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Day 10 – John Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event ($8,800,000)

Johnny Pham | July 15, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 44 Blinds 500000/2000000/4000000
Entrants 2/7,874

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Main Event Champion John Cynn
Main Event Champion John Cynn

It took over 10 hours of back-and-forth struggle, but John Cynnovercame Tony Miles in a heads-up match for the ages to win the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8.8 million, topping a field of 7,874.

The win completes a redemption story for Cynn, who bubbled the unofficial final table in the 2016 Main Event, just missing a chance to participate in the last November Nine when Gordon Vayo busted him in 11th place.

“Feels very different,” Cynn said, reflecting on the two results. “I mean really neither is supposed to happen. To make 11th is insane on its own and to win that’s literally something that you dream of but you just never expect to happen. Right now I do feel pretty overwhelmed.”

Now Cynn, who has about $300,000 in cashes outside of his two Main Event runs, has cemented a place in poker history and will have a banner adorning the walls of the Amazon Room for as long as the Main Event is still held here.

“I do like to think that I don’t need the money to be happy, but at the same time it’s practically going to make things a lot easier,” he said. “Things I want to do in life, things for my family, and my parents. To my parents this is money that they could have never imagined. It’ll definitely be life-changing.”

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

A heads-up match between Miles and Cynn seemed all but certain since they both came into the final day with a ton of chips while Michael Dyer was short with under 20 big blinds. Dyer got shippy early but his opponents patiently waited, until Miles found the ace-jack and dominated ace-ten, holding up to get it heads up less than 20 hands in.

Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer watched the final runout of his Main Event.

What followed was a heads-up match that turned into a marathon, a test of endurance as much as it was skill. The players battled for over 10 hours across 199 hands, surpassing the highest recorded mark in a WSOP Main Event, set by Vayo and Qui Nguyen in 2016.

That match proved to be something of a snoozer, with Vayo stubbornly hanging onto a short stack and resisting almost any opportunity to play big-pot poker in hopes of small-balling his less-experienced opponent. Cynn and Miles turned in no such jab-fest. They threw haymakers throughout, trading the lead 11 times.

For all of the aggression, neither player had all that many chances to end the match. Early on, Miles overbet shoved the river on a bluff after missing a straight draw. But with three diamonds and a paired board sitting on the felt, Cynn couldn’t find a call with just third pair.

On the 409th hand of the final table, a bizarre all-in pot unfolded wherein both players stuck it in with draws, Miles on an open-ender and Cynn with a gutter plus flush draw. Miles had Cynn high-carded but as each had seven-high on a queen-eight-five flop, a chopped pot looked likely if neither player got there. That’s what happened as running jacks hit the board, keeping Miles in the event but denying him a possible double into nearly a 4-1 lead.

Heads Up Tony Miles
Miles put up a fierce fight in a 10-hour heads-up match.

Finally, just shy of 5 a.m., nearly 12 hours after Day 10 kicked off, the 442nd hand proved to be the finale, and a strangely anticlimactic one. Cynn flopped trip kings and called a flop bet from Miles, who had three-bet preflop. Miles then shoved the turn after pairing his eight but was drawing stone dead when Cynn found a call after thinking briefly.

Cynn said the match was unlike any poker experience he’s ever had, a surreal experience wherein the stakes he was playing for never entered his mind until the pressure cooker moments.

“It was kind of weird because you’re playing heads up for the Main but since we were playing for so long at some point it just feels like poker,” he said. “But then obviously when you’re put in pressure spot or when all the money goes in you realize you know what it’s for. You can’t compare that to anything else in poker.”

Both players loud rails. While Cynn’s fans, wearing white “Welcome to Cynn City” shirts celebrated, Miles’ raucous, black-clad supporters, suddenly subdued, filtered to the outer edges of the stage. An emotional Miles joined them moments later after speaking to media, sharing hugs with each individual who stuck around to the finish.

Miles called the match a “war.”

“He’s gonna be a great champion and I’m really happy for him,” he said. “After the disappointment of losing — which is there is some, I’m gonna be honest — subsides, I’m sure I’ll be very happy that I’ll be able to help my family and do some traveling and stuff I wanted to do for a long time. It truly is a blessing to be here. I ran way above average just to get to this spot and I’m very grateful.”

Tony Miles & John Cynn
Tony Miles & John Cynn

Cynn and Miles shared a rapport throughout the match, and Cynn was complimentary as expected in the aftermath.

“Tony is an amazing guy,” Cynn said. “I truly belive that from my conversations that we’ve had at the tables. He plays really well. I think he adjusts well. He put me in a lot of tough spots.

“I probably had to adjust during that match three, four, five…I don’t even know how many times. And it seemed whenever I would adjust, he would adjust right back. I definitely ran amazing against him.”

As for where he goes next and what he’s going to do with $8.8 million, Cynn declined to commit to anything. Some Main Event champions go the ways of Pius Heinz and Peter Eastgate, all but disappearing into the ether, objects of trivia and idle musings for poker fans and industry observers. Some, like Joe McKeehen and Ryan Riess, stay entrenched as top competitors and graduate on to bigger buy-ins.

At least for the immediate future, Cynn’s comments indicate he’s closer to the former camp. His only goal, he said, is happiness. And while $8.8 million doesn’t guarantee that, it certainly opens up many options for the 33-year-old.

“I’m pretty exhausted,” he said. I think every day somehow you get more exhausted, but also a little bit sharper just because your adrenaline keeps you going, and I think at this point my adrenaline is definitely going.

“I think I’m going to try and let my emotions die down before I decide to do anything crazy [with the money]. Probably just get away and disappear somewhere for a while I think sounds nice.”

Past 10 Main Event Champions

Year Entries Champion Country Prize
2018 7,874 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2017 7,221 Scott Blumstein United States $8,150,000
2016 6,737 Qui Nguyen United States (born in Vietnam) $8,005,310
2015 6,420 Joe McKeehen United States $7,683,346
2014 6,683 Martin Jacobson Sweden $10,000,000
2013 6,352 Ryan Riess United States $8,361,570
2012 6,598 Greg Merson United States $8,531,853
2011 6,865 Pius Heinz Germany $8,715,638
2010 7,319 Jonathan Duhamel Canada $8,944,310
2009 6,494 Joe Cada United States $8,547,042

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Day 10 – Congratulations to Tony Miles for Taking 2nd Place in the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

Johnny Pham | July 15, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 44 Blinds 500000/2000000/4000000
Entrants 2/7,874

https://youtu.be/Q6vZVLsoyDU

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Day 10 – Tony Miles Eliminated in 2nd Place ($5,000,000)

Johnny Pham | July 15, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 44 Blinds 500000/2000000/4000000
Entrants 2/7,874

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Heads Up Tony Miles
Heads Up Tony Miles

Hand #442: John Cynn made it 9 million from the button and Tony Miles reraised to 34 million from the big blind. Cynn called and {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}flopped. Miles bet 32 million. Cynn called, bringing an {8-Diamonds} turn. Miles jammed for 114 million. Cynn tanked over a minute and called with {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for trips. Miles turned over {q-Clubs}{8-Hearts} for kings up and was drawing dead.

The meaningless river was the {4-Spades} and the 2018 Main Event ends with John Cynn as champion.

John Cynn us 393,800,000 180,000,000
Tony Miles us Busted

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Day 10 – Hands #244-246: Heads-Up Play Begins

Johnny Pham | July 14, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 41 Blinds 300000/1000000/2000000
Entrants 2/7,874

 mnuwwarah

Hand #244: John Cynn completed and Tony Miles checked. Miles bet 2 million on the {8-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} flop and Cynn called. The turn brought the {8-Spades}. Miles bet 4.5 million and Cynn made it 10.5 million. Miles let it go.

Hand #245: Miles raised to 4.8 million and Cynn called. Cynn check-folded to 5.7 million on the {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop.

Hand #246: Cynn opened for 4.8 million and Miles folded.

Heads Up John Cynn & Tony Miles
Heads Up John Cynn & Tony Miles
Tony Miles us 198,400,000 -5,100,000
John Cynn us 195,400,000 5,100,000

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Day 10 – Michael Dyer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,750,000)

Johnny Pham | July 14, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

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Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer

Hand #243: Tony Miles raised to 4 million from the button, Michael Dyer reraised all in for 22.2 million from the small blind and Miles called with {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}, leading Dyer’s {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

The flop fell {Q-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, keeping Miles ahead. The {J-Clubs} turn fell to give him a pair of jacks, although Dyer picked up an out with a Broadway draw. The river was paint, but it was the {Q-Hearts}.

Michael Dyer’s Main Event run ended in third place for $3,750,000

Heads-up play between Miles and John Cynn will begin in a few minutes, with Miles holding a slight lead nine-big-bling lead over Cynn.

Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer
Tony Miles us 203,500,000 24,200,000
John Cynn us 190,300,000 -1,800,000
Michael Dyer us Busted

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Day 10 – Michael Dyer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,750,000)

Johnny Pham | July 14, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

 123md
Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer

Hand #243: Tony Miles raised to 4 million from the button, Michael Dyer reraised all in for 22.2 million from the small blind and Miles called with {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}, leading Dyer’s {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

The flop fell {Q-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, keeping Miles ahead. The {J-Clubs} turn fell to give him a pair of jacks, although Dyer picked up an out with a Broadway draw. The river was paint, but it was the {Q-Hearts}.

Michael Dyer’s Main Event run ended in third place for $3,750,000

Heads-up play between Miles and John Cynn will begin in a few minutes, with Miles holding a slight lead nine-big-bling lead over Cynn.

Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer
Tony Miles us 203,500,000 24,200,000
John Cynn us 190,300,000 -1,800,000
Michael Dyer us Busted

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Day 10 – Three Players Remain; One Will Be Crowned 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Today

Johnny Pham | July 14, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

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Final Three
Final Three

At 5:30 p.m. local time, the biggest day in the life of Tony MilesJohn Cynn and Michael Dyer will commence as one of these three players will be the World Series of Poker Main Event champion after today. The biggest prize on the grandest stage of them all is up for grabs tonight, and the first place prize of $8,800,000, the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet and a place in the history books awaits the last man standing at the end of the night.

