LAS VEGAS, NV – It is the biggest poker event of the year and 25-year-old Morristown native Scott Blumstein outlasted his competition at the final table on early Sunday morning to claim the at the 48th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) title at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The final table featured three contestants – Blumstein, Dan Ott and Benjamin Pollak – who were all vying for the grand prize of $8.15 million and the gold WSOP bracelet..
Blumstein, who played on Morristown’s varsity high school football team from 2007-10 won the marquee no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on an off-suited ace of hearts and a two of diamonds after calling Ott’s bid to go all-in on the 246th hand of the final table. Ott had a suited ace and eight of diamonds.
The community cards were a jack of spades, a six of spades, a five of hearts, a seven of hearts and a two of hearts, which was revealed on the river.
The turning point of the event, however, came earlier in the week when Blumstein cashed in on the biggest hand of the tournament after being dealt pocket bullets (a pair of aces) against John Hesp, the chip leader at the time who had an impressive hand of his own. Hesp ultimately went all in after landing two pair of aces and 10’s on the turn and was immediately called by Blumstein, who won $156M chips after revealing his three-of-a-kind.
That hand, which was played like a true professional by Blumstein, propelled him to a commanding lead and put him in great position to win the tournament.
Even though Las Vegas holds the distinction as the unofficial gambling capital of North America, Blumstein credits his poker skills to growing up in the Garden State.
"There is no tougher place to play than on the East Coast," Blumstein said earlier this week per Poker Central. "I definitely feel like I'm in this position because I'm from New Jersey."