07/11/18 07:12:45 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #123-124: Two Before Break
Hand #123: Michael Dyer raised to 1 million second to act and took down the pot.
Hand #124: Dyer raised to 1 million under the gun and Alex Lynskey called on his left. They went heads up to . Dyer bet 925,000 and Lynskey called. The turn brought the . They checked to the and checked again. Dyer won with .
07/11/18 07:08:16 PM PDT
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07/11/18 07:08:08 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #120-122: Zhu Wins a Raising War on the River
Hand #120: Joe Cada opened to 900,000 on the button and Alex Lynskey called from the big blind. The flop came and Lynskey checked to Cada who checked behind. The turn brought the and both players checked to the on the river. Two more checks and Lynskey tabled to take down the pot.
Hand #121: Cada raised to 900,000 again from the cutoff and Michael Dyer called on the button. Lynskey also called from the small blind and the flop fell . Lynskey checked to Cada who continued for 1,300,000 and Dyer raised to 2,875,000. Lynskey quickly folded and Cada's cards hit the muck as well.
Hand #122: Lynskey opened 1,000,000 on the button and Yueqi Zhu called from the small blind. The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn. Zhu checked again and Lynskey tapped the table as well. The completed the board and Zhu led out for 1,725,000. Lynskey thought for a minute and then raised to 4,575,000 only to have Zhu three-bet to 7,775,000. Lynskey sent his cards to the muck and Zhu was awarded the pot.
|Michael Dyer||89,700,000||3,500,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||51,900,000||-5,300,000 |
|Yueqi Zhu||32,800,000||5,600,000 |
|Joe Cada||13,000,000||-3,400,000 |
|Tony Miles||8,700,000||-200,000 |
|Frederik Brink||5,800,000||-600,000 |
07/11/18 07:08:05 PM PDT
Secondary Table Hand #107-114: Zobian Chips Up
Hand #107: Ryan Phan made it 900,000 to go and Artem Metalidi called out of the big blind to see a flop of . Metalidi checked and Phan continued for 1,000,000. Metalidi called. The on the turn was checked through and the river completed the board.
Metalidi made it 2,000,000 and Phan called after some consideration to get shown the by Metalidi. Phan mucked the .
Hand #108: Metalidi limped from the small blind and Aram Zobian checked from the big blind. The flop and the turn brought no betting action, and the appeared on the river. Metalidi showed the and won the pot.
Hand #109: Antoine Labat raised to 900,000 first to act and scooped the blinds and antes.
Hand #110: Zobian raised to 875,000 on the button and Labat defended the big blind. On the flop, Labat check-called a bet of 800,000 and checked again the turn. Zobian fired a second barrel worth 1,300,000, which Labat called.
On the river, Labat checked and Zobian emptied the clip by moving all in for his last 6,030,000.
Hand #111: Zobian raised to 925,000 on the cutoff and Cynn called in the big blind. The flop came and Cynn's check was followed by a bet of 900,000 of Zobian, and Cynn folded.
Hand #112: Metalidi raised to 900,000 first to act, which was good enough to claim the blinds and antes.
Hand #113: Zobian made it 925,000 to go first to act and Nicolas Mannion called in the small blind, as did Metalidi in the big blind. The flop was checked through and the turn brought no betting action either. After the river, the trio checked once more and Manion took down the pot with the for top pair.
Hand #114: Ryan Phan opened with a raise to 1,200,000 from under the gun. Antoine Labat made it 3,000,000 in the hijack seat. Action was back on Phan and he folded after a while allowing Labat to take the pot.
|John Cynn||55,900,000||-1,500,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||46,100,000||1,200,000 |
|Antoine Labat||45,500,000||-2,600,000 |
|Artem Metalidi||21,100,000||4,700,000 |
|Aram Zobian||12,800,000||3,000,000 |
|Ryan Phan||10,600,000||-4,900,000 |
07/11/18 06:59:27 PM PDT
An Omaha Stake: Ryan Phan Satellites Way Into Main Event for $1,100
No matter where he finishes in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, 34-year-old Ryan Phan, who immigrated from Vietnam when he was seven, is guaranteed a career-high score. Playing in his third consecutive WSOP Main Event, Phan has gotten better each year.
