The WSOP Main Event, which attracted a record 7,221 entries, has now whittled down to just nine players, reaching its final table. The nine finalists in the world’s biggest poker tournament include some of the biggest names in international poker arena and they all are guaranteed to earn at least $1,000,000 in the prize money. They all will return to resume their battle for the $8,150,000 first-place prize on Thursday, July 20.
The two of the nine finalists coming into the WSOP Main Event final table have been there before. Former November Niners Antoine Saout and Ben Lamb both made it to the Main Event final table before as well and both of them have performed well under pressure already and they will now be battling it for the bracelet on Thursday. Unfortunately for Michael Ruane, who reached the November Nine last year, he just came up short and bubbled the final table in 10th place.
Leading the final table is none other than Scott Blumstein from the United states with 97,250,000 in chips. He has hold around $312,142 in total live earnings with his best live cash being $199,854. He has impressive lead over other opponents at the final table with around 27 percent of the total chips in play. Expressing his feelings about the WSOP Main Event final table, Blumstein said, “I feel amazing, I can’t believe it’s real, I have a great group of guys and we’re going to get to work and prepare for Thursday. This is one of the biggest moments of my life. And I’m super excited.”
Following Blumstein in 2nd position is the fan favorite John Hesp with 85,700,000 chips. Hesp has 24 percent of the total. Lamb will come as the shortest stack with 18,050,000, just behind of Saout’s 21,750,000 when the final table action resumes on Thursday at 5:30 pm local time. The play will continue until 6 players remain, then the field will be narrowed down to 3 players on Friday. Finally Saturday will be the day when a winner is crowned!
A Look at Final Table Chips Counts
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||John Hesp||United Kingdom||85,700,000||107|
|2||Scott Blumstein||United States||97,250,000||122|
|5||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||20,200,000||25|
|7||Ben Lamb||United States||18,050,000||23|
|8||Bryan Piccioli||United States||33,800,000||42|
|9||Dan Ott||United States||26,475,000||33|
Team India at WSOP Main Event 2017
The world richest and biggest event WSOP Main Event attracted many Indian players but only a few of them could make notable finishes. Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal who has been one of the most consistent Indian players this wsop cashed 10 times this summer. He made his career’s first final table. He was running well through the WSOP Main Event but ended his run, falling short of the money line. Among other players who impressed in this event include the well-known Rahul Byyraju and Paawan Bansal who were the only two Indians who survived through for Day 5 of this Main Event.Byrraju exited at 102nd place for $53,247, while Bansal finished 124th for the same amount.
Overall, it was a great season for Team India, as India’s star player Aditya Sushant and L.A based Nipun Java grabbed big headlines early in the series clinching the first WSOP bracelet for the country. Very soon, Java shot into fame, as he won yet another bracelet in the Event #71: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship.