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2018 WSOP Main Event Winner

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JOHN CYNN | Earnings: $9,513,071

AGE 33
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It took over 10 hours of back-and-forth struggle, but John Cynn overcame Tony Miles in a heads-up match for the ages to win the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8.8 million, topping a field of 7,874. The win completes a redemption story for Cynn, who bubbled the unofficial final table in the 2016 Main Event, just missing a chance to participate in the last November Nine when Gordon Vayo busted him in 11th place. "Feels very different," Cynn said, reflecting on the two results. "I mean really neither is supposed to happen. To make 11th is insane on its own, and to win, that's literally something that you dream of but you just never expect to happen. Right now I do feel pretty overwhelmed."

2018 Bracelet Winners

Jordan Hufty
Event #1
Won: $61,909       Entries: 566
Las Vegas poker dealer and supervisor wins $61,909 and first bracelet in the first event on the 2018 schedule The Michigan native fulfilled a 15-year poker dream by winning his first bracelet. His two roommates, who he credits for a lot of the improvements in his game, were on the rail for his victory.
Elio Fox
Event #2
Won: $393,693       Entries: 243
2011 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion wins second bracelet in first open event of the summer. New York poker pro defeats 243 entries to win $393,693 in first-ever super turbo bounty format in WSOP history. Fox defeats Adam Adler heads-up and defeats a star-studded final table that featured Paul Volpe, Danny Wong, Alex Foxen and 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada.
Joe Cada
Event #3
Won: $226,218       Entries: 363
2009 Main Event champ wins third career bracelet in popular shootout Event #3. Cada moves over $10.3 million in career WSOP earnings with win. Cad collects $226,218 with late surge to Event #3 title.
Julien Martini
Event #4
Won: $239,771       Entries: 911
Martini becomes first French player to win a bracelet in Las Vegas since 2014. Martini earns $239,711 and his first WSOP bracelet.
Nick Petrangelo
Event #5
Won: $2,910,227       Entries: 105
High-stakes tournament pro wins second bracelet in one of the biggest buy-ins of the summer. Petrangelo defeats 105 entries and Elio Fox heads-up to win $2,910,227. With his second-place finish, Fox finishes just shy of second bracelet of the summer, while taking an early lead in the WSOP POY race.
Jeremy Perrin
Event #6
Won: $250,966       Entries: 8,920
North Carolina's Perrin wins Event #6, $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold'em, for first WSOP bracelet. Perrin claims gold while playing in first-ever WSOP bracelet event. Greensboro's Perrin tops massive 8,920-entrant 'GIANT' tourney.

Event #7
Won: $1,000,000       Entries: 13,070
Brazilian restaurant owner takes down 13,070 to earn first bracelet and $1,000,000 in Colossus win. Before Thursday’s final table, Felicio only had three WSOP cashes, two of which were Circuit events in Brazil, totaling just $4,682. Felicio defeated Sang Liu heads-up in a back-and-forth heads-up battle, bested a final table that featured John Racener, TK Miles and Scott Margereson.

Event #8
Won: $180,455       Entries: 321
Becker staves off elimination to come back to triumph over runner-up Scott Seiver. Becker is an online lowball-games specialist who loves deuce-to-seven and badugi. Becker took second place in the 2017 WSOP Poker Players Championship.

Event #9
Won: $154,996       Entries: 2,972
Journalist from France wins $154,995 and first bracelet in the first of four online bracelets this year. Reymond defeats 2,972 entries, making it the largest online field in WSOP history. Along with his first WSOP title, Reymond earns his first career WSOP cash.

Event #10
Won: $417,921       Entries: 169
Pennsylvania's Volpe collects third gold bracelet in Omaha 8-or-Better event. West Chester, PA pro outlasts 169-player field to earn $417,921. Volpe adds win to 3rd-place finish in $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event.

Event #11
Won: $117,024       Entries: 3,250
British Columbia's Andrew triumphs in Event #11, wins first gold WSOP bracelet. PLO enthusiast Tim Andrew wins first WSOP bracelet event he's ever entered. Cash-game PLO player and former student Andrew wins debut edition of PLO GIANT event.