In 2016, he made it to Day 3 busting out of the money shortly after the dinner break but before the money. Last year, he min-cashed on Day 4 taking down $15,000 for finishing in 1,076th place.
"This year I predicted I was going to make it to Day 7. A lot of people said it should've been Day 5, but my logic was Day 3 plus Day 4 equals Day 7," Phan joked. "I was being optimistic and confident about it because my play has been strong lately. I've been studying a lot and playing well."
Prior to his Main Event run, the poker pro from Omaha, Nebraska had $452,622 in lifetime earnings including a previous best of $69,962 for finishing runner-up in the 2016 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event. A month before that, he also had a second-place finish in the MSPT Meskwaki for $58,296. Earlier this year, Phan won a gold ring at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore in Event #7: $580 NLHE Re-Entry for $22,950.
Phan, who primarily plays cash games 3-5 times a week at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, decided to use some of the $6,075 he won for finishing 117th in the 2018 WSOP Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights to play a $1,100 satellite. It's there that he won his way into the Main Event.
"I did a small swap with some friends and sold a small percentage," Phan shared. "It's a lucky money type of deal for me. When people have a piece of me then I do very well. Mainly I sell to my friends and family because I want to make them money. They don't play poker so I want to help out my family and close friends. I ask them to buy a piece of me, I want them to buy a piece of me because I want to win them a large chunk of life-changing money."
Phan, who is divorced, has custody of his two children Armani, 9, and Sophia, 11.
"They're very excited every time I go and play," he said of his family. "When I took second in the MSPT they called and were excited I won $60,000. They're going to be excited about this. I haven't had much time to talk to them because I've been so focused and playing long hours."
While in Vegas, Phan is staying with fellow poker pro John Phan (no relation), who he met two years ago.
"It's been unreal so far," Phan said of his run thus far. "I can't believe how calm and relaxed, focused and composed, I've been at the table. Like right now, I'm not even thinking about the money, I don't know what the payout or pay jump is. I'm focused on playing the best poker of my life right now."
|Day||End-of-Day Chip Count||Rank|
While Phan is getting plenty of coverage on Day 7 of the Main Event, the biggest hand for him came back on Day 2 and wasn't captured by any media. Phan had started the day with 50,000 but had both kings and queens cracked to drop down to 15,000 at the 400/800/100.
"There was a late opener and I defended with the jack-nine of clubs," Phan explained. "The flop came 9x6x7x with two clubs. I had top pair with a flush draw and was ready to go with it. I checked and he bet small. I jammed all in and he called with the queen-eight of clubs for the higher flush draw and an open-ended straight draw."
Phan faded that and soon scored another double to put himself back in contention.
"I ran that up to 250K for Day 3. That was a very crucial hand for me."
You can follow Phan on Twitter at @TheJanit0r84.
07/11/18 06:55:32 PM PDT
Hari Bercovici Eliminated in 13th Place ($575,000)
Feature Table Hand #119: Hari Bercovici called second to act and Michael Dyer made it 1,950,000 from the big blind. Bercovici jammed for 6,250,000 and Dyer called with . Bercovici was racing with .
The flop paired Dyer. The was a blank on the turn, leaving Bercovici in need of one of the last two fours. The hit though, sending Bercovici to the rail.
|Michael Dyer||86,200,000||6,700,000 |
|Hari Bercovici||0||-6,300,000 |
07/11/18 06:54:09 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #115-118: The Action Heats Up, Cada Chips Up
Hand #115: Michael Dyer opened to 800,000 in the cutoff and Alex Lynskey flat-called on the button. Hari Bercovici also called from the small blind and Yueqi Zhu three-bet to 4,800,000 from the big blind. Both Dyer and Lynskey quickly folded while Bercovici took over a minute before letting his hand go.
