The final table is set for the WSOP Main Event. Phil Hellmuth wins his 15th WSOP bracelet. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

The Latest from the WSOP Main Event

The 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event is finally down to the final nine. Nicolas Manion will go into the day — which starts at 5:30 PM PT — with the chip lead. Manion and the other eight players will be hoping for poker inmortality, a gold bracelet and a first place prize of $8.8 million. Each of the players sitting down at the table on Thursday will receive at least a $1 million prize.

Here is a look at the nine players who are left from the original 7,874 entries.

WSOP 2018 Main Event Final Table
PositionPlayerCountryAgeSeat Chip CountLifetime Live Tournament Cashes (Hendon Mob)WSOP Cashes (WSOP.com)WSOP Winnings
1Nicolas ManionUnited States355112,775,000$16,7391$5,769
2Michael DyerUnited States327109,175,000$95,0203$79,969
3Tony MilesUnited States32442,750,000$54,3335$17,539
4John CynnUnited States33237,075,000$944,78616$739,416
5Alex LynskeyAustralia28325,925,000$1,769,66714$556,389
6Joe CadaUnited States30823,675,000$10,779,04133$10,340,058
7Aram ZobianUnited States23618,875,000$110,44410$22,191
8Artem MetalidiUkraine29115,475,000$2,131,43425$728,254
9Antoine LabatFrance2998,050,000$194,7892$6,857

Check out the hand that gave us the final nine:

On Thursday, poker fans can tun into to ESPN and PokerGo at 6 PM PT for the start of the WSOP Main Event final table.

Phil Hellmuth Wins #15

On Wednesday night, Phil Hellmuth extended his record-breaking WSOP bracelets to 15 when he took down the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em for $485,082. Hellmuth outlasted a field of 452 that included Steven Wolansky heads-up ($299,807), Alan Sternberg ($204,789), Aliaksei Boika ($142,458) and Ken Fishman ($100,956).

Hellmuth’s last victory came at the 2015 $10,000 Seven Card Razz when he won $271,105.

Hellmuth’s ESPN interview after the tournament:

Other Results

– Yas AL-Keliddar won the $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed on Wednesday night after he outlasted 221 players over 3 days. The victory was his first bracelet and good for a $154,338 first place prize. Juha Helppi finished in second and won $95,380. Barry Greenstein’s deep run lead to a sixth-place finish and $20,358 in cash.

Ongoing Action

– Christopher Staats leads the final 14 of the $1000 Little One For One Drop. Day 4 will pick up at noon as the remaining players seek the $559,332 first place prize.

– Ryan Leng held the chip lead after Day 2 of the $1,500 Mixed Hold’em/Omaha (Event #72). Action picks up at 2 PM when the final 15 will battle it out for the $197,461 first place prize.

– Event #73, the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em with 30 minute levels as Evan Lipschultz holds a big chip lead after the first day. The second and final day will begin at noon PT wotj Kacl Balsiger and Ben Yu among those who are still alive looking for the $199,586 first place prize.

– Robert Mizrachi holds the chip lead in the Big Blind Antes $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship after Day 1. Day 2 of 3 will begin at 2 PM PT with 115 players remaining. Joining Mizrachi will be Ben Lamb, Jason Koon, Jeff Gross, Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree.

Upcoming Excitement

The $1,500 Closer No Limit Hold’em tournament got underway on Thursday at 11 AM PT. The tournament is a new event for the 2018 WSOP and will last 4 days – three Day 1 flights and a final day on the 4th day.

The other event on Thursday is the start of the $3,000 HORSE (Event #76) , which will begin at 3 PM PT. Matthew Schreiber won the 3-day tournament last year.

Watch the WSOP

In addition to the wall to wall Main Event coverage from 5:30 PM PT until the completion of the day, poker fans can also check out the final table of the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha tournament on Twitch:

Watch live video from PokerCentral on www.twitch.tv

Quick Hitters

– In honor of the setting of the final table of the WSOP Main Event, US Poker has put together the top five most dominant performances in the tournament’s history.

– It was 15 years ago that Chris Moneymaker forever helped change the game of poker through his improbable Main Event win. Card Player sits down with Moneymaker to discuss a variety of subjects including the new tour with PokerStars, the Poker Hall of Fame and his easy summer schedule.

– The MicroMillions low stakes tournament series is returning to PokerStars on July 16th and running through July 29th.

– Daniel Negreanu reports in from the WSOP with his vlog from the $1,500 No Limit/PLO Mixed

– Meanwhile, Doug Polk — who also recently reached 200,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel weighs in a 3-way pot from the Main Event.

Main image courtesy of PokerGo