New Jersey poker player Scott Blumstein became the 2017 World Series of Poker champion on Sunday (July 23), after three days of dominating play.
The 25-year-old took home $8.15 million and earned the WSOP bracelet.
Blumstein held the chip lead nearly the entire contest, fighting through a field of 7,221 players over two weeks in the 48th WSOP. The main event drew the third-largest field in poker history, behind only 2006 (8,773 players) and 2010 (7,319). The total accumulated prize pool for the event was $67.8 million, awarded in different amounts to 1,084 players.
“I’m really happy with how I played tonight,” Blumstein said. “Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce, because I was playing good, but I’m pretty tired of poker at this point, honestly. To have to go back and battle pretty deep-[stacked] again, I wasn’t looking forward to it.”