2018 World Series of Poker

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2018 World Series of Poker
LocationRio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
DatesMay 30-July 17, 2018
Champion
United States John Cynn
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The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the 49th annual tournament, and took place from May 30 to July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was a record 78 bracelet events. The $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event began on July 2 and concluded on July 15.[1][2]

The Main Event, as well as the Big One for One Drop, were again streamed in their entirety on ESPN and Poker Central.[3]

The 2018 World Series of Poker featured the announced retirement of ten-time bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Fame member Doyle Brunson from tournament poker, an announcement that came after he registered for the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (Event 23).[4] Brunson made the final table of the event and finished in sixth place.

Schedule changes[edit]

The World Series of Poker introduced the Big Blind Ante to eight events. This format made the big blind pay the ante for the entire table. It was utilized for events 13, 20, 45, 54, 74, 77 and 78.[5]

Event schedule[edit]

Source: [6]

# Event Entrants Winner Prize Runner-up Results
1 $565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em 566 Jordan Hufty $61,909 Jodie Sanders Results
2 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 243 Elio Fox $393,693 Adam Adler Results
3 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 363 Joe Cada $226,218 Sam Phillips Results
4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 911 Julien Martini $239,771 Kate Hoang Results
5 $100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 105 Nick Petrangelo $2,910,227 Elio Fox Results
6 $365 Giant No Limit Hold'em 8,920 Jeremy Perrin $250,000 Luis Vazquez Results
7 $565 Colossus No Limit Hold'em 13,070 Roberly Felicio $1,000,000 Sang Liu Results
8 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 321 Johannes Becker $180,455 Scott Seiver Results
9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 169 Paul Volpe $417,921 Eli Elezra Results
10 $365 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em 2,972 William Reymond $154,996 Shawn Stroke Results
11 $365 Giant Pot Limit Omaha 3,250 Tim Andrew $116,015 Pete Arroyos Results
12 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed 406 Jeremy Harkin $129,882 Frankie O'Dell Results
13 $1,500 Big Blind Antes No Limit Hold'em 1,306 Benjamin Moon $315,346 Romain Lewis Results
14 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 260 Daniel Ospina $87,678 Tim McDermott Results
15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 731 Andrey Zhigalov $202,787 Timothy Frazin Results
16 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship 114 Justin Bonomo $185,965 Jason McConnon Results
17 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 1,663 Ognyan Dimov $378,743 Antonio Barbato Results
18 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed 111 Adam Friedman $293,275 Stuart Rutter Results
19 $565 Pot Limit Omaha 2,419 Craig Varnell $181,790 Seth Zimmerman Results
20 $5,000 Big Blind Antes No Limit Hold'em 518 Jeremy Wien $537,710 David Laka Results
21 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker 7,361 Arne Kern $1,173,223 Sam Razavi Results
22 $1,500 Eight Game Mix 481 Philip Long $147,348 Kevin Malis Results
23 $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 95 Brian Rast $259,670 Mike Wattel Results
24 $2,620 The Marathon No Limit Hold'em 1,637 Michael Addamo $653,581 Mark Sleet Results
25 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 596 Benjamin Dobson $173,528 Tim Finne Results
26 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 986 Filippos Stavrakis $169,842 Jordan Siegel Results
27 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. 166 John Hennigan $414,692 David "Bakes" Baker Results
28 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 868 Gal Yifrach $461,798 James Mackey Results
29 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 356 Hanh Tran $117,282 Oscar Johansson Results
30 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 799 Ryan Bambrick $217,123 Sampo Ryynanen Results
31 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 310 Steven Albini $105,629 Jeff Lisandro Results
32 $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em 5,919 Matthew Davis $662,983 Bill Stabler Results
33 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 87 Michael Mizrachi $1,239,126 John Hennigan Results
34 $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em 5,700 Robert Peacock $644,224 Nicholas Salimbene Results
