John Cynn achieved immortality. Cynn, a 33-year old IT specialist from Indiana, shipped the biggest poker tournament of the season: the WSOP Main Event Championship. It was no easy task. Cynn and Tony Miles played a marathon heads-up battle that spanned 199 hands and lasted over ten hours in real-life time. The final hand was dealt at 5am Vegas time. Breakfast burritos and mimosas on Cynn!
In the current global climate, there's high roller events with six-figure buy-ins hosted in the farthest corners of the planet, but none of those high balla affairs can compete with the historical significance and importance of the WSOP Main Event. Simply put, if you win the WSOP World Championship, you instantly become the gambling world's next biggest star.
Say hello to the newest star shooting across the early morning Nevada sky – John Cynn. After finishing in 11th place in the 2016 WSOP Main Event, Cynn not only advanced to the 2018 final table… he went all the way to the Promised Land and binked the prestigious Main Event.
This year's Main Event was the second-largest pool in its history and the largest field since 2006 and the wake of the UIGEA and Black Friday. The poker economy in the Americas is flourishing again after several years of darkness. And John Cynn emerged as the newest champion.
On the ninth day of the Main Event, the big story was the exit of Joe Cada. The 2009 Champ was seeking his second Main Event win. Unfortunately for Cada, his epic run came to a halt when he busted in fifth place. With Cada's exit, all eyes were on the big stack Michael Dyer, who had been running over the final two tables. Yet, Dyer finally got tripped up and he lost momentum. Instead, it was Tony Miles who emerged as the big stack and the over leader at the end of Day 9.
On the tenth and final day of the 2018 WSOP Main Event, only three players were still alive. Tony Miles held a sizable lead with John Cynn in second and Mike Dyer the short stack. Dyer didn't last too long on Day 10 when he busted in less than 20 hands. Dyer won $3.75 million for third place.
With Dyer's exit, a heads-up match was set between Tony Miles and John Dyer. Little did they know, but they'd engage in one of heck of a match that would not end until nearly 5 o'clock in the morning local time.
I know, I know... it's Vegas and there's tons of action going down at the bewitching hour of 5am on a Saturday night as it bled into Sunday morning. Over at the Rio Casino, history was being made as John Cynn came from behind to win a marathon heads-up match.
Cynn could have won this a lot earlier in the night if he made a hero call after Miles bluff-shoved the river with seven high. It was one of those, "If you call now, it's all over baby!" moments. Cynn smelled something rotten in Denmark and he was trying to talk himself into making the insane call with nothing but a bluff catcher. Alas, Cynn decided to fold. Miles dragged the pot and the two would end up slugging it out for another eight hours. Yes, eight hours. Both playes alligator blood'd it the rest of the night.
After that heck of a bout, Cynn emerged the victor. Tony “Smile” Miles earned $5 million for second place, while Cynn got to fondle bricks of cash worth $8.8 million.
Cynn faded the second-largest field in WSOP history to win the fifth-largest prize pool. The only players to win more in a single Main Event were... Jamie Gold ($12,000,000 in 2006), Martin Jacobsen ($10,000,000 in 2014), Peter Eastgate ($9,152,416 in 2008), and Jonathan Duhamel ($8,944,138 in 2010).
Congrats to John Cynn who etched his name in the history books... for eternity.
Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship - Day 10 - Final Results
Day 10 started with three players still left in the hunt. The final three started on Hand #225. Coming into the finale, Tony Miles led with nearly 239M and Cynn was trailing by nearly 2 to 1 with 128.7M. Dyer was the shorty with 26.2M.
For a third-place finish, Dyer banked $3,750,000.
Then it finally got to heads-up. Tony Miles vs. John Cynn. Miles led 203M to 190M. They would end up slugging it out for nearly 11 hours before someone busted closer to 5am.
The lead swapped hands too many times to count. Cynn won a hand early on in the evening on Hand #297 to snag the lead with a full house versus a straight. Who said nine-four is a junk hand? Cynn jumped out to a 233M to 160M lead.
It appeared as though Cynn was in the driver's seat, but Miles rallied rather quickly to regain his lost chips. It was near even once again.
By Hand #359, Cynn extended his lead 264M to 109M. A couple hands later, Cynn jumped out to his biggest lead of the night 310M to 84M.
That's as high as Cynn would get before Miles stopped the bleeding and launched his own counter attack. Within a couple of hands, Cynn's lead was trimmed to 211.8M to 182M and then 198 to 195! Miles was back in contention just around Midnight.
The next five hours were a blur. Cynn went back to work and regained a lead. By Hand #389, Cynn opened up a 100M lead with 247.3M to 146.5M. And once again, Miles stormed back. He not even closed the gap, but he seized the lead.
By Hand #397, Miles was out in front 229M to 164.8M. It was a whole new ball game.