The final table has already clocked 224 hands over the course of two days. On the first final table day, Antoine LabatArtem Metalidi and Alex Lynskey bowed up to dwindle the number of hopefuls to six. On the second day, Aram Zobian’s dream of winnings the Main Event ended just five hands in. Zobian started the day as the short stack and open-shoved eight-six suited from the small blind. Dyer called with ace-eight in the big blind and held up to eliminate Zobian in 6th place ($1,800,000).

Joe Cada‘s attempt to achieve one of the ultimate feats in poker — a repeat Main Event win — ended in 5th place ($2,150,000). Holding pocket tens, Cada four-bet shoved 47 million in chips and Miles called it off with ace-king after seven minutes. The king landed on the flop to end Cada’s bid in hand #105.

The four remaining players battled it out for more than 100 hands before Nic Manion finally bowed out in 4th place ($2,825,000). Manion three-bet shoved ace-ten over a raise from Cynn, who instantly called with pocket kings. The kings held up to send Manion to the payout desk and end the day on the spot.

John Cynn
John Cynn

There are 51 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in Level 40 as cards will be back in the Amazon room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miles will start on the button and holds the substantial chip lead with 238,900,000 in chips (149 big blinds). Miles’ rowdy rail will no doubt be back to cheer their champion on.

John Cynn sits second in chips with 128,700,000 in chips, a solid 80 big blinds when play will resume. Rounding out the final three is Michael Dyer, who started Day 9 as the overwhelming chipleader but will just return with 26,200,000 in chips, 16 big blinds. Each of them has already locked up the payday of a lifetime with at least $3,750,000 for their efforts.

Tony Miles
Tony Miles

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Day

Seat Player Country Age Chip Count Big Blinds
1 John Cynn United States 33 128,700,000 80
2 Tony Miles United States 32 238,900,000 149
3 Michael Dyer United States 32 26,200,000 16

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Day 10 – James Miles Interview

Johnny Pham | July 14, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

https://youtu.be/uERERsKPHhQ

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Day 10 – AllieMcDeal Opens up Day 10 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event

Johnny Pham | July 14, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

https://youtu.be/nWXa7S5B8Lo

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Day 9 – Tony Miles Interview End of Day 9

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

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Day 9 – AllieMcDeal Interviews Tony Miles’s Coach Brandon Caputo

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

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Day 9 – Tony Miles Leads the Final 3 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 3/7,874

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship
Day 9 Completed
 mnuwwarah • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 200,000 ante
Tony Miles
Tony Miles

Just three contenders remain in the hunt for $8.8 million and a place in poker history as the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Eventchampion: Tony MilesJohn Cynn and Michael Dyer.

Those three outlasted Aram ZobianNicolas Manion and 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada on what proved to be a wild day in which the chip counts and final standings look nothing like where they started about seven hours earlier.

Whereas it looked like Dyer might run away with things a la Joe McKeehen in 2015 — he came in with about 40 percent of the chips in play — he’s now been reduced to the short stack after a downhill slide that saw him bag just 26.2 million, good for only 16 big blinds.

Instead, it’s Tony Miles who has risen from fourth place to finish the day with a sizable edge, racing out ahead of his final two competitors and bagging 238.9 million; about 60 percent of the total chips.

“It’s indescribable,” Miles said of bagging the lead with just three players remaining. “It’s a dream come true. It’s truly magical.”

Cynn rounds out the field with 128.7 million.

Final Three Players

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 John Cynn United States 128,700,000 80
2 Tony Miles United States 238,900,000 149
5 Michael Dyer United States 26,200,000 16

The story dominating headlines coming in, Cada’s attempt to win an unprecedented two post-boom Main Event titles, ended about 30 hands into Day 9 at the hands of Miles. With five players left — Zobian fell victim to Dyer early on — Cada opened for 2.2 million under the gun at 500,000/1,000,000/150,000 and Miles three-bet it to 6.9 million on the button. Cada, who repeatedly showed a willingness to put his stack at risk leading into and during Day 9, shoved for 47.65 million.

Miles went into what looked to be a pained thinking process before he found the call button with ace-king. Cada rolled over pocket tens and the race was on. The hallmark of Cada’s 2009 final-table run was his ability to win preflop all ins with pocket pairs, often times against bigger ones, but the flip wouldn’t go his way. Miles flopped a king, much to the delight of a rail that ranked as easily the most raucous in the house.

“I didn’t think that he would be shoving that wide,” Miles said of the hand. “I thought that he would be flatting a lot of stronger hands just because of some things that I was taking into consideration. We are playing for a lot of money and there’s a lot of pressure, so I just wanted to take my time and get the decision right.”

Joe Cada
Cada’s tens couldn’t hold against the ace-king of Miles.

After fading the turn and river, Miles suddenly found himself over 100 big blinds and within striking distance of Dyer. A lead that seemed insurmountable melted away when three players saw a king-four-three flop, with Miles holding a set of threes. He bet when checked to and Dyer raised to 14.3 million. He barreled again for 21.4 million on a five turn and then check-called a big bet of 27 million when the king paired on the river.

The stream would later show Dyer had flopped bottom two pair.

Dyer reclaimed his lead a bit later but then paid off two streets to Miles when the latter made aces full on a double-paired board and bet the river big. Dyer also got unlucky when he couldn’t fade a flush draw that Manion jammed on the flop.

The start-of-day leader couldn’t do anything with those chips though, following his fellow Michigan native Cada to the payout desk when he ran ace-ten into Cynn’s kings.

That meant bagging time for the final three. There remains just over 50 minutes in Level 40 (800,000/1,600,000/200,000). The players will return at 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday and play until the face that will adorn the next banner is the only one left.

Miles and his rowdy rail have positioned themselves for the party of a lifetime if he can finish the job.

“Those people are my heart,” he said. “It means the world to me to be able to come out here and show them what we work so hard for all the time. My dad’s always asked me, ‘Why do you play tournaments? Why don’t you just stick to cash games?’ and I’m always telling him one day you could win life-changing money.”

“It’s a dream come true, I’m truly blessed and I’m honored to be here.”

Miles still has two more opponents to get through, though, and the poker world’s collective eyes will be trained on the final day of poker’s biggest tournament on Saturday to see who emerges as champion.

Sarah Herring talked to Miles and Cynn after play.

Final Table Payouts Thus Far

Place Player Country Prize
1 $8,800,000
2 $5,000,000
3 $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

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Day 9 – Nicolas Manion Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,825,000)

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 4/7,874

 poolshir • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 200,000 ante
Nicolas Manion
Nicolas Manion

Hand #224: John Cynn raised to 3.8 million from the button and Nicolas Manion shoved from the big blind for 23.8 million. Cynn snap-called.

Nicolas Manion: {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
John Cynn: {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}

The flop came {6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{3-Spades} to keep Cynn ahead.

The turn brought them the {2-Diamonds} and Cynn was still looking good.

The {6-Hearts} completed the board on the river and Cynn’s rail went mental as Cynn’s pocket kings held up. Manion was eliminated in 4th place for $2,825,000.

Play has finished for today and a full recap of today’s action is to follow.

Nicolas Manion
Nicolas Manion
Tony Miles us 238,900,000 -1,000,000
John Cynn us 128,700,000 25,200,000
Michael Dyer us 26,200,000 -200,000
Nicolas Manion us Busted

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Day 9 – Reactions to Joe Cada Bust Out Hand

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 40 Blinds 200000/800000/1600000
Entrants 4/7,874

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Day 9 – Hands #175-177: Miles Crosses 200 Million

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 39 Blinds 200000/600000/1200000
Entrants 4/7,874

 123md

Hand #175: Michael Dyer raised to 2.4 million from the button and Tony Miles called from the big blind.

The flop fell {J-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and MIles check-called 2.175 million from Dyer, landing the {J-Hearts} turn. Both checked, the {6-Clubs} river completed the board, and both checked again. Miles showed {A-Diamonds}{X-} and Dyer mucked.

Hand #176: John Cynn raised to 2.9 million from the button and got no action.

Hand #177: Tony Miles raised to 2.6 million from the button and won the blinds and antes.

Tony Miles us 203,375,000 7,375,000
Michael Dyer us 85,300,000 -6,375,000
John Cynn us 76,350,000 1,400,000
Nicolas Manion us 28,750,000 -2,400,000

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Day 9 – Hand #159: Big Value for Miles

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 39 Blinds 200000/600000/1200000
Entrants 4/7,874

 mnuwwarah • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 200,000 ante

Tony Miles
Tony Miles

Hand #159: Michael Dyer raised to 2.4 million on the button and Tony Miles defended his big blind with a raise to 9.6 million. Dyer peeled and {7-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{q-Clubs} flopped. Miles bet 9.5 million and Dyer called. The turn was the {a-Hearts}. Both checked, bringing the {7-Spades}. Miles fired 27 million. Dyer tanked a couple of minutes and called, losing showdown to {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

Tony Miles us 199,900,000 47,300,000
Michael Dyer us 101,400,000 -46,300,000
John Cynn us 64,700,000 -800,000
Nicolas Manion us 27,775,000 -200,000

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Day 9 – Hand #120-121: Miles Takes Over the Chip Lead

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 38 Blinds 150000/500000/1000000
Entrants 4/7,874
 poolshir • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Tony Miles
Tony Miles

Hand #121: John Cynn raised to 2.1 million from the under-the-gun position and got called by Tony Miles on the button and Dyer in the big blind.

The flop came {k-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}, both Dyer and Cynn checked. Miles bet 4.3 million. Dyer raised to 14.3 million. Cynn quickly folded. Miles considered his options and decided to call.

