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John Hesp: British Grandad & Poker Amateur Crushes WSOP Main Event

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

john-hesp-wsopOf the 9 finalists in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, John Hesp is by far the most unlikely.

The British grandfather had never played a poker tournament with more than a £10 buy-in prior to this summer. But as a “bucket list” promise, he entered the $10,000 WSOP Main Event.

Now, the 64-year-old has one of the best chances at the $8.15 million top prize. Keep reading to see Hesp’s fascinating story.

From Caravan Firm Boss to Poker’s Main Stage

7,221 players entered the 2017 WSOP Main Event, meaning that amateurs are bound to make it far. But nobody expected Hesp – a player with just £1,700 in prior poker winnings – to make the final table.

According to The Sun, the Bridlington (East Yorks) native is a retired caravan firm boss. And he only played poker recreationally during his time running the caravan business.

“I am to poker what Donald Trump is to politics – an amateur,” he joked. “I’ve never played a big competition like this but it’s one of the things I’ve had on my bucket list for a while now.”

Vegas Trip Turns into Guaranteed $1 Million

For Hesp, this was almost an impromptu trip. Not long ago, he asked his wife if she minded him going to Vegas for the WSOP. And now it’s turned into a $1 million guaranteed payout (ninth place).

“I said to my wife about three months ago, ‘Would you mind if I went and played?’ and came with a pal of mine from Bridlington,” Hesp explained.

“This is my fourth time in Vegas, but I’ve never played in anything like this.”

What will Hesp Do with His Prize?

john-hesp-wsop-1This Brit isn’t just on the final table – he’s currently in second place with 85.7 million chips. That said, it’s very likely he earns more than just the $1 million ninth-place payout.

But whatever amount he earns, Hesp is guaranteed a windfall within the coming days.

“The money’s obviously going to be useful and I’ll probably spoil the wife and family when I get home with a treat,” he said.

“I’d like to take the wife on a holiday maybe, since she’s been kind of enough to allow me to come here.”

John Hesp has been playing poker with friends for 20 years. But he never dreamed it would come to this. Now, he has the opportunity to bring home a life-changing prize at age 64.

Scott Blumstein Leads 2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

2017-wsop-main-event-final-tableThe 2017 WSOP Main Event final table has been decided after 7 days of play.

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

Scott Blumstein

scott-blumsteinAll 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-2017-main-eventBen Lamb

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.

Antoine Saout

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.

John Hesp

This 64-year-old grandfather is making headlines for his flamboyant dress and age. The Brit was asked about his wardrobe, to which he said the following:

“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.”