The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has transformed the lives of poker players over the years as the winner usually takes home in excess of a million dollars. Last year, New Jersey poker player Scott Blumstein created history by winning the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship at the 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas and took home a staggering $8,150,000 in prize money.
Blumstein who was 25 years old at that time has been relatively quiet on the poker circuit since then and unlike some of his predecessors, he has preferred to keep a low profile and stay off the felt. With the 2018 WSOP fast approaching, Blumstein is once again in the news but this time it is because he has decided to launch a new show focusing on his journey to fitness.
Blumstein Decides To Focus On His Health
Prior to his 2018 WSOP Main Event win, Scott Blumstein had very little success on the poker circuit. He played more online poker than live poker events but always dreamt of winning a WSOP event and making it big. When his dreams came true last year, the poker pro deliberately took a break and only played a few poker tournaments as he preferred to spend time with his family and focus on his health.
He cashed in at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, the WPT Maryland Live! in Hanover and at the $50,000 Poker Night in America – King of the Hill 3 in Philadelphia. Blumstein reveals that one of the biggest reasons for getting off the poker grid is his new focus: his health.
According to Blumstein, he has battled with weight issues throughout his life. Before walking in to the WSOP Main Event last year, Blumstein has been working on his diet—quite successfully, too—before his focus was diverted and he focused on doing well at the WSOP Main Event. After his victory at the WSOP Main Event, Blumstein revealed that he lost sight of his health goals because of all the partying and celebrations. After six months of enjoying his million-dollar win, he decided it was time to turn things around and once again focus on his fitness and create a healthy life.
In a statement, Blumstein said “I am temporarily renting a place down in San Diego, California, with a couple buddies who all play their role in trying to help me get in shape. Every ounce of my energy and strength is going toward that these days. That’s like the main plot of my life going forward. Poker will just be a part of that when I can and when I see fit.”
Blumstein is also working to turn his fitness journey into a show but is not ready to reveal more information about the show.
Poker Will Continue To Take A Backseat
In terms of his poker career, Blumstein wants to be more tactical about his moves. In December 2017, he decided to play the WPT Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio and it was only the second time in his career that he entered an event which had a $10,000 buy-in. The New Jersey poker pro is looking to play better structured tournaments going forward and will look to play poker tournaments in the United State for the most part as he wants to limit his international travel. He had a short deal with 888poker but is no longer associated with the brand and is open to sponsorship opportunities. He did confirm that he is interested in playing poker but will not be very active in the coming months as his current focus is around the weight loss and fitness show.
Apart from funding his fitness journey and a handful of live tournaments, Blumstein is playing his cards right when it comes to handling his finances. After winning the $8 million pot at the WSOP Main Event, his only huge buy has been a Hyundai Santa Fe. The rest he is keeping at the bank for now, holding off until a good investment or opportunity comes along. The poker pro confirmed that he is getting financial help to ensure he makes the right decisions with this massive bankroll.

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