The {5-Clubs} was brought on the turn. Dyer now took the initiative and bet 21.4 million. Miles called after a minute or so.

The {k-Clubs} completed the board on the river. Dyer now opted to check. Miles decided to bet 27 million and Dyer snap-called. Miles tabled {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} for the flopped set of treys and even improved to a full house on the river.

Tony Miles us 182,150,000 66,700,000
Michael Dyer us 129,975,000 -63,000,000
Nicolas Manion us 48,350,000 -1,300,000
John Cynn us 33,300,000 -2,400,000

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Day 9 – Hands #114-115: Miles Above 100 Million

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 38 Blinds 150000/500000/1000000
Entrants 4/7,874
 poolshir • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

 

Hand #114: Tony Miles raised to 2.2 million from under the gun and Nic Manion was up next to act on the button. Manion three-bet to 7 million. Both Michael Dyer and John Cynn folded their blinds. Miles called.

The flop came {7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, Miles checked and Manion continues with a bet of 8.5 million. Miles called.

The turn brought them {5-Hearts}, Miles checked again. Manion now decided to also check.

The {6-Hearts} on the river completed the straight on the board. Miles bet 18 million and Manion folded immediately.

 

Michael Dyer us 193,925,000 2,300,000
Tony Miles us 111,850,000 15,300,000
Nicolas Manion us 45,650,000 -15,800,000
John Cynn us 42,350,000 -1,800,000

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Day 9 – Tony Eliminates Joe Cada in 5th Place ($2,150,000)

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 38 Blinds 150000/500000/1000000
Entrants 4/7,874

 mnuwwarah • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante
Joe Cada
Joe Cada

Hand #105: Cada raised under the gun to 2.2 million and Tony Miles made it 6.9 million on the button. Cada moved all in for 47.65 million. After several minutes in the tank, Miles called with {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. Cada turned over {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} and it was a race for about 85 million.

The {k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop had Miles’ rail going nuts. The {q-Diamonds} turn gave Cada outs to a straight. The river was the {9-Spades}, sending Cada out in fifth place.

Michael Dyer us 167,350,000 -1,150,000
Tony Miles us 104,450,000 49,750,000
Nicolas Manion us 83,750,000 -650,000
John Cynn us 38,225,000 -150,000
Joe Cada us Busted

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Day 9 – Aram Zobian Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,800,000)

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 38 Blinds 150000/500000/1000000
Entrants 5/7,874

 mnuwwarah • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante
Aram Zobian
Aram Zobian

Hand #75: Action folded to the small blind, where Aram Zobian shoved all in for 17.35 million. Big blind Michael Dyer called fairly quickly with {a-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Zobian had a dominated {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and needed help.

The {q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop brought nothing for Zobian besides a backdoor diamond chance. The {7-Hearts} ended those hopes so he needed a six. The {10-Hearts} river didn’t do it, eliminating Zobian in sixth place less than 20 minutes into the penultimate day.

Michael Dyer us 181,925,000 18,100,000
Nicolas Manion us 70,000,000 -150,000
Tony Miles us 59,650,000 -150,000
John Cynn us 54,675,000 -150,000
Joe Cada us 27,525,000 -150,000
Aram Zobian us Busted

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Day 9 – Tony Miles Takes His Seat on the Final 6 of the WSOP Main Event Final Table

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 38 Blinds 150000/500000/1000000
Entrants 6/7,874

Michael Dyer 156,200,000 -300,000 
Nicolas Manion 71,950,000 -300,000 
John Cynn 62,650,000 1,100,000 
Tony Miles 56,200,000 -1,300,000 
Joe Cada 27,975,000 -1,300,000 
Aram Zobian 18,800,000 2,100,000 
Place Prize (USD)
1 $8,800,000
2 $5,000,000
3 $3,750,000
4 $2,825,000
5 $2,150,000
6 $1,800,000

WSOP Live Updates
Day 9 – AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 9 of the WSOP Main Event

Johnny Pham | July 13, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 38 Blinds 150000/500000/1000000
Entrants 6/7,874

https://youtu.be/Jse8CHEcIeY

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Day 8 – Tony Miles Advances to Day 9!

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 37 Blinds 100000/400000/800000
Entrants 6/7,874

The 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event is one step closer to crowning a champion and six hopefuls remain in the hunt for the $8.8 million first prize and bracelet in the second-largest field of 7,874 entries.

As expected, the Thunderdome was filled with plenty of spectators, with the rail of Alex Lynskey dominating the boisterous atmosphere with chants as early as 20-minutes prior to the shuffle up and deal by 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein. However, unfortunately for Lynskey’s rail, the Aussie, who was born in England, endured a torrid time of it and became one of three casualties in as many levels on Day 8.

Michael Dyer will carry over a commanding lead into the penultimate day after bagging up 156,500,000, more than two times as many chips as his nearest rival and start-of-the-day chip leader Nicolas Manion (72,250,000), John Cynn follows in third place with 61,550,000. Tony Miles bagged up 57,500,000 after a late surge in the final level of the night and the remaining two contenders for the Main Event title include 2009 champion Joe Cada (29,275,000) and Aram Zobian (16,700,000).

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Day 8 – Alex Lynskey Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,500,000)

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 37 Blinds 100000/400000/800000
Entrants 7/7,874

Hand #47: Michael Dyer raised it up to 1,600,000 in the cutoff and John Cynn called in the small blind. Lynskey moved all in for 11,525,000 out of the big blind and Dyer asked for a count. Dyer folded, Cynn gave it some thought and called.

Alex Lynskey: {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}
John Cynn: {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}

Lynskey’s rail started shouting for a six and the flop came {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades} to give Cynn a gutshot along with his two over cards. The shouting continued to the {10-Diamonds} turn, giving Cynn even more outs to deal the final blow to Lynskey.

With one card to come, the rails went silent for just a moment, and the {J-Clubs} river sent Lynskey to the rail in seventh place for $1,500,000. Lynskey didn’t win a single hand on the day, however, the seven-figure payday will surely ease the pain.

The action for the day will continue until the end of the current level or the next elimination takes place, whichever of the two comes first.

Michael Dyer us 145,050,000 -1,800,000
Nicolas Manion us 70,025,000 -200,000
John Cynn us 62,650,000 12,825,000
Tony Miles us 50,875,000 3,300,000
Aram Zobian us 34,175,000 -200,000
Joe Cada us 31,000,000 -600,000
Alex Lynskey AU Busted

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Day 8 – Hands #40-41: Miles Switches Positions with Cada

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 37 Blinds 100000/400000/800000
Entrants 7/7,874

Tony Miles

Hand #40: Tony Miles opened to 1,800,000 from under the gun and Michael Dyer called from the cutoff. The flop came {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades} and Miles led out for 2,500,000. Dyer made the call and the {9-Hearts} landed on the turn.

Miles checked this time and Dyer threw in a bet of 5,200,000. Miles gave it some brief thought but sent his cards to the muck, sending the pot to Dyer.

Hand #41: Joe Cada raised to 1,700,000 from the cutoff and Miles defended his big blind. The flop fell {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Miles checked to Cada who continued for 2,200,000. Miles called to see the {3-Diamonds} pair the board on the turn.

Miles checked again and Cada fired another 5,300,000 into the pot. Miles still called and the {9-Clubs} hit the river. Miles led out this time for 7,800,000 and Cada sent his cards to the muck.

Michael Dyer US 140,250,000 6,000,000
Nicolas Manion US 72,625,000 -200,000
John Cynn us 50,225,000 -600,000
Tony Miles us 47,675,000 5,800,000
Aram Zobian us 35,975,000 -200,000
Joe Cada us 31,700,000 -9,400,000
Alex Lynskey au 15,325,000 -1,400,000

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Day 8 – Artem Metalidi Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,250,000)

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 37 Blinds 100000/400000/800000
Entrants 7/7,874

Hand #37: Artem Metalidi shoved all in for 6,225,000 in early position and the action folded around to Aram Zobian who re-shipped all in from the small blind. Michael Dyer folded his big blind and the cards went on their backs.

Artem Metalidi: {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}
Aram Zobian: {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} giving Metalidi a set of fives and Zobian a flush draw. The turn brought the {k-Clubs} and Metalidi would need to dodge a diamond to stay alive. The river was the {4-Diamonds} and Zobian made his flush to eliminate Metalidi in eighth place.

Michael Dyer US 134,850,000 -900,000
Nicolas Manion US 73,025,000 -100,000
John Cynn us 51,825,000 -100,000
Joe Cada us 44,900,000 -100,000
Tony Miles us 40,175,000 -100,000
Aram Zobian us 32,075,000 7,725,000
Alex Lynskey au 16,925,000 -100,000
Artem Metalidi ua Busted

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Day 8 – Tony Miles Chops!

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 8/7,874

Hands #23-24: Cada and Miles Chop One Up

Tony Miles

Hand #23: Aram Zobian raised to 1,300,000 from the cutoff and Joe Cada three-bet shoved all in from the small blind for 13,100,000 effective. Both Artem Metalidi in the big blind and Zobian quickly tossed their cards to the muck.

Hand #24: Tony Miles opened to 1,350,000 from early position and Cada reraised to 4,100,000 on the button. Miles stuck in a four-bet to 11,500,000 and Cada five-bet all in. Miles instantly called for a total of 35,800,000.

Tony Miles: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Joe Cada: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

After the flop of {5-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, it was an inevitable chop between the two players. The {j-Clubs} on the turn and the {7-Hearts} on the river were just a formality and the two players chopped the pot.

Michael Dyer US 119,350,000 -200,000
Nicolas Manion US 94,875,000 -200,000
John Cynn us 53,675,000 -800,000
Joe Cada us 47,500,000 3,350,000
Tony Miles us 36,650,000 650,000
Alex Lynskey au 20,425,000 -200,000
Aram Zobian us 11,675,000 -1,500,000
Artem Metalidi ua 9,625,000 -1,100,000

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Day 8 – Tony Miles Takes His First Pot

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 8/7,874

Hands #19-20: Miles Is on the Board

Hand #19: The action folded to Tony Miles in the small blind who limped in and Nicolas Manion checked his option. The flop came {a-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Miles led out for 650,000. Manion quickly folded and Miles earned his first pot of the night.

Hand #20: John Cynn opened to 1,300,000 from the hijack but couldn’t find any action from the rest of the table.

Michael Dyer US 118,950,000 -200,000
Nicolas Manion US 95,275,000 -1,100,000
John Cynn us 54,675,000 1,500,000
Joe Cada us 37,550,000 -200,000
Tony Miles us 36,200,000 1,200,000
Alex Lynskey au 20,825,000 -200,000
Artem Metalidi ua 16,625,000 -200,000
Aram Zobian us 13,675,000 -800,000

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Day 8 -Antoine Labat Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,000,000)

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 8/7,874

Hand #16: Antoine Labat raised it up to 1,200,000 on the button and Artem Metalidi shoved all in for 10,300,000 in the small blind. Labat quickly called for his remaining 6,450,000 and the cards were tabled.

Artem Metalidi: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Antoine Labat: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Metalidi took the lead with a set of queens. The turn was the {9-Spades} and Labat was left drawing to one of two remaining kings in the deck. The river was the {a-Diamonds} and Metalidi improved to a full house to eliminate Labat in ninth place.

Michael Dyer US 116,450,000 -100,000
Nicolas Manion US 96,575,000 -100,000
John Cynn us 53,675,000 -700,000
Tony Miles us 35,800,000 -100,000
Joe Cada us 35,550,000 -100,000
Alex Lynskey au 22,825,000 -100,000
Artem Metalidi ua 18,225,000 7,850,000
Aram Zobian us 14,675,000 -100,000
Antoine Labat fr Busted

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Day 8 – Tony Miles on the Final Table Felt Interview

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 9/7,874

WSOP Live Updates
Day 8 – AllieMcDeal Opens Up the 2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 9/7,874

The 2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Johnny Pham | July 12, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 9/7,874

The 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event is ready for the final table! After seven full days of playing, only nine players from the second-largest field of 7,874 are left standing. Each of them can already call themselves a millionaire, as the 9th place is already worth $1,000,000. There will be no days off for the final nine; they’ll all return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino at 5:30 p.m. to continue their quest for the most coveted WSOP Gold bracelet, as well as the life-changing first place prize of $8,800,000.

The nine remaining players return to action today at 5:30 p.m. local time to commence the final table. When play gets under way, the clock will have 1 hour, 23 minutes and 57 seconds left in Level 36, with blinds at 300,000/600,000 and a running ante of 100,000. Play is scheduled to continue until six players remain, with Friday reserved for playing down from six to three. On Saturday, the three remaining players will play down to the eventual champion.

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seating

Seat Player Country Age Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Artem Metalidi Ukraine 29 15,475,000 26
2 John Cynn United States 33 37,075,000 62
3 Alex Lynskey Australia 28 25,925,000 43
4 Tony Miles United States 32 42,750,000 71
5 Nicolas Manion United States 35 112,775,000 188
6 Aram Zobian United States 23 18,875,000 31
7 Michael Dyer United States 32 109,175,000 182
8 Joe Cada United States 30 23,675,000 39
9 Antoine Labat France 29 8,050,000 13

WSOP Live Updates
Day 7 – AllieMcDeal Interviews Tony Miles After Making it to the 2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 9/7,874

WSOP Live Updates
Day 7 – Tony Miles Final Tables the 2018 WSOP Main Event

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 10/7,874

Of the 25 players that bestbet sent to the 2018 WSOP Main Event, Tony Miles against all odds has made it to the grandest poker stage of all time. Finding himself 3rd in chips he has a real shot at the $8,800,000 grand prize and being the 2018 WSOP Main Event Champion. However, there is still a lot of work ahead of him as he needs to last out 3 more days of final table action. Play will resume tomorrow at 6pm.

Nicolas Manion 112,775,000
Michael Dyer 109,175,000
Tony Miles 42,750,000
John Cynn 37,075,000
Alex Lynskey 25,925,000
Joe Cada 23,675,000
Aram Zobian 18,875,000
Artem Metalidi 15,475,000
Antoine Labat 8,050,000
1 $8,800,000
2 $5,000,000
3 $3,750,000
4 $2,825,000
5 $2,150,000
6 $1,800,000
7 $1,500,000
8 $1,250,000
9 $1,000,000

 

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Day 7 – Yueqi Zhu Eliminated in 10th Place

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 100000/300000/600000
Entrants 10/7,874
Yueqi ZhuHand #171: Nicolas Manion continued his aggression in the very next hand and opened to 1,500,000 first to act. Antoine Labat called in middle position and Yueqi Zhu moved all in for 24,700,000 from the hijack. Once the action was back on Manion, he announced all in himself for more than 43,100,000 and Labat asked for a count.

By then, the rail was already about to implode, and things got even more intense as soon as Labat announced the call as the biggest stack of the trio.

Yueqi Zhu: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}
Nicolas Manion: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}
Antoine Labat: {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}

Labat had two live suits to knock out both opponents and picked up some hope on the {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop, as the entire Thunderdome was filled with shouts from every corner. The {3-Spades} turn locked up the hand, making the {J-Clubs} river a formality. Manion’s rail exploded and Zhu was left empty-handed to finish in 10th place for $850,025, while Labat will have a mountain to climb with just 13 big blinds for the official nine-handed final table.

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Day 7 – Tony Doubles Up Again

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 35 Blinds 75000/250000/500000
Entrants 10/7,874

Hand #150: Michael Dyer opened to 1,000,000 from middle position and Alex Lynskey defended his big blind. The flop fell {k-Spades}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Lynskey check-called a bet of 925,000 from Dyer. The turn brought the {2-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {a-Spades} on the river. Two more checks and Lynskey showed {7-}{7-} while Dyer tabled {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} to win the pot.

Hand #151: The action folded around to John Cynn who raised it up to 1,100,000 on the button. Tony Miles called from the big blind and the flop came {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Miles checked to Cynn who continued for 1,200,000 and Miles made the call.

The turn brought the {j-Spades} and Miles checked again. Cynn fired another 2,600,000 and Miles check-raised all in for 13,500,000. Cynn quickly called and the cards were tabled.

John Cynn: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Tony Miles: {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

Miles was in the lead with two pair but Cynn had outs to counterfeit him. The dealer burned and turned the {k-Diamonds} on the river and Miles held on for a full double up.

Michael Dyer 91,500,000 2,800,000 
Antoine Labat 49,500,000 -100,000 
Nicolas Manion 44,000,000 -200,000 
Alex Lynskey 43,100,000 -2,300,000 
John Cynn 42,500,000 -16,200,000 
Tony Miles 32,600,000 16,700,000 
Yueqi Zhu 26,400,000 -100,000 
Joe Cada 24,400,000 -100,000 
Aram Zobian 21,100,000 -200,000 
Artem Metalidi 18,900,000 -100,000 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 7 – Tony Doubles up!!! Redraw at 10!

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 34 Blinds 50000/200000/400000
Entrants 10/7,874

Hand #133: Tony Miles moved all in for 5,875,000 from under the gun and Yueqi Zhu called in the big blind.

Zhu: {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}
Miles: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

Miles was at risk, but in the lead as the dealer spread a {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop to keep Miles in the lead, but give backdoor straight outs to Zhu.

The turn of the {7-Spades} was one of those backdoor outs, and now Miles would need to fade a six or five to stay alive.

The dealer burned and turned the {A-Diamonds} on the river, and Miles doubled to over 12 million in chips.

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Day 7 – Tony Moves to the Feature Table and Ladders Up!

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 34 Blinds 50000/200000/400000
Entrants 12/7,874

With just 12 players left and 3 more to go. Tony is inching his way to the final table.

Michael Dyer 79,500,000 -2,750,000 
Alex Lynskey 57,200,000 -1,000,000 
Yueqi Zhu 27,200,000 5,300,000 
Joe Cada 16,400,000 1,200,000 
Tony Miles 8,900,000 -3,800,000 
Frederik Brink 6,400,000 -475,000 
Hari Bercovici 6,300,000 2,300,000 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 7 – After Dinner Break Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 34 Blinds 50000/200000/400000
Entrants 15/7,874

Main Event Cards Back in the Air
All remaining 15 players are back and the action has resumed with one hour left in the current level.

Table Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
Feature 1 — empty —
Feature 2 Joe Cada United States 15,200,000 38
Feature 3 Michael Dyer United States 82,250,000 206
Feature 4 — empty —
Feature 5 Alex Lynskey Australia 37,725,000 94
Feature 6 Martijn Gerrits Netherlands 22,375,000 56
Feature 7 Hari Bercovici Israel 11,725,000 29
Feature 8 Yueqi Zhu China 13,075,000 33
Feature 9 Frederik Brink Denmark 6,875,000 17
Secondary 1 Ryan Phan United States 23,575,000 59
Secondary 2 Antoine Labat France 49,250,000 123
Secondary 3 John Cynn United States 36,450,000 91
Secondary 4 Konstantin Beylin United States 8,000,000 20
Secondary 5 Tony Miles United States 15,475,000 39
Secondary 6 Nicolas Manion United States 42,525,000 106
Secondary 7 Artem Metalidi Ukraine 17,475,000 44
Secondary 8 Aram Zobian United States 11,800,000 30
Secondary 9 — empty —

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Day 7 – Final 2 Tables

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 33 Blinds 50000/150000/300000
Entrants 18/7,874

18 players are now remaining. Tony is fighting diligently to hold is own while other stacks around him have gotten bigger and the smaller stacks getting eliminated. He is now sitting on 14,925,000 heading into 50000/150000/300000.

 

Table Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
Feature 1 Sylvain Loosli France 3,675,000 12
Feature 2 Joe Cada United States 10,275,000 34
Feature 3 Michael Dyer United States 51,725,000 172
Feature 4 Kao Saechao United States 6,775,000 23
Feature 5 Alex Lynskey Australia 37,325,000 124
Feature 6 Martijn Gerrits Netherlands 27,475,000 92
Feature 7 Ming Xi China 7,500,000 25
Feature 8 Yueqi Zhu China 27,950,000 93
Feature 9 Frederik Brink Denmark 7,975,000 27
Secondary 1 Ryan Phan United States 21,550,000 72
Secondary 2 Antoine Labat France 34,925,000 116
Secondary 3 John Cynn United States 32,200,000 107
Secondary 4 Konstantin Beylin United States 7,375,000 25
Secondary 5 Tony Miles United States 14,925,000 50
Secondary 6 Nicolas Manion United States 35,275,000 118
Secondary 7 Artem Metalidi Ukraine 28,650,000 96
Secondary 8 Aram Zobian United States 27,800,000 93
Secondary 9 Hari Bercovici Israel 10,600,000 35

WSOP Live Updates
Day 7 – Tony Miles Takes His Seat

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 31 Blinds 30000/100000/200000
Entrants 26/7,874

Amazon 3 1 Martijn Gerrits Netherlands 17,790,000 89
Amazon 3 2 Barry Hutter United States 2,250,000 11
Amazon 3 4 Yueqi Zhu China 19,245,000 96
Amazon 3 5 Jeff Trudeau United States 5,090,000 25
Amazon 3 6 Ming Xi China 7,550,000 38
Amazon 3 7 Tony Miles United States 14,945,000 75
Amazon 3 8 Antoine Labat France 28,445,000 142
Amazon 3 9 Alexander Haro United States 12,940,000 65

WSOP Live Updates
Day 7 – AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 7

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 31 Blinds 30000/100000/200000
Entrants 26/7,874

https://youtu.be/avHelKTYcwM

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Day 7 – Opening Chip Counts of the Final 26!

Johnny Pham | July 11, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 31 Blinds 30000/100000/200000
Entrants 26/7,874

We are down to the final 26 in the WSOP Main Event. Peter Le made a deep run and was eliminated in 35th place ($230,475).
Tony Miles has navigated his way to 12th in chips just right in the middle of the pack with 14,945,000.
The remaining field is now guaranteed $282,630 with the next pay jump to hit at 18th place.
Play will resume at 3pm EST and will broadcast on PokerGO for 9 hours, with ESPN picking up the remaining coverage until the final table.

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Who is Tony  Miles

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

We had the chance to sit down with Tony Miles today and got to know Tony outside of poker.

The 32 year old University of Florida Alumni lives outside of Orlando but was born in Utah. Tony grew up with two brothers, Jimbo and Kevin, and was raised in Seattle, WA.

Tony has been a playing poker professionally for the last 6 years. He started playing when he was 15 years old. His best friend and poker coach, Brandon Capputo has helped him throughout his poker career.

Tony was greeted today by his mother Debbie and friend Jen to support him during his WSOP play. Don’t worry ladies, Tony confirmed he is single!

Make sure to continue watching Tony as he takes on Day 7 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event!

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End of Day 6 Chip Counts – Tony Miles Advances to Day 7!

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 31 Blinds 30000/100000/200000
Entrants 26/7,874

Tony is still a force to be reckoned with, having advanced to day 7 with 14,495,000 in chips. The final member of the original 25 players sent from Jacksonville, still has a shot at the pipe dream of final tabling the WSOP Main Event. Play will resume tomorrow at 12pm and will play down to the final table of 9.

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Day 6 Chip Counts – Peter Nghia Le Eliminated in 35th Place ($230,475)

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 31 Blinds 30000/100000/200000
Entrants 34/7,874

From early position Peter raises to 400,000. A  three-bet was countered my Manion for 1,400,000.  As it got folded back to Peter a four-bet with the remaining of his stack was inevitably called.  Peter Holding JJ to Mainon’s AQ, the board runs out 10KA59.  Peter is eliminated in 35th place for $230,475.

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Day 6 Chip Counts – Tony and Peter Gained Ground and Tony is back on the ESPN Feature Table

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 29 Blinds 20000/60000/120000
Entrants 46/7,874

Tony Miles  15,000,000
Peter Le     7,600,000

 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – The WSOP Main Event has switched to ESPN

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 28 Blinds 15000/50000/100000
Entrants 59/7,874

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – Peter Hangs On

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 28 Blinds 15000/50000/100000
Entrants 59/7,874

We caught up with Peter and he is at 2,900,000.

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – Tony Miles Moves into 3rd in Chips

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 28 Blinds 15000/50000/100000
Entrants 59/7,874

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Day 6 Chip Counts – Kaplan Busts to Miles

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 28 Blinds 15000/50000/100000
Entrants 59/7,874

Kerry Bell and Brian Yoon limped in and Tony Miles in the small blind raised it up to 550,000. Jaime Kaplan in the big blind moved all in for a total of 3,600,000 and that forced out Bell and Yoon. Miles asked for a count and eventually called, finding himself miles ahead in the showdown.

Jaime Kaplan:   AsJh
Tony Miles:   AdKd

The AcKhDd flop gave Miles top two pair and Kaplan needed a queen for the straight to avoid the elimination. However, the  Ad turn gave Miles a full house. Kaplan could only chop it with a king, and a blank 3d on the river sent Kaplan to the rail in 62nd place for a payday of $129,930.

 

Tony Miles 12,800,000 4,500,000 
Jaime Kaplan 0 -3,930,000 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – Tony, “You ain’t bluffing, you ain’t trying.”

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 28 Blinds 15000/50000/100000
Entrants 60/7,874

On a board of 4c3c4h5s, Tony Miles bet what looked like 330,000 from the big blind and Brian Yoon called in the hijack. Miles bet 775,000 on the Q river and Yoon tanked awhile then called. Miles showed Kx6x    and lost showdown to As10s   .

“You ain’t bluffing, you ain’t trying,” Miles said with a smile.

Tony Miles 8,300,000 -2,600,000 
Brian Yoon 6,600,000 775,000 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – Tony Takes His Seat on the PokerGO Feature Table

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 27 Blinds 10000/40000/80000
Entrants 92/7,874

Tony has taken his seat on the PokerGO feature table which will be broadcasting from 1pm – 5pm PST and 4pm-8pm EST. ESPN will pick up the broadcast at 5pm PST and 8pm EST. He is sitting on 6,900,000. Watch him on PokerGO here…  https://www.pokergo.com/category/live-events

WSOP Live Updates
Ev#71 $5,000 NLH Turbo
Robert Covert takes on a WSOP Post-lim

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 EV#71 $5,000 NLH TURBO
Level 4 Blinds 25/100/200
Entrants 211

Robert although out of the Main Event takes his seat on the $5K NLH TURBO

 

https://youtu.be/_vG5mDM_4Vg

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – Tony Takes His Seat and Wins his First Hand

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 26 Blinds 10000/30000/60000
Entrants 109/7,874

In the opening hand we watch as Peter settles into his table with this hand.

Tony on the button raises and gets called on the big blind. Flop runs out KQ2. Tony c-bets and is called. Turn card 10. Both players check. River card 3.  Both players check. Tony reveals Qh8h. Big blind mucks. Tony rakes in his first pot of the day.

Tony Miles – 5,800,00 + 200,000

 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 Chip Counts – Peter Takes His Seat and Wins His First Hand

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 26 Blinds 10000/30000/60000
Entrants 109/7,874

In the opening hand we watch as Peter settles into his table with this hand.
UTG opens with Peter and the Big Blind flats. The flop runs out 4c5cQd. UTG bets and Peter calls. The turn is a 10s. UTG bets 525K and Peter Calls. River 8s Both players check. UTG reveals KJ < Peter reveals JJ .

Peter Le – 5,900,000 + 800,000

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 6

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 26 Blinds 10000/30000/60000
Entrants 109/7,874

https://youtu.be/6rNBPvO22Hg

WSOP Live Updates
Day 6 – Tony Miles & Peter Le Interviews

Johnny Pham | July 10, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 26 Blinds 10000/30000/60000
Entrants 109/7,874

https://youtu.be/s4yYyADfxY8

WSOP Live Updates
Lights Out & End of Day 5
Tony and Peter Advance to Day 6

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 26 Blinds 10000/30000/60000
Entrants 109/7,874

Tonight’s freak rainstorm cut play short due to the power outage sustained in the amazon room. Tony and Peter rock out another solid play through and will advance to tomorrows restart at 11 am.

Tony Miles     5,600,000
Peter Le     5,100,000

WSOP Live Updates
Day 5 – Peter approaches 1st in chips

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 25 Blinds 5000/25000/50000
Entrants 127/7,874

Peter Le     7,600,000
Tony Miles     3,980,000

 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 5 After Dinner Break Chips Counts

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 22 Blinds 5000/20000/40000
Entrants 162/7,874

Tony and Peter both come back from dinner break after having chipping up for more than half the average. They will play 2 more levels to finish out day 5.  Here are their current chip counts.

Peter Le     4,300,000
Tony Miles     3,980,000

 

 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 5 Chip Counts – Tony Miles takes his seat

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 22 Blinds 4000/12000/24000
Entrants 310/7,874

bestbet is honored to have such a great person to be representing our patch on and off the felt. Here are some of his comments he has shared through the day while playing on the ESPN Main Stage.

