Scott Blumstein Earns $8.15 Million After Winning 2017 WSOP Main Event

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

Scott Blumstein competes in the World Series of Poker main event, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Scott Blumstein clinched the 2017 World Series of Poker main event Sunday morning, picking up a cool $8.15 million in the process.

Blumstein was a dominant chip leader throughout. Afterward, he said he was ready for a break.

"I'm really happy with how I played tonight," Blumstein said, per ESPN.com's Tim Fiorvanti. "Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce [on the river to seal the win], because I was playing good, but I'm pretty tired of poker at this point, honestly."

Dan Ott, who finished second, and Benjamin Pollak, third, were at one point all-in on the same hand.

Blumstein celebrates his win.
Blumstein celebrates his win.John Locher/Associated Press

Ott won, eliminating Pollak. While there were some tense moments, Blumstein's chip advantage and aggressive play allowed him to dictate proceedings.

The victory came about in memorable circumstances, as the river swung the decisive hand Blumstein's way. He needed a two to make a pair, having been dealt A-2; Ott had A-8.

Had Ott held, he would have been right back in the match with 128,000,000 chips (Blumstein would have had 232,575,000).

As professional poker player Phil Hellmuth noted, the finishing sequence came up 20 years ago when Stu Ungar won the same championship:

Blumstein came through a field of 7,221 players to make the final (third-largest ever). Those involved in the tournament each paid a buy-in of $10,000. The total prize pool was $67,877,400.

Ott earned $4.7 million as the runner-up, while Pollak took home $3.5 million for third.