The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida completed its $5,250 buy-in Main Event Championship. Brandon Eisen faded a field of 914 runners to win $771,444. Eisen defeated WSOP bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus heads-up for the victory. Meanwhile, Jake Schindler shipped the $25K High Roller for a $800K score.
The 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia in Sochi included a Triton Super High Roller event with a 6,000,000 Rubles buy-in. Malaysia's Ivan Leow took down another Triton SHR crown when he faded 29 players to win 72,000,000 Rubles or approximately $1.1M USD. Two weeks earlier, Leow took down a SHR event in Jeju, South Korea for a $1M.
Brady Holiman, a sales manager from Texas, faded a field of 755 runners to win the WPT Choctaw. Holiman won $469,185 for first place, plus a free seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Holiman survived a final table that included two previous winners -- Anthony Zinno and Tony Ruberto. Anthony Zinno finished in 5th place and Ruberto took fourth.
partypoker added another legend to its ranks of sponsored players and ambassador. Bruno Fitoussi, one of the Godfathers of French poker, was announced as the newest ambassador for partypoker LIVE. With over 30 years of international gaming experience, the former consultant for the Aviation Club in Paris seems like the perfect fit to play the role of ambassador. Fitoussi is coming off a strong summer when he made 2 final tables at the 2018 WSOP including a runner-up finish in $1,500 PLO8.
How about another new form of poker? No-limit Texas Hold'em is still the Cadillac of poker, but PokerStars has been busy creating different variations. They've been releasing so many nuances it's hard to keep up with all the new rollouts and game variants. You can add Unfold Poker to the growing list of hold'em variants such as Power Up Poker, Split Hold'em, and Showtime Hold'em. Players now have the chance to unfold their hand after the flop has been dealt.
Ship it to the Badz Man! Mikita Badziakouski won the 2018 Triton Main Event in Jeju, South Korea for a score worth $5,255,456. Mikita Badziakouski won the Main Event in Montenegro at the start of the summer for back-to-back Triton Main Event titles.
Ice Cream shop owner ships WPT event! The WPT kicked off its 17th season with an event at the Gardens Casino outside of Los Angeles. Simon Lam faded a field of 584 runners to win the WPT Gardens. Lam banked $565,055 for first place, plus a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster. Lam defeated Jake Schindler heads-up for the win, cash, and Mercedes. Men the Master finished in third place.
When you are Neymar Jr., you will always get a rail. Whether its football or poker, Neymar Jr. draws a big crowd. The BSOP live stream set a record number of live streamers the other night when Neymar Jr. made the final table of the BSOP High Roller. Neymar Jr. did not win it all, but he managed to finish in sixth place. Neymar Jr. banked R$79,440, or approximately $21K USD for his run in the BSOP High Roller in Sao Paulo.
The Triton Super High Roller circuit touched down at the Landing Casino in Jeju, Korea for another series of high roller tournaments, including the highly-popular Short Deck poker using 36 cards. The 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju in South Korea completed events and winners included Nick Shulman, Ivan Leow, David Peters, and Ken Kee. Kee banked nearly $2.8 million USD for his win in the HK$1,000,000 Short Deck event. The HK$2,000,000 Main Event is currently underway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 4 of the Main Event started with 1,182 players and by the end of the day, only 310 players remined. Bracelet winner Barry Hutter bagged up the lead with 5.6M. Joe Cada is the only former championship still left in the hunt, while former champs Johnny Chan, Tom McEvoy, and Jonathan Duhamel all busted.
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.
Around 3,480 players started Day 2C of the WSOP Main Event and after five levels of play, only 1,655 players will advance to Day 3. Ignacio Sanchez ended Day 2C with a monster stack in excess of 627,200. Sanchez is the overall leader heading into Day 3 on Saturday when all three opening flights will combine into one field.
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.
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.
Two more first-time winners at the 2018 WSOP. Dan Matsuzuki won Event #64 $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo Championship for a score worth $364,387. Meanwhile, Tim Andrew from Canada won his first bracelet win a victory in Event #11 PLO GIANT $365 PLO. Andrew faded a field of 3,250 runners and banked $116,015. The Grinder made the final table, but he busted in fifth place.