This Monday was Day 48 of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The annual poker tournament series in Las Vegas is the world’s largest. Players from all around the world fill the halls of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino looking for one of the 74 coveted gold bracelets that will be awarded to each winner.
On Day 48, all that remained was the Main Event and it played down to the prestigious final table.
Mackoff and Guay Fall Short of Main Event Final Table
Just 27 players remained in the hunt for the most prestigious title in poker and the $8.15 million that goes along with it when play resumed on Monday in Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event - World Championship. They all hoped to survive the day to become one of the nine final tablists, each guaranteed at least $1 million in prize money.
There were two Canadians still in the hunt when the day began, but a few hours into the day, they both fell in quick succession. From Lac-Megantic, Quebec, David Guay fell in 22nd place, followed moments later by Vancouver’s Jonas “donut604” Mackoff in 21st. They each collected $263,532 for their deep run in the Main Event.
The final nine players are led by American Scott Blumstein who has 97,250,000 chips. Widely adored Brit John Hesp sits in second with 85,700,000. Between the two of them, they hold more than half of the chips in play, as the third-best stack of Frenchman Ben Pollak is significantly less at 35,175,000.
American Bryan Piccioli (33,800,000), fellow American Dan Ott (26,475,000), Argentinean Damian Salas (22,175,000), Frenchman Antoine Saout (21,750,000), the U.K.’s Jack Sinclair (20,200,000), and American Ben Lamb (18,050,000) complete the final nine players.
These nine millionaires now have a couple of days off to prepare for the big show. They’ll return to their seats on Thursday and will play down to a new World Champion over the course of three days. The eventual winner will earn poker’s most coveted title, the WSOP bracelet, and $8.15 million.
Watch the reactions of the final nine moments after making the final table: