John Cynn of Indiana is the 2018 World Series of Poker champion, winning the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event Sunday in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old Cynn eliminated Tony Miles on the 442nd hand of the final table, reports the AP, after playing almost 200 hands just against each other with bricks of $100 bills and a gold bracelet at the table. Cynn is now $8.8 million richer. Miles, a resident of Lake Mary, Fla., took home $5 million. Cynn's final king of clubs and jack of clubs was stronger than Miles', who went all in with queen of clubs and eight of hearts. The community cards were king of hearts, king of diamonds, five of hearts, eight of diamonds, and four of spades. Each of the nine players who made it to the final table was guaranteed at least $1 million. They represented the US, Australia, France, and Ukraine.
The famed tournament this year drew 7,874 players who either risked $10,000 or earned a seat through satellite competitions with lower buy-ins. The series as a whole has seen more than 120,200 entrants so far, and organizers believe the weekslong event in its 49th year could go down as the largest ever. Miles and Cynn had dozens of supporters cheering them on in the ballroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino near the Las Vegas Strip. The supporters sported T-shirts that read #TEAMMILES, Welcome to Cynn City and The Cynnaloa Cartel. Houston resident Michael Dyer was eliminated Saturday in third place. Dyer said he might enter more live tournaments, but feels more comfortable playing online. "I wanted a little more, but ... I can't complain. Third place, that's more than you can dream for when you start the tournament." Dyer won $3.75 million.
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