It took seven days for the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event to reach the final table. The $10,000 buy-in event saw 7,221 players register to compete at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to try to be this year’s gold bracelet winner. The competition has now been whittled down to nine, with final table game play set to begin this Thursday.
With so many players competing, the Main Event will offer up a total of $67,877,400 in prize money with first place set to earn $8,150,000! Every one of the remaining players will earn $1 million or more, but each wants to be the last player standing to take the title as well as the massive first place cash prize home.
When the tournament resumes on Thursday, it will mark the first time in many years that the WSOP Main Event has not taken place in November. In the past, the Main Event would get down to the final nine and then in November, the November Nine would return to compete to see who would be crowned the winner. This year, we only have to wait two days for action to resume!
Leading the table in chips is Scott Blumstein with 97,250,000. Scott is a resident of New Jersey who spends his time playing poker online since his home state is one of just three that offers such gaming options. Next in line is John Hesp who will be the oldest player at the table at 64 years of age and has the next to highest chip stack with 85,700,000. Both players have a sizable lead over the competition as the remaining seven players have 35,175,000 or less in chips.
When game play resumes, the blinds will be set at 400,000-800,000 with a 100,000 ante. Two players at the table, Ben Lamb and Antoine Saout, have made the final table before. Both are hoping to be the last one standing to claim the title win.
Lineup for the Official Main Event Final Table: