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The winner of the so-called World Poker Championship or, more simply, the Main Event of the WSOP 2017, was determined. A 25-year-old poker player named Scott Blumstein from New Jersey has become the new champion.
Today the ordinary online regular celebrates the victory in the most important tournament of this year. Scott has been earning playing poker for the last four years with varying success. The player let in on, that just a year ago his father had called him and asked whether he was going to find a normal job.
In defiance of all expectations, a year later he wins the Main Event of the WSOP 2017, raises the gold bracelet over his head and gets the $ 8,150,000 prize. It seems that dad will be proud.
This year the Main Event collected 7,221 registrations and was the third in attendance in the history of the World Series. It took 10 grueling days of poker to determine the winner. The final table was held without a traditional delay until November, but was played immediately.
In short, the final was attended by several guys who played in the WSOP for the first time. Indisputable crowd puller was a gray beard from Great Britain named John Hesp, who claimed that he came to play not for the sake of money, but for fun and smiles. During the game he was telling jokes and hanging on to the pleasure of showing the cards.
Scott Blumstein - $ 8,150,000
Dan Ott - $ 4,700,000
Benjamin Pollack - $ 3,500,000
John Hesp - $ 2,600,000
Antoine Saout - $ 2,000,000
Bryan Piccioli - $ 1,675,000
Damian Salas - $ 1,425,000
Jack Sinclair - $ 1,200,000
Ben Lamb - $ 1,000,000
In total, the game lasted 246 hands. Above all, the audience remembered the final day of the event and the 3-max game, as there the fate of the first prize was decided.
Level 42, the blinds: 1.2m / 2.4m / 400k
French professional Benjamin Pollack went all-in from the button to 35.2m chips, and received call from the small blind from Dan Ott, who had 45.8m. Scott Blumstein, being a chip leader, asked to count opponents and agreed. The crowd burst into applause and whistling, because he had the best hand.
Pollack: queen of clubs; ace of diamonds
Ott: king of clubs; nine of diamonds
Blumstein: ace of hearts; queen of spades
The dealer laid out king of diamonds, jack of spades and three of diamonds, which gave hope to all of three players (gutshot, straight draw, top pair). It was rather exciting moment, as the victory of Blumstein could end the game here and now.
Of course it did not happen - four of clubs on the turn and six of spades on the river allowed Dan Ott to continue the game, but Benjamin Pollack went home. However, he probably had the coolest support group with the Allez Ben Champion poster. Ben was greatly supported, as the French have never managed to become champions in the Main Event.
In an interview Scott Blumstein said that he did not complain about the final. In his opinion, he played well and the cards came in normally. As a result, he had 100+ bb 85% of the time.
The final 246th hand of the tournament looked like this:
Level 43, blinds: 1.5m / 3m / 500k
Blumstein limps from the button, Ott raises to 8m and gets all-in in response. Behind him, Ott had 55.5m left, he took a couple of minutes to think and eventually called.
Ott: ace of diamonds; eight of diamonds.
Blumstein: ace of hearts; two of diamonds
Jack of spades, six of spades, five of hearts on the flop allowed Ott to stay ahead and even gave him a pair of cards that would help him avoid the bank sharing.
Seven of hearts on the turn gave Ott straight draw.
Deuce of hearts on the river buried all his hopes, because the deuce was one of the three outs for Blumstein, who, it seems, began to believe in miracles after that.
As the winner admits, he does not have any ego in poker. Money does not motivate and control him. The last four years he lived and grinded online poker in New Jersey and this victory will not change it. Scott will not start playing high limits and live a beautiful life.
He wanted to win not for the sake of eight million, but for the freedom that they can give him. His goal was to reach a point, where he can do whatever he wants. Blumstein thinks, he got the chance. It does not matter whether it's about poker, business, or study. He became free and in his understanding this is the American dream.
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