Event #12
Won: $129,882       Entries: 406
Oregon cash-gamer Harkin tops tourney pros to claim first WSOP gold bracelet. Denver native and former loan officer Harkin has been a “most time” player since 2003. Omaha specialist Harkin earns $129,882 in victory.

Event #13
Won: $315,346       Entries: 1,306
Moon earns $315,346 in first-ever WSOP cash. San Diego cash-gamer Moon celebrates return to poker following hiatus. Moon wins first bracelet awarded in “big blind antes” WSOP event.

Event #14
Won: $87,678       Entries: 260
Colombian poker pro wins first bracelet and $87,678, defeating 260 entries in the first lowball tournament of the summer. Ospina becomes the first Colombian bracelet winner in WSOP history. Won his first bracelet after taking two years away from the game to get in a more positive state of mind.

Event #15
Won: $202,787       Entries: 731
Russian mixed games specialist wins first bracelet and $202,787 in first HORSE event of the summer. The 29-year-old achieved his 13-year dream of winning a WSOP gold bracelet. Zhigalov came back on an unscheduled fourth day to defeat Timothy Frazin heads-up and become this year’s first Russian winner.

Event #16
Won: $185,965       Entries: 114
Poker pro wins second bracelet and $185,965 to continue his epic heater over the last several weeks. Bonomo won seven separate heads-up matches en route to his second gold bracelet win, defeating British online pro Jason McConnon in the finals. The Colorado native was only one of two Americans to cash the event and the only one to make the final day of action.

Event #17
Won: $378,743       Entries: 1,663
Dimov routs final table to claim $378,743 and first WSOP bracelet. Former EPT main event winner tops 6-Max final featuring four former bracelet winners. Dimov logs second-largest cash of his global poker career with Event #17 triumph.

Event #18
Won: $293,275       Entries: 111
Poker pro defeats 111-entry field, earning second bracelet and $292,375. Friedman displays well-rounded poker talent in a tournament that has more poker variants than any other event on the schedule. Ohio native defeats Stuart Rutter heads-up on an unscheduled fourth day of play to top a final table that featured bracelet winners David ‘ODB’ Baker, Chris Klodnicki and Marco Johnson.

Event #19
Won: $181,790       Entries: 2,419
Former Circuit ring winner Varnell adds first bracelet to WSOP jewelry collection. Varnell earns $181,790 in career-best cash. Colorado native has played full time since 2014, credits poker with saving his life.

Event #20
Won: $537,710       Entries: 518
New York derivatives trader wins first bracelet and $537,710 after besting 518 entries. George town grad extends his trip to Vegas and takes time off work to fit in a bracelet victory. Wien mounts a massive comeback over a nearly five-hour heads-up battle with David Laka, denying the 21-year-old pro his first bracelet.

Event #21
Won: $1,173,223       Entries: 7,361
26-year-old German student takes down $1,173,223 in giant win. Kern's first bracelet and million-plus payday comes in only his third WSOP cash. Huge cash is more than 20 times Kern's prior global lifetime poker-tournament earnings.

Event #22
Won: $147,348       Entries: 481
England's Long wins $147,348 and first WSOP bracelet in Event #22 triumph. Long dominates final table, helps deny Daniel Negreanu a seventh WSOP bracelet. Birmingham native and current London resident also operates a poker-related business.

Event #23
Won: $259,670       Entries: 95
Long-time pro wins fourth bracelet and $259,670 in Doyle Brunson’s last WSOP event. Rast adds to his perfect record in heads-up matches with a bracelet on the line, defeating Mike Wattel heads-up. Brunson finishes sixth in his final hurrah at the World Series of Poker.

Event #24
Won: $653,581       Entries: 1,637
Australian pro claims first WSOP gold bracelet in five-day Event #22, $2,620 NLHE. 23-year old Addamo has already logged 17 career WSOP cashes, over $1M in earnings. Former Aussie online player has relocated to Thailand while also playing live global events.

