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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 7 Completed

Scott Blumstein Leads 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table; Saout, Lamb Make Repeat Appearances

Webjoker • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante
Final Table Nine
Final Table Nine

The starting field of 7,221 has been whittled down to just nine players, and the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached its final table. The nine finalists in the world's biggest poker tournament are all guaranteed to earn at least $1,000,000 apiece, while they continue the battle for the $8,150,000 first-place prize on Thursday, July 20.

Two of the players taking their seats at the final table on Thursday have been there before. Former November Niners Antoine Saout and Ben Lamb both sat in the Main Event final table spotlight before, both have performed under pressure already, and both return to poker's biggest stage in three days' time. Michael Ruane, who reached the November Nine last year, just came up short, bubbling the final table in 10th place.

Scott Blumstein leads the finalists, bringing 97,250,000 to the table on Thursday, good for 27 percent of the total chips in play. Fan favorite John Hesp is second in chips, bagging 85,700,000 chips, or 24 percent of the total. Lamb will be the shortest coming in with 18,050,000, just behind of Saout's 21,750,000.

"I feel amazing, I can't believe it's real," Blumstein said afterward. "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."

Here is a taste of what all nine players were thinking right after the final hand was dealt.

Here's the lineup for Thursday's final table:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1John HespUnited Kingdom85,700,000107
2Scott BlumsteinUnited States97,250,000122
3Antoine SaoutFrance21,750,00027
4Benjamin PollakFrance35,175,00044
5Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom20,200,00025
6Damian SalasArgentina22,175,00028
7Ben LambUnited States18,050,00023
8Bryan PiccioliUnited States33,800,00042
9Dan OttUnited States26,475,00033

Day 7 of the Main Event started with 27 players remaining — three tables, each with a massive rail. There were the haves and the have-nots, with Christian Pham, Valentin Messina, and Jack Sinclair in the former category, and Jake Bazeley, Marcel Luske, and Michael Sklenicka part of the latter.

Pham started out as the chip leader with a massive stack of 31,440,000. Things didn't go his way, though, and he was eliminated before the first pay jump. Pham first lost a ton of chips in a pot against Dan Ott, then he doubled Michael Krasienko, and he eventually crashed in a hand against Benjamin Pollak. Pham got it in with top pair and a flush draw, but he wasn't as live as he might have hoped, looking at the top set of his French opponent. A blank on the river saw Pham exit in 19th place, worth the $263,532 he was already guaranteed for making Day 7.

By that time, a small legion of players had already departed. German player Robin Hegele had been the first to exit. The Day 5 chip leader got it in ahead with queens to Sinclair's ace-ten, but an ace hit the turn to end his dreams of millions. Czech player Sklenicka (ace-six to ace-nine), Bazeley (tens to ace-king), and Florian Lohnert (sixes into nines) also hit the rail around that time.

Marcel Luske, the Dutch rounder who made deep runs in 2003 (14th, $65,000) and 2004 (10th, $373,000), came close again but had to say his goodbyes in 23rd place when his ace-eight didn't improve against jacks. This time, his Day 7 run was worth $263,532.

Like Pham, Luske, and the others, David Guay, too, had to settle for a just over a quarter million dollars. Guay dropped out in 22nd place as his deuces did not hold up against ace-king. Canadian player Jonas Mackoff (ace-nine to ace-jack) and Randy Pisane (queens to ace-nine, ace on the turn) were the others to bow out before the prospective prize went up to $340,000.

Richard Gryko was the first to receive that amount when his king-queen didn't improve against the pocket tens of Saout. Krasienko (queens into kings) and Alexandre Reard (ace-queen into ace-king) had to settle for the same payout as the next two casualties.

With $450,000 now locked up, Messina made his exit. He, too, got it in behind, and he didn't catch up, either. Messina's queen-jack couldn't outrun Lamb's ace-jack, and that was it for the Frenchman. Karen Sarkisyan signed for the same payout, losing queen-eight to the pocket deuces of Sinclair.

As the 13 remaining players had guaranteed themselves over a half million dollars and had the final table in their sights, one might have expected play to tighten up a bit and the players to get a bit more serious. The contrary is what happened, though, as Scott Stewart ordered a beer and chugged it right in front of the ESPN camera, getting cheered on by his fanbase in the stands, shouting, "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!"

