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2018 World Series of Poker

2018 WSOP Overview
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The 2018 World Series of Poker started on May 30 with the $565 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for ten days starting on July 2. The final event starting on July 15 was the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, the 78th event, an increase of four from 2017.

The Big Blind Ante, where the player in the big blind puts in everyone's ante, was introduced at eight Hold 'Em events to speed up play.

The World Series of Poker Europe, now an annual festival with a new home at the King's Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic, was held in October with ten events, one fewer than in 2017.

WSOP Schedule
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15/30$565Casino Employees No-Limit Hold 'Em
25/30$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Turbo Bounty
35/31$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
45/31$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
56/1$100,000No-Limit Hold 'Em High Roller
66/1$365Giant No-Limit Hold 'Em
76/2$565Colossus No-Limit Hold 'Em
86/2$2,500Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
96/3$10,000Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship
106/3$ Online No-Limit Hold 'Em
116/3$365PLO Giant Pot-Limit Omaha
126/4$1,500Dealers Choice 6-Handed
136/5$1,500Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'Em
146/5$1,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw
166/6$10,000Heads-Up No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
176/7$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
186/7$10,000Dealers Choice 6-Handed
196/8$565Pot-Limit Omaha
206/8$5,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'Em
216/9$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Millionaire Maker
226/9$1,500Eight Game Mix
236/10$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw Championship
246/11$2,620The Marathon - $2,620 No-Limit Hold 'Em
256/11$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better
266/12$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha
286/13$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
296/13$1,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple Draw
306/14$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
316/14$1,500Seven-Card Stud
326/15$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em
336/15$50,000Poker Players Championship
346/16$1,000Double Stack No-Limit Hold 'Em
356/16$1,500Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha
366/17$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em
376/18$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
386/18$10,000Seven-Card Stud Championship
396/19$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
406/19$2,500Mixed Big Bet (7-Game)
416/20$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
426/20$25,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller
436/21$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
446/21$10,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple Draw Championship
456/22$1,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'Em
466/22$2,500Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better
476/22$ Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
486/23$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Monster Stack
496/23$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
516/25$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Bounty
526/25$10,000Limit Hold 'Em Championship
536/26$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
546/26$3,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'Em
556/27$1,000Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em
566/27$10,000Razz Championship
576/28$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
586/28$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
596/29$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Turbo Bounty
606/29$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship
616/29$1, Online No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
626/30$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold 'Em 8-Handed
636/30$3, Online No-Limit Hold 'Em High Roller
647/1$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship
657/2$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em
667/5$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
677/6$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty
687/7$1,111The Little One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'Em
697/8$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
707/9$3,000Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed
717/10$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em (30 minute levels)
727/10$1,500Mixed No-Limit Hold 'Em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
737/11$1,000Double Stack No-Limit Hold 'Em
747/11$10,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed Championship
757/12$1,500The Closer - No-Limit Hold 'Em
777/13$50,000No-Limit Hold 'Em High Roller
787/15$1,000,000The Big One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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The 2018 WSOP Main Event was truly epic. It had the second most players ever, an outrageous final table bubble burst, a former champion (Joe Cada) and a former 11th place finisher (John Cynn) at a record-long final table, and a fantastic heads-up duel that lasted until almost 5 a.m.1

The final table was set with a three-way, double-all-in hand. Nicolas Manion leapt into the chip lead over Michael Dyer, Antoine Labat was fairly crippled, and Yueqi Zhu exited in tenth place when he and Labat both woke up with Kings only to run into Manion's Aces.

Unfortunately for Manion, he couldn't hold on to those chips, ending up in fourth place. Michael Dyer, who had held a dominating lead before the final table and again with six players remaining, barely outlasted him, finishing third, while Cynn made up most of his deficit to Tony Miles.2

Miles and Cynn seemed pretty evenly matched, but Cynn played extraordinarily in their duel. Other than getting bluffed off the championship-clinching hand at one point, he didn't make any real mistakes.

The final table lasted a record 442 hands, with a record 199 hands and 10 hours heads up, partly because Miles saved match point when Cynn folded a weak two pairs to his bluff way back at 8:30 p.m. The chip lead switched numerous times, but Cynn never seemed to be in serious trouble. The one time Miles had a chance to gain a 3-to-1 chip lead, he couldn't find a river call with just fourth pair, although it turned out he had Cynn outkicked.