Event #25
Won: $173,528       Entries: 596
British pro wins first bracelet, tops 596 entries and wins $173,528. 29-year-old plays mostly no-limit hold’em but won his first bracelet in one of his favorite poker variants. Dobson defeated Jesse Martin and Timothy Finne on an unscheduled fourth day of play.

Event #26
Won: $169,842       Entries: 986
Maryland's Stavrakis collects $169,842 and first gold bracelet in Event #26 triumph. Stavrakis dedicates win to late younger brother, Jimmy. Big payday more than doubles Stavrakis's lifetime WSOP earnings.

Event #27
Won: $414,692       Entries: 166
Pennsylvania's John Hennigan earns fifth career WSOP bracelet in Event #27 victory. Hennigan moves into tie for 16th on WSOP all-time bracelet wins list. $414,692 payday boosts Hennigan's lifetime WSOP earnings to nearly $4.7 million.

Event #28
Won: $461,798       Entries: 868
Los Angeles entrepreneur wins first bracelet and $461,798. 31-year-old’s first bracelet comes just over a year after taking down his first live tournament, a WSOP Circuit high roller event at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino. Yifrach defeats James Mackey heads-up on an unscheduled fourth day of play, denying Mackey his second career bracelet.

Event #29
Won: $117,282       Entries: 356
Cash-gamer Tran wins fixed-limit lowball gold in rare tourney appearance. Austria's Tran earns $117,282 and first WSOP bracelet in Event #29 triumph. Tran claims lowball title while on annual WSOP poker “vacation”.

Event #30
Won: $217,123       Entries: 799
New Jersey native scores fourth cash of series, first bracelet and $217,123. 30-year-old day trader takes leave of absence from his job to play a full schedule at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Had a very successful five-month stretch online before the WSOP, took that profit and parlayed it into a full summer’s worth of events.

Event #31
Won: $105,629       Entries: 310
Albini wins first career bracelet in Event #31, topping four prior bracelet winners in final. Chicago recording-studio owner and “poker” hobbyist claims largest cash of WSOP career. Shellac of North America bandmember claims WSOP gold on brief WSOP visit.

Event #32
Won: $662,676       Entries: 5,918
Chabot College (CA) statistics teacher tops 5,918-player field for first gold bracelet. Davis wins $662,676 in first year of eligibility in Event #32, $1,000 Seniors NLHE win. California's Davis comes from behind in heads-up duel to take Seniors gold.

Event #33
Won: $1,239,126       Entries: 87
South Florida pro has his name etched on the Chip Reese Memorial trophy for record-setting third time. Mizrachi defeats 87 entries and takes home $1,239,126 to earn his fourth career bracelet. Mizrachi’s fourth bracelet gives both him and his brother, Robert, four WSOP titles.

Event #34
Won: $644,224       Entries: 5,700
Las Vegas cash game pro earns first bracelet and $644,224. High-stakes grinder defeats massive field of 5,700 entries in inaugural double stack event. One of the loudest rails of the summer with several top pros in attendance for a final table that spanned two days on the sidelines supporting Peacock.

Event #35
Won: $211,781       Entries: 773
Long time Chinese grinder earns first bracelet and $211,781. Engineer breaks more than two-decade long draught, wins first bracelet with 72nd career WSOP cash. Poker ambassador in China tops last year’s sixth-place finish in this event.

Event #36
Won: $311,451       Entries: 2,191
Mother of three-time bracelet winner, Farzad, scores a bracelet of her own and $311,451. Becomes the first mother-son duo in poker history to win WSOP bracelets. Bonyadi erased a 4.5-to-1 chip disadvantage heads-up to defeat Robert Beach heads-up and top a massive, 2,191-entry field.

Event #37
Won: $319,580       Entries: 1,330
Former top online pro takes down second bracelet and $319,580. Dedicates second bracelet to his late father. Defeats 2016 Nevada Online Player of the Year, Ian Steinman, heads-up.

Event #38
Won: $236,238       Entries: 83
Westwood's Birman collects $236,238 and first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #38 win. Cash-game player Birman makes rare tourney appearance, claims win in fourth-ever WSOP cash. Full-time business owner plays stud poker games as a “hobby”.