“The excitement of living your dream pales in comparison to the feeling of being loved and supported by so many people. We’re moving on to day  of the World Series of Poker Main Event with 2,358,000 chips.”
“Although it’s mentally and physically exhausting, playing the World Series of Poker Main Event this year has been an honor. I’ve met some really amazing people from all over the . I just want to take some time out to say how appreciative I am of all the  and support I’ve received. The calls, texts, and constant messages here on fb have been overwhelming. I’m hoping to continue taking all of my friends and family on this journey with me. We’re moving on to day 4… Congratulations and good luck to all of my friends still playing!”

After playing the last hour of the last level Tony has chipped up from 2,358,000  to 3,678,000 going into 4000/12000/24000.

WSOP Live Updates
Day 5 Chip Counts – bestbet Patches Peter Le

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 21 Blinds 3000/10000/20000
Entrants 310/7,874

Newly patched local PLO player Peter Le was delighted to support his home poker room. Coming into day 5 with 1,800,000 he will join Tony Miles and the bestbet live updates crew through the duration of the Main Event.

WSOP Live Updates
Tony Miles Interview

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 21 Blinds 3000/10000/20000
Entrants 310/7,874

https://youtu.be/hMRPB0JgYU0

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 5

Johnny Pham | July 9, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 21 Blinds 3000/10000/20000
Entrants 310/7,874

https://youtu.be/kBUQc6eWeVE

WSOP Live Updates
End of Day 4 Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 20 Blinds 2000/8000/16000
Entrants 310/7,874

After the end of day 4 we are left with our last bestbet patched representatives. Tony Miles now sits on 2,358,000 and has advanced to day 5 with  310 players left in the field. We found that Tony Hartmann has been eliminated and we wanted to thank him and the rest of our players that made a deep run in this years WSOP Main Event.

Tony Miles        2,358,000
Tony Hartman          –

WSOP Live Updates
Day 4 Chip Counts
Tony Miles and Tony Hartman come back from dinner break.

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 19 Blinds 2000/6000/12000
Entrants 545/7,874

Players are coming back from dinner break at 2000/6000/12000. Tony Miles has played on the ESPN feature table all day with Antonio Esfandiari and Davidi Kitai, and not only held his own, but has also managed to chip up. Tony Hartman has also done quite well and now has 500,000. We caught up with both our rising stars and here is their interview with Allie McDeal.

Tony Miles        1,000,000
Tony Hartman          500,000

https://youtu.be/fwJMxLIia_4

 

https://youtu.be/BBxTLBv_fks

WSOP Live Updates
Day 4 Chip Counts
Tony Miles on the ESPN Feature Table

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 18 Blinds 1000/5000/10000
Entrants 592/7,874

Tony Miles is back up to 1.2 million in chips and has been making his presence known across the felt and back home in Florida.

 

 

Tony Miles        1,200,000
Tony Hartman          90,000

WSOP Live Updates
First Break Interview
With Minnesota Poker Hall Of Famer Tony Hartman

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 17 Blinds 1000/4000/8000
Entrants 810/7,874

https://youtu.be/5AhSxuxRkHU

WSOP Live Updates
Day 4 Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 16 Blinds 1000/3000/6000
Entrants 980/7,874

Tony Miles        901,000
Richard Grant        420,000
T.J. Shulman        245,000
Tony Hartman          90,000

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 4

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 16 Blinds 1000/3000/6000
Entrants 1,182/7,874

https://youtu.be/r0R3aNa-q3Y

WSOP Live Updates
Tony Miles Featured on the ESPN Main Stage

Johnny Pham | July 8, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 16 Blinds 1000/3000/6000
Entrants 1,182/7,874

Watch ESPN2 today at 11:30pm PST or 2:30pm EST as Tony Miles takes the 5 seat on today’s live coverage.

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Closes Day 3
In the Money!!!

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 15 Blinds 500/2500/5000
Entrants 1,182/7,874

 

https://youtu.be/4ZY_Ig7u3yc

WSOP Live Updates
Tony Bags the Big Stack
In the Money!!!

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 15 Blinds 500/2500/5000
Entrants 1,182/7,874

 

https://youtu.be/lmEcdWZ_34E

WSOP Live Updates
End Of Day 3 Chip Counts
In the Money!!!

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 15 Blinds 500/2500/5000
Entrants 1,182/7,874

The bubble has been popped and the 2018 WSOP Main Event is now in full effect now that everyone is guaranteed $15,000. However, the sweat is not over. $8,800,000 is the prize to gun for. We will resume action tomorrow at 11am with 3 bestbet players in the running. Tony Miles is sitting on 901,000 along with Rick Grant with 360,000 and T.J. Shulman with 167,000.

WSOP Live Updates
Day 3 Dinner Break Interviews

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 14 Blinds 500/2000/4000
Entrants 1,269/7,874

https://youtu.be/M4xe7oIl15c

https://youtu.be/m8xkPxdM7Ts

https://youtu.be/LS8_9fzvn8w

WSOP Live Updates
Day 3 Chip Counts
Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 14 Blinds 500/2000/4000
Entrants 1,359/7,874

Tony Miles stack swells to 793,000.

 

Tony Miles        793,000
Richard Grant        229,900
T.J. Shulman        250,000
Eric Rivkin        220,300
Ray Leone        120,000
Jared Reinstein                  –
Saige Ciarletta                  –
Charles Campos                  –
Jimmy Slattery                  –

WSOP Live Updates
Day 3 Chip Counts
T.J. Shulman patches with bestbet

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 13 Blinds 500/1500/3000
Entrants 1,979/7,874

bestbet welcomes poker pro T.J. Shulman who will be representing bestbet for the duration of the Main Event. T.J. is a Florida resident with almost a million dollars in live earning. He has 81,600 in chips and is fighting hard with the rest of our bestbet representatives. Tony Miles has risen through the ranks with a major double up to 235,000 before moving tables. Unfortunately we did lose Saige, Charles, and Jimmy. However, we have six fantastic runners making a deep run. As we approach the money tonight, we will catch up to our players with interviews on their dinner break.

 

 

Tony Miles        235,000
Richard Grant        229,900
Eric Rivkin        220,300
Ray Leone        120,000
T.J. Shulman          81,600
Jared Reinstein          67,000
Saige Ciarletta                  –
Charles Campos                  –
Jimmy Slattery                  –

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 3

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 11 Blinds 300/1000/2000
Entrants 2529/7,874

https://youtu.be/PPU_B-Ooo_0

WSOP Live Updates
Start of Day 3 Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 7, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 11 Blinds 300/1000/2000
Entrants 2529/7,874

Shuffle up and deal has been announced and 2,786 players have returned to day 3. Eight bestbet representatives are back in action. Here are the start of the days chip counts.

Richard Grant        229,900
Eric Rivkin        220,300
Tony Miles        123,800
Ray Leone        116,200
Jimmy Slattery          92,400
Saige Ciarletta          70,000
Charles Campos          48,300
Jared Reinstein          32,100

WSOP Live Updates
End of Day 2C Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 6, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 10 Blinds 200/800/1600
Entrants 7,874

We caught up with our day 3 finalist and asked them how their day went.

https://youtu.be/GGuzIWW13aI

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2C Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 6, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 10 Blinds 200/800/1600
Entrants 7,874

 

Day 2C has concluded and of the 10 bestbet players 3, have managed to bag and will advance to day 3. The bestbet seven will now battle it out on day 3.

Richard Grant       229,900
Tony Miles       123,800
Saige Ciarletta         70,000
James Brown                 –
Li Yi                 –
Gege Gocaj                 –
Jason Riesenberg                 –
Mark Edwards                 –
Mario De La Puente                 –
Robert Covert                 –

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2C Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 6, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 8 Blinds 100/500/1000
Entrants 7,874

 

We have caught up with out players stacks and unfortunately a couple were sent to the rail. Gege, Mario, Mark, and Jason made an early exit out of the Main Event. However, We do have 6 players playing strong leading into level 8 at 100/500/1000.

Robert Covert       203,000
Richard Grant       123,000
Saige Ciarletta         98,000
Tony Miles         55,000
James Brown         71,450
Li Yi         68,000
Gege Gocaj                 –
Jason Riesenberg                 –
Mark Edwards                 –
Mario De La Puente                 –

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2C Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 6, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 7,874

Ten players are making a re-appearance in day 2C of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

We sat with with Robert Covert who’s sitting on 240,300, one of the bigger stack in the fields and he wanted to share a few words on how he has gotten himself here at this point. “I would like to thank best bet for the opportunity they have given us with the satellites. At first I did not like the idea of a rebuy satellite. But if you look at first step entry fee of $120 plus max of three $20 add-ons. Your at $180. Then you figure how many second chance rebuys you want to have in your back pocket at two times $20 bucks. I figured I would go three at $40 each. Many players went eight times. I ended up with add-ons only with zero rebuys. Then your next step $590 is paid. Plus figure max of three $60 add-ons. Your at $180. Then your second chances at two times $60 each. I again would go three but used zero. So bestbet gave opportunity to get 14K package at my price of $360 to $840 for a satellite. Next year you could come here at your price.”

 

Robert Covert       240,300
Richard Grant       104,700
Li Yi         74,400
Tony Miles         72,800
James Brown         71,450
Gege Gocaj         51,000
Jason Riesenberg         48,000
Saige Ciarletta         35,000
Mark Edwards         29,700
Mario De La Puente           6,800

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Opens Up Day 2C

Johnny Pham | July 6, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 7,874

https://youtu.be/Tqz32B0CH_o

2018 WSOP Facts

Johnny Pham | July 6, 2018

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge how big the World Series of Poker is! If you have been to this event then you know how big and how packed each room gets. For those of you who don’t know we are going to help you imagine.

