The 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a month and a half long tournament that finishes with the popular Main Event that has boasted massive guaranteed prize pools for a number of years. This time around it is no different as the 2017 WSOP Main Event had a $10,000 buy-in and saw a total of 7,221 registrations creating a guaranteed prize pool of $67,877,400.
This was the third biggest WSOP Main Event with only 2006 and 2010 surpassing this edition. A total of 1,084 players have cashed out at the WSOP Main Event after battling it out for the last 7 days. There are now just 9 players left at the final table who will battle it out in a couple of days to become the 2017 WSOP Main Event champion. In previous editions, the final table was referred to as the November Nine as they had to wait till November to battle it out for the Main Event.
However this time around the WSOP has made changes to the Main Event and dropped the concept of the November Nine and has scheduled the final table to take place in July. None of the 9 players who made it to the 2016 WSOP final table were able to qualify this year and only Michael Ruane came close.
Ruane finished 4th at the 2016 WSOP, taking home $2.5 million and this year he just missed out finishing in 10th place and taking home $825,001. We will take a look at the 9 players who have made it to the final table of the 2017 WSOP. All nine players will take home a minimum of $1 million for making it to the final table.
The players are listed in no particular order and we will look at the profiles of the first four finalists in the first part of this article:
John Hesp: Hesp at 64 years is the oldest player at the final table and is second in terms of chips with 85,700,000. The grandfather of 7 has only won $2,207 in lifetime winnings and could end up becoming the oldest WSOP Main Event winner since 1974. The oldest player to have won a WSOP Main Event was Johnny Moss who was 66 years old when he took down the 1974 WSOP Main Event and holds the record till date.
Scott Blumstein: has spent a lot of time playing online poker and has $312, 142 in career prize money till date. The New Jersey native is the current chip leader with 97,250,000 and is also the youngest poker player at 25 to have made it to the final table. This is the first WSOP Main Event that Scott Blumstein has broken into and his performance at the WSOP will probably push him to play more live poker going forward.
Antoine Saout: The French poker player is the most experienced and high profile poker player at the final table. This will be Saout’s second appearance at a WSOP final table as he made it to the final table of the 2009 Main Event and finished third, taking home $ 3,479,670. He was also in the money at the 2016 WSOP Main Event finishing in 25th place and taking home $269,430. The 33 year old poker pro has more than $5.5 million in career prize money and has a chip count of 21,750,000.
Benjamin Pollak: Pollak is another French poker player who has done well at the WSOP. Pollak finished in 27th place at the 2013 WSOP Main Event taking his total prize money to nearly $3 million and in the process brought his ranking up to 4th place on France’s all time money list. The 34 year old poker pro has done rather well at WSOP events over the years and has so far cashed out 12 times. He is currently in 5th place on the leaderboard in terms of chips with 35,175, 000.
Tomorrow we will look at the remaining 5 poker pros who have made it to the final table and the amount of money each player will make depending on which spot they finish in.
To Be Continued …

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