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Morristown man takes big lead at World Series of Poker main event

Morristown man takes big lead at World Series of Poker main event Morristown man takes big lead at World Series of Poker main event
Frederick Owens | 23 July, 2017, 13:54

Scott Blumstein, from Morristown, New Jersey, has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Day 9 of the Main Event was played on Friday, with seven players returning to the Brasilia poker room at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Blumstein, a rookie at the final table, ended the night with $178.3 million, with the rest of the players fighting for scraps.

Other than a brief spell on the first day of the final table Thursday, Blumstein held onto the chip lead from beginning to end.

Hesp wagered all of his chips on a hand of two pair, aces and 10s, while Blumstein had three aces (Hold 'Em hands are made by using any or all of five exposed cards in combination with two "pocket" cards that are unseen by others at the table). In a particularly notable clash with Pollok, Blumstein and Pollok both would flop trip nines (Hesp, along for the ride in the hand, would depart after the Q-9-9 flop missed his hand). Ott moved all-in and Salas called instantly with the A10 for top pair.

The remaining seven are guaranteed a minimum of $1,425,000. After what seemed to be an eternity, he called and was dismayed to see Blumstein's turned straight vanquish him in fifth place ($2 million). Pollak was still in second with 64,000,000, but well behind Blumstein, who still led with 147,000,000.

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Blumstein's hand, which was best, didn't hold up in that three-way spot - Ott eliminated Pollak in third place and picked up all of the chips - but after a 66-hand heads-up match with Ott, he sealed the victory despite the unfortunate previous run-out by grinding Ott down to nearly nothing. The flop brought the A32 and Salas checked.

Ott, who took home $4.7 million for second place, finally succumbed roughly 6 hours, 40 minutes after the final round started when Blumstein caught a needed deuce on the river and the crowd roared. Each player will have to lose all his chips before he is eliminated from the final table. Blumstein and Antoine Saout got involved in a big hand, and by the river the board read J-7-6-4-J. There was to be no Ace from space for Piccioli who tumbled in 6th, earning a career high $1,675,000 for his troubles. Earlier, on Saturday night, Frenchman Benjamin Pollak was eliminated in third place. Ben Lamb, who was eliminated last night in ninth place, had finished third in 2011.

Despite his big lead, he told ESPN he would not get comfortable on Saturday, and Blumstein played patiently and smart, correctly folding on one big pot and bluffing his way to a big chip count on another.

A grandfather from Hull has walked away with £2 million after holding his own at an global poker tournament in Las Vegas.

Pollak, Ott and Scott Blumstein are the three remaining players vying for a grand prize of more than $8.1 million.

In a statement, Blumstein said "I mean, is there a better way to win the Main Event than hitting a three-outer on the river?"

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