Two poker players with strong local ties to Pennsylvania engaged in a tense competition to win the 2017 World Series of Poker championship and a lucrative multimillion dollar prize. The televised competition occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada, ending early on the morning of July 23rd. Pennsylvania resident Daniel Ott vied for the title with New Jersey resident (and recent Temple University graduate) Scott Blumstein.
Now aged 25, Scott Blumstein received a degree in Accounting from Temple University in Philadelphia. He won the no-limit Texas Hold’em poker challenge after playing against Daniel Ott for an extended period of time. The pair played some 60 hands in front of an enthusiastic crowd of friends and supporters.
A Rigorous Competition
In order to reach the final table of nine contestants in the tournament, Daniel Ott and Scott Blumstein successfully prevailed over some 7,200 competitors. Each of the players who advanced into the final nine will receive at least $1,000,000. Daniel Ott received a total of $4.7 million and Scott Blumstein left with an impressive $8.1 million.
The money represented compensation for participating successfully in the year-long tournament. The participants in the final table represented the best players from an elite international pool. In addition to the two contestants with ties to Pennsylvania, the final round players included participants from France, the United Kingdom and Argentina.
A Major Poker Competition
Both Daniel Ott, from Altoona, PA and Temple grad Scott Blumstein, enjoyed strong audience support during the Saturday night poker game. Dozens of supporters journeyed to Nevada to sit in the audience and watch the poker contest in person. The crowd alternately broke into cheers or startled gasps as the card play filled the hall with excitement.
Afterwards, PokerNews.com conducted an interview with the winner and the runner-up. Scott Blumstein told reporters he would probably not choose to invest his winnings in entry fees in high stakes poker tournaments. Instead, he will decided whether to return to school, enter the business world or continue with his lucrative poker career. With online poker legal in New Jersey (a state with many licensed casinos), he noted he obtained extensive experience playing poker, a factor he feels likely contributed to his success in the tournament. He observed that “practice” and “repetition” help improve skill sets.