They both played well.
But at around Hand 200, Ott starting looking kind of demoralized. Here’s the kind of thing that had been happening the entire three nights.
In poker, cards even out in the long run. But in a tournament, you don’t have unlimited time to wait out an opponent’s good-luck upswing. And I don’t want to take anything away from Scott’s play – it was consistently solid with flashes of brilliance – but I am sure even he will admit it was pretty hard not to win with cards like that.
I can’t speak for Ott, but if it were me I would always select the 2nd place finish in this event if I could. Winning this does not allow you to go back to your old life, if you want to. You are a public figure now. The Ambassador of Poker!