07/12/18 10:06:00 PM PDT
Michael Dyer Establishes Commanding Lead on Day 8; Joe Cada In Contention With Six Left
The 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event is one step closer to crowning a champion and six hopefuls remain in the hunt for the $8.8 million first prize and bracelet in the second-largest field of 7,874 entries.
As expected, the Thunderdome was filled with plenty of spectators, with the rail of Alex Lynskey dominating the boisterous atmosphere with chants as early as 20-minutes prior to the shuffle up and deal by 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein. However, unfortunately for Lynskey's rail, the Aussie, who was born in England, endured a torrid time of it and became one of three casualties in as many levels on Day 8.
Michael Dyer will carry over a commanding lead into the penultimate day after bagging up 156,500,000, more than two times as many chips as his nearest rival and start-of-the-day chip leader Nicolas Manion (72,250,000), John Cynn follows in third place with 61,550,000. Tony Miles bagged up 57,500,000 after a late surge in the final level of the night and the remaining two contenders for the Main Event title include 2009 champion Joe Cada (29,275,000) and Aram Zobian (16,700,000).
Dyer was seemingly cruising through the day after picking up an early pot against fellow big stack Manion and continued to pull further away without too much resistance. Compared to previous days, he didn't change too much about his playing style.
"No, I just try to make good decisions," confirmed Dyer. In fact, the only thing that changed besides claiming the vast majority of the chips in play was his choice of Animal Crackers instead of Shredded Wheat:
"It's just snacks. It's just something to eat while I'm at the table."
While Dyer has a comfortable lead and more chips than Manion and Cynn combined, victory is far from guaranteed and he is very well aware of that.
"They all played pretty well. It was a pretty solid final table. I didn't see any big mistakes," said Dyer when asked his thoughts about the opposition.
Speaking of Cynn, the US player recorded the biggest profit for the day and bagged up 62 big blinds, which was exactly what he began the day with, though this boosted his stack to 61,550,000. Having already come close to reaching the final table in 2016, Cynn appeared immune to a lot of the previous pressure, finally reaching his goal two years after his 11th-place Main Event finish, a fact he celebrated with some high fives with his rail when play ended for the day.
"I got a few decent cards and I was able to play them the way I wanted to," said Cynn. "The dynamics at the table are constantly changing so I don't have a set strategy to battle constant aggression all the time. We'll see how it goes tomorrow."
Though Cynn was keen to point out that no matter how cutthroat it can get when playing for millions of dollars and the biggest poker title in the world, the atmosphere at the table was good and Cynn pointed out at how well everyone is getting along.
"We're all playing a game and we're all playing to win but it definitely doesn't seem personal between anybody. I love the atmosphere, it makes things more interesting. As opposed to sitting there and having to watch someone take twenty seconds to fold every hand, there's nothing interesting about that."
Cynn won an emotional coin flip against Lynskey to eliminate the Aussie in seventh place and talked about the emotions of that particular hand.
"I know I won the hand so I feel bad saying that it was enjoyable, but it was just an exciting hand all the way through. Even if I had lost the hand, it was such a fun hand. Just the way the board ran out, so many outs. Obviously, Lynskey is such a great guy and we can't all win but I felt good after that."
Another player in the final six who knows what it takes to go deep in this very event is Joe Cada, who will be comfortable under the spotlights after claiming the title in 2009 and he headed into Day 7 under very similar circumstances, but with a lot more experience under his belt.
"It's been a long time so you kind of forget a lot of those feelings. I'm just happy to be here. It's been a grueling tournament. I've been lucky to even be in the spot that I'm at. I've had low chips the entire tournament so I feel like I've just been hanging in there," said Cada.
Cada also added the following: "Maybe I'm more disciplined now. My ranges are a little bit better. I just have a lot more data to work with. That's about it. Other than that, I was playing a lot of poker back then too so I was pretty confident."
Since his victory nine years ago, Cada has cemented his legacy in the history books by claiming two further bracelets, with one of them coming earlier this summer.
"I think the pressure's off a lot now. I think there's a lot of pressure getting to the final table and then there's a lot of pressure at the start of the final table not knowing what's going to happen. Now that the jabs have been thrown and we're six-handed it's all gravy. If I go out next, I go out next. If I make a run, that would be sweet."
2018 WSOP Main Event Day 9 Seat Assignments
|Seat||Player||Country||Age||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||John Cynn||United States||33||61,550,000||62|
|2||Tony Miles||United States||32||57,500,000||58|
|3||Nicolas Manion||United States||35||72,250,000||72|
|4||Aram Zobian||United States||23||16,700,000||17|
|5||Michael Dyer||United States||32||156,500,000||157|
|6||Joe Cada||United States||30||29,275,000||29|
Day 9 will recommence with Level 38 (500,000/1,000,000, with a 150,000-ante).
