Scott Blumstein Wins 2017 WSOP Main Event
He made it look easy, but in the end, Scott Blumstein still had to pray for a three-outer to manifest itself on the river. But you know what? When you are playing great poker and hitting cards when you need them, sometimes the poker gods smile on you just a little bit more. Blumstein put together a command performance for all three days of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, capping it off with a surprise Deuce to become poker’s World Champion.
Blumstein entered final table play on Thursday as the chip leader and never looked back. John Hesp, second in chips to begin the final table, took over the lead for a short time the first night, after the two men tangled and Blumstein doubled-up with A-A versus Hesp’s A-T, it was all Blumstein from there on out. He lorded his chip stack over everybody, totaling half the chips in play, then 60 percent, then two-thirds, and up and up and up.
There was really nothing anyone could do as the final table went on except hope they survived one more eliminated to move up in the money. Going into three-handed play on Saturday’s Day 10, Blumstein had 226.450 million chips, making Dan Ott’s 88.375 million and Benjamin Pollak’s 45.850 million look like nothing.
And you could see on the ESPN telecast that Ott and Pollak just couldn’t find any hands, just couldn’t find any opportunities to make a big move. The frustration was evident on their faces. When they finally did find a spot to do something, the results were explosive.
Pollak, down to 35.2 million chips, moved all-in with Q-T and Ott, who had 45.8 million, decided it was a good spot to do the same with K-9. But guess what? Blumstein woke up with A-Q and decided to try to end the whole thing right then and there, calling both. Ott, the underdog of the three, ended up flopping a King, knocking out Pollak, and bringing the tournament to heads-up.
That was about it for Ott’s heroics, though. Blumstein just pounded him and pounded him, regardless of whether or not he had the goods. Ott couldn’t find a spot to commit, eventually going into a break down to just 11 big blinds (a bit over 30 million chips). After the break, a cheerful yet resigned Ott did shove all-in a few times, once doubling-up to 64 million.
The next hand, Blumstein limped with A-2 and Ott raised with A-8, but then Blumstein check-raised over the top to put Ott all-in. Pained, Ott looked like he thought he had the best hand before the all-in but was now nervous that he had just run into a trap. After a healthy tank, Ott called and was a massive favorite to double-up again and make it a game again.
The flop and river changed nothing, reducing Blumstein’s chances to win the hand to just 7 percent. He had three outs – the three Deuces remaining in the deck. But wouldn’t you know it? The dealer turned over one of those Deuces, sending Blumfield into a frenzy of joy and disbelief as he realized he was now the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.
Afterward, Blumstein told ESPN’s Kara Scott, “I’m just in utter shock right now. Two weeks ago, I was just a kid who loved playing poker and somehow, here I am, champion of the Main Event.”
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