Dan Ott Eliminated in 2nd Place ($4,700,000)
Hand #246: Scott Blumstein limped in on the button and Dan Ott raised to 8 million. Blumstein moved all in, putting Ott to the test for his remaining 55.5 million chips. Ott went into the tank and called after about a minute.
Ott was the player at risk, but he was well ahead with a bigger kicker than Blumstein.
The flop came and Ott remained ahead, along with finding two under cards to lessen the chance of a chop with Blumstein.
The turn was the and Ott picked up a straight draw.
The river was the and Blumstein's rail erupted as he hit a miracle card to lock up the pot and win the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Ott headed to the rail to be with his supporters, and is the runner-up for $4.7 million in his first-ever Main Event.
An extensive recap will follow shortly, along with a winner interview and reactions from the runner-up.
In the meantime, PokerNews caught up with Ott, who shared his thoughts on the day.
"I lost some big pots early so my strategy was to keep playing my game — the same game I’ve been playing for 15 days now. At the end the chips didn’t go my way. The cards didn’t go my way. But I got second place in the third largest Main Event ever. I can’t complain about that."
When asked about his thought process on the king-nine hand that knocked Benjamin Pollak out in third place, he had this to say:
"I started making a few light shoves. I thought it was an alright hand. It might have been a bit too loose but I went for it and happened to win it."
Heads up play didn't go Ott's way, as Blumstein dominated most of it. For Ott, it was simply a matter of the cards.
"I wasn’t getting any cards heads up if you see the broadcast you’ll see that. I tried with what I had and I can’t complain at all."
As far as what this big score means for Ott down the road?
"I’ll definitely be able to play a lot more tournaments. I’m going to come back next year for sure. It was an amazing experience. I’ll never pass this up again. Just keep playing, and try to win next time."
He spoke to Sarah after the last hand was dealt.