And then there were three. The second day of the WSOP Main Event final table saw the action dwindle from seven to three players. The big stack, Scott Blumstein, continued to hold a sizable lead. He came in with over half the chips in play and by the end of Friday, he amassed nearly 63% of all the chips in play. Also, still alive... American pro Dan Ott and French pro Benjamin Pollak.
Early on the second day of action, short-stacked Damien Salas lost a flip for his tournament life. He hit the rail in seventh place. Approximately 20 hands later, Bryan Piccoli's tourist (Ace-seven) ran into Ott's pocket Cowboys. The Kings held up and Piccoli was dunzo in sixth place. Four hands later, Antoine Saout said goodbye. The French pro finished in third place back in 2009, but he could do no better than fifth place.
And then the old guy busted. John Hesp became an instant fan favorite (both amateurs and pros alike) over the last week or so. The British amateur gave the current world a glimpse of what poker used to be like... fun, exciting, jovial. Alas, Hesp got short and busted in fourth place. He took home $2.6M for his amazing run in the 2017 Main Event.
With Hesp's elimination, action was paused with three remaining. Blumstein held nearly 63% of all chips in play with a 226M stack. Dan Ott surged to second overall, but he still trails by 138M. French pro Benjamin Pollak is the last Euro still alive. The short stack needs help if he wants to finish higher than third.
The final three resume at 5:30pm Vegas time. The finale will be aired on ESPN starting at 9pm ET (or 6pm PT). Check local listings. And if you live overseas, PokerGo will be streaming the final table.
2017 WSOP - Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Prize Pool: $67,877,400
Players Remaining: 3
1. Scott Blumstein 226,450,000
2. Benjamin Pollak 45,850,000
3. Dan Ott 88,375,000
Final Table Payouts/Results:
4. John Hesp (United Kingdom) $2,600,000
5. Antoine Saout (France) $2,000,000
6. Bryan Piccoli (USA) $1,675,000
7. Damien Salas (Argentina) $1,425,000
8. Jack Sinclair (United Kingdom) $1,200,000
9. Ben Lamb (USA) $1,000,000