Day 8 Action at a Glance
Among those to bust were Antoine Labat (9th place, $1,000,000), Artem Metalidi (8th place, $1,250,000) and Alex Lynskey (7th place, $1,500,000).
After the three-way all in to end Day 7, Antoine Labat returned as the shortest stack by far. And the very same cards came to haunt the Frenchman once more to end his run in 9th place. Labat got through with an open-shove once and min-raised on the button in hand #16 soon after. Artem Metalidi moved all in from the small blind with a covering stack and Labat quickly called with two red kings to get shown pocket queens by Metalidi. The flop brought one of the two remaining queens in the deck and Labat became the first casualty of the day.
Michael Dyer dominated the action early, further pulling away at the top of the leaderboard as play neared the first break, and won the biggest pot of the final table with ace-king, getting three streets of value from Nicolas Manion who called down with ace-queen high.
Aram Zobian was the next player to end up all in and at risk when he open-shoved for 13 big blinds with ace-eight suited. Dyer looked him up from one seat over with pocket sixes and an eight on the river saved Zobian, who jumped up and celebrated with his rail.
"When I hit that 12% river it was the most happiness in one moment in my life," said Zobian.
Zobian remained involved in the action just a few minutes later. Metalidi had moved all in for seven big blinds in early position and Zobian moved all in over the top out of the small blind to isolate successfully. Metalidi flipped over pocket fives and found himself flipping against the king-queen suited of Zobian. Two diamonds and a five on the flop saw the rail explode, and a third diamond on the river improved Zobian to a flush and sent Metalidi to the rail in 8th place.
"It's been an incredible run," said Metalidi In his interview after his elimination, "I feel really happy and i couldn't ask for more. This way I have a desire to improve for the next year's to come."
With the goal to reach the final six, one more player had to join the rail and that was to be Alex Lynskey. The Aussie failed to win a single pot the entire day, and despite the wild encouragement from his rail, could not change this state of affairs after three-betting all in out of the big blind over the top of a raise by Dyer and a call by John Cynn. Dyer folded, but Cynn called with king-queen suited to take on the flip against Lynskey's pocket sixes.
A ten-high flop gave Cynn a gutshot and the ten paired up on the turn to give Lynskey more reason to worry. Eventually, a jack fell on the river to give Cynn a winning straight and reduce the field to the final six. Play continued until the end of the level without any further casualties and Joe Cada chipped up at the very end after jamming into Dyer just before bagging and tagging.
The remaining six players will return to the Thunderdome at 5.30pm local time on Friday, July 13, to play down to the final three, and the PokerNews live reporting team will provide hand-for-hand coverage of all the action.
07/12/18 09:14:41 PM PDT
End-of-Day 8 Chip Counts
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||John Cynn||United States||61,550,000||62|
|2||Tony Miles||United States||57,500,000||58|
|3||Nicolas Manion||United States||72,250,000||72|
|4||Aram Zobian||United States||16,700,000||17|
|5||Michael Dyer||United States||156,500,000||157|
|6||Joe Cada||United States||29,275,000||29|
Day 9 will begin at the beginning of Level 38 (500,000/1,000,000, with a 150,000-ante).
|Michael Dyer||156,500,000||25,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||72,250,000||900,000 |
|John Cynn||61,550,000||0 |
|Tony Miles||57,500,000||-900,000 |
|Joe Cada||29,275,000||0 |
|Aram Zobian||16,700,000||-25,000 |
07/12/18 09:07:45 PM PDT
Six Players Bag Up
The remaining six players are bagging up for the evening and a recap of today's action is to follow.
07/12/18 09:02:53 PM PDT
Hands #69-70: Cada Chips Up Late in the Level
Hand #69: John Cynn raised to 1,800,000 from the hijack and everyone folded.
Hand #70: Nicolas Manion opened to 1,600,000 from the cutoff and Joe Cada defended his big blind. The flop came and Cada check-called a bet of 1,500,000 from Manion.
The turn brought the and both players checked to the on the river. Cada led out for 2,500,000 and Manion instantly sent his cards to the muck.
|Michael Dyer||156,475,000||-1,400,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||71,350,000||-3,300,000 |
|John Cynn||61,550,000||1,600,000 |
|Tony Miles||58,400,000||-200,000 |
|Joe Cada||29,275,000||3,900,000 |
|Aram Zobian||16,725,000||-600,000 |
07/12/18 08:58:28 PM PDT
Hands #67-68: Cada Jams Into Manion
Hand #67: Joe Cada raised top 1,700,000 on the cutoff and Tony Miles gave it some thought before calling from the small blind. Nicolas Manion called in the big blind. The flop came and all three players opted to check, heading to the turn. Miles and Manion checked over to initial raiser, Cada, who bet 3,200,000 and just Manion called.
