New Jersey poker pro Scott Blumstein has been crowned the 2017 WSOP Main Event Champion. The 25-year old professional poker player from New Jersey defeated Daniel Ott in an intense three-hour heads-up play to grab the $8.15 million first prize and the highly coveted WSOP Main Event gold and diamond bracelet.
The WSOP $10,000 Main Event is considered to be one of the most prestigious poker titles in the world and with this win, the relatively unknown Blumstein has secured his place among poker greats. It was his first appearance at the table and he was the youngest of the nine finalists.
In a statement, Blumstein said
I'm still in shock. I thought I would get even more emotional that what I got in real time but it's just the best feeling, I can't even put it into words.
Blumstein has been playing online poker in New Jersey and holds lifetime earnings of $312,142 excluding his recent main event win. His biggest victory prior to that was at the Borgata in 2016 winning $199,854.
The 2017 WSOP Main Event attracted 7,221 entries making it the third largest Main Event and the biggest since 2010. Blumstein entered the final table with a solid lead holding 97,250,000 chips and mostly led wire-to- wire through the game. He entered the final day of play with 60 percent of the chips giving him a massive advantage.
Blumstein acknowledged that having a big stack eased pressure and increased the chances of a win. In the heads-up that lasted over 65 hands, Blumstein remained largely in control. But towards the end, Daniel Ott put up a stiff challenge but by drawing a lucky deuce on the river, Blumstein was able to win the pot and the title.
Ott from Altoona, Pennsylvania was also playing in his first Main Event and finished as runner up taking home $4,700,000. Although he had lower chip total when he entered the final table, Ott put in a strong performance. He said he was delighted with the result and called it an amazing experience.
Blumstein was humble in victory stating that while it was the WSOP Main Event at the end of the day it was only one poker tournament that he had won. He said he tried to keep himself down to earth at the poker table and made it a habit to park his ego outside before entering a poker room. He has no specific plan on spending his money but is considering getting into business or going back to school as part of his options.