Sunday July 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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Saturday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas saw the 2017 WSOP Main Event field slim down from 297 to 85 runners. Two of them -- Kenny Hallaert and Mike Ruane -- are attempting to make back-to-back final tables. They were both November Niners last year. Can they both pull a Newhizzle? Germany's Robin Hegele leads all remaining players with a big stack worth nearly 10M.

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And then there were 85. Just another wild and wacky Saturday night in Las Vegas. The poker action continued to simmer at the Rio Casino. With less than 100 runners remaining in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, a pair of players are trying to make history... back-to-back final tables. The last-ever November Nine included Kenny Hallaert and Mike Ruane. Both were still alive and survived the cut at the end of Day 5. They return to fight on Sunday when the field attempts to get cut down to 27. Hallaert is 35th overall and Ruane is 50th.

The big stack belonged to Robin Hegele from Germany, who had a shade under 10M. American Josh Horton bagged up the second-most chips with 9.3M, followed by British pro Max Silver with 8.6M in third. Rounding out the top 5... Frank Crivello from San Diego and Damian Salas from Argentina. Former November Niner Antoine Sauot is 8th overall.

Among the notables still alive... Marcel Luske, Connor Drinan, Ben Lamb, Alexandre Reard, Rochard Hryko, Ben Pollack, Sean Gibson, Valentin Messina, Brandon Myers, Shawn Daniels, Matthias De Meulder, Sebastien Comel, Yin Liu, Nicolas Cardyn, Neil Patel, Jack Sinclair, Ian Johns, and Martin Finger.

According to Remko Rinkema from Poker Central, at least 21 countries are represented among the final 85. Quite a feat! Poker is truly a global enterprise.

The field quickly played down from 297 to 85. Among those who busted on Day 5 included... Vitaly Lunkin (87th), Charlie Carrel (88th), Tom Middleton (95th), JP Kelly (109th), Tracy Nguyen (145th), Mickey Craft (146th), Max Pescatori (148th), Randy Lew (159th), Georgios Zisimopoulos (160th), Sam Stein (166th), Kyle Bowker (170th), Eoghan O'Dea (172nd), Greg FBT Mueller (191st), Dominik Nitsche (195th), Johannes Becker (220th), Sam Chartier (221st), Davidi Kitai (223rd), David Pham (231st), Zo Karim (237th), Kathy Liebert (251st), Chino Rheem (284th), Minh Ly (291st), Nick Maimone (292nd), and Chip Jett (293rd).

2017 WSOP - Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Entrants: 7,221

Prize Pool: $67,877,400

Payouts: 1,084

Players Remaining: 85

 

Top 10 Chips:

1. Robin Hegele 9,990,000

2. Joshua Horton 9,360,000

3. Max Silver 8,665,000

4. Frank Crivello 8,500,000

5. Damian Salas 8,400,000

6. Daniel Ott 8,320,000

7. Karen Sarkisyan 8,270,000

8. Antoine Saout 8,260,000

9. Randy Pisane 8,105,000

10. Joseph Dipascale 7,450,000

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Monday July 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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2018 WSOP: Joe Cada wins fourth bracelet with win in The Closer

A couple days after his exit at the Main Event final table, Joe Cada shipped The Closer for his second bracelet this summer and his fourth overall. Event #75 was the last $1,500 NL event on the schedule and this special blowout had 30-minute levels. Joe Cada faded a field of 3,210 runners to win $612,886. Cada banked nearly $3 million at the 2018 WSOP.

Monday July 16, 2018 at 8:20 am
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2018 WSOP: Ben Yu wins $50K High Roller and third bracelet

Ben Yu outlasted a star-studded final table to win Event #77 $50,000 NL High Roller (Big Blind Ante). Yu survived a field of 122 runners to win his third bracelet. First place paid out $1.65 million.Yu cashed in 15 events this year and moved into second place overall in the Player of the Year race. Yu pulled off an extremely a rare feat by finishing in first place, second place, third place, and fourth place in the same series.

Sunday July 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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2018 WSOP: John Cynn wins Main Event for $8.8 million

Say hello to the newest world champion, John Cynn! Cynn won his first-ever bracelet with a victory in Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship. Cynn faded a field of 7,874 runners, which is the second-biggest field in WSOP Main Event history. Cynn outlasted a final table that included 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada, who busted in fifth place. Cynn rallied from behind to win a marathon heads-up affair against Tony Miles. Their ten-hour, 199-hand heads-up bout was the longest ever recorded in WSOP history. For a consolation prize, Miles banked $5 million for second place. Cynn won $8.8 million for first, plus the coveted special bracelet.

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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2018 WSOP: Shaun Deeb wins 4th bracelet, back to first in POY

Shaun Deeb became the first player this year to win two bracelets at the 2018 WSOP. Deeb picked up his second bracelet of the summer and his fourth overall with a victory in Event #74 Big Blind Ante $10,000 NL 6-Handed. Deeb banked $814K for the win. He regained the top spot in WSOP Player of the Year standings, while former frontrunner Johnny World Hennigan slipped to second place.