The river completed the board and Manion checked once more. Cada moved all in for 13,400,000 and forced a fold from Manion.
Hand #68: Michael Dyer raised to 1,600,000 first to act and Miles three-bet to 5,200,000 on the button. Dyer released his cards into the muck.
|Michael Dyer||157,875,000||-1,800,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||74,650,000||-5,500,000 |
|John Cynn||59,950,000||-200,000 |
|Tony Miles||58,600,000||1,500,000 |
|Joe Cada||25,375,000||7,000,000 |
|Aram Zobian||17,325,000||-1,000,000 |
07/12/18 08:52:06 PM PDT
Hand #64-66: River Bet from Miles Earns the Pot
Hand #64: The action folded to Aram Zobian who ripped all in for 16,725,000 on the button but both of the blinds folded.
Hand #65: Nicolas Manion opened to 1,800,000 from the hijack and Michael Dyer called on the button. The flop fell and Manion continued for 1,700,000. Dyer quickly folded and Manion dragged in the pot.
Hand #66: Dyer raised to 1,600,000 in the cutoff and Tony Miles defended his big blind. The flop came and Miles checked to Dyer who bet 1,425,000. Miles called and the rolled off on the turn. Both players checked and the completed the board. Miles led out for 3,500,000 and Dyer sent his cards to the muck.
|Michael Dyer||159,675,000||-5,525,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||80,150,000||2,400,000 |
|John Cynn||60,150,000||-1,500,000 |
|Tony Miles||57,100,000||4,625,000 |
|Joe Cada||18,375,000||-1,500,000 |
|Aram Zobian||18,325,000||1,500,000 |
07/12/18 08:45:22 PM PDT
Hands #62-63: Dyer Forces Fold from Cada
Hand #62: Tony Miles raised it up to 1,800,000 on the button and picked up a call from Nicolas Manion out of the small blind and Aram Zobian in the big blind. The flop came and a successful continuation-bet of 1,250,000 by Miles won the pot to let his rail cheer.
Hand #63: Joe Cada made it 1,800,000 to go first to act and Michael Dyer called in the big blind. The duo headed to the flop and Dyer checked. Cada bet 2,000,000 and Dyer almost instantly check-raised to 5,325,000. Cada called and the appeared on the turn.
Dyer bet 7,825,000 and Cada was sent into the think tank. After more than two minutes, Cada let go and dropped to 24 big blinds.
|Michael Dyer||165,200,000||7,925,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||77,750,000||-2,000,000 |
|John Cynn||61,650,000||-200,000 |
|Tony Miles||52,475,000||4,000,000 |
|Joe Cada||19,875,000||-7,325,000 |
|Aram Zobian||16,825,000||-2,400,000 |
07/12/18 08:35:49 PM PDT
Hands #60-61: Miles and Manion Win Small Pots
Hand #60: John Cynn limped in from the small blind and Tony Miles checked his option. The flop fell and both players checked to the on the turn. Cynn checked again and Miles tossed in a bet of 1,400,000. Cynn sent his cards to the muck and Miles scooped the pot.
Hand #61: Aram Zobian raised to 1,800,000 from under the gun and Nicolas Manion defended from the big blind. The flop came and Manion checked-folded to a bet from Zobian.
|Michael Dyer||157,275,000||-200,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||79,750,000||-2,000,000 |
|John Cynn||61,850,000||-1,000,000 |
|Tony Miles||48,475,000||800,000 |
|Joe Cada||27,200,000||-200,000 |
|Aram Zobian||19,225,000||2,600,000 |
07/12/18 08:28:48 PM PDT
Hands #58-59: Manion Wins One Off Dyer
Hand #58: Nicolas Manion raised to 1,800,000 in the cutoff, which won the blinds and antes without resistance.
Hand #59: Manion raised to 1,800,000 for the second hand in a row and Michael Dyer called on the button. On the flop, Manion quickly bet 2,300,000 and Dyer called to see the turn. Manion checked this time, and Dyer made it 3,825,000 to go. Manion called.
