstein. “I have a great group of guys and we’re going to get to work to prepare for Thursday. This is one of the biggest moments of my life. And I’m super excited.”
Ben Lamb is the biggest name on the final table. He has over $7.2 million in live earnings. He also won a gold bracelet and WSOP Player of the Year in 2011.
The Frenchman’s poker career got off to a bang when he finished third in the 2009 WSOP Main Event and earned $3,479,670. Antione Saout has continued playing well since then, racking up $5,551,412 in live tournament winnings.
“This shirt and this jacket and two other shirts, which are back in the hotel being laundered as we speak, were loaned to me by a good friend who lives back home in Bridlington. I commented on how much I liked his shirts the last time we were here in Vegas and he offered to loan them to me for the trip this time. They so far have brought me very good luck.”