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WSOP Runner Up Daniel Ott Rises To Sixth On PA Poker’s All-Time Money List


An Altoona, PA man’s runner-up finish in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event (WSOP) last month has suddenly vaulted him into the top ten on Pennsylvania poker’s all-time money list. 

Brigantine, NJ’s Scott Blumstein won the 2017 WSOP Main Event title and the $8.1 million it came with. However, second-place finisher Daniel Ott, 26, hardly went home empty handed.

In fact, the Altoona, PA native collected $4.7 million for finishing second in poker’s annual World Championship event held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV in July. 

Ott’s online poker roots

Ott told members of the media his interest in poker started when he saw the game on TV. He got started playing online poker and studied the game. This summer marked the first time he entered events at the WSOP. Ott claimed he had the money to buy in and decided to take a shot. 

Prior to his runner-up finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, Ott had just two live tournament cashes on his resume for a total of $3,656. Both cashes were recorded this summer at the 2017 WSOP. The cashes include a 69th place finish for $990 in the 2017 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Tag Team event and a 691st place finish for $2,666 in the 2017 WSOOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack event. 

Pennsylvania poker’s all-time money list

Ott’s $4.7 million haul from the 2017 WSOP Main Event helped vault his total live earnings to $4,703,656, good enough for sixth place on Pennsylvania poker’s current all-time money list. 

North Wales, PA native and 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joseph McKeehen tops the list with $13,862,958 total live earnings. McKeehen captured his second WSOP bracelet in June by winning the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.

McKeehen’s 2015 WSOP Main Event earned him $7,683,346. 

A tight race at the top

It is a tight race at the top of Pennsylvania poker’s current all-time money list. Bryn Mawr, PA, poker pro Jake Schindler finished runner up in the $300,000 buy-in 2017 Super High Roller Bowl in May for $3.6 million. This score put Schindler into second place on the list. He has since pushed his career live tournament earnings up to $13,063,062. 

Both McKeehen and Schindler also claim to have started playing online poker. 

The other three players still above Ott on the PA list include hedge fund manager turned high roller Dan Shak, poker legend John Hennigan, and Poker Night in America fixer and poker Twitter celebrity Matt Glantz. Each of these players has more than $6 million in live tournament earnings. 

Pennsylvania poker players at the WSOP

Statistics released by the WSOP show Pennsylvania poker players accounted for 2,234 of a record 120,995 total entries across the 74-event WSOP schedule this year. Plus, 150 players from Pennsylvania played the $10,000 Main Event.

The 2017 WSOP Main Event ultimately drew 7,221 entries, making it the third largest in history.

Image c/o WSOP


Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.