While Stewart had the most vocal rail and seemed to enjoy his deep run the most, 13th place was to be the final station for him. He got it in good with ace-nine to the king-queen suited of Blumstein and even flopped an ace, but Blumstein made a flush on the river to send Stewart home.

While a part of the rail followed Stewart out the door, the atmosphere was anything but dead inside the Brasilia Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Stewart's fans' roars were replaced by those from supporters of the other players. Especially when Bryan Piccioli hit a miracle eight on the river to come back from behind against the trips of Antoine Saout, one must have been able to have heard the uproar from the other side of The Strip.

Bryan Piccioli

By that time, the tournament was already down to 11 players, though, as Richard Dubini had lost with queens to Blumstein's ace-deuce suited when the latter hit an ace on the flop. The last Portuguese player, Pedro Oliveira, departed in 11th place, and the two tables were merged to just one. Oliveira got it in with two pair to John Hesp's flush and did not find a full house on the river to save him.

With 10 players remaining, just one more player had to go for the final table to be set. While that took only a couple hands last year, this year, it took a bit more play to get down to the final table.

The Main Event structure made for a ton of big blinds in play when ten-handed play began, but that didn't make for a dull situation. Action was fierce, and the hands were as interesting as they could come. Chip leaders clashed, short stacks doubled, and a big confrontation eventually provided the most impactful hand.

Last year's November Niner Michael Ruane got it in with ace-king to Piccioli's pocket tens and failed to hit. Two hands later, the dream of back-to-back final tables was over for Ruane; he lost with ace-six to jacks to become the final table bubble boy.

The nine remaining players return to action on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. local time to commence the final table. When play gets under way, the clock will have 68 minutes and 30 seconds left in Level 37 (400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante). Play is scheduled to continue Thursday until six players remain, with Friday reserved for playing down from six to three. On Saturday, the three remaining players will play down to a winner.

Who are you rooting for? The former November Niners, now aiming to one-up their last score in the Main Event? The recreational player who's not afraid to take on the big guys? One of the solid pro's looking to make a name for themselves? Take your pick.

PokerNews will be your primary source for live updates of all the action, so be sure to check back for your minute-by-minute poker fix. Before the final table gets under way, player profiles of all finalists, quotes, interviews and more will be posted straight from the heart of the poker world — the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas!

PositionPrize
1$8,150,000
2$4,700,000
3$3,500,000
4$2,600,000
5$2,000,000
6$1,675,000
7$1,425,000
8$1,200,000
9$1,000,000

Career Earnings and More Stats for the finalists

PlayerCountryWSOP CashesWSOP BraceletsCareer EarningsGPI Ranking
Antoine SaoutFrance130$5,551,412341
Ben LambUnited States141$7,207,83016,828
Benjamin PollakFrance160$2,967,781116
Bryan PiccioliUnited States301$1,909,374471
Damian SalasArgentina140$919,525494
Dan OttUnited States20$3,65664,460
Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom20$13,50014,761
John HespUnited Kingdom00$2,20821,184
Scott BlumsteinUnited States30$312,1421,682

Reaching the Final Table

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Day 7 of the World Series of Poker Main Event brought the field to the final nine players. They return July 20-22 to battle to become the World Champion.

Photos © Drew Amato, Jamie Thomson & Joe Giron/www.pokerphotoarchive.com

Unofficial Final TableJack SinclairScott BlumsteinBen LambDamian SalasJohn HespDamian SalasBryan PiccioliBenjamin PollakDamian SalasChipleader Scott BlumsteinChipleader Scott BlumsteinFinal Table NineThe July 9Dan OttBryan PiccioliBenjamin PollakJohn Hesp

Final Table Chip Counts

ajlamers • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante

Scott Blumstein holds the chip lead heading into the final table of the Main Event. When the nine remaining players return on Thursday, they will continue Level 37 with 400,000/800,000 blinds and a 100,000 ante. Here is a look at the seating assignments for the final table:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1John HespUnited Kingdom85,700,000107
2Scott BlumsteinUnited States97,250,000122
3Antoine SaoutFrance21,750,00027
4Benjamin PollakFrance35,175,00044
5Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom20,200,00025
6Damian SalasArgentina22,175,00028
7Ben LambUnited States18,050,00023
8Bryan PiccioliUnited States33,800,00042
9Dan OttUnited States26,475,00033
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
us 97,250,000 -1,100,000
John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 85,700,000 -600,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 35,175,000 2,000,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
us 33,800,000 -200,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 26,475,000 -100,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 22,175,000 -3,575,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 21,750,000 -1,000,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 20,200,000 -200,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 18,050,000 -100,000

Tags: Scott Blumstein

Michael Ruane Eliminated in 10th Place ($825,001)

ajlamers • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante
Michael Ruane
Michael Ruane

Feature Table Hand #186: Michael Ruane moved all in for his remaining 1,900,000 from middle position. Damian Salas shoved all in over the top, and the action folded to Antoine Saout in the big blind. He open-folded {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, and the two remaining players showed their cards.