John Cynn hunkered down. He would not let Miles get any more distance between the two. Once the blind levels jumped to Level 44, Cynn ralled. By Hand #405, Cynn regained the lead. And he never looked back.
By Hand #420, Cynn opened up a 2-1 edge with 263M to 130M. Miles was on the ropes. Heads-up would only last 22 more hands before we saw a winner.
Going into the final hand, Miles was on a mini-rush of his own. He cut the deficit 213.8M to 180M. And it looked like he was going to retake the overall chip lead. And then it happened. The coup de grace.
John Cynn defeated Tony Miles heads-up to win the 2018 Main Event around 5am local time. Good ole King-Jack versus Queen-eight. Miles shoved on a board of and Cynn called with for trips. Cynn tabled for two pair... Kings up. The river was a meaningless and Cynn's trips held up. He won the hand and the tournament and the world title and $8.8 million in cash!
For a runner-up performance, Tony Miles won $5 million. Not too shabby, eh?
Cynn's score is the fifth biggest in WSOP history. The Main Event pays out more players these days, so that's why Cynn didn't ship $10 million. But hey… $8.8 million is awesome anyway you gut it.
Congrats to John Cynn, the newest WSOP Main Event Champion. And the next biggest swinging dick in poker.
2018 WSOP - $10,000 Main Event
Prize Pool: $74,015,600
Final Table Results/Payouts:
1. John Cynn (USA) $8,800,000
2. Tony Miles (USA) $5,000,000
3. Michael Dyer (USA) $3,750,000
4. Nicolas Manion (USA) $2,825,000
5. Joe Cada (USA) $2,150,000
6. Aram Zobian (USA) $1,800,000
7. Alex Lynskey (Australia) $1,500,000
8. Artem Metalidi (Ukraine) $1,250,000
9. Antoine Labat (France) $1,000,000
WSOP Main Event Champions
The World Series of Poker is 49 years old. There have been 40 Main Event Champions... sort of. Johnny Moss got voted in as the "Player of the Series" at the inaugural event. In subsequent years, the Horseshoe hosted a $10,000 freezeout that has become the standard today.
Joe Cada was flirting with history when he attempted to be the first player to win multiple Main Events since Stu Ungar shipped the championship on the streets of downtown Las Vegas in 1997. Only a handful of champs won the Main Event more than twice: Johnny Moss (1970,1971,1974), Johnny Chan (1987,1988), Dolye Brunson (1976,1977), and Stu Ungar (1980,1981,1997)
WSOP Main Event Champions
- 2018: John Cynn - $8,800,000
- 2017: Scott Blumstein - $8,150,000
- 2016: Qui Nguyen - $8,005,310
- 2015: Joe McKeehen - $7,683,346
- 2014: Martin Jacobsen - $10,000,000
- 2013: Ryan Riess - $8,359,531
- 2012: Greg Merson - $8,531,853
- 2011: Puis Heinz - $8,715,638
- 2010: Jonathan Duhamel - $8,944,138
- 2009: Joe Cada - $8,574,649
- 2008: Peter Eastgate - $9,152,416
- 2007: Jerry Yang - $8,250,000
- 2006: Jamie Gold - $12,000,000
- 2005: Joe Hachem - $7,500,000
- 2004: Greg Raymer - $5,000,000
- 2003: Chris Moneymaker - $2,500,000
- 2002: Robert Varkonyi - $2,000,000
- 2001: Carlo Mortensen - $1,500,000
- 2000: Chris Ferguson - $1,500,000
- 1999: Noel Furlong - $1,000,000
- 1998: Scotty Nguyen - $1,000,000
- 1997: Stu Ungar - $1,000,000
- 1996: Huck Seed - $1,000,000
- 1995: Dan Harrington - $1,000,000
- 1994: Russ Hamilton - $1,000,000
- 1993: Jim Betchel - $1,000,000
- 1992: Hamid Dastmalchi - $1,000,000
- 1991: Brad Daugherty - $1,000,000
- 1990: Mansour Matloubi - $895,000
- 1989: Phil Hellmuth - $755,000
- 1988: Johnny Chan - $700,000
- 1987: Johnny Chan - $625,000
- 1986: Berry Johnston - $570,000
- 1985: Bill Smith - $700,000
- 1984: Jack Keller - $660,000
- 1983: Tom McEvoy - $540,000
- 1982: Jack Strauss - $520,000
- 1981: Stu Ungar - $375,000
- 1980: Stu Ungar - $385,000
- 1979: Hal Fowler - $270,000
- 1978: Bobby Baldwin - $210,000
- 1977: Doyle Brunson - $340,000
- 1976: Doyle Brunson - $220,000
- 1975: Brian Roberts - $210,000
- 1974: Johnny Moss - $160,000
- 1973: Puggy Pearson - $130,000
- 1972: Amarillo Slim Preston - $80,000
- 1971: Johnny Moss - $30,000
- 1970: Johnny Moss - N/A (Voted)