After over a week of intensive play, a massive field of 7,221 entries (the third biggest in WSOP Main Event history) have become only 9 players with the chance taking home the $8,150,000 first-place prize and become the world champion!
The final table was set following the departure of Michael Ruane. Ruane, from USA, was running low on chips and went all in with his final 1.9 million chips pre-flop and got called by Argentina's Damian Salas with JJ. Ruane turned over A6.
The board ran out 10739Q and Ruane's dreams of making the final table were crushed. He received $825,001 for his 10th place finish. Not a bad consolation prize!
An American who had better luck on Day 7 was Scott Blumstein who bagged up over 97 million in chips. Blumstein holds the lead heading into Thursday's final table and not far behind him is UK's John Hesp with 85 million in chips.
"I feel amazing, I can't believe it's real," Blumstein said afterward. "I have a great group of guys and we're going to get to work and prepare for Thursday. This is one of the biggest moments of my life. And I'm super excited."
As you can see in the chip counts below, Blumstein and Hesp have the majority of the chips in play on this year's Main Event final table! Well, as the saying goes, it ain't over till it's over. Anything can still happen, especially when experienced poker pros such as Benjamin Pollak (France) and Ben Lamb (USA) are among the finalists!
8 minutes and 30 seconds are left in Level 37 (400,000/800,000 blinds and a 100,000 ante) when the final table resumes on Thursday at 5:30 pm local time. Play will continue until 6 players remain, then the field will be narrowed down to 3 players on Friday, and Saturday will be the day when a winner is crowned! In other words, there are still 3 days of play left!
Here are the final table seating assignments:
Remaining prize pool that is up for grabs: