Weekend Review: Blumstein's WSOP, Han's Korea, Bolt's Monaco
This was a weekend we won't soon forget. Our team was spread out all over the world, and they saw everything from bad beats to big wins to history as it happened.
Here's a quick rundown of our biggest stories from the weekend.
For the 13th consecutive year, the PokerStars Blog sent a team to the greatest spectacle in poker. This year was not a disappointment.
Howard Swains and Martin Harris settled in for the two-week poker championship, and turned out some of the best stories you'll read from the WSOP. You can see their full coverage archive here. 2017 WSOP coverage.
At the end, it came down to an amazing finish with Scott Blumstein and Dan Ott.
On the final hand, Blumstein needed a deuce to win it all, and that's exactly what he got. You can read about the final hand from the 2017 WSOP here:
BOLT'S 9.95 SECONDS
As you might have heard, PokerStars and Usain Bolt have been playing around together and having some fun with funnyman Kevin Hart. It all escalated (and accelerated...) pretty quickly.
The PokerStars Blog's Jack Stanton zipped down to Monte Carlo over the weekend to watch Bolt win his penultimate professional race. Meanwhile, a very flat Hart followed them around, and, you know, hilarity ensued.
Stanton has two great articles up on the PokerStars Blog from his journey. You can read either or both of them here:
HAN'S SOLO SPOT ON THE LEADER BOARD
So, here's the poker life cycle of Mr. Taehoon Han. He was born in Korea. Then he moved to New Zealand. Then he went back to Korea to play a poker tournament.
And then he won it all.
We sent Brad Kain to cover the PokerStars Fesival Korea Main Event. By the end, this was the story he got to write: PokerStars Festival Korea: Taehoon Han takes the title!
While we were all watching the extraordinary performances from around the world, life at PokerStars continued as normal...which just means the biggest weekly tournament in the world.
Our Jason Kirk stayed up late to record a stunning final table performance. Read about it here: Dominant Kabotajoe cruises to $162K victory (7-23-17).
Here how the final table shook out.
7/23/17 Sunday Million ($215 NL Hold'em) results
Entrants: 5,889 (4,824 entries, 1,065 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $1,177,800
Places paid: 899
1. Kabotajoe (Germany) $162,148.39*
2. GhostCapo (Romania) $100,835.37*
3. Adrovan "AadrovanRj21" Rodrigues (Brazil) $95,605.86*
4. triantafill (Cyprus) $83,132.22*
5. 444446 (Lebanon) $40,493.35
6. CA3AH61RUS (Russia) $28,024.57
7. Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno (Brazil) $19,395.18
8. IFIBETIMGOOD (United Kingdom) $13,423.03
9. TheUrsaraie (Romania) $9,289.77
* - denotes results of a four-way deal leaving $20,000 for the winner
EVERYBODY'S ELSE'S EVERYTHING ELSE
While all of that was going on, the weekend continued as normal...which means there was still a hell of a lot going on. Team Online's Adrienne Rowsome won the Women's Sunday Event, Sam Greenwood crushed the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO, and about 50 other people won big money in the weekend majors.
To see a final table rundown of 50 big tournaments from over weekend, check out our July 22-23, 2017 PokerStars weekend majors results page.
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Congrats to everyone who managed a good weekend. We may not be the world champion or a world record holder, but any good weekend is one worth celebrating.
Good luck in the coming days.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.