The appeared on the river and both players checked. Manion turned over the and that won the pot as Dyer mucked.
|Michael Dyer||157,475,000||-8,525,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||81,750,000||11,325,000 |
|John Cynn||62,850,000||-1,000,000 |
|Tony Miles||47,675,000||-200,000 |
|Joe Cada||27,400,000||-1,400,000 |
|Aram Zobian||16,625,000||-200,000 |
07/12/18 08:25:00 PM PDT
Hands #56-57: Manion Gets a Three-Bet Through
Hand #56: John Cynn raised to 1,800,000 in the cutoff and Nicolas Manion three-bet to 5,500,000 from the small blind. The action was back on Cynn who thought for a minute and then mucked his cards.
Hand #57: Tony Miles opened to 1,800,000 from the cutoff and picked up the blinds and antes.
|Michael Dyer||166,000,000||-1,000,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||70,425,000||3,000,000 |
|John Cynn||63,850,000||-2,000,000 |
|Tony Miles||47,875,000||1,600,000 |
|Joe Cada||28,800,000||-200,000 |
|Aram Zobian||16,825,000||-1,400,000 |
07/12/18 08:20:47 PM PDT
Hands #54-55: Cynn Three-Bets Dyer
Hand #54: Michael Dyer raised to 1,600,000 from the cutoff and John Cynn three-bet to 4,200,000 out of the small blind to break through the dominance of the runaway chip leader, as Dyer quickly folded.
Hand #55: Tony Miles filled up from the small blind and Nicolas Manion raised to 2,200,000, Miles folded.
|Michael Dyer||167,000,000||-1,800,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||67,425,000||1,200,000 |
|John Cynn||65,850,000||2,800,000 |
|Tony Miles||46,275,000||-1,800,000 |
|Joe Cada||29,000,000||-200,000 |
|Aram Zobian||18,225,000||-200,000 |
07/12/18 08:17:28 PM PDT
Hands #52-53: Dyer Extends His Lead
Hand #52: Michael Dyer limped in from the small blind and Joe Cada checked his option. The flop came and Dyer led out for 825,000. Cada quickly folded and Dyer raked in another pot.
Hand #53: Nicolas Manion raised to 2,000,000 from the hijack and Dyer flat-called on the button. The flop fell and both players checked to the on the turn.
Two more checks and the completed the board. Manion checked again and Dyer tossed in a bet of 2,425,000. Manion let his hand go and Dyer extended his lead.
|Michael Dyer||168,800,000||5,000,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||66,225,000||-2,200,000 |
|John Cynn||63,050,000||-1,000,000 |
|Tony Miles||48,075,000||-200,000 |
|Joe Cada||29,200,000||-1,400,000 |
|Aram Zobian||18,425,000||-200,000 |
07/12/18 08:14:10 PM PDT
Hands #50-51: Dyer Wins a Big Pot Off Zobian
Hand #50: Michael Dyer opened to 1,600,000 first to act and claimed the blinds and antes.
Hand #51: Aram Zobian limped in from the small blind and Dyer raised to 2,150,000 out of the big blind, which Zobian called. The flop brought and Zobian checked over to Dyer, who continued for 1,825,000. Zobian called and the fell on the turn. Zobian checked and called Dyer's second barrel for 3,125,000.
The appeared on the river and Zobian checked before facing a third barrel worth 9,650,000. Zobian called without much hesitation and Dyer turned over the for a full house, Zobian mucked .
|Michael Dyer||163,800,000||18,950,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||68,425,000||-600,000 |
|John Cynn||64,050,000||-200,000 |
|Tony Miles||48,275,000||-200,000 |
|Joe Cada||30,600,000||-200,000 |
|Aram Zobian||18,625,000||-17,750,000 |
07/12/18 08:08:10 PM PDT
Hands #48-49: Zobian Wins with a C-Bet
Hand #48: Aram Zobian opened to 1,800,000 from middle position and Tony Miles called from the big blind. The flop came and Miles check-folded to a bet of 1,100,000 from Zobian.
Hand #49: John Cynn raised to 1,800,000 on the button and picked up the blinds and antes.
|Michael Dyer||144,850,000||-200,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||69,025,000||-1,000,000 |
|John Cynn||64,250,000||1,600,000 |
|Tony Miles||48,475,000||-2,400,000 |
|Aram Zobian||36,375,000||2,200,000 |
|Joe Cada||30,800,000||-200,000 |
07/12/18 08:02:55 PM PDT
Alex Lynskey Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,500,000)
Hand #47: Michael Dyer raised it up to 1,600,000 in the cutoff and John Cynn called in the small blind. Lynskey moved all in for 11,525,000 out of the big blind and Dyer asked for a count. Dyer folded, Cynn gave it some thought and called.
Lynskey's rail started shouting for a six and the flop came to give Cynn a gutshot along with his two over cards. The shouting continued to the turn, giving Cynn even more outs to deal the final blow to Lynskey.