Finally, Cynn flopped three Kings and let Miles bluff off his remaining chips on the turn. Cynn took a while before making the correct call and had Miles drawing dead.3

Cynn had to work long and hard, but he won the 2018 WSOP Main Event and $8,800,000.

Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stJohn Cynn$8,800,000437,075,000
2ndTony Miles$5,000,000342,750,000
3rdMichael Dyer$3,750,0002109,175,000
4thNicolas Manion$2,825,0001112,775,000
5thJoe Cada$2,150,000623,675,000
6thAram Zobian$1,800,000718,875,000
7thAlex Lynskey$1,500,000525,925,000
8thArtem Metalidi$1,250,000815,475,000
9thAntoine Labat$1,000,00098,050,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Tony Miles begins heads-up play with a small edge over John Cynn, but the lead goes back and forth a few times before Miles drops to just a fourth of the chips. Miles cracks Cynn's Aces to stay alive as blinds go up to 2 million and 4 million with a 500,000 ante.

Holding just a marginal hand, Miles decides to make some moves on a harmless looking flop and turn. Unfortunately for him, Cynn actually has trip Kings. After a surprisingly long think, Cynn calls Miles's all-in bet and has Miles drawing dead on the river. After the meaningless Four, Cynn is $8,800,000 richer, while the runner up collects an even $5 million.

John CynnK♣J♣Three Kings
Tony MilesQ♣8♥Two Pairs,
Kings and 8s

Main Event Summary
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DatesJuly 2 to July 15
Players7,874 (1,182 cashed)
WinnerJohn Cynn ($8,800,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpTony Miles ($5,000,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyYueqi Zhu (10th, $850,025)
Money Bubble BoyMatthew Hopkins (1,183rd)
Last Champ StandingJoe Cada (5th, $2,150,000)
Last Woman StandingKelly Minkin (50th, $156,265)
Last Celebrity StandingRay Romano (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersCynn City! Indianan was 11th in 2016.

WSOP Wrapup
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Joe Cada started strong by winning the $3,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout and finished strong, placing fifth in the Main Event, then jumping straight into and winning The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em.

Shaun Deeb captured the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Max Big Blind Ante, and WSOP Player of the Year honors by the largest margin in the 15-year history of the award.

