Michael Dyer relinquished a HUGE chip lead to Tony Miles who now holds command of the Main Event with three left. Joe Cada fell short in 5th place. And Shaun Deeb shipped his second bracelet of the summer. It’s all here in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.

The Latest from the WSOP Main Event

We are one day away from a new world champion as the WSOP Main Event final table is down to just three players.

Of course everyone seemed to be cheering for Joe Cada heading into play last night. Could he do the impossible and win his second WSOP Main Event title in 9 years? Alas, it was not to be. The champ bowed out in 5th place when his pocket tens couldn’t hold against the Ace-King of Tony Miles.

Six players returned Friday, but all were eliminated almost in order of the chip position they entered in. Aram Zobiam finished 6th for $1,800,000. Cada placed 5th for $2,150,000. And Final Table chipleader Nicolas Manion couldn’t really get anything going, but he’ll have $2,825,000 to ease his pain.

The remaining three players will pick things up on Friday at 5:30 PM PT with Miles holding a commanding chip lead of 234 million. Michael Dyer held a vast majority of the chips when play started, but after losing several key pots, he is now the extreme short stack with 26 million. John Cynn steadily chipped up and sits in 2nd place with 123 million.

The remaining players are guaranteed at least $3.7 million in prizes, with the final payouts looking like so:

1st: $8,800,000
2nd: $5,000,000
3rd: $3,750,000

Tonight they will play down to just one and we will all see who will be crowned 2018 WSOP Main Event Champion.

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


Recent Results

-Make that two bracelets (and four lifetime) for Shaun Deeb after he took down the Big Blind Antes $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship for a cool $814,179. Shaun Deeb becomes the first player to win two bracelets during this WSOP. He defeated fellow bracelet winner Paul Volpe heads-up for the title. Volpe still made a nice half million for placing 2nd. Congrats Shaun!


Ongoing Action

Day 1B of the $1,500 Closer No Limit Hold’em with 30 minute levels (Event #75) attracted 947 entries, but just 96 found bags at the conclusion of play. Several big names made it to Day 2 including David “ODB” Baker (206,000), Scott Bohlman (134,000), Benny Glaser (94,000), Kelly Minkin (71,000), and Martin Jacobson (62,000). Day 1C will take place later today.

– Event #76, the $3,000 HORSE heads to Day 3 with Brian Hastings holding the chip lead with 19 of 354 players remaining. When action picks up at 2 PM PT, Hastings will be joined by the likes of Dutch Boyd, Jeff Madsen, John Hennigan, and Jeff Lisandro – all looking to add another bracelet to their trophy case. First in this one pockets a cool $233k.

-Event #77 the $50K High Roller also saw a fast and furious Day 1. A total of 97 entries ponied up the big bucks to take place in this One Drop warm-up. When the dust settled Matthias Eibinger was left as the end of day chip leader. He bagged a solid 2,120,000. But not far behind him is Jake Schindler with 2,050,000. Just 31 are left and 20 spots will get paid. Making the final table means a payday of at least $173,604. And winning makes you a casual $1.65 million. Day 2 will get underway Saturday at 3 PM PT. Head on over to PokerNews.com for all the updates.

Upcoming Excitement

– Tonight of course will see the conclusion of the WSOP Main Event. Will it be Michael Dyer, Tony Miles, or John Cynn who walks away with poker glory and over $8 million dollars?

-No other new events will begin Saturday. But Day 1C of the $1,500 Closer No-Limit Hold’em with 30 minute levels (Event #75) will get underway at 11 AM PT. The winner of this event will win $1 million and a gold bracelet. Bertrand Grospellier currently leads after the first flight of play.

-And on Sunday… the One Drop is coming.

Watch the WSOP

It’s all about the Main Event Final Table! Action begins at 9 PM Eastern on ESPN. Lon McEachern, Norman Chad, and Antonio Esfandiari will be calling the shots.

Quick Hitters

– Yesterday we told you about how Shaun Deeb is dead-set on getting WSOP Player of the Year. And in this interview with Chad Holloway of PokerNews, he explains what winning POY would mean to him.

– The World Series of Poker has only been held at two venues – Binion’s and the Rio. But Eric Raskin, author of “The Moneymaker Effect” asks if it’s time for a change of venue.

– Doug Polk at one point was churning out poker content almost every day. Well, he took a break to focus on crypto, but now that the Main Event is under way he’s releasing new videos almost daily. His latest focuses on the most exciting hands from the final table thus far.


– From the Fake News Bin: Phil Hellmuth’s duality take center stage in this hilarious article from BCP. The funniest yet!

– Lastly, look at this fake Michael Dyer Twitter account. This is wonderful.


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Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker