The Best Of WSOP Main Event Final Table Highlights!

John Cynn was crowned the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event champion in the early hours of the morning in Las Vegas, lifting the gold bracelet and $8.8million in a final table which smashed the record books for the most hands ever played to decide a winner…

By: Andrew Burnett





Three players had returned to do battle on the 10th and final day at the Thunderdome stage in the Rio Casino, Tony Miles and Michael Dyer joining Cynn as the last men standing from a field of 7,874 who had started out to chase down a staggering $74,015,600 in prize money, with the ultimate crown in poker awaiting the victor as well.



Long-time chip leader Michael Dyer came into play as the shortest stack and unfortunately for him he couldn’t run it up as he had no doubt dreamed of, lasting fewer than 20 hands before busting out, $3,750,000 good compensation for his fantastic play during the event…



This left Cynn and Miles heads-up for poker’s ultimate prize, boasting almost identical chip stacks following Dyer’s departure, and what followed was a nerve-wracking and record-breaking run of play which saw first Miles, then Cynn, the Miles again take the lead…



For Tacoma-man Miles it was already a remarkable turnaround in his life, regardless of the outcome, the 32-year old overcoming an opiate addiction and finding himself under the brightest spotlight in poker and already guaranteed a truly life-changing sum of money





…and it looked at several points that he would go all the way, the momentum changing again as the final table hand count reached record-proportions…



…and 8 hours of heads-up play passed without a decision on where the gold bracelet would find a home…



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The end, when it finally came, saw the evenly-matched pair in a raised pot watching a flop of K♥ K♦ 5♥  hit the felt.
Miles bet out and Cynn again called, the turn appearing as 8♦ which would spell the end for Tony Miles’ bracelet hopes as he jammed and then watched on for over a minute before Miles called, …but the river 4♠ instantly meaningless as the players showing down their respective holdings

Cynn: K♣ J♣ 
Miles: Q♣ 8♥

…and John Cynn had done the unthinkable and won the World Series of Poker Main Event, $8.8million, a gold bracelet and a lifetime of fame and, perhaps, further fortune.


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