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Scott Blumstein Wins 2017 WSOP Main Event – Dominates Final Table

Monday, July 24th, 2017

scott-blumstein-2017-wsop-main-eventScott Blumstein has won the 2017 WSOP Main Event along with $8,150,000. The New Jersey native dominated the final table and almost led wire to wire.

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.”

Heads-Up Play

scott-blumstein-ben-pollak-pokerAfter 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

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.