Since then he has been playing in minor tournaments and this was the first time he entered into the World Series. He now has 226,350,000.
However, the poker community should also not forget the lessons of John Hesp.
Blumstein, a 25-year-old professional poker player from Morristown, New Jersey, will have more than 60 percent of the chips in play when action resumes at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Convention Center with three players remaining.
The first player to hit the rail was 42-year-old Damian Salas, the first player ever from Argentina to make the main event final table.
In the same interview, Hesp confirmed he wasn't going to become a professional player because of this big score, and he will use the money to spoil his wife and family a bit. Yet that's not how it played out. It folded to Blumstein in the hijack seat who three-bet to 6.6 million.
For the first time, the final nine players didn't have to wait until November to take their spots at the final table. Blumstein shoved and Ott called after giving it some thought. ESPN commentator and poker pro Antonio Esfandiari said that every time Blumstein had an Ace previously (while holding the monster stack, that is), limped, and got raised, he shoved over the top.
The next double came about half an hour later, and it was crowd favorite John Hesp climbing the leaderboard. Piccioli eliminated Sinclair when his pocket aces held up against Sinclair's jack/king of spades. Pollak was still in second with 64,000,000, but well behind Blumstein, who still led with 147,000,000.
Should Blumstein become this year's champ, it will be the second time in two years the victor has Philly ties.
"Is there a better way to win the main event than by hitting a three-outer on the river?" said Blumstein. At the final table, Blumenthal played a total of 246 hands, with 65 of them against Ott alone. This was a turning point for him, and his stack continued to grow throughout the rest of the night. At the time, that was good for second place on the leaderboard (but still far behind Blumstein's 169,000,000). However, with fairly short stacks, they knew they had an uphill battle ahead of them. Of the players who started the day in unsafe territory, only Hesp was still close to where he started.
But his fanciful trip to Las Vegas to compete in the 10-day tournament ended in success after he made it to the final competition table and finished fourth out of 7,000 entrants, taking home a 2.6 million dollar (£2 million) prize.
The river was the 2♠️ - no help to anyone - and meant that Ott had the winning hand. That's when he ran into a fateful hand against American Scott Blumstein, who had about 77 million in chips. Ott caught a straight on the river, bouncing Salas in seventh place.
After Ott won the three-way all-in, Blumstein held an advantage of less than 2-1, paltry in comparison to the lead he had held for much of the past three days.
Afterward, Dan Ott reflected on his Main Event with ESPN's Kara Scott, saying, "It's just been completely awesome".
Ben Lamb and Antoine Saout were looking to improve on their respective third place finishes in 2011 and 2009. He was usually the first to race around the table to high-five players who won big pots.
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