Michael Dyer leads Main Event while Joe Cada hangs on. PokerStars to reduce number of cash game tables to six. Two players announced to the Poker Hall of Fame. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

The Latest from the WSOP Main Event

The WSOP Main Event final table is down to just six players after the departures of Antoine Labat, Artem Matalidi and Alex Lynskey on Thursday evening. Each of the three players that got knocked out received at least $1 million for their final table showings.

The remaining six players will pick things up on Friday at 5:30 PM PT with Michael Dyer holding the chip lead with Day 7 chip leader Nicolas Manion in second. 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada comes into the day 5th in chips.

The remaining six players are guaranteed at least $1.8 million in prizes:

1st: $8,800,000
2nd: $5,000,000
3rd: $3,750,000
4th: $2,825,000
5th: $2,150,000
6th: $1,800,000

Today will play down to the final three with those players returning on Saturday night to crown the 2018 WSOP Main Event Champion.

WSOP 2018 Main Event Final Table
PositionPlayerCountryChip CountLifetime Live Tournament Cashes (Hendon Mob)WSOP Cashes (WSOP.com)Career WSOP WinningsPrize
1Michael DyerUnited States156,500,000$95,0203$79,969
2Nicolas ManionUnited States72,250,000$16,7391$5,769
3John CynnUnited States61,550,000$944,78616$739,416
4Tony MilesUnited States57,500,000$54,3335$17,539
5Joe CadaUnited States29,275,000$10,779,04133$10,340,058
6Aram ZobianUnited States16,700,000$110,44410$22,191
7Alex LynskeyAustraliaBusted$1,769,66714$556,389$1,500,000
8Artem MetalidiUkraineBusted$2,131,43425$728,254$1,250,000
9Antoine LabatFranceBusted$194,7892$6,857$1,000,000

Poker fans can tune into ESPN and PokerGo beginning at 6 PM PT with a 30 minute delay.

Recent Results

– The Little One for One Drop (Event #68) was won by Guoliang Wei, who became the fourth Chinese bracelet winner. In winning the bracelet, Wei won his first bracelet and a $559,332 first place prize. Wei outlasted 4,732 players over four days including Francois Tosques heads-up ($345,415), Christopher Staats ($254,580), Sung Joo Hyun ($189,098) and Richard Douglas ($141,565).

– Jordan Polk took down the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha on Thursday night to win his first gold bracelet and $197,461 in cash. Polk beat 707 entries over three days including Fernando Brito ($122,032) heads-up.

– Russian Denis Timofeev won Event #73, the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo for his first bracelet and a first place prize of $199,586. Leo Margets finished in second to win a $123,297 prize , while Evan Lipshultz came in third and Ben Yu in forth.

Ongoing Action

– Paul Volpe holds a chip lead in the Big Blind Antes $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship after Day 2. A total of 17 of the initial 355 entries will join the action when Day 3 picks up at 2 PM PT. Right behind Volpe is Shaun Deeb, who sits with 1.6 million in chips. Among those also still alive are Sam Greenwood and Anthony Zino, who will all be playing for a $814,179 and a gold bracelet.

– Day 1a of the $1,500 Closer No Limit Hold’em with 30 minute levels (Event #75) attracted 502 entries including Day 1a chip leader Bertrand Grospellier. Day 1b will get underway at 11 AM PT with a third flight held on Saturday and a final on Sunday. The winner of this event will win $1 million and a gold bracelet.

– Event #76, the $3,000 HORSE heads to a Day 2 with Adam Owen holding the chip lead with 152 of 354 players remaining. When action picks up at 2 PM PT, Owen will be joined by 151 players including Coral Fuchs, Frank Kasela and Greg Mueller.

Upcoming Excitement

– Friday begins the start of the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller with Big Blind Antes (Event #77) starting the first of two days at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

In addition to the WSOP Main Event on ESPN and PokerGo, poker fans can also tune into the Poker Central Twitch stream at 3 PM PT for the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Final Table.

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Quick Hitters

– John Hennigan and Mori Eskanandani are the latest players to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, after an announcement during the WSOP Main Event final table on Thursday. The two players were decided from a short list of ten finalists by 28 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame as well as 18 members of the poker media. The list of nominated players also included Chris Moneymaker, Huck Seed and Mike Matusow.

– PokerStars has announced that they will begin testing a reduction in the number of cash game tables that players can play simultaneously to six. The initiative will begin on July 17th and be limited to the ring-fenced Italian market. PokerStars hopes that the changes will speed up the pace of games, which can be slowed down by multi-tablers. While there is no timetable for when the table reduction will be implemented across platforms, the move could happen by the end of the year. Zoom tables will not be affected by the new table limit.

– Although John Hennigan still leads the official WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, Shaun Deeb is doing well in the $10,000 Six Handed Championship and is guaranteed to overtake Hennigan. The move may be short-lived as Hennigan is still playing in the $3,000 HORSE while Joe Cada could take the lead with a WSOP Main Event victory.

Also in the top five in the leaderboard are Scott Bohlman, Eric Baldwin and Ben Yu.

– James Obst has announced he is quitting poker for a dream to play tennis at Wimbledon.

– Fake the Fake News Bin: 5 guys who definitely have no shot of catching Phil Hellmuth’s 15 bracelets.

– Part Time Poker’s David Huber writes that a Arkansas casino petition highlights the rising costs of gambling industry lobbying.