2017 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Dias: 10
Event Info

2017 World Series of Poker

Resultados Finais
Campeão
Mão Vencedora
a2
Premiação
$8,150,000
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Premiação
$67,877,400
Entries
7,221
Informações do Nível
Nível
43
Blinds
1,500,000 / 3,000,000
Ante
500,000

Scott Blumstein Wins the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event ($8,150,000)

Nível 43 : 1,500,000/3,000,000, 500,000 ante
Champion Scott Blumstein
Champion Scott Blumstein

The World Series of Poker has crowned a new Main Event champion. Scott Blumstein of Morristown, NJ was victorious and took home the $8,150,000 first-place prize early Sunday morning. Blumstein beat a field of 7,221 players to be awarded the coveted gold and diamond bracelet. On the final day of play, he beat Frenchman Benjamin Pollak and countryman Dan Ott.

Blumstein was first asked how it feels to win the Main Event and with a stunned look on his face he could barely get the words out. "I'm still in shock. I thought I would get even more emotional that what I got in real time but it's just the best feeling, I can't even put it into words."

"I'm really happy with how I played tonight," Blumstein continued. "I'm lucky enough to have good resources and hit up a buddy of mine who is really good at heads-up and three-handed poker. We went over what I should do and I was hoping to execute. I think tonight went really well."

He spoke with Sarah Herring after all the chips were pushed his way.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Scott BlumsteinUnited States$8,150,000
2Dan OttUnited States$4,700,000
3Benjamin PollakFrance$3,500,000
4John HespUnited Kingdom$2,600,000
5Antoine SaoutFrance$2,000,000
6Bryan PiccioliUnited States$1,675,000
7Damian SalasArgentina$1,425,000
8Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom$1,200,000
9Ben LambUnited States$1,000,000

The final day of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event got underway with only three players remaining. There was the big stack, Scott Blumstein, with over 226 million in chips; the short stack, Benjamin Pollak, with 46 million; and Dan Ott in the middle with 88 million.

With blinds starting at 1 and 2 million, there was play for all involved. Benjamin Pollak tweeted he had nothing to lose and everything to win, and that's how he played.

The audience in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and those watching from home, didn't need to wait long for fireworks. Blumstein, who had lost a bit to Ott early on, fired all three streets with nothing but the nut flush blocker on a board with three clubs. Ott had pocket eights with two overs on board and after some tanking, folded the best hand. Blumstein fist pumped and celebrated, Ott shrugged it off.

Pollak started getting short, open shoved and got some back, only to raise the river in a hand with the nut flush. Blumstein, who had bet the river, folded the second nuts after just a minute or so in the tank.

Blumstein widened the gap and was destined to face-off heads up soon enough as Ott doubled through Pollak. Pollak lost with eights to ace-queen suited and was left with just 12 big blinds. After some confusion over his chip count, the tournament was shortly paused to clear things up.

Not long after play resumed, Pollak doubled back up through Blumstein. The two got it in before the flop with Pollak holding ace-three to Blumstein's five-four. Pollak had the best hand but was only a slight favorite. The board would not show any threat to his hand, though, and just like that, he was back in second position.

Still, Blumstein had over four times the chips his closest competitor had. As Ott doubled through Pollak with ace-three against queen-ten, it seemed like a heads up match between the two Americans was imminent. The lone Frenchman was down to fewer than 8 big blinds but tripled up the next hand as he pushed with jack-four suited. Ott called, but folded to Blumstein's isolation shove. If Ott would've called, it would've been a 3-way all in and a double knock out could've decided the 2017 WSOP Main Event. That unicum didn't happen as Ott folded and Pollak tripled up, hitting a jack against Blumstein's king-ten.

Six hands later, the unique situation occurred again, and this time Pollak would hit the rail. Pollak shoved all in from the button, small blind Ott moved all in, and big blind Blumstein called to put them both at risk. Blumstein had the best hand with ace-queen up against the queen-ten of Pollak and king-nine of Ott. Ott hit a king on the flop, however, and as the turn and river bricked, he tripled and sent Pollak to the rail in third place.

At nine o'clock in the evening, the 2017 WSOP Main Event was heads up and it was down to two Americans fighting for the big money. Guaranteed $4,700,000, there was still a massive $3,450,000 to battle for, and the shiny bracelet flaunting on the bundles of cash in the middle of the table.

