WSOP 2017: Deuce hits Blumstein to sink Ott and crown new World Champion

Nothing is ever easy about the World Series of Poker Main Event. And tonight in Las Vegas, the poker fans of the globe witnessed nearly seven hours of grit and patient determination, punctuated with moments of exceptional high drama, before Scott Blumstein, a 25-year-old professional from Morristown...more

by Howard Swains on July 23, 2017 12:07 AM

WSOP 2017: Dramatic three-way all-in stops Benjamin Pollak's run in third

It's as though we're reporting from a baseball game. What has happened?Two doubles, a triple, and an out.All that's trivia for the box score as far as Benjamin Pollak is concerned, as now he's on the rail as the third-place finisher of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event.Benjamin Pollak - 3rd ...more

by Martin Harris on July 22, 2017 9:17 PM

WSOP 2017: No lack of action, but still waiting for heads-up

There was about an hour-and-a-half left in Level 41 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event when play began tonight, with blinds 1M/2M and a 300K ante. They've almost made it through those 90 minutes of tournament time, though with commercial breaks it has taken over two hours.Three players sta...more

by Martin Harris on July 22, 2017 7:29 PM

WSOP 2017: Players in position...now play

The first people in are the security guards, the ones who go undercover. Then there's a man who adjusts something on the table, then there's a floor producer, then there's a small team of camera operators, Kara Scott adjusting her dress, the four dealers chatting and sending messages on their phones...more

by Howard Swains on July 22, 2017 5:20 PM

WSOP 2017: Three men and a bracelet; Blumstein, Ott, Pollak battle for $8.15

It was a festive scene last night in the Brasilia shortly after the penultimate day of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event concluded. A rapid-fire sequence of knockouts had swiftly reduced the field to just three players, all that remains of the 7,221 who started the event two weeks ago. The j...more

by Martin Harris on July 22, 2017 11:18 AM

WSOP 2017: Down to three at the WSOP as world bids farewell to John Hesp--fo

Only three players are now left at the World Series of Poker Main Event. In a crash-bang 40 minutes of play late Friday, Bryan Piccioli, Antoine Saout and John Hesp were knocked out, ending the second phase of the final table and leaving Scott Blumstein, Ben Pollak and Dan Ott to play for $8 million...more

by Howard Swains on July 21, 2017 10:19 PM

WSOP 2017: Devastating river sends Damian Salas railward in seventh

Damian Salas stood from the table, patting his chest and nodding as he rocked back and forth on his heels. Salas steels himselfAfter subsisting over two hours on a short stack, he was at last all in and in position to double what had become a less than seven big blind stack.Dan Ott had raised and Sa...more

by Martin Harris on July 21, 2017 8:30 PM

WSOP 2017: Hesp back and bouncing as Salas refuses to budge

It feels like a while since we wrote anything about John Hesp. Losing pots worth 150 million, as Hesp did yesterday, tends to leave a player slightly muted.But over the past hour, Hesp has found reason to go dancing around the stage once again. There's a pep in his step. A pump in his fist. And, at ...more

by Howard Swains on July 21, 2017 7:26 PM

WSOP 2017: No one laddering yet as short stacks survive

Way back during the afternoon, a couple of hours before play began, the tournament staff and television crew were readying for another night staging the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.In front of the stage was a tall ladder, almost reaching the ceiling from which lights shone down...more

by Martin Harris on July 21, 2017 6:33 PM

WSOP 2017: All we know is how much we do not know

The second phase of final table play is now under way in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. We'll be bringing you updates from the Brasilia Room of the Rio Hotel & Casino at approximate hourly intervals, but here's something we're happy to admit: we've absolutely no idea how many of these th...more

by Howard Swains on July 21, 2017 5:15 PM
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