Morristown man in hunt to win World Series of Poker and over $8M –


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Damian Salas, Michael Ruane of Hoboken, Jack Sinclair and Bryan Piccioli, from left, compete during the World Series of Poker, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Las Vegas.(Photo: John Locher, AP)

LAS VEGAS — Scott Blumstein of Morristown is living every poker player’s dream.

Blumstein has made it to the final table at the World Series of Poker main event and has a chance to win the $8.15 million top prize.

He is also in great shape as the overall chip leader among the final nine players. Blumstein has 97,250,000 in chips; the next closest competitor, John Hesp of England, has 85,700,000.

The rest of the final table, with chip counts, according to Benjamin Pollak of France (35,175,000), Americans Bryan Piccioli (33,800,000) and Dan Ott (26,475,000), Damian Salas of Argentina (22,175,000), Antoine Saout of France (21,750,000), Jack Sinclair of England (20,200,000) and American Ben Lamb (18,050,000).

Shortly after 4 a.m., fellow New Jersayan Michael Ruane of Hoboken busted on the final table bubble to finish 10th. Don’t feel too bad for Ruane, however. He’ll take home $825,001 for his tremendous run in the $10,000 buy-in Texas Hold ’em Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. 

The tournament began July 8 with 7,221 entrants.

The action will continue on Thursday and they compete until Saturday, when a champion will earn his bracelet and the hefty payday. The action will be covered live on ESPN2 on Thursday and ESPN on Friday and Saturday.

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