The long heads up match was characterized by conservative play by Ott, while Blumstein appeared to be a bit more at ease with the mano-a-mano duel. On top of that, Blumstein made more hands which made him extend his lead considerably.

After 65 hands of heads up, Ott doubled to once again get his hopes up. Those dreams of being able to lift the trophy were crushed the next hand, in hand 246 of the final table the chips went in and Blumstein would come out ahead. Ott was the favorite going in and lead with ace-eight to Blumstein's ace-deuce till the river, but the deuce of hearts hit and the tournament was over. Ott was consoled by his rail, while Blumstein celebrated with his. Scott Blumstein was crowned the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, which netted him $8,150,000.

After hitting the deuce on the river Blumstein and his rail exploded. "I mean, 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. I was mentally preparing for 40 big blind poker but the river was a deuce and the rest is history."

"At the end the chips didn’t go my way," Ott said afterward. "The cards didn’t go my way. But I got second place in the third largest Main Event ever. I can’t complain about that."

"I’ll definitely be able to play a lot more tournaments," Ott added. "I’m going to come back next year for sure. It was an amazing experience. I’ll never pass this up again. Just keep playing, and try to win next time."

If you are looking for Blumstein on the super high roller circuit in the coming years, don't hold your breath. "I don't have an ego in this game. I check my ego at the door. Just two weeks ago I was a New Jersey online grinder and nothing has really changed. Having the money, am I going to play a little more live poker? Probably. But I'm probably going to choose where I go based on location and what works for me as opposed to the buy-in of the tournament."

With over $8,000,000 in his pocket now, the big question was what will you do with it. "Money doesn't really motivate me, it doesn't drive me. I didn't want to win this thing for the $8 million, but with that being said it's nice to have some freedom now. The goal was to get to a point where I can do whatever I want to do. And I think I'm going to have that opportunity now whether it's poker, business, going back to school. I have the freedom to do that now. That's the american dream in my eyes and finding happiness is part of that. What a good way to get there."

The 2017 World Series of Poker has come to an end. A winner has been crowned in all of the 74 events. Nipun Java and David Bach took home 2 bracelets each. Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, John Racener, Chris Moorman, Christopher Frank, Dmitry Yurasov, Max Silver, James Obst, Mohsin Charania, Jens Lakemeier, Tom Koral, Elior Sion, and Chris Klodnicki were just a few of the players that won their first. Doug Polk, Bryan Yoon, Jesse Martin, Abe Mosseri, Mike Wattel, Frank Kassela, David Singer, Adrian Mateos, John Monnette, and several others added a shiny ornament to their collection.

2017 WSOP Player of the Year Provisional Standings

The 2017 WSOP player of the Year race is anything but over as the World Series of Poker Europe in Rozvadov later this year counts as well. The American part of the competition is over though, with Chris Ferguson (898.46 points) earning the provisional honors and the €10,000 WSOPE seat.

PositionPlayerPoints
1Chris Ferguson898.46
2Ryan Hughes876.35
3John Monnette865.21
4John Racener853.16
5Ray Henson768.49
6Ben Yu766.49
7Alex Foxen754.36
8Daniel Negreanu717.76
9Dario Sammartino710.96
10Kenny Hallaert686.81

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein

Dan Ott Eliminated in 2nd Place ($4,700,000)

Nível 43 : 1,500,000/3,000,000, 500,000 ante
Heads Up Dan Ott
Heads Up Dan Ott

Hand #246: Scott Blumstein limped in on the button and Dan Ott raised to 8 million. Blumstein moved all in, putting Ott to the test for his remaining 55.5 million chips. Ott went into the tank and called after about a minute.

Dan Ott: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Scott Blumstein: {a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}

Ott was the player at risk, but he was well ahead with a bigger kicker than Blumstein.

The flop came {j-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts} and Ott remained ahead, along with finding two under cards to lessen the chance of a chop with Blumstein.

The turn was the {7-Hearts} and Ott picked up a straight draw.

The river was the {2-Hearts} and Blumstein's rail erupted as he hit a miracle card to lock up the pot and win the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Ott headed to the rail to be with his supporters, and is the runner-up for $4.7 million in his first-ever Main Event.

