Temple Grad Wins World Series of Poker

Scott Blumstein beat out 7,221 players over the course of two weeks to go home with over $8 million. (Courtesy of AP Photo/John Locher)

Scott Blumstein, a recent Temple graduate, won the World Series of Poker early Sunday.

At age 25, Blumstein won $8.15 million at the world’s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas. A native to New Jersey, this was Blumstein’s first appearance at the main event. He beat out over 7,000 competitors to take home the money as well as the WSOP bracelet.

“I’m really happy with how I played tonight,” Blumstein told ESPN. “Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce, because I was playing good, but I’m pretty tired of poker at this point, honestly. To have to go back and battle pretty deep-[stacked] again, I wasn’t looking forward to it.”

Going into Saturday, Blumstein had 226 million chips. His opponents Dan Ott and Benjamin Pollack had 88 million and 45 million respectively. Dan Ott ended up in second place with $4.7 million and Benjamin Pollack came in third with $3.5 million.

Blumstein graduated from Fox School of Business three years ago with a degree in accounting.

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