Bridlington poker player takes home £2m payout after Las Vegas competition

Marsha Scott
July 25, 2017

On Thrusday, he entered the final table as the chip leader and did not lose his advantage even for a second throughout the next three days of play. Bryan's rail and ours had a lot in common.

Blumstein held only King-high after the reveal of all the community cards, but his aggression forced Ott to surrender a pair of 8s.

Hesp couldn't quite make it to the end as his run eventually concluded on Friday when he was eliminated in the fourth place. Blumstein, who came into the final table with the chip lead, only solidified it through the Night One action on Thursday.

Ott, who took home $4.7 million for second place, finally succumbed roughly 6 hours, 40 minutes after the final round started when Blumstein caught a needed deuce on the river and the crowd roared.

Blumstein's hand, which was best, didn't hold up in that three-way spot - Ott eliminated Pollak in third place and picked up all of the chips - but after a 66-hand heads-up match with Ott, he sealed the victory by grinding Ott down to nearly nothing.

Poker pro and commentator Antonio Esfandiari noted that Piccioli is a tight player, and he could afford to wait before making a big play as he had a significant chip lead on three of the players.

"It's just unreal", Ott said. "He had to grind his way to that point, but he felt good going into three people".

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"At the end, the chips didn't go my way", Ott told "The cards didn't go my way. I was winning all-ins before that, though, so I can't really complain about any river".

To even reach this final table, Blumstein had to fight through a field of 7,221 players who each put up a buy-in of $10,000 starting two full weeks ago on July 8. The three survivors found themselves locked in an all-in confrontation, from which only Blumstein had the chance to emerge alive no matter whether he lost or won the pot.

Sitting with trip nines that had rivered a straight, Pollok checked his option over to Blumstein's boat and Blumstein bet out 8 million into a 30 million pot.

Despite the marathon, however, Blumstein was never really in danger. He then came from behind to win an all-in encounter with King-9 against Blumstein's pocket 6s.

"I would like to thank my wife Mandy and all my family and friends back home for supporting me in this and hope that I've done them, Bridlington and East Yorkshire proud". He had the best hand and after a safe flop and a safe turn, it looked like another double-up was on its way.

With the blinds at 1,200,000-2,400,000, Pollak moved all in for 35.2 million on the button and Ott reraised all in from the small blind for 45.8 million.

John, who usually spends £10 to enter tournaments at a Hull casino - with his best win being £1,700 - says he entered the poker tournament to fulfil a "bucket list" ambition.

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