Nikita Luther won the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'Em with Giuseppe Pantaleo.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$565Casino Employees No-Limit Hold 'EmJordan Hufty$61,909566Hendon Link
2$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Turbo BountyElio Fox$393,693243Hendon Link
3$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutJoe Cada$226,218363Hendon Link
4$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or BetterJulien Martini$239,771911Hendon Link
5$100,000No-Limit Hold 'Em High RollerNick Petrangelo$2,910,227105Hendon Link
6$365Giant No-Limit Hold 'EmJeremy Perrin$250,0008,920Hendon Link
7$565Colossus No-Limit Hold 'EmRoberly Felicio$1,000,00013,070Hendon Link
8$2,500Mixed Triple Draw LowballJohannes Becker$180,455321Hendon Link
9$10,000Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better ChampionshipPaul Volpe$417,921169Hendon Link
10$ Online No-Limit Hold 'EmWilliam Reymond$154,9952,972Hendon Link
11$365PLO Giant Pot-Limit OmahaTimothy Andrew$116,0153,250Hendon Link
12$1,500Dealers Choice 6-HandedJeremy Harkin$129,882406Hendon Link
13$1,500Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'EmBenjamin Moon$315,3461,306Hendon Link
14$1,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball DrawDaniel Ospina$87,678260Hendon Link
15$1,500H.O.R.S.E.Andrey Zhigalov$202,787731Hendon Link
16$10,000Heads-Up No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipJustin Bonomo$185,965114Hendon Link
17$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedOgnyan Dimov$378,7431,663Hendon Link
18$10,000Dealers Choice 6-HandedAdam Friedman$293,275111Hendon Link
19$565Pot-Limit OmahaCraig Varnell$181,7902,419Hendon Link
20$5,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'EmJeremy Wien$537,710518Hendon Link
21$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Millionaire MakerArne Kern$1,173,2237,361Hendon Link
22$1,500Eight Game MixPhilip Long$147,348481Hendon Link
23$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw ChampionshipBrian Rast$259,67095Hendon Link
24$2,620The Marathon - No-Limit Hold 'EmMichael Addamo$653,5811,637Hendon Link
25$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or BetterBenjamin Dobson$173,528596Hendon Link
26$1,000Pot-Limit OmahaFilippos Stavrakis$169,842986Hendon Link
27$10,000H.O.R.S.E.John Hennigan$414,692166Hendon Link
28$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedGal Yifrach$461,798868Hendon Link
29$1,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple DrawHanh Tran$117,282356Hendon Link
30$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaRyan Bambrick$217,123799Hendon Link
31$1,500Seven-Card StudSteven Albini$105,629310Hendon Link
32$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmMatthew Davis$662,6765,919Hendon Link
33$50,000Poker Players ChampionshipMichael Mizrachi$1,239,12687Hendon Link
34$1,000Double Stack No-Limit Hold 'EmRobert Peacock$644,2245,700Hendon Link
35$1,500Mixed Pot-Limit OmahaYueqi Zhu$211,781773Hendon Link
36$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmFarhintaj Bonyadi$311,4512,191Hendon Link
37$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmEric Baldwin$319,5801,330Hendon Link
38$10,000Seven-Card Stud ChampionshipYaniv Birman$236,23883Hendon Link
39$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutPreston Lee$236,498908Hendon Link
40$2,500Mixed Big Bet (7-Game)Scott Bohlman$122,138205Hendon Link
41$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmRobert Nehorayan$173,568596Hendon Link
42$25,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High RollerShaun Deeb$1,402,683230Hendon Link
43$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmTimur Margolin$507,7241,248Hendon Link
44$10,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Triple Draw ChampionshipNicholas Seiken$287,987109Hendon Link
45$1,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'EmMario Garcia$258,2551,712Hendon Link
46$2,500Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or BetterDavid Brookshire$214,291402Hendon Link
47$ Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-HandedMatthew Mendez$135,0781,223Hendon Link
48$1,500Monster Stack - No-Limit Hold 'EmTommy Nguyen$1,037,4516,260Hendon Link
49$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed ChampionshipLoren Klein$1,018,336476Hendon Link
50$1,500RazzJay Kwon$125,431389Hendon Link
51$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em BountyRyan Leng$272,7651,983Hendon Link
52$10,000Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipScott Seiver$296,222114Hendon Link
53$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or BetterJoseph Couden$244,370935Hendon Link
54$3,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'EmDiogo Veiga$522,7151,020Hendon Link
55$1,000Tag Team No-Limit Hold 'EmGiuseppe Pantaleo & Nikita Luther$175,8051,032Hendon Link
56$10,000Razz ChampionshipCalvin Anderson$309,220119Hendon Link
57$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipJessica Dawley$130,230696Hendon Link
58$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedJean-Robert Bellande$616,302621Hendon Link
59$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Turbo BountyMike Takayama$198,5682,065Hendon Link
60$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better ChampionshipPhil Galfond$567,788236Hendon Link
61$1, Online No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipRyan Tosoc$238,7781,635Hendon Link
62$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold 'Em 8-HandedGalen Hall$888,8888,598Hendon Link
63$3, Online No-Limit Hold 'Em High RollerChance Kornuth$341,599480Hendon Link
64$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better ChampionshipDan Matsuzuki$364,387141Hendon Link
65$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJohn Cynn$8,800,0007,874Hendon Link
66$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmLongsheng Tan$323,4721,351Hendon Link
67$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha BountyAnderson Ireland$141,161833Hendon Link
68$1,111The Little One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'EmWei Guo Liang$559,3324,732Hendon Link
69$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha 6-HandedRonald Keijzer$475,033901Hendon Link
70$3,000Limit Hold 'Em 6-HandedYaser Al-Keliddar$154,338221Hendon Link
71$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmPhil Hellmuth$485,082452Hendon Link
72$1,500Mixed No-Limit Hold 'Em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-HandedJordan Polk$197,461707Hendon Link
73$1,000Double Stack No-Limit Hold 'EmDenis Timofeev$199,5861,221Hendon Link
74$10,000Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold 'Em 6-Handed ChampionshipShaun Deeb$814,179355Hendon Link
75$1,500The Closer - No-Limit Hold 'EmJoe Cada$612,8863,120Hendon Link
76$3,000H.O.R.S.E.Brian Hastings$233,202354Hendon Link
77$50,000No-Limit Hold 'Em High RollerBenjamin Yu$1,650,773128Hendon Link
78$1,000,000The Big One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'EmJustin Bonomo$10,000,00027Hendon Link

WSOP Europe Results
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