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm
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2018 WSOP Main Event: Tony Miles takes huge lead with 3 to go; Joe Cada 5th place

Day 9 of the WSOP Main Event saw the final table lose a trip of players as the field thinned from six to three. 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada missed his shot at winning another World Championship when he busted in fifth place. Aram Zobian was knocked out in sixth place, and Nicolas Manion hit the rail in fourth place. With three remaining, Tony Miles sits atop a gigantic lead with 60% of the chips in play a stack worth a shade under 239M. John Cynn is in second with 128.7M. Mike Dyer is the shorty with 26.2M. They will crown a champion on Saturday night.

Friday July 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm
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2018 WSOP Main Event: Mike Dyer leads final 6

The 2018 WSOP Main Event final table started on Thursday evening and played down to six players. Antoine Labat from France busted first in ninth place, followed by Artem Metalidi in 8th place, and Alex Lynskey in 7th place. At the end of Day 8, Mike Dyer bagged the lead and held more than twice as much as Nicolas Manion in second place. Joe Cada is somewhat short and fifth overall. John Cynn, Tony Miles, and Aram Zobian are all still left in the hunt for $8.8 million.

Thursday July 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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2018 WSOP: Phil Hellmuth wins $5K NL for bracelet # 15

Phil Hellmuth won Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels). This two-day affair included expedited blinds. While all eyes were focused on the Main Event playing down to its final table, Hellmuth's event and final table flew under the radar. That is, until he got heads-up against two-time bracelet winner Steve Wolansky. Alas, Wolansky busted in second place and Hellmuth went on to win his 15th career bracelet.

Thursday July 12, 2018 at 8:20 am
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Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #15

While all eyes were focused on the Main Event, Phil Hellmuth's final table appearance in Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute Levels) flew under the radar. Phil Hellmuth defeated Steven Wolansky heads-up for the win. That victory marked a total of 15 WSOP bracelets for Hellmuth, who padded his all-time lead. Hellmuth banked $485,082 for first place. Stay tuned for our full recap of Hellmuth's final table.

Thursday July 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
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2018 WSOP: Nicolas Manion leads final table; 2009 Champ Joe Cada still alive

The 2018 WSOP Main Event reached its final table. Day 7 started with 26 players and they played down to nine. 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada is seeking his fourth bracelet and second world championship. Nicolas Manion is the big stack with 112.7M. The final table also includes Mike Dyer, Tony Miles, John Cynn, Alex Lynskey, Aram Zobian, Artem Metalidi, and Antoine Labat.

Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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2018 WSOP: Aram Zobian leads final 27

After six days of action in the Main Event, only 27 players remain. Aram Zobian is the chip leader with 41.5M. 2009 Champ Joe Cada is still alive, but with a short stack. Benjamin Pollak, who finished in third place last year, had a quest to make back-to-back final tables. But his remarkable journey ended when he busted in 42nd place. Kelly Minkin, the last woman standing, busted in 50th place.

Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 5:47 pm
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2018 WSOP: Mike Dyer leads final 109 players

And then there were 109 players remaining. Approximately two-thirds of the field busted on Day 5 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event. They started with 310 and play was suspended with 109 players remaining after a wild storm created a power outage at the Rio's Convention Center. With the lights out, Mike Dyer bagged up the big stack worth over 12.1M.

Sunday July 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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2018 WSOP: Bubble time in the Main Event

Well, that was fast. The 2018 WSOP Main Event is now in the money. The money bubble burst on Saturday night and action was suspended with all 1,182 remaining players currently in the money. The lucky 1,182 will win at least $15,000 for a min-cash. In Sun Geoum from New York City is the big stack with nearly 1.7 million. Phil Ivey has a healthy stack and sits in the Top 75 in chips.

Friday July 6, 2018 at 3:25 pm
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2018 WSOP: Shawn Daniels chip leader after Main Event Day 2A/B

The first part of Day 2 of the Main Event continued at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Only 2,460 players started Day 2A/2B and only approximately 1,235 players will be moving onto Day 3 from the A/B flights. Shawn Daniels bagged up the chip lead with 532,500. Former Main Event champs Johnny Chan, Jesus Ferguson, Scotty Nguyen, and Greg Merson survived the cut and advanced to Day 3.

Thursday July 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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2018 WSOP: Main Event 2nd largest in history; $8.8M to first

Registration for the 2018 WSOP Main Event is officially closed. After the third opening flight of action, the official total is 7,874 players. That marked the second-largest in WSOP history. First place will win $8.8 million and everyone at the final table will win at least $1 million. The total prize pool is $74 million. Currently, only 5,940 players are alive in the Main Event out of 7,874 runners.

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