We had a chance to catch up with Van Blarcum, who told us after his win that a deep run the World Series of Poker Main Event inspired him to play these WPT events.
"Normally I just play cash games and go to the tournaments but not actually play the tournaments. I just decided to give it a try at the World Series that was the first one, and I got 212th, so I decided to do six of these and it turned out pretty well!"
Van Blarcum said that the whole tournament went pretty smoothly for him. He bagged up one of the top 10 stacks on Flight 1A, and was top five after Day 2. He came into the final table as the short stack, but still had plenty of big blinds to work with.
"Through the whole thing it was pretty steady always had a pretty even chip stack. When we went down from 28 to 16, that was where it was really up and down. But at the final table, everything sort of went how it was supposed to. I ran very well at this final table from start to finish."
With this huge score added to his poker resume now, Val Blarcum told us that he does plan to add a few more events to his schedule, and that he definitely plans to come back here next year.
"Yeah I'll do as many of the WPTs as I can. I'll probably do a few more now with this extra money, and I'll see if I can't get to player of the year! I'll also be back for sure to defend my title!"
Congratulations again to Aaron Van Blarcum, and everyone who made the final table. See you guys again at the Big Poker Oktober series kicking off in three weeks!