35 $1,500 Mixed Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo/Big O 773 Yueqi Zhu $211,781 Gabe Ramos Results
36 $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em 2,191 Farhintaj Bonyadi $311,451 Robert Beach Results
37 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,330 Eric Baldwin $319,580 Ian Steinman Results
38 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 83 Yaniv Birman $236,238 Jesse Martin Results
39 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 908 Preston Lee $236,498 Corey Dodd Results
40 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet 205 Scott Bohlman $122,138 Ryan Hughes Results
41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em 596 Robert Nehorayan $173,568 Kevin Song Results
42 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller 230 Shaun Deeb $1,402,683 Ben Yu Results
43 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,248 Timur Margolin $507,274 Ismael Bojang Results
44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship 109 Nicholas Seiken $287,987 Randy Ohel Results
45 $1,000 Big Blind Antes No Limit Hold'em 1,712 Mario Prats $258,255 Matthew Hunt Results
46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 402 David Brookshire $214,291 Brendan Taylor Results
47 $565 WSOP.com Online Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed 1,223 Matthew Mendez $135,078 Marton Czuczor Results
48 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack 6,260 Tommy Nguyen $1,037,451 James Carroll Results
49 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship 476 Loren Klein $1,018,336 Rep Porter Results
50 $1,500 Razz 389 Jay Kwon $125,431 Dzmitry Urbanovich Results
51 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty 1,983 Ryan Leng $272,765 Ranno Sootla Results
52 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship 114 Scott Seiver $296,222 Matt Szymaszek Results
53 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 935 Joey Couden $244,370 Bruno Fitoussi Results
54 $3,000 Big Blind Antes No Limit Hold'em 1,020 Diogo Veiga $522,715 Barry Hutter Results
55 $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em 1,032 Nikita Luther
Giuseppe Pantaleo
$175,805 Kazuki Ikeuchi
Hiroki Iwata
Sho Mori
Results
56 $10,000 Razz Championship 119 Calvin Anderson $309,220 Frank Kassela Results
57 $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 696 Jessica Dawley $130,230 Jill Pike Results
58 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 621 Jean-Robert Bellande $616,302 Dean Lyall Results
59 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 2,065 Mike Takayama $198,568 Lorenc Puka Results
60 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 237 Phil Galfond $567,790 Michael McKenna Results
61 $1,000 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em Championship 1,635 Ryan Tosoc $238,778 Anthony Maio Results
62 $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed 8,598 Galen Hall $888,888 Eduards Kudrjavcevs Results
63 $3,200 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em High Roller 480 Chance Kornuth $341,598 David Goodman Results
64 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 141 Dan Matsuzuki $364,387 Scott Bohlman Results
65 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event 7,874 John Cynn $8,800,000 Tony Miles Results
66 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,351 Longsheng Tan $323,472 Lanny Levine Results
67 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty 833 Anderson Ireland $141,161 Matt O'Donnell Results
68 $1,111 The Little One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em 4,732 Guoliang Wei $559,332 Francois Tosques Results
69 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed 901 Ronald Keijzer $475,033 Romain Lewis Results
70 $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 221 Yaser Al-Keliddar $154,338 Juha Helppi Results
71 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 452 Phil Hellmuth $485,082 Steven Wolansky Results
72 $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed 707 Jordan Polk $197,461 Fernando Brito Results
73 $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em 1,221 Denis Timofeev $199,586 Leo Margets Results
74 $10,000 Big Blind Antes No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship 355 Shaun Deeb $814,179 Paul Volpe Results
75 $1,500 The Closer No Limit Hold'em 3,120 Joe Cada $612,886 Paawan Bansal Results
76 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. 354 Brian Hastings $233,202 Andrew Brown Results
77 $50,000 Big Blind Antes No Limit Hold'em High Roller 128 Ben Yu $1,650,773 Sean Winter Results
78 $1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em 27 Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 Fedor Holz Results

