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Scott Blumstein wins 2017 World Series of Poker's $8.15M prize

Scott Blumstein wins 2017 World Series of Poker's $8.15M prize

The 2017 World Series of Poker has reached the penultimate day of its Championship Event. The final table was cut from nine to seven after five hours of play Thursday night into Friday morning, and the field would be narrowed to three before Saturday's final session, according to The Buffalo News. Having the money, am I going to play a little more live poker? He held a commanding lead going into the final night of play that started Saturday evening, and was one of more than 7,000 that started the tournament.

Blumstein, 25, and now residing in Brigantine, began Thursday's action with almost a 12 million chip lead over his closest competitor among the final nine players. On the next hand, Blumstein showed some weakness and Ott raised the pot by 8 million.

That question - who would challenge Blumstein - was answered quickly...nobody. But in the end it was Blumstein's ace of hearts and two of diamonds that proved a stronger combination.

WSOP's 156m chip hand: Hesp reacts on the left, Blumstein goes off with joy. However, the [2h] on the river locked the victory for Blumstein. This sent Pollok into the tank as he reconstructed the hand in his mind.

At one point in the contest he was the chip leader - meaning he had the largest number - and came within a whisker of being proclaimed champion during his surprise charge for the £6million grand prize.

That hand was only a precursor to another soul crushing moment. He would occasionally push all in and pick up the blinds and antes, but rarely more.

Despite the triple-up, Ott was still trailing Blumstein by quite a margin, and he needed cards to fall his way if he were to make the comeback.

Ott is also a current Pennsylvanian.

Starting with 38.15 million (third in chips), Jack Sinclair made a minimum-raise to 1.6 million from the hijack seat.

"I lost a flip, I played a hand badly, I lost a few chips here and there", Blumstein told WSOP.com.

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The 25-year-old took home $8.15 million and earned the WSOP bracelet.

Hesp drew suited ace-10 against Blumstein's pocket aces. Blumstein waited about 20 seconds, then set out a stack of yellow chips to reraise to 17 million.

Soon after Salas's bustout, Saout doubled up again, that brought him up to 50,000,000 in chips.

But Blumstein returned the favor the next hand. "Two weeks ago, I was just a kid who loved playing poker and somehow, here I am, champion of the Main Event".

Ott was the biggest mover on Friday and begins with 88.375 million chips.

After Hesp's elimination, play was halted for the night with 1:33:23 remaining in Level 41 (blinds at 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 300,000 ante). That would come down between the small stacks to determine, however.

Enjoying the chip lead with 101.55 million to begin, John Hesp looked down at and called, making the pot 6.3 million. The duo would stand with each other, with Pollok playfully taking the stylish hat from Blumstein's head and wearing it prior to the flop, as the dealer fanned the flop, turn and river.

The pair were the big stacks at the table, with Pollak not too far behind Blumstein with just over 73 million and everyone else with less than 30 million.

Blumstein is "a regular on New Jersey online poker sites but had never cashed in the World Series of Poker".