The Best Of WSOP Main Event Day 8 Highlights!

The Main Event came a step – or three steps closer – to crowning a champion last night, with the final table disposing of its first three players, leaving only the US players to fight it out for the gold bracelet and $8.8million first prize, 2009 victor Joe Cada still in with a chance of an epic double…

By: Andrew Burnett



Last year’s winner Scott Blumstein got the 8th day of play underway with the shuffle up and deal and the nine men were off and running, Michael Dyer drawing away early and never looking back on a day which he described as “a pretty solid final table” in which he “didn't see any big mistakes."



Mistakes or not, big or otherwise, there would be three players leaving the Thunderdome stage at the Rio, walking off with $1million minimum, and that first payout went to the short-stacked Frenchman Antoine Labat who saw his kings cracked by the queens of Artem Metalidi, the Ukrainian flopping a queen and rivering a full house to seal Labat’s fate.



Metalidi himself would be next to depart, however, and in painful fashion – all-in with a race between his pocket fives and Aram Zobian’s king-queen of diamonds, another five on the flop just a teaser as there were now four diamonds showing – and another on the river flushed the Ukrainian out of the Main Event, $1.25million softening the blow.



The third level of play saw the third man fall, Aussie Alex Lynskey also finding himself in a race, with John Cynn this time hitting the dreaded river to eliminate him in 7th spot for $1.5million



…Cynn remarking later: "I know I won the hand so I feel bad saying that it was enjoyable, but it was just an exciting hand all the way through... just the way the board ran out, so many outs. Obviously, Lynskey is such a great guy and we can't all win but I felt good after that."

That was basically it for the day, Cada having a quiet one but coming back tonight to attempt a remarkable double, but with Michael Dyer sitting in pole position and a commanding chip lead




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