With one card to come, the rails went silent for just a moment, and the river sent Lynskey to the rail in seventh place for $1,500,000. Lynskey didn't win a single hand on the day, however, the seven-figure payday will surely ease the pain.
The action for the day will continue until the end of the current level or the next elimination takes place, whichever of the two comes first.
|Michael Dyer||145,050,000||-1,800,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||70,025,000||-200,000 |
|John Cynn||62,650,000||12,825,000 |
|Tony Miles||50,875,000||3,300,000 |
|Aram Zobian||34,175,000||-200,000 |
|Joe Cada||31,000,000||-600,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||0||-13,325,000 |
07/12/18 08:00:20 PM PDT
Hand #46: Miles Three-Bets Against Lynskey
Hand #46: Alex Lynskey raised to 1,600,000 first to act and Tony Miles three-bet to 4,800,000 from one seat over. Action folded back to Lynskey and gave it some thought before releasing his cards into the muck.
07/12/18 07:50:50 PM PDT
Hands #44-45: Lynskey Still With Zero Pots Won at the Final Table
Hand #44: Tony Miles raised to 1,800,000 from the cutoff and the button and blinds all folded.
Hand #45: Alex Lynskey opened to 1,600,000 in early position and Michael Dyer called from the small blind along with Joe Cada in the big blind. The flop came and the action checked around to the on the turn.
Dyer led out for 2,375,000 which was followed by quick folds from Cada and Lynskey.
|Michael Dyer||146,850,000||2,900,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||70,225,000||-200,000 |
|John Cynn||49,825,000||-200,000 |
|Tony Miles||47,575,000||1,700,000 |
|Aram Zobian||34,375,000||-600,000 |
|Joe Cada||31,600,000||-1,800,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||13,325,000||-1,800,000 |
07/12/18 07:46:14 PM PDT
Hands #42-43: Dyer Takes it on the Flop
Hand #42: Michael Dyer raised to 1,600,000 and was called by Tony Miles in the small blind and Nicolas Manion in the big blind. The trio headed to a flop of and action checked to Dyer, who took down the pot with a successful continuation bet of 1,825,000.
Hand #43: Joe Cada raised it up to 1,700,000 and that won the blinds and antes without resistance.
|Michael Dyer||143,950,000||3,700,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||70,425,000||-2,200,000 |
|John Cynn||50,025,000||-200,000 |
|Tony Miles||45,875,000||-1,800,000 |
|Aram Zobian||34,975,000||-1,000,000 |
|Joe Cada||33,400,000||1,700,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||15,125,000||-200,000 |
07/12/18 07:38:53 PM PDT
Hands #40-41: Miles Switches Positions with Cada
Hand #40: Tony Miles opened to 1,800,000 from under the gun and Michael Dyer called from the cutoff. The flop came and Miles led out for 2,500,000. Dyer made the call and the landed on the turn.
Miles checked this time and Dyer threw in a bet of 5,200,000. Miles gave it some brief thought but sent his cards to the muck, sending the pot to Dyer.
Hand #41: Joe Cada raised to 1,700,000 from the cutoff and Miles defended his big blind. The flop fell and Miles checked to Cada who continued for 2,200,000. Miles called to see the pair the board on the turn.
Miles checked again and Cada fired another 5,300,000 into the pot. Miles still called and the hit the river. Miles led out this time for 7,800,000 and Cada sent his cards to the muck.
|Michael Dyer||140,250,000||6,000,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||72,625,000||-200,000 |
|John Cynn||50,225,000||-600,000 |
|Tony Miles||47,675,000||5,800,000 |
|Aram Zobian||35,975,000||-200,000 |
|Joe Cada||31,700,000||-9,400,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||15,325,000||-1,400,000 |
07/12/18 07:28:12 PM PDT
Hands #38-39: Zobian's Second Barrel Does the Trick
Hand #38: Aram Zobian raised to 1,800,000 on the button and Joe Cada called in the big blind. The flop fell and Cada's check resulted in a bet of 1,400,000 by Zobian. Cada called. On the turn, Cada checked once more and Zobian made it 5,150,000. That ended up winning the pot for Zobian, as Cada folded.
Hand #39: Tony Miles made it 1,800,000 to go and claimed the blinds and antes without resistance.
|Michael Dyer||134,250,000||-600,000 |
|Nicolas Manion||72,825,000||-200,000 |
|John Cynn||50,825,000||-1,000,000 |
|Tony Miles||41,875,000||1,700,000 |
|Joe Cada||41,100,000||-3,800,000 |
|Aram Zobian||36,175,000||4,100,000 |
|Alex Lynskey||16,725,000||-200,000 |