An extensive recap will follow shortly, along with a winner interview and reactions from the runner-up.

In the meantime, PokerNews caught up with Ott, who shared his thoughts on the day.

"I lost some big pots early so my strategy was to keep playing my game — the same game I’ve been playing for 15 days now. At the end the chips didn’t go my way. The cards didn’t go my way. But I got second place in the third largest Main Event ever. I can’t complain about that."

When asked about his thought process on the king-nine hand that knocked Benjamin Pollak out in third place, he had this to say:

"I started making a few light shoves. I thought it was an alright hand. It might have been a bit too loose but I went for it and happened to win it."

Heads up play didn't go Ott's way, as Blumstein dominated most of it. For Ott, it was simply a matter of the cards.

"I wasn’t getting any cards heads up if you see the broadcast you’ll see that. I tried with what I had and I can’t complain at all."

As far as what this big score means for Ott down the road?

"I’ll definitely be able to play a lot more tournaments. I’m going to come back next year for sure. It was an amazing experience. I’ll never pass this up again. Just keep playing, and try to win next time."

He spoke to Sarah after the last hand was dealt.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
360,575,000 64,000,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
Eliminado

Tags: Dan OttScott Blumstein

Hands #243-245: Ott Doubles Through Blumstein

Nível 43 : 1,500,000/3,000,000, 500,000 ante
Heads Up Dan Ott
Heads Up Dan Ott

Hand #243: Dan Ott moved all in for his final 32 million, and Scott Blumstein released his hand.

Hand #244: Blumstein moved all in on the button, and Ott looked at his cards, then folded.

Hand #245: Ott limped in on the button, and Blumstein moved all in. Ott flashed a smile, then made the call.

Blumstein: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Ott: {K-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

The flop came down {J-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, giving Ott a pair of nines, much to the delight of his rail. Blumstein was well behind now, and the {10-Diamonds} turn brought him no new outs. Blumstein was looking for a two outer now on the river, but that card was the {10-Clubs}.

Ott doubled up to 64 million, while Blumstein is back down below 300 million.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
296,575,000 -32,000,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
64,000,000 32,000,000

Tags: Dan OttScott Blumstein

Benjamin Pollak Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,500,000)

Nível 42 : 1,200,000/2,400,000, 400,000 ante
Benjamin Pollak
Benjamin Pollak

Hand #181: Benjamin Pollak moved all in for 35.2 million on the button and Dan Ott moved all in from the small blind for 45.8 million. Scott Blumstein was in the big blind and asked for a count. After a few short seconds, he called. The crowd went wild as the chip leader held the best hand in this epic three-way all in.

Benjamin Pollak: {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Dan Ott: {k-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Scott Blumstein: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Pollak and Ott were all in, with Pollak being the first player at risk and well behind. Ott was the second player at risk and was very live against Blumstein's ace-high.

The flop came {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and the rail erupted as Ott took the lead with a pair of kings. Pollak picked up an open-ended straight draw, and Blumstein still had outs with a gut-shot straight draw to possibly win the entire thing.

The turn was the {4-Clubs}, and the river was the {6-Spades}, giving Ott more than a double-up and sending Pollak out in third place, collecting an impressive payout worth $3.5 million.

Scott Blumstein and Dan Ott are guaranteed $4,700,000, and will battle heads up for $8,150,000 when play resumes.

Dan Ott

PokerNews caught up with Pollak after his elimination. The Frenchman expressed his disappointment but expects that to subside once his emotions calm.

"I guess in a few days I’ll look back and think 'yeah, that was the Main Event that was an insane run.' Over 7,000 players to finish third is insane."

Pollak also explained his thoughts on his final hand of the tournament.

"My shove was standard, I think, with my stack of 15 big blinds. Dan is pretty short too. They can fold a lot of hands here. I was surprised that Dan decided to shove king-nine off suit. I thought that was really bad because at best he has 60 percent equity. Scott’s ace-queen he has to call. Flop was amazing as well — king-jack-three with two diamonds. The turn and river didn’t help though.

"It should be an amazing heads up especially with Dan having chips now. Should be fun to watch."

Have a look at his entire interview here:

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
232,575,000 -52,595,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
128,000,000 81,800,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
Eliminado

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein

Hand #175: Pollak Triples Up!