Hand #116: The action folded to Yueqi Zhu in the small blind who shipped all in, putting Frederik Brink to the test for his remaining 7,075,000 chips. After looking at his cards, Brink sent them to the muck, sending the pot to Zhu.
Hand #117: Dyer raised to 800,000 from middle position and Hari Bercovici called from the hijack. Tony Miles also called from the big blind and the dealer spread a flop of . Miles checked to Dyer who continued for 1,125,000. Bercovici shoved all in for 2,275,000 and both Miles and Dyer laid their hands down.
Hand #118: Miles limped in from the small blind and Joe Cada checked his option. The flop came and Miles checked to Cada who bet 600,000. Miles called and the hit the turn. Miles checked again and Cada fired another 1,600,000. Miles stuck around to see the complete the board.
Miles checked for the third time and Cada checked behind, tabling for the smallest flush possible. It was still good enough to earn him the pot as Miles sent his cards to the muck.
|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 |
07/11/18 06:43:00 PM PDT
Konstantin Beylin Eliminated in 14th Place ($475,000)
Secondary Table Hand #106: John Cynn raised to 900,000 from the button. Konstantin Beylin shoved all in from the small blind for 6,500,000. Action was back on Cynn and he called.
Cynn made the call with just queen high after giving it some thought, but he was right on the money with his read as Beylin was just holding nine high. The flop came down offering only a few extra backdoor outs to Beylin. The on the turn changed nothing either. It was the on the river and that would seal the deal. Cynn held up with his queen high and that would earn him the pot.
For his 14th-place finish, Beylin will collect $475,000.
|John Cynn||57,400,000||7,400,000 |
|Konstantin Beylin||0||-6,600,000 |
07/11/18 06:39:35 PM PDT
Secondary Table Hands #102-105: Cynn Fires Three Streets
Hand #102: Nicolas Manion opened to 900,000 from the cutoff and everyone folded, allowing Manion to take down the pot.
Hand #103: On the button, Aram Zobian raised to 900,000. Antoine Labat raised to 2,850,000 and Zobian quickly released, allowing Labat to take down the pot.
Hand #104: John Cynn received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #105: Labat raised to 400,000 on the button and John Cynn called in the small blind. Konstantin Beylin called in the big blind as well.
The flop came down and Cynn led out with a bet of 625,000. Only Labat called.
The turn was the and Cynn led again with a bet of 1,000,000. Labat called once more.
On the river, Cynn led out for 3,200,000. Labat folded, allowing Cynn to take the pot.
After this hand, Tony Miles moved to the Main Feature table.
|John Cynn||50,000,000||3,000,000 |
|Antoine Labat||48,100,000||-1,000,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||44,900,000||300,000 |
|Artem Metalidi||16,400,000||-200,000 |
|Ryan Phan||15,500,000||-800,000 |
|Aram Zobian||9,800,000||-1,100,000 |
|Konstantin Beylin||6,600,000||-500,000 |
07/11/18 06:34:52 PM PDT
Martijn Gerrits Eliminated in 15th Place ($475,000)
Feature Table Hand #114: Alex Lynskey opened for 800,000 on the button. Gerrits made it 3.5 million. Lynskey came back with 7,250,000. Gerrits shipped for 20.1 million and Lynskey snap-called with . Gerrits had .
The board was dealt and Gerrits busted in 15th.
|Alex Lynskey||58,200,000||20,900,000 |
|Martijn Gerrits||0||-22,375,000 |
07/11/18 06:32:59 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #111-113: Lynskey Over Bercovici
Hand #111: Alex Lynskey made it 850,000 under the gun and Hari Bercovici called a couple of seats over. The board read after two checks and Lynskey bet 1.6 million. Bercovici called and the river was the . Lynskey fired 3.3 million and Bercovici thought briefly before calling.
Lynskey's triumphed over .
Hand #112: Action folded to the small blind where Michael Dyer completed. Lynskey checked and they saw . Dyer bet 425,000 and Lynskey called. The checked through, bringing the . Check-check again and of Lynskey took it down.
Hand #113: Martijn Gerrits got a walk.
|Alex Lynskey||37,300,000||8,000,000 |
|Hari Bercovici||4,000,000||-7,725,000 |
07/11/18 06:24:45 PM PDT
Secondary Table Hands #97-101: Cynn Five-Bets Against Phan
Hand #97: Nicolas Manion opened to 950,000 and that won the blinds and antes on the secondary table in the first hand back from the dinner break.
Hand #98: Antoine Labat made it 925,000 to go from the cutoff and John Cynn called on the button, Tony Miles came along from the big blind. On the flop, Miles checked, and Labat did so as well. Cynn bet 1,400,000, Miles called, and Labat got out of the way. After the turn, both players checked and the river brought no betting action either. Cynn turned over and that won the pot.
Hand #99: Cynn raised from the cutoff to 900,000 and Manion defended his big blind. The flop fell and Manion checked, as did Cynn, to see the on the turn. Manion made it 1,300,000 to go and Cynn sent his cards into the muck.
Hand #100: Labat raised to 1,000,000 and the Frenchman won the blinds and antes without resistance.
Hand #101: First to act, Ryan Phan raised to 900,000 and Cynn three-bet to 2,600,000 from two seats over. The action folded back to Phan and he gave it some consideration before four-betting to 7,000,000. Cynn took an equally long time before five-betting to 13,500,000, which forced a fold from Phan.
|Antoine Labat||49,100,000||-150,000 |
|John Cynn||47,000,000||10,550,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||44,600,000||2,075,000 |
|Artem Metalidi||16,600,000||-875,000 |
|Ryan Phan||16,300,000||-7,275,000 |
|Tony Miles||12,700,000||-2,775,000 |
|Aram Zobian||10,900,000||-900,000 |
|Konstantin Beylin||7,100,000||-900,000 |
07/11/18 06:21:11 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #106-110: Delayed C-Bet from Zhu Takes it Down
Hand #106: Frederik Brink opened to 900,000 from the hijack and Martijn Gerrits called from the big blind. The flop came and Gerrits check-folded to a bet of 1,000,000 from Brinks.
Hand #107: Alex Lynskey raised to 850,000 on the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #108: Michael Dyer raised it up to 800,000 in the hijack but did not get any action.
Hand #109: Gerrits opened to 900,000 from the cutoff and Yueqi Zhu three-bet to 2,100,000 out of the small blind. Gerrits made the call and the flop fell . Both players checked and the landed on the turn. Zhu led out for 2,300,000 and Gerrits tossed his cards to the muck.
Hand #110: Gerrits made it 900,000 to go again and picked up the blinds and antes.
07/11/18 06:11:51 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #104-105: Zhu Picks Off Lynskey
Hand #104: Hari Bercovici called in middle position, Joe Cada completed the blind, and Michael Dyer checked. Dyer bet 525,000 on the flop and won the pot.
Hand #105: Yueqi Zhu raised to 900,000 in middle position and Alex Lynskey defended big blind. The flop came and Lynskey check-called 1.1 million. The turn paired the board with the . Lynskey opted to lead out with 1,525,000 and Zhu called. The river was the and Lynskey fired 4.8 million. After some thought, Zhu called with and it was good against .
|Alex Lynskey||29,300,000||-8,425,000 |
|Yueqi Zhu||21,900,000||8,825,000 |
07/11/18 06:05:10 PM PDT
John Cynn Looking to Improve on 2016 Main Event Finish with 2018 Final Table
While anyone watching the Main Event coverage this year has been focused on 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada's repeat deep run, there's another player who has been here before, though he didn't make it quite to the final table… yet.
