Bridlington Man Wins $2.6m in Poker Final

Tuesday, 25 Jul, 2017

Hesp moved all-in on the turn when he hit two pair with aces and tens, but Blumstein held a set of aces and took down a massive pot of over 156 million in chips.

Blumstein's final hand of "an ace of hearts and a two of diamonds ended up being stronger than that of Ott, who went all in with an ace of diamonds and an eight of diamonds", reports AP.

John Hesp swapped his local casino in Hull for one in Vegas. He would have been at like 128 million if he won that. He leveraged the advantage he had being the chip leader and slowly watched the competition get eliminated one person at a time.

Joining Blumstein in the final three are Pennsylvania-based Daniel Ott and France's Benjamin Pollak. In 2009, he finished in third place. You don't want to be rooting in the face of the other guy, but you're so excited when you win even though you don't want to rub it in. His pocket Kings held up against Bryan Piccoli's A7, sending Piccoli to the rail with $1,675,000 for his efforts. Salas had been battling for most of the final table with no chips and no cards to speak of. The majority of the time, when I had a misstep, I was able to keep a level head and keep playing poker. "He played really well that day".

"It's just unreal", Ott said. It folded to Blumstein in the hijack seat who three-bet to 6.6 million.

Afterward, Dan Ott reflected on his Main Event with ESPN's Kara Scott, saying, "It's just been completely fantastic".

"(Blumstein) ran very well.

"But he'll get a big welcome from us - we've already got the banners made".

"I can't complain about anything", Ott said.

Ott survived a three-way pot with Blumstein and third-place finisher Benjamin Pollak to secure at least second place. Saout, who sat with 26.1 million, thought it over for a while before electing to call for his tournament life with the KJ for trip jacks, only to have Blumstein show him the 53 for a turned straight.

Blumstein was one of nine players who reached the final table after having beaten more than 7200 participants.

"That was pretty wild", Schmitt said. "But I love the game and it's always going to be a part of me no matter what".

Ott missed an opportunity to take control early in the night. After losing the lead briefly to John Hesp on Thursday, Blumstein won the most-talked-about hand of the tournament against Hesp to take a commanding lead that he would never relinquish.

From that point, only Ott threatened Blumstein in any significant way. After a river two changed nothing, Blumstein went all in with a bluff. He had the best hand and after a safe flop and a safe turn, it looked like another double-up was on its way.

The pair were the big stacks at the table, with Pollak not too far behind Blumstein with just over 73 million and everyone else with less than 30 million.