This was the first time that Hesp had participated in such a large tournament, with much of his amateur poker playing experience having being gained in £10 poker tournaments held at his local casino in Hull. In fact, he only entered the Main Event because it was something that he wanted to tick off his bucket list, and he was as surprised as anyone to find that his ‘play by instinct’ approach could get him to the final table.
There were 7,221 players who participated in this year’s WSOP Main Event, which made it the third biggest field since the world-famous tournament began in 1970. For a first-time participant to finish in fourth place is quite something and, by doing so, 64-year-old John Hesp has elevated himself to the rank of professional poker player in no uncertain terms.
The 2017 WSOP Main Event was eventually won by 25-year-old American professional Scott Blumstein, who came away with a first prize of $8.15 million and a coveted gold bracelet. Fellow American Dan Ott finished in second, for a prize of $4.7 million, and Frenchman Benjamin Pollack won $3.5 million by finishing in third. Bryan Piccioli, Damian Salas, Jack Sinclair and Ben Lamb finished in sixth to ninth place, respectively.
We congratulate John Hesp once again on his WSOP success, who intends to spend some of his prize money treating his family. Having achieved the second biggest ever WSOP cash win by a British player, Hesp can consider his bucket list objective well and truly completed, and we hope that he will bring his sense of fun – and considerable skill – to the tables again in the not too distant future.