Event #39
Won: $236,498       Entries: 908
Bay-area player Lee earns first WSOP gold bracelet and $236,498 in Event #39 triumph. 32-year-old online and cash-game player wins title in third-ever WSOP cash. Millbrae, CA's Lee survives 131-hand heads-up duel for win.

Event #40
Won: $122,138       Entries: 205
Bohlman earns $122,138 and first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #40 victory. Bohlman dominates final day's action on way to largest payday of WSOP career. First bracelet for Chicago-area investor comes in 52nd bracelet-event cash.

Event #41
Won: $173,568       Entries: 596
Los Angeles real estate consultant wins first bracelet and $173,568 in first limit hold’em event of the summer. Nicknamed ‘Rec Rob’ by his fellow poker players in L.A., tops a final table full of professionals. Kevin Song finishes runner-up, just shy of his second bracelet, after winning the 1997 $2,000 limit hold’em event.

Event #42
Won: $1,402,683       Entries: 230
Deeb wins third career WSOP gold bracelet and $1,402,603 in Event #42 victory. Career best payday pushes Deeb over $3.3 million in lifetime WSOP earnings. Deeb's previous bracelet wins came in 2015 and 2016.

Event #43
Won: $507,274       Entries: 1,248
Israel's Margolin collects $507,274 and first WSOP gold bracelet in victory. Ukraine-born Margolin wins same event in which he finished as runner-up in 2015. Margolin boosts WSOP lifetime earnings to nearly $950,000 with huge payday.

Event #44
Won: $287,987       Entries: 109
Texas real estate investor bests 109 entries to earn $287,987 and his first bracelet. This was Seiken’s first standalone triple draw tournament he ever entered. Seiken was the lone amateur at the final table and defeated Randy Ohel heads-up, who fell short of his second bracelet, both of which would have come in triple draw.

Event #45
Won: $258,255       Entries: 1,712
Spanish pro scores first bracelet and $258,255 in two-day event. Garcia goes on tear to end the tournaments, eliminating the final five players in just 13 hands. 31-year-old poker pro gets redemption after last year’s runner-up finish in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em.

Event #46
Won: $214,291       Entries: 402
Brookshire mounts comeback to win $214,291 and first WSOP gold bracelet. Maryland pro and prior Circuit ring winner makes stunning comeback during heads-up play. Brookshire's big payday more than 10 times his previous lifetime WSOP earnings.

Event #47
Won: $135,078       Entries: 1,223
New Jersey pro wins second of four online bracelets of the summer, defeating 1,223 entries for $135,077. Mendez makes WSOP history – with shared liquidity in Nevada and New Jersey, Mendez becomes the first player in WSOP history to win an open North American bracelet event from outside Las Vegas. 29-year-old comes back from 5-to-1 chip deficit heads-up to win first bracelet.

Event #48
Won: $1,037,451       Entries: 6,260
28-year-old Canadian defeats 6,260 entries and earned $1,037,451 along with first bracelet. Nguyen was one class away from obtaining his undergraduate degree in accounting. He put it off to take a two-year shot at a professional poker career. Parlayed a small bankroll into a six-figure score in Montreal and used that money to play a full scheduled at the Rio.

Event #49
Won: $1,018,336       Entries: 476
Poker pro from Reno defeats biggest field in the history of the event, besting 476 entries and earning $1,018,336. Klein wins his third bracelet in as many summers, joining Allen Cunningham and Matt Matros as the only players to do that post-Moneymaker. All three of Klein’s bracelets involve PLO, with titles in the $1,500 PLO, the $1,500 no-limit hold’em/PLO and now the PLO Championship event.

Event #50
Won: $125,431       Entries: 389
‘Razz specialist’ takes first down first of two razz events of the summer. Kwon defeats 389 entries and nets $125,431. Came back from just a few bets during four-handed play to take the chip lead three-handed en route to his win, defeating Dzmitry Urbanovich heads-up.

Event #51
Won: $272,765       Entries: 1,983
Leng earns his first WSOP bracelet and $272,765. After a runner-up finish last year, Leng now earns his first bracelet. Ranno Sootla finishes in 2nd place, just barely missing out on becoming Estonia’s first bracelet winner.

