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The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event – World Championship is the second biggest WSOP Main Event tournament ever, with 7,874 players entering to live out their dream to bid for the prestigious championship title. And now, a day after Young Gun and 9stacks qualifier Nishant Sharma (34th for $230,475 ~₹1.58 Crores) redefined the country’s stature in international poker by cracking into the top 50 and another 9stacks qualifier Vivek Rughani (88th for $77,695 ~₹53.47 Lakhs) crossed into the top 100 mark, a feat that has only been achieved earlier by India’s poker icon Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal, with Kartik Ved (128th for $57,010 ~₹39.20 Lakhs) also running deep, the Main Event championship has drawn closer to its finale.
Only nine contenders remain in the tournament and for the second time in many years, the Main Event final table is not being halted to be played in November. So as the world watches for the action to get going in a few hours, one of the nine players will become this year’s Main Event champion on July 14!
The most prominent journey in the event has been of 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada, who is now looking to win the rare second world championship title!
After a poor run through the starting flight that just about saw him making it to the next day, Cada swung into aggression mode and made his way into Day 7 where he was seated on the featured table. Cada chipped up early and kept moving ahead to finally entered the final nine.
Cada’s 2009 win saw him top a field of 6,494 players and he bagged a payday of $8,547,044. He was only 21 years, 11 months old then, making him the youngest player in history to win the WSOP Main Event. Adding to the win was the fact that Cada who was primarily an online player, outlasted poker superstars like Phil Ivey, Darvin Moon and Jeff Schulman to lift the title. Cada followed that up by winning a bracelet in 2014 in the $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship and this summer Cada has already picked up a bracelet in the $3,000 NLHE Shootout event for $226,218.
Now, if Cada manages to go the distance and win the Main Event, he will become the fifth two-time WSOP Main Event champion in the history of poker and the only one to do so in modern times! He will also take one step closer to joining the elite group of other former Main Event champions like Stu Ungar who won back-to-back WSOP Main Event Championships in 1980 and 1981 and then again, sixteen years later in 1997.
Day 7 Recap
Action saw 26 players returning to the Amazon Tan poker room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Day 7. Alex Lynskey was seen very active on the secondary table even as many players played it safe. On the feature table, Frederik Brink and Nicolas Manion started off on an aggressive note while on the outer table a war was brewing between Martijn Gerrits and Tony Miles with action going all the way to the river where Gerrits finally took down the pot and Miles lost a major portion of his stack.
Even as Lybaert went on to double up through Michael Dyer on the secondary table, Jeff Trudeau (26th for $282,630) ran short stacked on the outer table and soon came up against Antoine Labat in a hand where he lost the pot and was eliminated. Barry Hutter (25th for $282,630) was busted next and soon Bart Lybaert (24th for $282,630), Eric Froehlich (23rd for $282,630) and Nirath Rean (22nd for $282,630), were all ousted.
On the feature table Sylvain Loosli was seen doubling up through Artem Metalidi and Manion who had free-rolled his way into the Main Event after he entered two $2,715 Main Event satellites and got through them both, took over the chip lead on the feature table.
Subsequently, Paulo Goncalves (21st for $282,630), Ivan Luca (20th for $282,630), Alexander Haro (19th for $282,630) were busted, leading to a redraw to the final two tables.
Action then saw Sylvain Loosli (18th for $375,000) leaving the feature table after losing back to back hands, his elimination coming through in a hand against Dyer where the latter rivered a pair of aces against the former’s pocket sixes.
Ming Xi (17th for $375,000) exited next while Labat chipped up on the secondary table to cross the 50 Million mark. Meanwhile, on the feature table Cada’s ace-six was seen trailing Brink’s ace-ten but he took the lead on the flop and rivered a flush to score a lucky double up through Brink.
A hand between Martijn Gerrits (15th for $475,000) and Lynskey saw Gerrits’ pocket queens lose to Lynskey’s pocket aces with the former hitting the rail.
Next, John Cynn went on to fire bets on three streets on the secondary table and Konstantin Beylin (14th for $475,000) was the one to suffer the biggest loss. He busted the next hand where holding nine-high, he could manage only a few extra backdoor outs against Cynn’s queen high that improved to king high on the river.
Action heated up on the feature table where Cada chipped up again. Now, it was Hari Bercovici (13th for $575,000) who bounced off. Out of the 53 Israeli players who entered the Main Event this year Bercovici was the only one to survive this far in the event. A regular at WSOP over the past few years, his prior WSOP earnings total $218,137. In this Main Event he had a roller coaster ride of sorts and was seen hovering among the top stacks before stumbling down to become one of the shortest stacks. Bercovici faced the axe in a hand where he held pocket fours against Dyer’s ace-king with the latter flopping a pair of aces to win the pot that ended Bercovici’s Main Event journey.
With only about two hours left before the play would halt, Cada shoved on the river against Lynsky who eventually decided to fold. Subsequent hands saw Dyer chipping up and Frederik Brink (12th for $575,000) lost out with king-queen to Zhu’s ace-ten high.
As the players approached the unofficial final table, Ryan Phan (11th for $725,000) faced Metalidi`s pocket jacks that beat his own pocket fives. Phan got no help on the rundown and hit the rail.
With only ten players in the fray, the action saw Cada, Lynskey and Dyer picking up some pots before Yueqi Zhu (10th for $850,025) lost all his chips in a monster hand against Manion and Labat. Zhu held pocket kings, Manion had pocket aces and Labat revealed pocket kings. Manion held the best hand and the board substantiated his claim over the monster pot while sending Zhu out. Labat who was doing fairly well before the final hand is now the shortest stack.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Nicolas Manion – 112,775,000
2. Michael Dyer – 109,175,000
3. Tony Miles – 42,750,000
4. John Cynn – 37,075,000
5. Alex Lynskey – 25,925,000
6. Joe Cada – 23,675,000
7. Aram Zobian – 18,875,000
8. Artem Metalidi – 15,475,000
9. Antoine Labat – 8,050,000
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com.
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