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2018 WSOP: Cynn Beats Miles in 10-Hour Heads-Up Marathon to Win World Championship

John Cynn Main Event World Championship World Series of Poker WSOP Las Vegas

It started with 7,874 poker players, each with $10,000 and a dream.

The World Series of Poker Main Event offered $74,015,600 in total payouts, but every player wanted the $8.8 million and gold bracelet that came with first place.

On Day 9 of the tournament, six players remained with Michael Dyer holding a significant chip lead. Aram Zobian was the shortest stack and shoved after only a few hands, but Dyer sent him out in sixth place for $1.8 million.

Joe Cada, the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion, was the new short stack and eventually risked it all with pocket tens against the A-K of Tony Miles. But a king on the flop sent Cada out in fifth place this time, which was worth $2.15 million.

Miles was on a roll and climbed into the lead, and John Cynn doubled through Nicolas Manion, leaving the latter short. Manion did double back through Miles but still struggled to stay alive. He doubled through Dyer as Miles soared to more than 200 million chips and beyond. Eventually, Manion pushed again, putting his A-10 up against the pocket kings of Cynn. The pair held, though, and Manion was gone in fourth place with $2,825,000.

Going into Day 10, the final three lined up as follows:

  • Tony Miles (238,900,000 chips)
  • John Cynn (128,700,000 chips)
  • Michael Dyer (26,200,000 chips)

Dyer moved all-in several times before Miles called with A-J. Dyer’s A-10 didn’t improve, and he left in third place with $3.75 million.

Epic Battle on Poker’s Biggest Stage

Heads-up began early on Saturday evening with Miles holding 198.4 million chips to the 195.4 million of Cynn. The battle lasted for more than 10 hours, with the chip lead exchanged nearly a dozen times throughout and both players remaining in good spirits despite the exhaustion.

Finally, on Sunday morning, after setting a record for the longest heads-up portion of a WSOP Main Event in history, Miles moved all-in with Q-8 on the K-K-5-8 board. Cynn called with K-J for trip kings, which eliminated Miles in second place for $5 million.

Cynn was awarded $8.8 million and a stunning, one-of-a-kind championship bracelet.

Deeb Wins Double Bracelets

As the Main Event played down, poker pro Shaun Deeb was at the final table of Event 74, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship with Big Blind Antes. Out of 355 entries, it played down to Deeb and Paul Volpe for the title. Deeb won it for $814,179 and his second gold bracelet of the summer, the fourth of his career.

Gold for Hastings and Yu

Event 76 provided a star-studded $3,000 HORSE final table that included Dutch Boyd, Bruno Fitoussi and Lee Markholt. Recently retired poker pro Brian Hastings defeated the 354-player field for a $233,202 award to go with his WSOP gold.

Another final table of famous faces came in Event 77, the $50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament. Only 128 players entered and 20 got paid, with names like John Racener, Igor Kurganov, Isaac Haxton and Nick Petrangelo at the last table. Ultimately, it was Ben Yu who took it down for $1,650,773 and his third bracelet.