This year’s WSOP Main Event drew in 7,874 entries. Out of the total entries, 5,758 players came from the United States with representation from all 50 states! Take a look at the top 10 states with the most players below:

California  1,009
Nevada  626
Florida  519
New York 456
Texas 390
New Jersey 263
Illinois 215
Massachusetts 179
Pennsylvania 166
Ohio 145

If that doesn’t explain how big this event gets, let’s take it a step further. Out of 195 countries in the world today, 88 countries are represented this year at the World Series of Poker! Check out the top 10 countries and their participant numbers below:

United States  5,758
Canada  415
United Kingdom  350
France 136
Brazil 97
Australia 82
Germany 73
Austria 67
Japan 58
Russian Federation 57

If you have never been to the WSOP you should add it to your poker bucket list! This event is not only massive in size of participants but it is a great event. Whether you come to play or come to watch, you will have a great time at the WSOP. For those of you that are interested in more demographics and facts about this year’s event see the below attachments.

Full List of Participating States
Full List of Participating Countries
Age Demographics

WSOP Live Updates
End of Day 2A Interview

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 10 Blinds 200/800/1600
Entrants 7,874

https://youtu.be/PRxNcfDFlNs

WSOP Live Updates
End of Day 2A

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 10 Blinds 200/800/1600
Entrants 7,874

Of the eight players that started the day, four managed to advanced to day 3. Eric Rivkin was able to shine through and bag 220,000. With roughly 110 big blinds he can enjoy a day off while day 2B is underway. However, he is not the only one. He will be accompanied by Ray Leone, Jimmy Slattery, and Jared Reinstein.

 

Eric Rivkin        220,000
Ray Leone        116,000
Jimmy Slattery          92,400
Jared Reinstein          32,100

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A
2015 Jacksonville WPT Bounty Scramble Champion Ryan Van Sanford Eliminates Kevin Pollak

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 9 Blinds 200/600/1200
Entrants 7,874

As reported by Jared Reinstein – 128,600  while sitting at the same table with Kevin and Ryan

Jared reports,
“Ryan just busted Kevin…
All in Pre..
Ryan KK open
Kevin 3bet AK
Ryan 4 bet shoves
Kevin snap calls..
Kevin turned a braodway draw but bricked”

 

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A Kevin Shares His Thoughts

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 9 Blinds 200/600/1200
Entrants 7,874

 Kevin Pollak shares his thoughts after dinner break.

Ok, so, even though I got the luck of the draw to have pal, Ray Romano, at the same table, we have all pros, each with multiple (!!) cashes, AND Tom Marchese, who has 14mil in tournament cash and has made final table 6 times in the past 10 months in major, high stakes tourneys.

Turns out, it’s a surprisingly calm table. I’ve only played 4 hands in the first 2-hour level.
Blinds are 300-600, w/ a 100 ante, so, although I have 119 big blinds, each orbit is 1800… And it’s quickly established that it’s 1400 to see a flop.
Against my plan,  my first hand of actually playing comes during the first orbit…
I min-raised pre and got 2 callers. I had AQ off. The flop is no help, but 3 diamonds come, and now thanks to my particular Ace, I’ve got the nut-flush draw.
I check and the fella to my right bets 1800 into a pot of 3700.
I smooth call.
Turn is also no help, so I check again again.
He bets 2600.
I smooth again.
River comes.
It’s a brick.
I’ve got A-high.
What are my thoughts, if you wonder…?
Well, if I check, I feel strongly I’m going to loose w/ Ace-high at showdown, if he checks back.
I make a big boy bet of 9k, and then stare into the board, chanting in my head, “Please fold, please fold, please fold, please fold, please fold, please fold.”
I swear I didn’t stop……as he tanked for what seemed like 47 minutes, and was probably 4.
He folded, and I was so embarrassingly proud.
After the hand, because it’s a fairly chummy table, he said to me (from 2 sears over), “I knew you had a big diamond, I just wasn’t sure you had the two of em.”
I didn’t.
I played 3 more in the course of the 2-hour Level.
Won a small one, and lost 2 smallish ones, so I finished the first 2-hour Level w/ 67k, down from 71k.
Feel GOOD.
But then…
Fu**ing Ace King…
I had lost one of the smallish hands, when I raised preflop, only to be 3-bet to 4500.
I called.
Clearly, I should’ve repopped up to 12 or 14k, but I hate AK…
Sure enough, the flop comes and it’s Q rag rag.
Great. (re: f**k me)
I check. He bets 6k and I have to fold.
At the break, I told this to my pal, Mori (head exec producer of the ESPN/PokerGo coverage, who lets Romano and I chill in his prod suite on the 20-min breaks).
He said what everyone apparently knows: “Ya gotta get it in preflop and see all 5 cards, otherwise it’s a nothing hand, really.”
So, 20 mins into 2-hour Level 2, when I get AK again, I’m first to raise preflop, so I can only make it so much, and raised slightly more than the average preflop raise.
I don’t get raised, as I was hoping, which would’ve allowed me to make a BIG 4-bet, as I know all to well is “what ya do, dum dum.”
Only one player wants to join me on this hand, and it’s the one player I dread the most, Tom Marchese smooth calls me, so I have to just play these lame ass cards…
Flop: 2, 5, 7, rainbow.
He checks.
I fire 4k.
He smooth calls.
Turn card: 6.
He checks.
I fire 7k.
He calls.
River card: 3.
He checks.
I can’t win unless I bet.
And bet big.
I fire the 3rd billet, as big as I thought no necessary. 14k.
He tanks……
He calls and turns over a set of 5’d, which he flopped.
3 5’s.
I’m cracked down to 43k.
Down from 67k.
I’m devastated…
I was doing so well – holding my own – taking down a sizable pot w/ air…
Feeling great, damn it!!!
Since there were no dishes for me to throw around, I took a deep breath, and min-raised the blinds two hands later.
Over the next 90 minutes of the 2-hour Level 2, I grinded and refused to play scared.
We just broke for the 60 min “dinner.”
I have 64k, which is a tribute to my NOT giving in to my pain and misery.
NO FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 9 Blinds 200/600/1200
Entrants 7,874

Jimmy Slattery        210,000
Eric Rivkin        160,000
Curtis Anderson        140,000
Jared Reinstein        128,600
Ray Leone          78,500
Kevin Pollak          71,300
Ryan Emling          33,900
Dan Williams          26,000

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 7 Blinds 100/400/800
Entrants 7,874

Jimmy Slattery        265,000
Eric Rivkin        103,000
Kevin Pollak          71,300
Jared Reinstein          97,000
Dan Williams          26,000
Curtis Anderson          43,000
Ray Leone          78,500
Ryan Emling          50,900

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 7,874

The 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event and the official numbers have been announced. With 7,874 total entries, the 2018 WSOP main event has attracted the second largest field in the history of this tournament. Only the 2006 main event, which attracted 8,773 players, had a larger turnout.

This year’s Day 1C alone drew 4,571 entries, the largest single draw starting flight ever for the main event. With the 3,303 entries from flights 1A and 1B, the total prize pool this year ballooned to $74,015,600, with a massive $8,800,000 going to this year’s world champion.

Eight players who advanced from flights 1A and 1B have taken their seats and cards in the air for day 2. Follow us as we provide updates from the day.

Jimmy Slattery  97,900 Amazon/454/6
Eric Rivkin  90,500 Pavilion/141/4
Kevin Pollak  71,300 Amazon/507/9
Jared Reinstein  59,800 Amazon/522/8
Dan Williams  59,300 Pavilion/179/7
Curtis Anderson  51,000 Amazon/461/1
Ray Leone  44,500 Pavilion/128/2
Ryan Emling  34,000 Pavilion/285/7

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Opens Day 2A

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 7,874

https://youtu.be/zRHgGwGNnuU

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A Interviews With AllieMcDeal

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 7,874

https://youtu.be/0agC83l7EvE

WSOP Live Updates
Day 2A

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 7,874

The 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event and the official numbers have been announced. With 7,874 total entries, the 2018 WSOP main event has attracted the second largest field in the history of this tournament. Only the 2006 main event, which attracted 8,773 players, had a larger turnout.

This year’s Day 1C alone drew 4,571 entries, the largest single draw starting flight ever for the main event. With the 3,303 entries from flights 1A and 1B, the total prize pool this year ballooned to $74,015,600, with a massive $8,800,000 going to this year’s world champion.

Eight players who advanced from flights 1A and 1B have taken their seats and cards in the air for day 2. Follow us as we provide updates from the day.

Jimmy Slattery  97,900 Amazon/454/6
Eric Rivkin  90,500 Pavilion/141/4
Kevin Pollak  71,300 Amazon/507/9
Jared Reinstein  59,800 Amazon/522/8
Dan Williams  59,300 Pavilion/179/7
Curtis Anderson  51,000 Amazon/461/1
Ray Leone  44,500 Pavilion/128/2
Ryan Emling  34,000 Pavilion/285/7

WSOP Live Updates
8 Players Will Advance to Day 2a and 2b

Johnny Pham | July 5, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 6 Blinds 100/300/600
Entrants 4,571

8 players will resume play at 11am from day 1a and 1b to play day 2.

Jimmy Slattery       97,900
Eric Rivkin      90,500
Kevin Pollak       71,300
Jared Reinstein       59,800
Dan Williams       59,300
Curtis Anderson       51,000
Ray Leone       44,500
Ryan Emling      34,000

WSOP Live Updates
Day 1c Final Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 5 Blinds 75/250/500
Entrants 4,571

Robert Covert bags a mega stack of 240,300. Ten players have advanced through day 1c and will enjoy a day off tomorrow and will play day 2 on Friday at 11am.

Robert Covert   240,300
Richard Grant    104,700
Li Yi      74,400
Tony Miles      72,800
James Brown       71,450
Gege Gocaj       51,000
Jason Riesenberg      48,000
Saige Ciarletta      35,000
Mark Edwards      29,700
Mario De La Puente        6,800

WSOP Live Updates
AllieMcDeal Closes Out Day 1c

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 5 Blinds 75/250/500
Entrants 4,571

 

https://youtu.be/4EN2eMonNIU

WSOP Live Updates
Phill Hellmuth arrives as Thor to the 2018 WSOP Feature Table.

