WSOP Day 46: Main Event Reaches Finale, Eibinger Leads $50K High Roller
In a summer full of memorable days, Day 46 will be the most remembered by history as today is the day the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event champion will be crowned. Just three remain with a chance at the title, with Tony Miles returning to a big chip lead over John Cynn and Michael Dyer.
Elsewhere on Saturday, three other "postlims" will be playing out. The ever-expanding Event #75: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em will move on to a third Day 1 flight, Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. will reach a conclusion with Brian Hastings currently leading the final 19, and the second and last day of Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) will take place where Mattian Eibinger is in front with 31 players left.
They started with 7,874 players, and now just three remain in poker's most prestigious tournament, the $10,000 WSOP Main Event.
After knocking out 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada in fifth place last night, Tony Miles subsequently catapulted to the chip lead and will begin today's final day of play well in front with 238.9 million (149 big blinds) versus John Cynn's 128.7 million (80 BBs) and Michael Dyer's 26.2 million (16 BBs). Read a full recap of all that happened yesterday right here.
Besides the most coveted bracelet of them all, the trio is also playing for some big money, with $3.75 million going to the first to bust tonight in third, $5 million going to the winner, and $8.8 million reserved for the champion.
Play resumes for Day 10 at 5:30 p.m., with delayed coverage on both ESPN and PokerGO starting a half-hour after that. Meanwhile PokerNews will continue to deliver updates on every hand right up until the last, with photos, chip counts, videos, and more.
After Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier bagged the Day 1a chip lead in The Closer with 583,000, Jeffrey Tanouye did the same at the end of Day 1b yesterday, edging ahead of everyone to take the current overall lead with 601,000.
Aaron Mermelstein (327,000), Barry Hutter (302,000), Tristan Wade (264,000), Artur Koren (233,000), and David Baker (206,000) were also among the Day 1b players making it to the bagging stage.
Each Day 1 flight reaches the money before play concludes, and in fact 69 players have already made the money so far (for min-cashes or a little more) in The Closer. There were 502 entries on Day 1a from which 54 players survived, while Day 1b saw 947 entries with 96 players advancing.
A reminder — in The Closer players begin with 15,000 chips and play 30-minute levels, with late registration and unlimited re-entries available for 12 levels. Today will be the last of the three starting flights (each of which lasts 18 half-hour levels), with the tournament scheduled to play down to a winner once the field combines for Day 2 on Sunday.
Day 1c of The Closer will be the first event kicking off today with cards going in the air at 11 a.m., and PokerNews will be there all day and night to find out with you just how big the field for this event turns out to be.
From a 354-entry starting field just 19 players remain in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. where the largest pieces of the $955,800 prize pool and $233,202 first prize are still up for grabs.
Last night Brian Hastings ended Day 2 in grand fashion, bagging 667,000 to enjoy the overnight chip lead. Hastings will be gunning for his fourth career bracelet today.
Nearest Hastings in the counts at present is Tim Marsters (572,000), followed by four-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen (416,000), and Bruno Fitoussi (382,000).
Recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan is still in the mix as well with 361,000, with Dutch Boyd (347,000), Ray Henson (315,00), Lee Markholt (267,000) also remaining in the hunt, and Scott Abrams (178,000), Carol Fuchs (132,000), and Jeff Lisandro (51,000) among the short stacks.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. today with a plan to play down to a winner, and, of course, the intrepid PokerNews reporting team will be there until the last bet and showdown.
This two-day $50K High Roller kicked off mid-afternoon yesterday and played into the wee hours with Matthias Eibinger ending play by bagging a leading stack of 2.12 million.
With 128 entries total for this one, the prize pool is a hefty $6,144,000 with $1,650,773 going to the winner. Eibinger leads a remaining field of 31 players, with Jake Schindler (2,050,000) not far behind him in the counts and Isaac Haxton (1,955,000) and Elio Fox (1,875,000) helping comprise a close and formidable chase pack. Stefan Schillhabel (1,570,000), Nick Petrangelo (1,500,000), and Jason Koon (1,450,000) are also inside the current top 10.