Salas tabled {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, and Ruane opened {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}.

The flop was {10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Salas was still out front. The turn was the {9-Hearts}, and Ruane needed to hit one of the two remaining aces in the deck. The river was the {q-Spades}, and Ruane was eliminated in 10th place, falling just short of a second-consecutive appearance at the Main Event final table.

The nine remaining players all celebrated with their rails, as they're set to return on Thursday, July 20th for their shot at $8,150,000.













Michael Ruane Eliminated
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 25,750,000 3,900,000
Michael Ruane us
Michael Ruane
us Busted

Tags: Antoine SaoutDamian SalasMichael Ruane

Feature Table Hands #181-185: Piccioli Doubles, Ruane Left Short

tayke2 • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante
Bryan Piccioli
Bryan Piccioli

Hand #181: Scott Blumstein raised to 1,700,000 in middle position, and it folded around to Ben Lamb in the big blind. He thought it over for a bit before folding, and Blumstein took the pot.

Hand #182: Jack Sinclair raised to 1,600,000 in the hijack. It folded to Lamb in the small blind, and he moved all in for 14,900,000. Sinclair didn't take long to fold.

Hand #183: John Hesp raised to 2,000,000 from under the gun, and the rest of the table got out of the way, giving Hesp the pot.

Hand #184: Michael Ruane moved all in for 17,300,000 from middle position, and Bryan Piccioli tanked on the button for a couple of minutes before he called for just a little less than Ruane. The blinds folded, and the race was on.

Piccioli: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Ruane: {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

The flop came down {J-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Ruane picked up backdoor flush and straight outs, but the {6-Clubs} provided no extra help. Ruane needed an ace or a king to win the pot and bring the field to the final nine, but the river was the {7-Hearts}.

Piccioli doubled up to 34,000,000, while Ruane was knocked down to just over two big blinds with 2,000,000.

Hand #185: Benjamin Pollak raised to 2,500,000 from early position and could not get any action as he picked up the blinds and antes.

Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
us 98,350,000 1,800,000
John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 86,300,000 1,000,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
us 34,000,000 16,400,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 33,175,000 -400,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 26,575,000 -1,700,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 22,750,000 -400,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 21,850,000 -1,700,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 20,400,000 -2,000,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 18,150,000 2,100,000
Michael Ruane us
Michael Ruane
us 2,000,000 -15,700,000

Tags: Ben LambBryan PiccioliMichael RuaneScott Blumstein

Feature Table Hands #178-180: Blumstein Makes a Huge Call to Claim the Lead

ElleSriracha • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante
Scott Blumstein
Scott Blumstein

Hand #178: John Hesp raised to 1,600,000 from the hijack, and Scott Blumstein called from the cutoff. Jack Sinclair three-bet to 5,400,000 from the big blind, Hesp folded, and Blumstein called.

The flop came {9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Sinclair bet 4,000,000, and Blumstein called. The turn was the {6-Spades}. Sinclair bet 7,500,000, and Blumstein called. The river was the {a-Clubs}, and Sinclair bet 13,000,000. Blumstein tanked for about two minutes and finally called.

Sinclair mucked his cards, and Blumstein tabled {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} to scoop the massive pot.

Hand #179: Hesp raised to 1,600,000 from late position, and Benjamin Pollak three-bet to 4,000,000 on the button. Hesp called. The flop came {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}, and both players checked to the {5-Hearts} on the turn. Both players checked to the {2-Hearts} on the river. Hesp checked, Pollak bet 4,500,000, and Hesp folded.

Hand #180: Sinclair raised to 1,600,000 on the button and raked in the pot, scooping up the blinds and antes.

Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
us 96,550,000 32,600,000
John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 85,300,000 -5,900,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 33,575,000 5,500,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 28,275,000 -200,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 23,550,000 -200,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 23,150,000 -300,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 22,400,000 -28,400,000
Michael Ruane us
Michael Ruane
us 17,700,000 -1,500,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
us 17,600,000 -200,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 16,050,000 -200,000

Tags: Antoine SaoutBen LambBenjamin PollakBryan PiccioliDamian SalasDan OttJack SinclairJohn HespMichael RuaneScott Blumstein

Feature Table Hands #173-177: Hesp's Stack Keeps Growing

ajlamers • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante
John Hesp
John Hesp

Hand #173: John Hesp raised to 1,600,000 from under the gun, and Dan Ott called from the big blind.

The flop came {10-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}, and both players checked to the {4-Hearts} turn. Ott led out for 1,000,000, and Hesp raised to 3,000,000. Ott called, and the river brought the {q-Diamonds}. Ott checked, and Hesp bet 3,000,000, which made Ott lay his hand down.

Hesp flashed {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} as he scooped the pot.

Hand #174: The action folded around to Ben Lamb in the cutoff, and he raised to 2,000,000, picking up the blinds and antes.

Hand #175: Bryan Piccioli opened the action to 1,700,000 from the cutoff and got no action. He showed {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} to the table before raking in the pot.

Hand #176: Michael Ruane raised to 2,000,000 from middle position, and John Hesp called on the button. The two players were heads-up to the {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop. Both players checked to the {6-Clubs} on the turn. Ruane checked again, and Hesp fired out a bet of 2,000,000. Ruane laid his hand down, and Hesp picked up another pot.

Hand #177: Dan Ott raised to 1,700,000 from the hijack, and Antoine Saout called from the small blind. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}, and Saout checked to Ott, who bet 1,400,000. Saout called, and the {5-Clubs} fell on the turn. Saout checked again, and Ott bet 4,800,000 this time. Saout elected not to continue, and Ott won himself a pot.

John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 91,200,000 8,300,000
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
us 63,950,000 -3,200,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 50,800,000 -700,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 28,475,000 1,100,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 28,075,000 -1,500,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 23,750,000 -1,000,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 23,450,000 -1,400,000
Michael Ruane us
Michael Ruane
us 19,200,000 -2,700,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
us 17,800,000 500,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 16,250,000 600,000

Tags: Antoine SaoutBen LambBryan PiccioliDan OttJohn HespMichael Ruane

Feature Table Hands #171-172: Saout Three-Bets

tayke2 • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante

Hand #171: Dan Ott raised to 1,300,000 from early position, and he took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #172: Scott Blumstein raised to 1,300,000 from early position, and next to act, Antoine Saout re-raised to 4,500,000. Action folded back around to Blumstein, and he thought for about a minute before folding.

Tags: Antoine SaoutDan OttScott Blumstein

Feature Table Hands #166-170: Sinclair Can't Get Through

ElleSriracha • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 100,000 ante

Hand #166: Jack Sinclair raised to 1,500,000 from early position, John Hesp called on the button, and Scott Blumstein called in the small blind. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, and action checked to Hesp, who bet 3,000,000. Both Blumstein and Sinclair mucked.

Hand #167: Sinclair raised to 1,500,000 from under the gun, and Blumstein three-bet to 4,500,000 on the button. Sinclair folded.

Hand #168: Action folded around to Sinclair, and he received a walk after unsuccessfully opening the last two hands.

Hand #169: Damian Salas raised to 1,600,000 from under the gun, and everyone folded, sending the blinds and antes to the Argentinian.

Hand #170: Hesp raised to 1,500,000 from late position, and Sinclair called on the button, as did Salas in the big blind. The flop came {10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}, and Salas checked. Hesp bet 3,000,000, Sinclair called, and Salas folded. The turn was the {a-Diamonds}. Hesp bet 3,000,000 again, and Sinclair folded, sending the pot to the chip leader.

John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 82,900,000 11,400,000
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
us 67,150,000 500,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 51,500,000 -7,000,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 29,575,000 -1,400,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 27,375,000 -2,700,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 24,850,000 -1,400,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 24,750,000 -400,000
Michael Ruane us
Michael Ruane
us 21,900,000 5,000,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
us 17,300,000 -500,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 15,650,000 -4,900,000

Tags: Antoine SaoutBen LambBenjamin PollakBryan PiccioliDamian SalasDan OttJack SinclairJohn HespMichael RuaneScott Blumstein