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 3 Blinds 25/150/300
Entrants 4,437

 

https://youtu.be/VOlO74DS9vU

WSOP Live Updates
bestbet Welcome Three Additions to Team bestbet
Team bestbet Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 3 Blinds 25/150/300
Entrants 4,437

Players have come back from dinner break and play is back in full swing. We have also added a few players to team bestbet including bestbet shift manager Saige Ciarletta. Here is an update going into level 3 at 25/150/300.

Robert Covert       75,000
Li Yi       48,000
Tony Miles       76,000
James Brown       71,450
Richard Grant       61,000
Mario De La Puente       58,600
Gege Gocaj       58,000
Jon Reinhardt       52,275
Jason Riesenberg       48,000
Margo Costa       42,000
Mark Edwards       38,000
Saige Ciarletta       35,000

WSOP Live Updates
Team bestbet interviews with AllieMcDeal

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 2 Blinds 150/300
Entrants 4,183

https://youtu.be/1ardGg4e1sM

WSOP Live Updates
Team bestbet Chip Counts

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 2 Blinds 150/300
Entrants 4,183

Level 1 has been completed and here are your early chip counts.

Robert Covert         63,000
Li Yi         57,000
Mario De La Puente         87,650
Margo Costa         58,500
Richard Grant         53,150
Jon Reinhardt         50,000
Gege Gocaj         46,000
Mark Edwards         46,000
Tony Miles         41,750

WSOP Live Updates
Team bestbet Enters Day 1c!

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 3,951

Here are your nine players on today’s main event floor.

WSOP Live Updates
Day 1c Shuffle Up and DEAL!

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 3,951

Today, the Americans celebrate their land of the free and the home of the brave. We hope your Independence Day is monumental! Today is always a day of celebration, but a lot of poker players will spend the day indoors as Day 1c of the World Series of Poker is scheduled. Day 1c is traditionally the biggest of the three starting days, and this year seems no exception. The queue for registration has seemingly seen no end so far, players kept buying in for the biggest poker tournament of the year throughout the two starting days.

We have 9 bestbet players who are making their way to the felt for the final day 1 of the Main Event. We caught up with a few of our players early for interviews before the shuffle up and deal.

WSOP Live Updates
Day 1c Shuffle Up and DEAL with AllieMcDeal!

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 3,951

 

https://youtu.be/-iNoU8h6nYE

WSOP Live Updates
Team bestbet interviews with AllieMcDeal!

Johnny Pham | July 4, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 3,951

 

https://youtu.be/QPq0tMbJJ8Q

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! WSOP Live Updates

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 5 Blinds 75/250/500
Entrants 2,378

The second starting day of the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event not only surpassed the field size of the previous starting flight, but more than doubled the numbers of Day 1a, with a total of 2,378 entries. After five levels of two hours each, just under 1,900 players bagged up and will return in two days time, on Thursday, July 5, for Day 2. Of the 1900 players that bagged, 4 bestbet patched players have advanced to day 2 with their fellow team bestbet players now totaling 8. They can now take the day off for the 4th of July to celebrate their success.

 

Eric Rivkin         90,500
Dan Williams         59,300
Ray Leone         44,500
Ryan Emling         34,000
Lisa Buck  Eliminated
Diane Casino  Eliminated
Lana Wlodyka  Eliminated
Phillip Totty  Eliminated
Billy Morrell  Eliminated

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! WSOP Live Updates

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 4 Blinds 50/200/400
Entrants 2326

The WSOP Main Event field just went on their dinner break. Unfortunately we lost two more players along the way. However, 6 of of our 9 players still remain. Lisa chipped up to almost 200K at one point but took a few hits. She is still holding on strong as well as her fellow Jacksonville players.

Lisa Buck        90,000
Eric Rivkin         75,000
Diane Casino         35,000
Ryan Emling         49,400
Dan Williams         60,350
Ray Leone         35,000
Lana Wlodyka  Eliminated
Phillip Totty  Eliminated
Billy Morrell  Eliminated

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! WSOP Live Updates

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 3 Blinds 25/150/300
Entrants 2326

We are on level 3 with roughly 6 hours of play. Here are the latest chip counts from team bestbet. Lisa Buck has now passed the 100K chip mark and now has over a double stack. Unfortunately we have lost Phillip Totty, but 8 of the 9 players that started today still remain.

Lisa Buck       135,000
Eric Rivkin         70,000
Billy Morrell         54,025
Diane Casino         51,500
Ryan Emling         49,400
Dan Williams         47,600
Ray Leone        46,000
Lana Wlodyka        30,000
Phillip Totty  Eliminated

Our Nine Day 1B Runners!

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 2 Blinds 150/300
Entrants 2,134

https://youtu.be/3cvPSNWdNmo

After the first break we caught up with our Nine players that decided to play day 1b of the main event. Blinds are now 150/300 with 2,134 entrants.

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! Interview with Lisa Buck

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 1900

https://youtu.be/sEdUh3l8jVg

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! Interview with Dan Williams

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 1900

https://youtu.be/LQ-b5P3OSyY

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! Interview with Phillip Totty

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 1900

https://youtu.be/ZPagrCvC57w

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! Interview with Billy Morrell

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 1900

https://youtu.be/88K8e_q371g

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! Interview with Ryan Emling

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 1900

https://youtu.be/WhSyOpaYMv0

Our Nine Day 1B Runners! Interview with Lana Wlodkya

Johnny Pham | July 3, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 1 Blinds 75/150
Entrants 1900

 

https://youtu.be/Ro89oFPHATU

Jimmy Slattery Bags the Overall Chip Lead of out Day 1a

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

8 players played day 1a of the main event and 4 managed to find bags and will return to day 2.

Jimmy Slattery         97,900
Kevin Pollak         71,300
Jared Reinstein         59,800
Curtis Anderson         51,000
Clarence Cook  Eliminated
Joe Marchese  Eliminated
George (Clinton) Lord  Eliminated
Nick Raio  Eliminated

 

Our Seven Day 1A Runners! Curtis Anderson Chips Up.

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 4 Blinds 50/200/400
Entrants 927

Our Seven Day 1A Runners! Clinton Lord Shares His Day 1a Experience

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 4 Blinds 50/200/400
Entrants 927

Our Seven Day 1A Runners! Jared Reinstein Shares His Early Play

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 4 Blinds 50/200/400
Entrants 927

Our Seven Day 1A Runners! Nick Raio Gets Elminated Early.

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 4 Blinds 50/200/400
Entrants 927

Nick Raio is the first to bust of the bestbet 26. Catching up to Nick we discover that he did not do very well today. Falling on a short stack he was eliminated by AA with QQ with his remaining 8,000 chips.

Joe Marchese  75,200
Curtis Anderson  69,500
Jared Reinstein  62,000
Kevin Pollak  56,000
Jimmy Slattery  43,500
George (Clinton) Lord  41,400
Clarence Cook  26,950
Nick Raio  Eliminated

Our Eight Day 1A runners! Welcome Kevin Pollak

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

2018 WSOP Main Event $10,000 NLH
Level 3 Blinds 25/150/300
Entrants 900

 

Kevin Pollak joins the field and we now have 8 bestbet patch players in day 1a of the main event. After a rough start in the beginning levels Joe Marchese and Jared Reinstein have chiped up. Joe now with 87,000 leads our 8 players.

Joe Marchese  87,000
Curtis Anderson  65,750
Jared Reinstein  63,600
Clarence Cook  59,000
Kevin Pollak  50,000
George (Clinton) Lord  41,400
Jimmy Slattery  30,000
Nick Raio  14,000

Our Seven Day 1A runners!

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

After the first break we caught up with our seven players that decided to play day 1a of the main event. Blinds are now 150/300 with 836 entrants.

 Celebrating our 25 WSOP Players!

Johnny Pham | July 2, 2018

We made it to Vegas! We started the week off right with a party Sunday night to celebrate our 25 WSOP players at Caesars Palace! The view was unimaginable, the food was beyond delicious and the company exceptional! We had more laughs than we could imagine and we are all set to head into the WSOP Main Event strong!

Linda Johnson, professional poker player who was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2011, along with Kevin Pollak, actor and comedian, came to party with us!

 

LIVE from Las Vegas!

Johnny Pham | June 19, 2018

Join Allie and the gang as they take the bestbet Poker Show to Las Vegas to follow our 25 WSOP players! The bestbet Poker Show will air live from the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on 1010XL/92.5FM at 6:00pm EST on Wednesday July 4 and Wednesday July 11. You can also watch live on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/bestbetlive.

WSOP MEGA Satellite Winners

Johnny Pham | May 27, 2018

On Saturday, April 27 and Friday, May 25, bestbet Jacksonville hosted a $590 w/$60 re-buys WSOP MEGA Satellite, giving away travel packages in the 2018 WSOP Main Event. Winners received a $10,000 buy-in into the 2018 WSOP Main Event, Hotel Accommodations at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and $2,000 cash.

With a combined field of 406 players competing for the package, 25 local players will get the opportunity to play in the WSOP Main Event! Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all our players who competed during this great event!

Our Winners are:

Top Photo: George Lord, Dublin, GA; Jared Reinstein, Tallahassee, FL; Ray Leone, St. Augustine, FL; Roston Stikes, Manning, SC; Sokol Curri, Jacksonville, FL; Joe Marchese, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Margo Costa, Port Orange, FL; Curtis Anderson, Jacksonville, FL; Lisa Buck, Green Cove Springs, FL; Eric Rivkin, East Hampton, NY; Phillip Totty, Americus, GA; Robert Covert, Everett, GA; Mark Smith, Beafort, SC; Gege Gocaj, Jacksonville, FL

Bottom Photo: Mario De La Puente; Nick Raio; Lana Wlodyka; Jimmy Slattery; Jon Reinhardt; Billy Morrell; Dan Williams; Diane Casino; Clarence Cook; Richard Grant; Ryan Emling

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