Poker fans worldwide have had their eyes glued to the 48th Annual World Series of Poker’s Main Event, now down to the Final Three: Scott Blumstein, Dan Ott and Benjamin Pollak. Of course, the fans include me and Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, my darling husband and Texas Poker Store partner.
Since all of our favorite players busted way before the Final Table, we had to find someone to root for as they played their way down to three on Friday night. We joined the crowd of John Hesp fans, because how could you not love the charming 65-year-old Brit who entered the Main Event to cross off an item on his bucket list? His improbable landing in the Final Nine earned him a whole lotta love, plus a staggering $2.6 million when he hit the rail in 4th place.
But honestly, the Final Table never quite lived up to my excitement expectations due to the massive chip count amassed by Scott Blumstein. All the shorter and short stacks hung in for a long time but could never get close to Blumstein, who was able to push them around all night. Not only did he maintain his huge chip advantage throughout play, but he also had luck going for him, hitting crazy hands on the turn or the river enough times to ward off any challenges. He played his huge stack just the way he needed to.
Going into tonight’s battle he brings with him more than 226 million chips. In second place is Ott, with 88,375 million and Pollak, with 45,850 million. Ott surged to make it into the final three, continuing to chip up until the end of play. In my opinion, he was the only player who appeared to be playing for the championship rather than the pay jump. Pollak was smart, cool and steady, with a couple of his best plays being extremely well thought-out folds.
We’ll see what tonight brings, but it sure looks like it’s Blumstein’s title, unless he gets unbelievably careless and his luck turns. That’s highly unlikely, but it would make the final table much more exciting.