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2017 World Series of Poker

2017 WSOP Overview
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The 2017 World Series of Poker started on May 31 with the $565 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for ten days starting on July 8 (ending the November Nine era by finishing in July with just a single-day break). The final event starting on July 11 was the $1,000 The Little One for One Drop, the 74th event, an increase of five from 2016.

The World Series of Poker Europe was held from October to November with eleven events: eight in No-Limit Hold 'Em and three in Pot-Limit Omaha, including a Hi/Lo event.

The first World Series of Poker China was held from December 13 to 27 at the Shangri-La Resort and Spa in Sanya, Hainan, China. The WSOP partnered with internet provider Tencent, through whose Tencent Poker app players qualified for the freerolls. Only the Main Event bestowed a bracelet upon its winner.

WSOP Schedule
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After the 74-event WSOP in Las Vegas from May to July, WSOP Europe moves to King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic in November and December for 15 events. The year ends with 14 tournaments in China, of which only the Main Event is a bracelet event.

WSOP

#StartBuyinEvent
15/31$565Casino Employees No-Limit Hold 'Em
25/31$10,000Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
36/1$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
46/1$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
56/2$565No-Limit Hold 'Em (The Colossus III)
66/2$111,111High Roller for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'Em
76/3$2,500Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
86/3$333WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'Em
96/4$10,000Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship
106/5$1,000Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em
116/5$1,500Dealers Choice 6-Handed
126/6$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
136/6$1,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw
146/7$1,500H.O.R.S.E.
156/7$10,000Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
166/8$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
176/8$10,000Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
186/9$565Pot-Limit Omaha
196/9$365The Giant - No-Limit Hold 'Em
206/10$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Millionaire Maker
216/10$1,5008-Game Mix 6-Handed
226/11$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw Championship
236/12$2,620The Marathon - $2,620 No-Limit Hold 'Em
246/12$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
256/13$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha
266/13$10,000Razz Championship
276/14$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
286/14$1,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple Draw
296/15$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
306/15$10,000H.O.R.S.E. Championship
316/16$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
326/16$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Mix
336/17$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
346/17$10,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple Draw Championship
356/18$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em
366/18$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
376/19$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
386/19$10,000Limit Hold 'Em Championship
396/20$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Turbo Bounty
406/20$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better
416/21$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
426/21$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed Championship
436/22$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
446/22$3,000H.O.R.S.E.
456/23$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
466/23$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
476/24$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Monster Stack
486/24$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship
496/25$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
506/26$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Bounty
516/26$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship
526/27$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
536/27$3,000Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
546/28$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
556/28$1,500Seven-Card Stud
566/29$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
576/29$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Mix
586/30$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
596/30$2,500Big Bet Mix (8-Game)
607/1$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold 'Em 8-Handed
617/1$3,333$3,333 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'Em High Roller
627/2$50,000Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)
637/3$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
647/3$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix
657/4$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em (30 minute levels)
667/5$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
677/5$25,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller
687/6$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
697/6$1,500Razz
707/7$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
717/7$1,000WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
727/7$10,000Seven-Card Stud Championship
737/8$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em
747/11$1,000The Little One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'Em

WSOP Europe

#StartBuyinEvent
110/19€1,100Monster Stack - No-Limit Hold 'Em
210/23€550Pot-Limit Omaha
310/25€1,100No-Limit Hold 'Em - Super Turbo Bounty
410/26€1,650No-Limit Hold 'Em - 6-Handed
510/27€550No-Limit Hold 'Em - The Colossus
610/28€2,200Pot-Limit Omaha
710/31€1,650Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
811/1€1,100No-Limit Hold 'Em - Little One for One Drop
911/1€25,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - High Roller
1011/3€111,111No-Limit Hold 'Em - High Roller for One Drop
1111/4€10,300No-Limit Hold 'Em - Main Event

WSOP China

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112/14$0No-Limit Hold 'Em - WSOP China Main Event

Main Event Final Table
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For the 2017 WSOP Main Event, 7,221 players entered the arena, but only one could survive. The third biggest Main Event, behind only the 8,773 in 2006 and the 7,319 in 2010 ended almost four months earlier than the last nine did, as the November Nine was nixed. But two former November Niners kept the party going by returning to the final table six years (Ben Lamb) and eight years (Antoine Saout) later, which was great for ratings while no women, no celebrities, and no former champs got anywhere near the final table.1

John Hesp, who started in second with nearly a quarter of the chips but got no respect from the oddsmakers, was the best this final table had to offer. The retired Brit, a recreational player with a loud jacket and infectious enthusiasm, brought energy and aggressive play to the table until his stack was decimated by a cooler against Scott Blumstein.2

Blumstein, who almost became the first player to start the final table with a hundred million chips (97,250,000), nearly a third more than 2016's chip leader Cliff Josephy, dominated the action after Hesp had a quick start, showing the table both bluffs and real hands. There were no very short stacks, but on just the fourth hand the bookies' darling, Ben Lamb, who started with the fewest chips, made a standard shove with A♥9♥, ran into Jack Sinclair's A♣Q♥ (all blanks on the board: 6♣5♦4♥3♣T♥), and was gone in ninth for an even million dollars.

