Sunday July 23, 2017 at 4:43 pm
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Say hello to the newest champion! Scott Blumstein from New Jersey won the 2017 WSOP Main Event Championship. The New Jersey pro won $8,150,000 for fading a field of 7,221 runners. On the third and final day of the final table, Blumstein came in with an overwhelming lead. French pro Ben Pollak busted in third place, which set up a heads-up bout between Blumstein and Dan Ott. Blumstein held a sizable advantage over Ott, who could not rally from behind and pull off the upset. Ott settled on a runner-up finish and $4.7 million in cash for a consolation prize. Blumstein only needed 65 hands to send Ott to the rail. Blumstein now added his name to an illustrious list of Main Event Champions.

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The 2017 WSOP Main Event Champion (Pic courtesy of Winamax)

Ship it to Blumstein. Scott Blumstein from Morristown, New Jersey won the most-coveted prize in all of poker... the WSOP Main Event Championship. Blumstein walked away with his first bracelet and a mountain of cash worth $8.15M. Blumstein faded the third-largest field in WSOP Main Event history to win the 2017 WSOP Main Event. He will forever be immortalized for his feat.

Going into the third and final day of the Main Event final table, Blumstein held more than 63% of remaining chips in play. Pretty much everyone knew he was going to win...eventually. But you never know with poker. Crazy stuff happens all the time, plus there's the tilt factor that not even the best of the best can stave off. However, Blumstein knew the Main Event was his to lose...and he managed to maintain the lead on the final day en route to the victory.

The biggest hand of the night was a three-way all in between the two small stacks and big-stacked Blumstein. French pro Benjamin Pollak would bust on that hand, while Dan Ott doubled up. It would have be so sick if Blumstein knocked out both players on a single hand to win the Main Event. ESPN suits would have had a hard on for a decade if that happened! I mean, it's a long shot to ever happen...but that's why the money presentation occurs three-handed...because you never know when a three-way all-in could produce the next world champion!

On hand #181, Benjamin Pollak shoved for 35M with Carte Dame de trèfleCarte 10 de carreau. Dan Ott shoved from the small blind for 46M with Carte Roi de trèfleCarte 9 de carreau. Scott Blumstein woke up with Carte As de cœurCarte Dame de trèfle in the big blind. He mini-tanked for a second before he emphatically called. The entire crowd jumped to their feet. Across the planet, poker fans shouted that their collective screens. Could this be one of the greatest hands in the history of poker with a double elimination?

The flop was Carte Roi de carreauCarte Valet de trèfleCarte 3 de carreau. Action flop! Ott improved to top pair. Pollak picked up an open-ended straight draw, while Blumstein flopped a Broadway gutter draw. The turn was the Carte 4 de trèfle and the Carte 6 de pique spiked on the river. Neither card improved for Pollak or Blumstein. Ott won the pot and staved off elimination. Alas, Pollak busted out in third place. Remarkable run for the French pro, who took home $3.5M for his work.

And then there were two. First place paid out $8.15M, while second only got $4.7M. Huge difference, eh? Nearly $3.5M heads-up bout.

Heads-up lasted only 65 hands. And Ott could not get anything going in that span.

On the final hand #246, both players got it all-in. Ott led with Ace-eight against Blumstein's Ace-deuce. Alas, the proverbial deuce on the river crushed Ott's dreams of doubling up. The river suckout gave Blumstein the win. That's poker brah and sisbrahs!

2017 WSOP - Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Entrants: 7,221

Prize Pool: $67,877,400

Payouts: 1,084

 

Final Table Results:

1. Scott Blumstein (USA) $8,150,000

2. Dan Ott (USA) $4,700,000

3. Benjamin Pollak (France) $3,500,000

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

WSOP Main Event Champions

  • 2017: Scott Blumstein - $8,150,000
  • 2016: Qui Nguyen - $8,005,310
  • 2015: Joe McKeehen - $7,683,346
  • 2014: Martin Jacobsen - $10,000,000
  • 2013: Ryan Riess - $8,359,531
  • 2012: Greg Merson - $8,531,853
  • 2011: Puis Heinz - $8,715,638
  • 2010: Jonathan Duhamel - $8,944,138
  • 2009: Joe Cada - $8,574,649
  • 2008: Peter Eastgate - $9,152,416
  • 2007: Jerry Yang - $8,250,000
  • 2006: Jamie Gold - $12,000,000
  • 2005: Joe Hachem - $7,500,000
  • 2004: Greg Raymer - $5,000,000
  • 2002: Robert Varkonyi - $2,000,000
  • 2001: Carlo Mortensen - $1,500,000
  • 2000: Chris Ferguson - $1,500,000
  • 1999: Noel Furlong - $1,000,000
  • 1998: Scotty Nguyen - $1,000,000
  • 1997: Stu Ungar - $1,000,000
  • 1996: Huck Seed - $1,000,000
  • 1995: Dan Harrington - $1,000,000
  • 1994: Russ Hamilton - $1,000,000
  • 1993: Jim Betchel - $1,000,000
  • 1992: Hamid Dastmalchi - $1,000,000
  • 1991: Brad Daugherty - $1,000,000
  • 1990: Mansour Matloubi - $895,000
  • 1989: Phil Hellmuth - $755,000
  • 1988: Johnny Chan - $700,000
  • 1987: Johnny Chan - $625,000
  • 1986: Berry Johnston - $570,000
  • 1985: Bill Smith - $700,000
  • 1984: Jack Keller - $660,000
  • 1983: Tom McEvoy - $540,000
  • 1982: Jack Strauss - $520,000
  • 1981: Stu Ungar - $375,000
  • 1980: Stu Ungar - $385,000
  • 1979: Hal Fowler - $270,000
  • 1978: Bobby Baldwin - $210,000
  • 1976: Doyle Brunson - $220,000
  • 1975: Brian Roberts - $210,000
  • 1974: Johnny Moss - $160,000
  • 1973: Puggy Pearson - $130,000
  • 1972: Amarillo Slim Preston - $80,000
  • 1971: Johnny Moss - $30,000
  • 1970: Johnny Moss - N/A (Voted)
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