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WSOP: Blumstein cruises to $8.15-million payday in Main Event

After bringing the biggest stack to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, New Jersey-based pro Scott Blumstein cruised comfortably in a nearly wire-to-wire performance on his way to becoming poker’s new world champion.

In the early morning hours of Sunday – with the world watching courtesy of ESPN’s semi-live coverage – Blumstein spiked a deuce on the river to defeat fellow East Coast grinder Dan Ott heads up.

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WSOP: Rounding out the Main Event’s final nine (Nos. 5-9)

Yesterday we previewed the top four chip stacks heading into tonight’s World Series of Poker Main Event final table, so now it’s time to take a look at the five players hoping to run it up.

Dan Ott will have 26,475,000 to work with when the cards start flying, enough for 33 big blinds.

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WSOP: A look at the Main Event final table’s top four in chip counts

With the final nine players in the World Series of Poker Main Event enjoying a two-day reprieve Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s the perfect time to get to know the final table.

Scott Blumstein leads the way with 97,250,000 chips, good for 122 big blinds entering final table play. And as the New Jersey native has told PokerNews and other outlets during the Main Event media blitz, that was the plan all along.

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WSOP: Massive field whittled down to final nine for Main Event

After 10 calendar days and seven spent on the felt, nine contenders for the World Series of Poker Main Event crown have emerged from the 7,221-strong field, playing their way to the most anticipated final table in the game.

New Jersey-based professional Scott Blumstein leads the pack with 97,250,000 chips, good for 122 big blinds when the final table kicks off on Thursday, July 20.

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WSOP: Three players eye return to Main Event final table

They say history has a funny way of repeating itself, but in the tumultuous world of tournament poker, that’s not always the case.

In fact, the last player to win consecutive World Series of Poker Main Events was Johnny Chan, who captured the crown in 1987 and 1988 before finishing as runner-up in 1989. Since then, the Main Event has been the realm of one-off winners, and only legends like Dan Harrington and Greg Raymer have even come close.

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WSOP: Negreanu chased, nearly 2,500 still pursuing $8.15-million payout

For the first time in this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, the entire field will be assembled on the same day, as Thursday’s Day 3 brings back 2,472 hopefuls from the original 7,221-player pack.

The current chip leader is Artan Dedusha, a pro out of Nottingham, England who will be looking for his first WSOP cash – and his first in-the-money finish on American soil, for that matter.

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WSOP: Three former champs sent packing from Main Event

On Tuesday, 2,219 survivors from Day 1A and Day 1B of the World Series of Poker Main Event reconvened at the Rio for Day 2AB – with the short stacks hoping to rebound, and the big stacks looking to build.

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WSOP: Lavecchia leads pared-down field into Main Event’s fourth day

Yesterday at the World Series of Poker – or more accurately, very early Friday morning – 1,084 players came together as one, celebrating in earnest as the Main Event money bubble was burst.

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WSOP: Defending champ Nguyen among big names advancing in Main Event

With three starting flights fully completed, the $10,000 Main Event at the 2017 World Series of Poker attracted 7,221 players to Las Vegas for poker’s premier tournament – making it the third-largest in series history.

The last time the Main Event drew 7,000-plus entries was in 2010, with 7,319 in attendance, while the 2006 edition is still the standard at 8,773.

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WSOP: Wattel denies Ferguson a sixth bracelet to fans’ relief

With both players’ boards already exposed, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson watched along with the rest of the poker world as pro Mike Wattel sweated seventh street.

That scene was set in the early morning hours Monday, following an epic heads-up World Series of Poker contest to decide Event #72: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud World Championship.

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