WSOP Main Event Has Successful Finale
The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP), which is the most anticipated event in the world of professional poker, began July 2 and ended July 15.
Attended by people from all across the world
The event saw players from all across the United States and all over the world gather at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to participate in the Main Event’s 49th edition. Players competed for 10 days for the chance to be named the ultimate champion. To participate, the players bought into the game for $10,000.
ESPN and ESPN2 provided coverage of the event for the entire 10 days of play. The coverage was aired for all the poker enthusiasts who wanted to keep up with the goings-on of the event. And, for those of us who preferred to stream or watch the coverage online, PokerGo provided the online streaming service.
The event ran nonstop
This year, the event brought back an aspect that it has not practiced for more than a decade: it ran nonstop until the winner was announced. Previously, the Main Event would have players compete until they reached the final table. The finalists in this event, dubbed the November Nine, would then return in the fall for the final game that would decide who was the last person standing. In this year’s event, however, the nine finalists were announced on Thursday. After the naming of the finalists, the event continued until the overall winner emerged.
Day 1A, 1B, and 1C took place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday respectively, with each player being handed 50,000 starting chips. The 50,000 starting chips were for the $10,000 buy-in, and they also came with two-hour levels in play. Players who emerged victorious in Day 1A and 1B came back to play in Day 2A and 2B. On Friday, the gameplay continued with Day 1C survivors facing off in Day 2C. Saturday sees all the fields combining into one play, with the players facing off for a seat at the final table.
John Cynn was WSOP 2018’s last man standing
John Cynn emerged as the last man standing in this year’s WSOP Main Event on Sunday morning, beating Tony Miles to win his first WSOP bracelet and an $8.8 million cash prize.
The 33-year-old from Indianapolis turned his $10,000 buy-in into the highest cash prize in professional poker. He triumphed over a player pool of 7,874 participants to win the 2018 WSOP bracelet.
Cynn’s heads-up battle against Miles lasted for 10 and a half hours. A few records were set, including 199 hands played to win in the main event, as well as the most hands played, a total of 442, at the final table of a WSOP Main Event. Miles earned a second-place cash prize of $5 million and was visibly disappointed with the turn of events considering he was leading in chips as the final day of play began.
He, however, congratulated Cynn for the win and said he will be a great champion. He also lauded the 10-day play, saying that it would “go down in history as one of the best heads-up matches ever.”
Cynn seemed visibly astounded by his winning. He said that winning was something that he dreamed of, but he never expected it to happen.
Cynn bought into this year’s tournament with a total of $944,786 in career winnings. A majority of this came from his $650,000 earnings of the 2016 WSOP main event. He finished in 11th place at that tournament, out of a 6,737 field of players.
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