Player of the Year[edit]

Standings
Rank Name Points
1 United States Shaun Deeb 5,073.92
2 United States Ben Yu 3,746.04
3 United States Joe Cada 3,531.86
4 United States John Hennigan 3,499.91
5 United States Scott Bohlman 3,155.88

Main Event[edit]

The $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event began on July 2 with the first of three starting flights. There were then 2 day 2 flights (AB and C) and then 5 more days of play before the final table. The final table began on July 12 and played out over three days, with the winner being determined on July 14.

The Main Event drew 7,874 players, the second-largest field in the tournament's history, generating a prize pool of $74,015,600. The top 1,182 players finished in the money. Each player at the final table earned $1,000,000, with the winner getting $8,800,000.

Performance of past champions[edit]

Name Championship
Year(s)
Day of
Elimination
Tom McEvoy 1983 4 (430th)*
Johnny Chan 1987, 1988 4 (612th)*
Phil Hellmuth 1989 3
Dan Harrington 1995 2B
Scotty Nguyen 1998 3
Chris Ferguson 2000 3
Robert Varkonyi 2002 3
Chris Moneymaker 2003 1C
Greg Raymer 2004 1B
Joe Hachem 2005 2A
Jamie Gold 2006 1B
Jerry Yang 2007 1A
Joe Cada 2009 9 (5th)*
Jonathan Duhamel 2010 4 (409th)*
Greg Merson 2012 3
Ryan Riess 2013 2B
Martin Jacobson 2014 2C
Joe McKeehen 2015 2A
Qui Nguyen 2016 1A
Scott Blumstein 2017 1A

* Indicates the place of a player who finished in the money

Other notable high finishes[edit]

NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry.

Place Name Prize
23rd Eric Froehlich $282,630

Final Table[edit]

2009 World Champion Joe Cada made the final table, finishing 5th, making him the first former champion to do so since Dan Harrington finished 4th in 2004. The final table bubble which saw Yueqi Zhu eliminated saw both him and then second place Antoine Labat turn over pocket Kings (Zhu K K, Labat K K) while Nicolas Manion turned over A A. The board ran out 7 J 4 3 J, and Zhu was eliminated in 10th, while Labat was left crippled and Manion was propelled to the chip lead.

Heads up play between Tony Miles and John Cynn lasted for over 10 hours and 199 hands. This set the record for the largest number of hands played heads up during a WSOP Main Event final table. The final table lasted a total of 442 hands. [7]

Name Number of chips
(percentage of total)
WSOP
Bracelets
WSOP
Cashes*
WSOP
Earnings*
United States Nicolas Manion 112,775,000 (28.6%) 0 0 0
United States Michael Dyer 109,175,000 (27.7%) 0 3 $71,515
United States Tony Miles 42,750,000 (10.9%) 0 2 $6,396
United States John Cynn 37,075,000 (9.4%) 0 12 $713,071
Australia Alex Lynskey 25,925,000 (6.6%) 0 13 $553,429
United States Joe Cada 23,675,000 (6.0%) 3 33 $10,340,058
United States Aram Zobian 18,875,000 (4.8%) 0 3 $9,735
Ukraine Artem Metalidi 15,475,000 (3.9%) 0 25 $728,254
France Antoine Labat 8,050,000 (2.0%) 0 2 $6,857

*Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2018 Main Event.

Final Table results[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st John Cynn $8,800,000
2nd Tony Miles $5,000,000
3rd Michael Dyer $3,750,000
4th Nicolas Manion $2,825,000
5th Joe Cada $2,150,000
6th Aram Zobian $1,800,000
7th Alex Lynskey $1,500,000
8th Artem Metalidi $1,250,000
9th Antoine Labat $1,000,000

Big One for One Drop[edit]

The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop began on July 15. It is the third time the event was held. Antonio Esfandiari won $18.3 million in the first event in 2012, while Dan Colman was the $15.3 million champion in 2014. Elton Tsang won €11,111,111 in 2016 at Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza in 2016, although since this event was not held at the WSOP, he did not receive a bracelet for it. The One Drop Foundation, founded by Guy Laliberte, received $80,000 from every buy-in. The 2018 event saw 27 players enter, generating a prize pool of $24,840,000. The top five players finished in the money, with the winner getting $10 million. Justin Bonomo won the tournament, and took over from Daniel Negreanu at the top of the all time money list with the victory.

Performance of past champions[edit]

Name Championship
Year(s)
Day of
Elimination
Antonio Esfandiari 2012 1

Final Table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000
2nd Fedor Holz $6,000,000
3rd Dan Smith $4,000,000
4th Rick Salomon $2,840,000
5th Byron Kaverman $2,000,000
6th David Einhorn $0
7th Nick Petrangelo $0
8th Phil Ivey $0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dewey, Todd. "World Series of Poker's 49th annual Main Event starts Monday". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ Fiorvanti, Tim. "John Cynn wins 2018 WSOP main event after marathon heads-up battle play". ESPN. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ Palansky, Seth (February 14, 2018). "POKER CENTRAL AND ESPN UNVEIL 2018 WSOP LIVE TV SCHEDULE". WSOP.com. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  4. ^ PokerCentral.com: Doyle Brunson Announces Retirement from Poker
  5. ^ Palansky, Seth (April 4, 2018). "BIG BLIND ANTE COMING TO 2018 WSOP". WSOP.com. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 WSOP schedule" (PDF). WSOP.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Nuwwarah, Mo. "John Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event ($8,800,000)". Poker News. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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