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2018 WSOP: Zobian Leads Final 26 as Cada Keeps Cool

World Series of Poker Main Event WSOP Las Vegas

From the outside looking in, the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event field seems to have thinned quickly. What started last week with 7,874 players brought only 109 back to the tables on Tuesday, and only 26 still had chips at the end of the night.

Some of the bigger names that departed Tuesday were Shaun Deeb (105th place for $57,010) and Jordan Cristos (69th place for $108,745). Aussie pro James Obst hit the rail later in the evening (46th place for $156,265), followed by Benjamin Pollak (42nd place for $189,165) and Shannon Shorr (39th place for $189,165).

Minkin exits in 50th place as top woman

Along the way, the last woman in the tournament ended her deep run. Kelly Minkin is a poker pro but also still works as an attorney. Many remember her deep run in the 2015 Main Event when she finished in 29th place, and she was poised to improve on that after an impressive Day 4 that put her sixth in chips to end that day.

On the way to that point, she was on the featured table and pulled off what some call the bluff of the tournament thus far, as she took A-J through a 10-8-7 flop and a K on the turn and climbed over two million chips. That same opponent tried to bluff her back later, but she called him with second pair to soar over three million. But on Day 6, Minkin hit some rough spots from which she couldn’t recover, and she exited in 50th place for $156,265.

Day 6 was good to Aram Zobian of Rhode Island, though. He collected chips at a mad pace before the dinner break but struggled a bit through the evening hours. But he found spots during the last hour of play to eliminate several players and bag 41,585,000 chips for the chip lead.

Former champ Cada in 19th place

We’d be remiss not to mention two recognizable faces still in the field. Joe Cada was the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion and may be in 19th chip position but knows what it takes to grind to the top. And Sylvain Loosli remembers his 2013 WSOP Main Event final table where he finished fourth, but he hopes to run his 17th-place chip stack up today for another shot at the title.

Payouts for Day 7 will begin at $282,630, and the 26 players starting the day aim to be in the final nine. Action will continue today/tonight until that final table is set.

This globally impressive list represents the top 10 counts to start the action on Wednesday:

2018 WSOP EVENT #65 – Main Event Chip Leaders
Aram Zobian41,585,000
Artem Metalidi30,845,000
Antoine Labat28,445,000
Michael Dyer26,515,000
Alex Lynskey22,045,000
Yueqi Zhu19,245,000
Kao Saechao18,985,000
Martin Gerrits17,790,000
Nicholas Manion17,630,000
Eric Froehlich15,285,000