Facts and figures. They make the world go around and, more often than not, tell a story without letting opinions or biases get in the way. Which numbers from the World Series of Poker Main Event final table tell that story and what quick opinions do we have?
$8,150,000 – While the biggest winner during the WSOP Main Event were the fans, who got to see the Main Event live for the first time ever on PokerGO and ESPN, the real winner was Scott Blumstein. Heading into the Main Event, the first-timer had just over $300,000 in career earnings to his name but two weeks later, Blumstein won $8,150,000 while writing his name into the history books.
7% – The Main Event had its fair share of drama but that win didn’t have much drama. Blumstein was the chip leader from start to finish at the final table and dominated heads up play before getting it in drawing to three outs against Dan Ott. Blumstein needed to hit a deuce to secure the title and with just 7% equity heading to the river, he did to become poker’s newest World Champion.
76th – Don’t worry, we are still obsessed with poker’s all-time money list and Blumstein’s victory vaulted him over 5,000 spots up that leader board. The New Jersey online grinder is now the 76th most successful poker player in the world, just ahead of Jerry Yang, who won the 2007 Main Event. Here’s to wishing Blumstein a better post-Main Event career than Yang.
28.82% – Daniel Negreanu may lead the all-time money list, with $34 million in lifetime earnings, but the Tax Man is probably poker’s true all-time leader. Nearly a third of the prize money at the final table will eventually be taxed by the United States government, with this year’s final table tax bite coming it at just over $7.5 million. What is that line about there only being two guarantees in life?
741,000 –The WSOP Main Event was the 15th highest program on cable on Saturday, drawing 741,000 viewers, as per ShowBuzzDaily. Over three days of ESPN live broadcasts, close to 1.3 million tuned in to watch the final table, which were similar numbers compared to last year’s October broadcast, meaning the poker world will likely need a few more years to really have a good data sample from the non-November Nine era.
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