Sinclair himself was out next, albeit a full sixty hands later, when he shoved with K♠J♠ and Bryan Piccioli woke up with A♠A♦.

Damian Salas exited in seventh on hand 102 with Aces in the hole when Ott rivered a wheel.

Piccioli was the short stack when he took a stand with A♣7♥, but he couldn't pair his Ace to beat Ott's K♠K♣ and was out in sixth.

Antoine Saout went to the rail in fifth when his three Jacks ran into Blumstein's unlikely 7-high straight.

Hesp's party ended when he desperately moved all-in with just 8♣7♣ and couldn't catch Pollak's A♦J♠. Actually, he had one last moment of fame during this World Series, as he announced, 'Shuffle up and deal!' to start the final day of action.

The Main Event then almost finished on a double knockout for the first time.3

The short stack Benjamin Pollak had shoved with Q♣T♦, and Dan Ott tried to isolate and knock him out, overshoving with K♣9♦. But Blumstein called them both with the best hand, A♥Q♠. Ott survived when he hit top pair on the K♦J♠3♦ flop, and Pollak missed his straight draw and was out in third when the turn 4♣ and river 6♠ bricked.

Sixty-five hands later, it was Blumstein's turn to get lucky. Having dominated heads-up play for the most part, Ott had begun a small comeback and was a single card away from doubling up to just a 3-to-2 deficit. Blumstein limped with A♥2♦, Ott shoved with A♦8♦, and Blumstein called. The board read J♠6♠5♥7♥, and Ott's Eight was winning the hand until the 3-outer 2♥ paired Blumstein's kicker and ended the tournament.

Blumstein wielded his big stack well and certainly earned the bracelet and the $8,150,000 first prize.

Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stScott Blumstein$8,150,000197,250,000
2ndDan Ott$4,700,000526,475,000
3rdBenjamin Pollak$3,500,000335,175,000
4thJohn Hesp$2,600,000285,700,000
5thAntoine Saout$2,000,000721,750,000
6thBryan Piccioli$1,675,000433,800,000
7thDamian Salas$1,425,000622,175,000
8thJack Sinclair$1,200,000820,200,000
9thBen Lamb$1,000,000918,050,000

Main Event Final Hand
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25-year-old New Jersey pro Scott Blumstein dominates the final table before reaching heads up with twice as many chips as Pennyslvanian Dan Ott. Blumstein widens his lead, but Ott survives an all in by winning a race with King-Nine against pocket Sixes to get within one double up of evening up the chip stacks.

On the next hand, Blumstein wakes up with a small Ace and shoves. Ott holds a bigger Ace and makes the call as a 4-to-3 favorite. After four safe cards hit the board, including three small ones that avert a split, the river pairs Blumstein's kicker for the 3-out win. Blumstein pockets $8,150,000, while Ott goes home with $4,700,000.

Scott Blumstein
A♥2♦
Dan Ott
A♦8♦
Board
J♠6♠5♥7♥2♥

Main Event Summary
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DatesJuly 8 to July 23
Players7,221 (1,084 cashed)
WinnerScott Blumstein ($8,150,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpDan Ott ($4,700,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyMichael Ruane (10th, $825,001)
Money Bubble BoyRoger Campbell,
Quan Zhou (1,085th)
Last Champ StandingScotty Nguyen (549th, $22,449)
Last Woman StandingYuan-Yuan Li (105th, $53,247)
Last Celebrity StandingRichard Seymour (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersBlumstein takes first post-November Nine title.

WSOP Wrapup
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David Bach ($1,500 Dealer's Choice and $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.) and Nipun Java ($1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em with Aditya Sushant and $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship) both won two bracelets. Java became the first player to win both online and live WSOP bracelets.

Adrian Mateos won the $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship three weeks shy of his 23rd birthday to become the youngest player to own three bracelets.

Liv Boeree won the $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship with Igor Kurganov.

Four players won the first WSOP bracelets for their respective countries:

Mohsin Charania, Harrison Gimbel, and Niall Farrell each won their first WSOP bracelets to join the Poker Triple Crown club (WSOP, World Poker Tour, and European Poker Tour titles).

Chris Ferguson won the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better for his sixth bracelet while cashing a record 23 times across the two continent's festivals and earning WSOP Player of the Year honors.

Yunpeng Zhou won the inaugural WSOP China Main Event.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$565Casino Employees - No-Limit Hold 'EmBryan Hollis$68,817651Hendon Link
2$10,000Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipLiv Boeree & Igor Kurganov$273,964102Hendon Link
3$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutUpeshka De Silva$229,923369Hendon Link
4$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or BetterBenjamin Zamani$238,620905Hendon Link
5$565The Colossus III - No-Limit Hold 'EmThomas Pomponio$1,000,00018,053Hendon Link
6$111,111High Roller for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'EmDoug Polk$3,686,865130Hendon Link
7$2,500Mixed Triple Draw LowballJesse Martin$130,948225Hendon Link
8$333WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'EmJoseph Mitchell$122,3142,509Hendon Link
9$10,000Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better ChampionshipAbe Mosseri$391,313155Hendon Link
10$1,000Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'EmAditya Sushant & Nipun Java$150,637843Hendon Link
11$1,500Dealers Choice 6-HandedDavid Bach$119,399364Hendon Link
12$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmDavid Pham$391,9601,739Hendon Link
13$1,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball DrawFrank Kassela$89,151266Hendon Link
14$1,500H.O.R.S.E.David Singer$203,709736Hendon Link
15$10,000Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipAdrian Mateos$335,656129Hendon Link
16$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedAnthony Marquez$393,2731,748Hendon Link
17$10,000Dealers Choice 6-Handed ChampionshipJohn Racener$273,962102Hendon Link
18$565Pot-Limit OmahaTyler Smith$244,3443,186Hendon Link
19$365The Giant - No-Limit Hold 'EmDieter Dechant$291,90610,015Hendon Link
20$1,500Millionaire Maker - No-Limit Hold 'EmPablo Mariz$1,221,4077,761Hendon Link
21$1,5008-Game Mix 6-HandedRonald Ware$145,577472Hendon Link
22$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw ChampionshipJohn Monnette$256,61092Hendon Link
23$2,620The Marathon - No-Limit Hold 'EmJoseph Di Rosa Rojas$690,4691,759Hendon Link
24$1,500Limit Hold 'EmShane Buchwald$177,985616Hendon Link
25$1,000Pot-Limit OmahaTyler Groth$179,1261,058Hendon Link
26$10,000Razz ChampionshipJames Obst$265,13897Hendon Link
27$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedChris Moorman$498,682959Hendon Link
28$1,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple DrawBrian Brubaker$109,967326Hendon Link
29$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmGaurav Raina$456,8221,086Hendon Link
30$10,000H.O.R.S.E. ChampionshipDavid Bach$383,208150Hendon Link
31$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipFrank Maggio$617,3035,389Hendon Link
32$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better MixVladimir Schemelev$193,484688Hendon Link
33$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmChristopher Frank$384,8331,698Hendon Link
34$10,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple Draw ChampionshipBenjamin Yu$232,73880Hendon Link
35$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmJames Moore$259,2301,720Hendon Link
36$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedNadar Kakhmazov$580,338574Hendon Link
37$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmThomas Reynolds$292,8802,020Hendon Link
38$10,000Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipJoseph McKeehen$311,817120Hendon Link
39$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Turbo BountyRifat Palevic$183,9031,868Hendon Link
40$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or BetterErnest Bohn$173,228595Hendon Link
41$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaLoren Klein$231,483870Hendon Link
42$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed ChampionshipDmitry Yurasov$775,923332Hendon Link
43$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutBen Maya$257,7641,025Hendon Link
44$3,000H.O.R.S.E.Matthew Schreiber$256,226399Hendon Link
45$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmChristopher Brammer$527,555505Hendon Link
46$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or BetterNathan Gamble$223,339830Hendon Link
47$1,500Monster Stack - No-Limit Hold 'EmBrian Yoon$1,094,3496,716Hendon Link
48$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better ChampionshipChristopher Vitch$320,103125Hendon Link
49$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha 6-HandedLuis Calvo$362,185630Hendon Link
50$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em BountyChristopher Bolek$266,6461,927Hendon Link
51$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better ChampionshipBryce Yockey$511,147207Hendon Link
52$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmMohsin Charania$364,4381,580Hendon Link
53$3,000Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedMax Silver$172,645256Hendon Link
54$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed ChampionshipTommy Le$938,732428Hendon Link
55$1,500Seven-Card StudThomas Koral$96,907298Hendon Link
56$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAndres Korn$618,825623Hendon Link
57$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better MixSmith Sirisakorn$215,902405Hendon Link
58$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmArtur Rudziankov$395,9181,763Hendon Link
59$2,500Big Bet Mix (8-Game)Jens Lakemeier$112,232197Hendon Link
60$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold 'Em 8-HandedAlexandru Papazian$888,8888,120Hendon Link
61$3,333$3,333 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'Em High RollerThomas Cannuli$322,815424Hendon Link
62$50,000Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)Elior Sion$1,395,767100Hendon Link
63$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmRulah Divine$262,5011,750Hendon Link
64$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed MixSebastian Langrock$268,5551,058Hendon Link
65$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em (30 minute levels)Shai Zurr$223,2411,413Hendon Link
66$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmChris Klodnicki$428,4231,956Hendon Link
67$25,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High RollerJames Calderaro$1,289,074205Hendon Link
68$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmHarrison Gimbel$645,9221,349Hendon Link
69$1,500RazzJason Gola$132,957419Hendon Link
70$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipHeidi May$135,098718Hendon Link
71$1,000WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipNipun Java$237,6881,312Hendon Link
72$10,000Seven-Card Stud ChampionshipMike Wattel$245,45188Hendon Link
73$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmScott Blumstein$8,150,0007,221Hendon Link
74$1,000The Little One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'EmAdrian Moreno$528,3164,391Hendon Link

WSOP Europe Results
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WSOP China Results
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