And then there were six! The Main Event final table commenced on Thursday night and they played down to six as scheduled. Nicolas Manion came into the final table with the chip lead, but he lost it after sparring with Mike Dyer. Dyer heads into Day 9 with the big stack and a commanding lead that sees him with at least twice as much as Manion in second place. Antoine Labat, Artem Metalidi, and Alex Lynskey busted on Day 8 and their Main Event is official dunzo.
But, Joe Cada is still alive. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champ is trying to become the first ex-champ to win the Main Event again since Stuey Ungar in 1996. Cada survived once again. The pro from Michigam bagged up chips as one of the small stacks... something he has been doing the entire Main Event. Cada is fifth overall and only Aram Zobian has a smaller stack. John Cynn, Tony Miles, and Nicolas Manion will be trying to chip away at the monstrous stack behind Mike Dyer.
Action for Day 9 starts at 5:30pm PT (local time in Vegas). The final table will be aired on ESPN/ESPN2. Check local listings.
Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship - Day 8 Results
Three down on Day 8.
The Main Event final table kicked off with last year's champ Scott Blumstein announcing "Shuffle Up and Deal!" honors. Nicolas Manion came into the final table as the big stack and the recipient of the hand that everyone was talking about from the night before. Rich Zhu busted on the final table bubble when he shoved with pocket Kings, only to run into Antoine Labat's pocket Kings and Manion's pocket Aces. The Aces held up for Manion and he surged into the lead. Labat's stack incurred a near-fatal blow.
As expected, Labat did not last long on Day 8 and the Frenchman was the first to bust at this year's final table. Labat was eliminated when his pocket Kings were outflopped by pocket Queens. Yikes, Kings murked by a set of Queens. Labat will have an aversion to K-K for the rest of his poker life. His Main Event was to an ugly end due to two insane hands with pocket Kings. Labat walked away with a cool million for ninth place.
The Ukraine's Artem Metalidi made things exciting on Thursday with a wild ride, but he was unable to stave off elimination when he bounced in eighth place. Metalidi banked $1.25M for his run.
Alex Lynskey busted shortly after Metalidi. The England-born Aussie had a boisterous rail and his rowdy cheering section resembled more like an European football match. Lynskey's fans were disappointed when their hero were sent home in seventh place. Lynskey's payday was worth $1.5M.
With six to go, Mike Dyer sits atop a healthy stack worth 156.5M. He's got a formidable lead over the chase pack, or twice as much as Nicolas Manion in second place and 100M more than Tony Miles in fourth place. Cada's stack is less than 1/5 the size the big stack. While Zobain trails Dyer by 140M in chips.
Of course, none of this really matters. It's poker afterall. A couple unfortunate river cards here and there and it's a whole new ballgame. At the same time, I've seen big stacks gobble up shorties like a couple of NFL lineman at a buffet. Like the Radiohead song goes about the big fish devouring the little fish...
Vultures circling the dead
Picking up every last crumb
The big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some
Cada is in perfect position to launch a successful coup from the cheap seats. This isn't Cada's first rodeo. He's been down this road before. A timely double up and he's back into contention. Even the bookies in Vegas had to adjust odds on Cada, despite being one of the short stacks, because everyone was betting on the well-known pro to outlast the final table of relative unknowns.
On Day 9, they will play from six to three. The next pay jump is to $1.8M. The final table re-starts around 5:30pm PT. Check local listings.
2018 WSOP - $10,000 Main Event
Final Six Chip Counts:
Michael Dyer 156,500,000
Nicolas Manion 72,250,000
John Cynn 61,550,000
Tony Miles 57,500,000
Joe Cada 29,275,000
Aram Zobian 16,700,000
Final Table Results/Payouts:
7. Alex Lynskey (Australia) $1,500,000
8. Artem Metalidi (Ukraine) $1,250,000
9. Antoine Labat (France) $1,000,000