All of the players at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table are going home today a million dollars richer, but it is John Cynn that has taken the huge $8.8 million prize grand prize for himself. After a harrowing heads-up battle that lasted over 10 hours and just shy of 200 hands, he is exhausted but thrilled with the result.
Cynn’s final competitor was Tony Miles, a native of Jacksonville, FL. The hand that secured his fate was an all-in with Cynn’s KJc versus Miles’ Qc8h. The community cards came down Kh Kd 5h 8d 4s, which gave the Cynn the set and the title of 2018 WSOP Champion.
Cynn has been making appearances at the World Series of Poker since 2014, but he has never earned a prize nearly this impressive. In 2016, he just missed out on the final table, placing 11th with a prize worth $650 000. Miles, on the other hand, has not fared as well over the course of his career, having earned just over $54 000 in tournament winnings before hitting his $5 million second-place prize yesterday.
He has stated that he feels overwhelmed after coming out on top of the World Series of Poker, and that the prize money will be life-changing. However, when asked by reporters how he plans to spend his millions, Cynn stated that he has no immediate plans.
Steep Competition at the Final Table
The WSOP 2018 final table was full of fierce competitors, as Cynn played against some of the biggest names in the industry. The table included Alex Lynskey, who has accrued $1.5 million in tournament winnings over the years, as well as three-time bracelet winner Joe Cada.
Over 7800 players competed in the World Series of Poker Main Event, helping to build one of the biggest prize pools the competition has ever seen. The buy in was a whopping $10 000, with many players earning their seats via online satellite tournaments.