Blumstein started with a slight lead over John Hesp when the final table began. Outside of a brief point where Hesp took the lead, Blumstein crushed his final table competition. And this is quite a turnaround for a guy who couldn’t even afford to buy into the Main Event last summer.
Blumstein Goes from Not Playing WSOP to being a Champion
The WSOP Main Event buy-in is $10,000. And Blumstein found this to be too rich for his bankroll last year. So he entered a $1 million deepstack event at the Borgata Summer Poker Open.
Playing over 2,500 miles from the bright lights of the Rio, Blumstein won the $1 million deepstack tourney along with $200,000. He then parlayed these winnings into a $10k buy-in in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, which has become a life-changing experience.
“The world is a funny place, and funny things happen here,” said Blumstein. “My story’s a pretty interesting one, I think, and for it to end and climax in this fashion is something I never thought possible.”
How Blumstein’s Victory Happened
7,221 players entered the 2017 Main Event, which is the third most in the tournament’s history. And it wasn’t until Day 7 that Blumstein began emerging as the potential champion. When the final table was formed, he held a chip lead with 97,250,00.
Of course, chip leads can quickly change in poker. But not in Blumstein’s case, as he perfectly used his edge to win small and big pots.
One defining hand during the tournament is when Blumstein eliminated France’s Antoine Saout in fifth place. This was big because he gained over 60% of the chips in play.
“I feel pretty fortunate throughout the whole tournament to have a big stack, but that’s what the Main Event allows you to do,” he said. “I definitely think having a big stack allows you to put pressure on and that increases your chances of winning for sure.”
After France’s Benjamin Pollak was knocked out in third place, Blumstein and Daniel Ott faced off for poker glory. Blumstein held a 2-to-1 chip lead and never looked back. 65 hands later, he finished off his opponent by hitting a 3-outer deuce to win the event.
“Is there a better way to win the Main Event than hitting a three-outer on the river? A normally inconsequential deuce just changed my life,” he exclaimed. “I’m going to be honest. I wish I could say that I was thinking it was coming the whole time, but I was mentally preparing for 40-big blind poker.”
Ott certainly wasn’t sad about finishing runner-up and scooping $4,700,000. The Pennsylvanian scored big in his WSOP debut.
“This whole thing has just been amazing,” Ott said. “I’m the happiest person ever, maybe next to Scott. I can’t complain about $4.7 million. It’s an amazing experience.”
2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results
1. Scott Blumstein (Morristown, New Jersey) – $8,150,000
2. Daniel Ott (Altoona, Pennsylvania) – $4,700,000
3. Benjamin Pollak (Paris) – $3,500,000
4. John Hesp (Bridlington, England) – $2,600,000
5. Antoine Saout (Paris) – $2,000,000
6. Bryan Piccioli (Allegany, New York) – $1,675,000
7. Damian Salas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – $1,425,000
8. Jack Sinclair (London) – $1,200,000
9. Ben Lamb (Las Vegas) – $1,000,000