Event #52
Won: $296,222       Entries: 114
Seiver earns $296,222 and second career WSOP gold bracelet in win. New York's Seiver pushes career WSOP winnings to nearly $4.6 million. Seiver's increasing fondness for mixed games pays off with bracelet win.

Event #53
Won: $244,370       Entries: 935
Couden earns $244,370 in his eighth WSOP cash of 2018. Couden defeats stacked final table to claim victory. Bruno Fitoussi finishes runner up, just barely misses out on third French bracelet of the year.

Event #54
Won: $522,715       Entries: 1,020
Poker pro from Portugal bests 1,020 entries to earn $522,715 and his first gold bracelet. Veiga becomes the third ever Portuguese bracelet winner and first to win one in Las Vegas. Fifth place finisher Tom McCormick records 74th career WSOP cash and has third most cashes without a bracelet.

Event #55
Won: $87,902       Entries: 1,032
German and Indian pro team up to take down a 1,032-team field, earning their first bracelets and $87,902 each. The two teamed up after Luther reached out on social media. They played against one another in a $3,000 no-limit event at the 2017 WSOP. Luther becomes the second consecutive Indian winner in the tag team event, following in the footsteps of Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant, last year’s winner.

Event #55
Won: $87,903       Entries: 1,032
German and Indian pro team up to take down a 1,032-team field, earning their first bracelets and $87,902 each. The two teamed up after Luther reached out on social media. They played against one another in a $3,000 no-limit event at the 2017 WSOP. Luther becomes the second consecutive Indian winner in the tag team event, following in the footsteps of Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant, last year’s winner.

Event #56
Won: $309,220       Entries: 119
Las Vegas pro Anderson earns second career WSOP gold bracelet in Event #56 triumph. Oklahoma native Anderson collects $309,220 in lowball championship win. Anderson boosts career WSOP earnings to $1,320,827 with 37th lifetime cash.

Event #57
Won: $130,230       Entries: 696
Florida poker pro Dawley tops 696-player field to win first career WSOP bracelet. Dawley more than doubles her career WSOP earnings with $130,230 winner's payday. Indiana native and armed-forces veteran Dawley wins gold in 25th lifetime WSOP cash.

Event #58
Won: $616,302       Entries: 621
Las Vegas pro Bellande claims long-sought first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #58 win. Bellande earns second-largest payday of WSOP career, $616,302. Bellande dominates most of Day 3 finale before needing late comeback for victory.

Event #59
Won: $198,568       Entries: 2,065
Takayama collects Philippines' first-ever WSOP gold bracelet. 29-year-old poker pro from Mandaluyong City, earns $198,568 in Event #59 triumph. Takayama rolls over final table in one-day “super turbo” event, eliminating 7 of 8 final-table opponents.

Event #60
Won: $567,788       Entries: 237
Owner of Run It Once Poker tops 237-player field, earning $567,788 and adding a third gold bracelet to his collection. Galfond, a professional poker player out of Maryland, boosts his total WSOP earnings to right around 2.8 million dollars,

Event #61
Won: $238,779       Entries: 1,635
Poker pro from Chicago defeats 1,635 entries to earn first bracelet and $238,779. 27-year-old tops biggest online event in WSOP history. Defeats Anthony Maio in back-and-forth heads-up battle that lasted two hours and saw five lead changes.

Event #62
Won: $888,888       Entries: 8,598
New York City's Hall claims first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #62's extra Day 4 play. Full-time hedge-fund manager and part-time high-stakes poker pro collects $888,888 cash. Stanford grad and California native earns second-largest cash of pro career.

Event #63
Won: $341,599       Entries: 480
Kornuth defeats 480 entries to win second bracelet and $341,598. Denver native joins Nipun Java as only players to have a bracelet live and online. With the win, the founder of Chip Leader Coaching crosses the $1.4 million mark in WSOP earnings.

