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2018 WSOP Main Event Winner - John Cynn

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 the $8,800,000 first prize.

2018 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

2018 World Series of Poker Main Event Summary

Dates7/2/2018 to 7/15/2018
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 Former Champ StandingJoe Cada (5th, $2,150,000)
Last Woman StandingKelly Minkin (50th, $156,265)
Last Celebrity StandingRay Romano (did not cash)
In 50 Characters or LessCynn City! Indianan was 11th in 2016.

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