John Cynn from Indianapolis made it all the way to Day 7 in 2016, but dwindled down and busted in 11th place on the unofficial final table bubble.
His 2016 Main Event run fell short when his stack dwindled to under ten big blinds and he got it in with queen-ten, but Gordon Vayo found ace-king in the big blind to look him up and send Cynn to the rail.
The bittersweet run in the Main that year earned Cynn $650,000, his previous best score being just under $20,000 for a 59th-place finish in the 2015 Millionaire Maker.
In the two years since his 2016 Main Event run, Cynn has added $200,000 in tournament winnings to his credit and is thrilled to be back under the lights of the Thunderdome.
"I'm feeling pretty great. This is definitely another surreal experience."
His experience this time around is a bit different, having been here before.
"I'm definitely more comfortable than before, which is nice. It could be either because it's my second time or because I have a bigger stack.
"Both experiences were incredible, but definitely having a lot of fun this time."
Cynn's Main Event trajectory has seen him chip up substantially on every day of the tournament besides a stagnant Day 2, as you can see below.
|Day||End-of-Day Chip Count||Rank|
On Day 6 with blinds at 100K/200K/30K ante, Cynn was sitting with just over 4 million chips on the button and saw a very active Nirath Rean open to 450,000 under the gun before Daniel Tang flat-called. Cynn shipped with ace-jack and Rean tank re-shoved.
Once Tang folded, Cynn said, "This is really bad for me," but was relieved to see he was flipping against pocket nines. The ace came right in the window, though the three-heart flop gave his opponent a flush draw, and Cynn told the table, "I'm very nervous right now."
He followed up with, "I've never run this good in flips in tournament, anything. It's insane how good I'm running. So I can't complain no matter what happens."
A clean runout followed and Cynn scored a big double up that got him going. He would end the day right in the middle of the pack with 14,750,000. By the second break on Day 7, Cynn had more than doubled what he started the day with, sitting at 32,200,000 and we asked how he got all those chips.
"By getting really lucky, I mean, this has been easily the best seven-day stretch of cards I've had in my whole entire life. And for that to come during the Main Event is like, unreal."
If you ask anyone in poker, they'll agree: that's the dream.
07/11/18 06:03:31 PM PDT
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.
07/11/18 04:57:09 PM PDT
The remaining 15 players are heading on a 65-minute dinner break.
Play will resume at 7 p.m. (PDT).
|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 — ||--||--||--|
| || || || || || |
|Secondary||1||Ryan Phan||United States||23,575,000||59|
|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||8||Aram Zobian||United States||11,800,000||30|
|Secondary||9||-- empty — ||--||--||--|
|Michael Dyer||82,250,000||650,000 |
|Antoine Labat||49,250,000||-850,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||42,525,000||-2,075,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||37,725,000||25,000 |
|John Cynn||36,450,000||9,450,000 |
|Ryan Phan||23,575,000||-825,000 |
|Martijn Gerrits||22,375,000||-1,125,000 |
|Artem Metalidi||17,475,000||-3,525,000 |
|Tony Miles||15,475,000||975,000 |
|Joe Cada||15,200,000||500,000 |
|Yueqi Zhu||13,075,000||-2,225,000 |
|Aram Zobian||11,800,000||100,000 |
|Hari Bercovici||11,725,000||2,525,000 |
|Konstantin Beylin||8,000,000||-3,300,000 |
|Frederik Brink||6,875,000||-1,025,000 |
07/11/18 04:56:04 PM PDT
Secondary Table Hands #92-96: Cynn Turns a Straight on Beylin
Hand #92: Tony Miles opened to 900,000 from the button and Artem Metalidi called in the big blind.
The flop landed and Metaldi checked to Miles who bet 1,300,000. Metalidi folded, and Miles collected the pot.
Hand #93: John Cynn opened to 900,000 from middle position and Nicolas Manion called on the button. Artem Metalidi called in the small blind, and the flop landed .