Nível 42 : 1,200,000/2,400,000, 400,000 ante
Benjamin Pollak
Benjamin Pollak

Hand #175: Benjamin Pollak pushed all-in from the button for 17.9 million and Dan Ott called from the small blind. Scott Blumstein moved all-in over the top from the big blind and the action was back on Ott. Ott mucked his hand and the remaining two players tabled their cards.

Blumstein: {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Pollak: {j-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

The flop came {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{7-Clubs}, giving Pollak the lead with a pair of jacks but Blumstein picked up a two-way straight draw. The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and the river landed the {7-Hearts} providing no help for Blumstein. Pollak found a timely triple up to around 23 big blinds.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
260,575,000 -13,995,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
56,600,000 38,300,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
49,400,000 -18,300,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein

Hands #172-174: Ott Doubles Through Pollak

Nível 42 : 1,200,000/2,400,000, 400,000 ante
Dan Ott
Dan Ott

Hand #172: Dan Ott called from the small blind and Scott Blumstein checked his option from the big blind. The flop came {j-Spades}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Ott checked, as did Blumstein. The turn was the {3-Diamonds}. Ott checked and Blumstein bet 3.5 million. Ott called. The river was the {j-Hearts} and Ott checked again. Blumstein paused for about thirty seconds and bet 11.5 million. Ott called. Blumstein tabled {j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} for trip jacks and Ott mucked before paying the bet.

Hand #173: Ott raised to 5 million on the button and both blinds folded, sending the pot his way.

Hand #174: Blumstein folded his button and Benjamin Pollak moved all in from the small blind, putting Ott to the test for his remaining 33,250,000. Ott called.

Ott was at risk but ahead with {a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}, up against Pollak's {q-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

The flop came {k-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}, keeping Ott in the lead with ace-high. The turn was the {a-Clubs} to give Ott a pair of aces, but Pollak picked up both flush and straight draws. The river was the {10-Spades} and Ott held to double up.

Pollak was left with just eight big blinds, propelling Ott into second.

Dan Ott doubles up
Dan Ott doubles up
Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
274,570,000 16,200,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
67,700,000 20,650,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
18,300,000 -36,850,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein

Hands #161-164: Pollak Doubles to Climb Into Second in Chips

Nível 41 : 1,000,000/2,000,000, 300,000 ante
Benjamin Pollak
Benjamin Pollak

Hand #161: Dan Ott raised to 4.4 million on the button and Benjamin Pollak defended his big blind. The flop came {7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Spades} and Pollak checked, as did Ott. The turn was the {9-Spades} and Pollak moved all in. Ott folded.

Hand #162: Scott Blumstein raised it up to 4 million on the button, Pollak mucked his small blind and Ott called from the big blind. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{5-Clubs} and Ott checked. Blumstein bet 3.5 million and Ott called. The turn was the {2-Hearts}. Ott checked and Blumstein paused before checking back. The river was the {a-Clubs} and Ott checked for a third time. Blumstein bet 10.5 million and Ott folded.

Hand #163: Pollak moved all in for 27,775,000 on the button and Ott and Blumstein folded from the small and big blinds.

Hand #164: Ott folded his button and Blumstein moved all in from the small blind, clearly putting Pollak to the test for his remaining 31,675,000 chips. Pollak tanked for a minute and called.

Benjamin Pollak: {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Scott Blumstein: {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

Pollak was at risk and ahead with ace-three of diamonds, up against the five-four of clubs of Blumstein.

Pollak hopped over the rail to stand with his supporters as he awaited his fate.

The flop came {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Pollak remained ahead with ace-high.

The turn was the {7-Diamonds} and Pollak picked up a flush draw to take away some of Blumstein's outs.

The river was the {10-Diamonds} and Pollak completed his flush for good measure to double through and climb into second place in chips.

