The Main Event Final Table at this year’s WSOP is down to the final three players; Scott Blumstein, Dan Ott, and Benjamin Pollack, who will return this evening to play down to a winner.
The day started with Blumstein holding over half the chips in play with a monster 173m stack. By the end of the day he had increased his stack to 226.45m, almost three times that of second placed Dan Ott who will start the final day with 88.375m, and way ahead of Ben Pollack in 3rd with 45.85m, just 12.7% of the chips in play.
Four players bit the dust yesterday, the first being Argentinian Damian Salas who lost all his chips in a very unfortunate 25m chip pot against Pollack. Salas had called a 3.5m preflop raise from Pollack to see an flop. Ott put his opponent all in and Salas quickly made the call, way ahead with to Ott’s . A 5 on the river, however, gave Ott an unlikely straight to send Salas home in 7th with $1,425,000.
Next out was WSOP bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli whose stack had diminished to below 10 big blinds when he shoved with A-7 from the small blind, only for Dan Ott to wake up with King’s in the big blind. There was to be no Ace from space for Piccioli who tumbled in 6th, earning a career high $1,675,000 for his troubles.
By this time fan favourite John Hesp was by far the shorted stack with just over 13m, followed by Pollack on 32m. However, it was 2-time main event final tablist, Antoine Saout who was next to fall in a huge 73m cooler pot against Blumstein. Blumstein had put his opponent all in on a board and Saout had a big decision on his hands with for trip Jacks. He eventually made the call and was soon heading to the paydesk as Blumstein tabled for a 7 high straight, Saout won $2m for his 5th place finish..
The final elimination of the day was the 64 year retired Yorkshireman John Hesp who jammed his last 12m from the cut-off with and was called (and eventually beaten) by Pollack’s . The board ran out dry and Ace high was good enough to end Hesp’s remarkable journey in 4th place, for which he will receive a tidy $2.6m payday.
After busting, Hesp told reporters that the money was secondary to him saying, “Before I came here I wasn’t a multi-millionaire of anything like it, but you don’t have to have lots of money to be rich in life, and I was rich in life before I came here, and I’m even richer in life now – without the money”. A great attitude from a man who has really captured the attention of the fans and players aliike at this championship.
Check out Hesp’s exit interview in full below
Final Table Standings – WSOP 2017 Final Table
Each player is guaranteed at least $3.5m now, with $8.15m up top. Play resumes this afternoon at 5.30pm local time.