Metalidi checked, Cynn bet out 1,400,000, and Manion folded. Metalidi called, and the turn fell the . Metalidi checked, Cynn bet 3,100,000 and Metalidi folded.
Hand #94: John Cynn raised to 900,000 from middle position before Konstantin Beylin three-bet 2,400,000 next to act.
The action folded back to Cynn, and he flicked his cards to the muck.
Hand #95: Aram Zobian raised to 900,000 from the button, and he collected the blinds and antes.
Hand #96: Konstantin Beylin opened to 1,000,000 under the gun and Nicolas Manion called in middle position as did John Cynn in the big blind.
The flop landed and Cynn checked to Beylin who continued for 1,500,000. Manion folded, and Cynn called as the turn fell the .
Cynn checked, Beylin bet 2,500,000, and Cynn called. The river of the completed the board, and Cynn checked for a third time as Beylin checked behind.
Cynn tabled his for a straight, and Beylin mucked.
07/11/18 04:55:40 PM PDT
Feature Table Hands #99-103: Dyer Stays Active, Others Start to Push Back
Hand #99: Michael Dyer raised to 800,000 on the button and Alex Lynskey three-bet to 3,200,000 from the small blind. Dyer thought about it for a minute and then sent his cards to the muck.
Hand #100: Dyer made it 800,000 to go from the cutoff and picked up the blinds and antes.
Hand #101: Dyer opened to 800,000 from the hijack and Lynskey called in the cutoff. Hari Bercovici called from the small blind and Yueqi Zhu came along from the big blind. The flop came and the action checked to Dyer who bet 1,325,000. Lynskey folded and Bercovici shoved all in for 7,750,000. Zhu quickly folded and Dyer's cards followed them into the muck.
Hand #102: Dyer raised to 800,000 from middle position and Bercovici called on the button. The flop fell and Dyer led out for 725,000. Bercovici sent his cards to the muck and Dyer earned himself the pot.
Hand #103: Frederik Brink limped in from the small blind and Joe Cada announced all in from the big blind. Brink was put to the test for his remaining 7,275,000 chips but quickly tossed his cards away.
07/11/18 04:45:21 PM PDT
Hari Bercovici Hanging Tough
Of the fifty-three Israeli players who entered this year's Main Event, Hari Bercovici is the only one left. The fifty-six-year-old from Be'er Sheva, Israel got into poker by playing in home games with friends.
"I don't play much poker," Bercovici said. "Just in Vegas."
Bercovici has been a regular at the WSOP for the last few years, cashing in the Rio Daily Deepstacks side events and, in 2016, finishing 34th in the Main Event for $216,211. His WSOP career earnings are $218,137.
A key hand that propelled this year's deep run, Bercovici said, came when he tripled up with two nines against one opponent's two aces and another's two jacks. Some good luck was accompanied by crafty, unpredictable play. On Day 4, after his opponent checked a board, Bercovici shoved all-in dark for 450,000 into a pot of 260,000. When the river came a , his opponent folded and Bercovici showed a pair of threes.
Bercovici kept accumulating chips on Day 5. In one hand, on a flop of , action checked to Jonathon Prested who bet 225,000. Bercovici called and then Aram Zobian raised to 725,000. Prested quickly folded and Bercovici called.
Both players checked the turn and the river. Bercovici showed for a turned flush, which was good enough to win the pot despite the double-paired board. He chipped up to six million while Zobian, who is also still alive in the tournament, took a hit to his stack. By Day 6, Bercovici had one of the biggest stacks in the room.
Today, Bercovici has been hovering in between the chip leaders and the short stacks. "Unfortunately, the day is not going very well," he said. "But the tournament overall has been going very well, and the experience has been great." His son, Lee, who was recently released from the Israeli military, is supporting his dad on the rail.
Bercovici said that he's feeling better, and probably playing better, this year. He doesn't have any big plans for the money he wins, even if he finishes first.
"I'll continue my life either way," he says.