Benjamin Pollak
Benjamin Pollak Doubles Up
Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
242,170,000 -26,180,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
63,650,000 40,275,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
54,750,000 -14,100,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein

Hands #159-160: Ott Doubles Through Pollak

Nível 41 : 1,000,000/2,000,000, 300,000 ante
Dan Ott doubles up
Dan Ott doubles up

Hand #159: Scott Blumstein raised to 4.3 million on the button, and Benjamin Pollak folded in the small blind. Dan Ott defended his big blind, and the flop came down {j-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{a-Diamonds}. Ott checked to Blumstein, who bet out 3.5 million. Ott called, and the {7-Spades} hit the turn. Ott tapped the felt again, and Blumstein bet again, this time 8.5 million. Ott made the call again, and the {3-Diamonds} completed the board. Ott checked one more time, and Blumstein did the same. Blumstein showed {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts} for a pair of aces to take down the pot, beating the pair of jacks that Tournament Director Jack Effel announced for Ott.

Hand #160: Pollak bumped it up to 4.3 million on the button, and Ott moved all in from the small blind for about 34 million. Blumstein folded, and Pollak didn't take very long to call.

Pollak: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Ott: {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}

The flop came down {Q-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}, shooting Ott out into the lead. Pollak picked up backdoor flush and straight outs, but the {10-Clubs} on the turn ended those hopes for that. Pollak needed one of the two eights left in the deck to win the hand now, but the river brought the {6-Clubs} instead.

Ott doubled up to nearly 70 million, while Pollak dropped down to under 24 million.

Dan Ott
Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
268,350,000 15,200,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
68,850,000 19,175,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
23,375,000 -34,375,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein

The Biggest Day in Poker: Three Players Battle for the Main Event Bracelet

Scott Blumstein, Benjamin Pollak, and Dan Ott
Scott Blumstein, Benjamin Pollak, and Dan Ott

After a seven-day-long Main Event, the remaining nine players got two days off to prepare for the biggest final table of their lives. What the poker world called the November Niners before, was now dubbed the Summer Survivors, and just three of them remain right now. Just three players still in the running for poker's biggest prize.

On the first day of the three-day long final table, Ben Lamb and Jack Sinclair said their goodbyes. On Friday, the penultimate day of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, another four players had to give up their hopes of becoming Main Event champion as Damian Salas, Bryan Piccioli, Antoine Saout, and John Hesp bit the dust.

Today, the remaining three players battle for eternal glory and the $8,150,000 first-place prize. Three players still have a shot at seeing their banner revealed next year as the 2017 WSOP Main Event champion.

Runaway chip leader is Scott Blumstein with 2226,450,000 in chips, 63% of the chips in play. Blumstein, an East Coast tournament grinder who entered the Main Event for the first time this year, had no trouble widdling through the field on Day 8 and 9 and was the one responsible for most of the bust outs.

His nearest competitor chips-wise is Dan Ott, another Main Event rookie who entered his first WSOP this year. Ott is bringing 88,375,000 in chips, roughly a quarter of what is in play. On Day 9, he emerged from the role of short stack to one of significance as he busted Bryan Piccioli in 6th place.

Last, but definitely not least, is Benjamin Pollak. While the Frenchman brings the shortest stack to the final day, you can bet that the 45,850,000 he unbags at the start is going to be put to good use. The well-experienced high stakes player from France impressed a lot of people watching the live stream as he made some on point laydowns and well-timed value bets throughout the final table.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds%Trend Since Start FT
1Scott BlumsteinUnited States226,450,00011362.8%+129,200,000
2Benjamin PollakFrance45,850,0002312.7%+10,675,000
3Dan OttUnited States88,375,0004424.5%+61,900,000

Play gets back underway at 5:30 p.m. local time (2 hours from now) with 1 hour and 33 minutes left in Level 41 (1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 300,000-ante). PokerNews will be on the floor for the last day this summer, to once again bring you live coverage without delay of each and every hand played.

You can watch the final table on a half hour delay on ESPN or an ESPN affiliated network if you're in a country where ESPN broadcasts (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada), or via PokerGO if the country you reside in doesn't have ESPN or an ESPN linked network. See 'How to Watch the WSOP Main Event Final Table on ESPN and PokerGO' for a full disclosure on where to watch the final table.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $8,150,000
2  $4,700,000
3  $3,500,000
4John HespUnited Kingdom$2,600,000
5Antoine SaoutFrance$2,000,000
6Bryan PiccioliUnited States$1,675,000
7Damian SalasArgentina$1,425,000
8Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom$1,200,000
9Ben LambUnited States$1,000,000
Main Event Winner Bracelet
Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
226,450,000
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
88,375,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
45,850,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakDan OttScott Blumstein