Event #64
Won: $364,387       Entries: 141
Arizona pro wins first bracelet and $364,387 after defeating 141 entries and WSOP Player of the Year contender Scott Bohlman heads-up. 28-year-old didn’t plan on playing the event until his friend bought a small piece and said ‘Come on, just gamble.’ Denies Bohlman his second bracelet of the summer in Chicago grinder’s 10th cash of the summer.

Event #66
Won: $323,472       Entries: 1,351
Tan, a native of Nanning, China, earns first WSOP gold bracelet and $323,472 payday. Former LA-based real-estate agent Tan recently moved to Las Vegas to play more poker. Tan's big Event #66 payday is nearly 10 times his previous WSOP lifetime winnings.

Event #67
Won: $141,161       Entries: 833
27-year-old from New Orleans defeats 833 entries, wins $141,161 and first bracelet. Manager for brass band ‘The Soul Rebels’ scores WSOP cash in just second WSOP event after busting out of Main Event on Day 2. At his first-ever WSOP, Ireland defeats Matt O’Donnell heads-up, denying O’Donnell his second career bracelet.

Event #68
Won: $559,332       Entries: 4,732
Shanghai, China's Wei earns first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #68 victory. Wei earns $559,332 in just the second cash of his WSOP career. Wei makes a king-high straight flush on the river in the event's final hand to seal the title.

Event #69
Won: $433,075       Entries: 901
26-year-old Dutch pro wins first bracelet and $433,075. Cash game pro wins first bracelet in just his third career WSOP cash. Scott Bohlman continues monster 2018 WSOP with a third-place finish.

Event #70
Won: $154,338       Entries: 221
Al-Keliddar defeats 221 entries, wins $154,338 and first bracelet. The high-powered businessman, attorney, real estate investor and former stand-up comedian makes a triumphant return to the WSOP, cashing for the first time since 2004. Longtime Finnish pro, Juha Helppi finishes second for another near-miss at his first bracelet.

Event #71
Won: $485,082       Entries: 452
Hellmuth comes from behind to claim gold in Event #71, $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Wisconsin native and Palo Alto, California resident Hellmuth earns $485,082 in victory. Hellmuth extends his own WSOP cashes record with 134th in-the-money finish.

Event #72
Won: $197,461       Entries: 707
Local player from Las Vegas defeats 707 entries, wins first bracelet and $197,461. The mostly cash game player secures first win at first career WSOP in his seventh cash of the summer. Maryland native marked the event on his calendar and skipped other events to take his shot at this specific mix.

Event #73
Won: $199,586       Entries: 1,221
Russian Federation's Timofeev collects $199,586 in winning two-day Event #73 title. Online turbo grinder Timofeev claims first WSOP gold bracelet in just second-ever WSOP cash. Timofeev prevails in see-saw heads-up duel for win against Spanish pro Leo Margets.

Event #74
Won: $814,179       Entries: 355
Poker pro wins second bracelet of the summer and fourth of career, defeating 355 entries and earning $814,179. 32-year-old New York native pulls away from John Hennigan in WSOP Player of the Year race. Deeb comes back from massive chip deficit against Paul Volpe in a rematch from their heads-up battle in the 2015 pot-limit hold’em championship.

Event #75
Won: $612,886       Entries: 3,120
Cada wins Event #75 just two days after fifth-place finish in 2018 WSOP Main Event. Cada collects second gold bracelet of career summer and fourth of career in triumph. 2009 Main Event champ Cada moves over $13 million in lifetime WSOP earnings with victory.

Event #76
Won: $233,202       Entries: 354
Hastings earns fourth career WSOP gold bracelet in Event #76 victory. $233,202 payday boosts Hastings' lifetime WSOP earnings to $2,271,508. Hastings mounts big comeback during heads-up play to secure bracelet win.

Event #77
Won: $1,650,773       Entries: 128
Las Vegas based poker pro defeats 128 entries to earn third bracelet and $1,650,773. In one of the summer’s final events, the 32-year-old puts up a career-best WSOP score, defeating one of the toughest final tables of the summer. Primarily a mixed games player, Yu began taking shots at high rollers thanks to advice from Justin Bonomo.

Event #78
Won: $10,000,000       Entries: 27
Bonomo wins $10,000,000 and moves to the top of the all-time money list.

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