With 40-minute levels and the shot clock in use, this one is scheduled to play down to a winner tonight. Play resumes at 2 p.m., so stick close to PokerNews to see who from the remaining field emerges as the next WSOP high roller champion.
And speaking of, don't forget there's still one more event left to go this summer, and it's a big one — literally — as the three-day Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em will play out Sunday through Tuesday.
In this Series
- 1 WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo
- 2 WSOP Day 2: Jodie Sanders Leads Casino Employees Event; Shootout & Omaha Hi/Lo on Tap
- 3 WSOP Day 3: Hellmuth, McKeehen, Cada Advance to Final 50 in Shootout
- 4 WSOP Day 4: Joe's Ready for Shootout Final Table, $100K Day 2 Awaits
- 5 WSOP Day 5: Petrangelo & Fox Lead $100K, Martini & Hoang Chasing Gold
- 6 WSOP Day 6: Vitch leads Triple Draw, Hellmuth Makes Day 2 in Omaha-8
- 7 WSOP Day 7: Elezra Leads $10K Omaha Hi-Lo, Hennigan Ahead in Dealer’s Choice
- 8 WSOP Day 8: Eli Elezra Seeks Fourth Bracelet Today in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
- 9 WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
- 10 WSOP Day 10: Bonomo Looking for $10K Heads-Up Title, Negreanu Advances
- 11 WSOP Day 11: Bonomo Among Leaders in $5K NLHE, Zinno Leads Dealer's Choice
- 12 WSOP Day 12: Duhamel Looks for 4th Bracelet, Negreanu Advances to Day 2
- 13 WSOP Day 13: Negreanu, Matusow, Racener in Final 16 of 8-Game Mix
- 14 WSOP Day 14: Doyle Brunson Returns Looking for Bracelet #11
- 15 WSOP Day 15: Joe McKeehen Runs Deep in MILLIONAIRE MAKER
- 16 WSOP Day 16: Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen Playing Deep in MARATHON
- 17 WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets
- 18 WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC
- 19 WSOP Day 19: Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey Lead Poker Players Championship
- 20 WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
- 21 WSOP Day 21: Michael Mizrachi Aims for Third $50K PPC Title, 6 Remain
- 22 WSOP Day 22: Phil Hellmuth Advances in $1,500 NLHE Shootout
- 23 WSOP Day 23: Daniel Negreanu Returns Third in Chips in $25K PLO HR
- 24 WSOP Day 24: Yu Leads Biggest Omaha Tournament of Year, Negreanu Falls
- 25 WSOP Day 25: Scotty Nguyen Leads the $25K PLO
- 26 WSOP Day 26: Ferguson Looks for No. 7; Lamb, Mizrachi Advance in $10K PLO
- 27 WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
- 28 WSOP Day 28: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 in $10K PLO
- 29 WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
- 30 WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
- 31 WSOP Day 31: John Hennigan Among Chip Leaders in $10,000 Razz Championship
- 32 WSOP Day 32: Anderson and Kassela Return to Battle for RAZZ Bracelet
- 33 WSOP Day 33: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads Final 6 in $5K NLHE 6-Handed
- 34 WSOP Day 34: Main Event Kicks Off, Mizrachi Leads PLO Giant
- 35 WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
- 36 WSOP Day 36: Fireworks Expected on Day 1c of the Main Event
- 37 WSOP Day 37: Galen Hall Looks for 888 Title, Big Names Return in Main Event
- 38 WSOP Day 38: Huge Day 2c in the Main, John Pannucci Leads $1,500 NLH
- 39 WSOP Day 39: Tan Leads $1,500 NLHE; Hellmuth, Ivey Back for Main Day 3
- 40 WSOP Day 40: Hallaert Bags Big in Little One, Ivey Makes Day 4 of ME
- 41 WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
- 42 WSOP Day 42: Dyer Leads Main With Cada Still In, Bohlman Goes for Double
- 43 WSOP Day 43: Big Names Left in $5K NLHE, Cada Advances in Main Event
- 44 WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
- 45 WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
- 46 WSOP Day 46: Main Event Reaches Finale, Eibinger Leads $50K High Roller
- 47 WSOP Day 47: Big One for One Drop Begins, Kessler, ElkY Big Stacks in Closer