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Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship



Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 6 Completed

Zobian Leads Last 26 After Day 6; Loosli and Cada in Contention

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Aram Zobian
Aram Zobian

Day 6 of the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event saw a total of 109 players return to the tables of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, all with the hopes of retaining their shot at the $8.8 million top prize in the second-biggest WSOP Main Event ever. Once the remaining 26 players bagged after a tumultuous end to the day, it was Aram Zobian that ended up with a comfortable lead.

Zobian's rise to the top began with a hot streak before the dinner break and he ended the night in the very same manner, bagging up impressive 41,585,000.

“I can't even comprehend how good I'm running right now. Definitely blessed. Never ran this good in a tournament, not even close. Hopefully that'll be true for tomorrow as well,” Zobian added right after bagging and tagging.

The sun wasn't shining all day long, however, as Zobian suffered a big setback after the dinner break when eventual second-biggest stack Artem Metalidi (30,845,000) doubled through him with kings versus ace-king, Jan Mach was eliminated with ace-ten.

When asked about this very hand, Zobian had the following to say:

“I wasn't really too distraught after that hand. Early in the day I actually lost a massive pot where I was bluffed and I made an incorrect fold. After that hand, I was also very calm and very cool. I was just very patient and stayed calm.”

The goal for Day 7 is rather simple for Zobian: “Same as every day. Stay cool, confident and try to play my best. Do my morning routine and take it one day at a time, one hand at a time.”

Antoine Labat ended up with the third-biggest stack and put 28,445,000 in his bag, followed by Michael Dyer (26,515,000) and Alex Lynskey (22,045,000). Yueqi Zhu won his maiden gold bracelet during the 2018 WSOP and is in for another shot at glory after advancing to Day 7 with a healthy stack of 19,245,000.

Other notables and big stacks include Martijn Gerrits (17,790,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich (15,285,000), 2016 WSOP Main Event 11th place finisher John Cynn (14,750,000), Frederik Jensen (12,100,000), Sylvain Loosli (11,635,000), 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada (8,850,000), and Ivan Luca (8,820,000).

Besides Cada, Frenchman Loosli already knows what it feels like to end up on the final table of the most important poker tournament of the year. Loosli finished 4th in 2013 for a payday of $2,792,533, and was in high spirits at the end of the day.

“It feels pretty amazing to be bagging up again ahead of Day 7. It’s been a swingy day. I had a very good start, moving up to 15m from 3.6m at the start of the day. But coming back from dinner break, I lost every pot. I managed to just keep my composure and be patient, and then I got moved to another table. I lost a few more chips there but won some of them back. Overall I’m very happy with how I played and my strategy."

When asked how this compares to his deep run five years ago, Loosli added: “I have lots more experience and had lots more preparation.”

Sylvain Loosli
Sylvain Loosli

Jeff Trudeau (5,090,000), Bart Lybaert (3,825,000) and Barry Hutter (2,250,00) are among the short stacks when the action resumes on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018, at noon local time with 10:15 minutes left in level 31 at blinds of 100,000/200,000 with a running ante of 30,000.

Action of the day

Among the early casualties of the day were such big names as Shaun Deeb (105th place, $57,010), Ognjen Sekularac (96th place, $66,330), Alexandre Reard (92nd place, $66,330) and Stefan Huber (76th place, $91,610). The six-figure payout club included Jordan Cristos (69th place, $108,745) and the WSOP bracelet winners Mike Cordell (63rd place, $129,930) and Rifat Palevic (55th place, $129,930).

Kelly Minkin, who became the last woman standing for the second time after her 29th place in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, eventually had to settle for 50th place this time. Over on the main feature table in the Amazon room, Minkin ended up all in and at risk with ace-ten and failed to against the ace-king of Frederik Jensen.

Kelly Minkin
Last woman standing Kelly Minkin finishes 50th

Only 44 players remained on dinner break and Aram Zobian, as well as Antoine Labat, were at the top of the counts. Zobian shot to the top of the leaderboard after sending Chanracy Khun, Artur Koren, and James Obst to the rail in quick succession. Khun stood no chance with ace-jack versus queens, Koren's kings were cracked by ace-queen and Obst's three-bet jam with ace-seven suited ran right into Zobian's pocket kings. Prior to that, Labat ended up on top of a three-way cooler with pocket aces against the pocket kings of Michael Feil and the pocket queens of short stack Brent Ballentine.

Other big names headed to the rail soon after including 2017 WSOP Main Event 3rd place finisher Benjamin Pollak (42nd place, $189,165), Brian Yoon (41st place, $189,165), Shannon Shorr (39th place, $189,165), Henrik Hecklen (38th place, $189,165) and Daniel Tang (31st place, $230,475).

A frantic end to level 31 reduced the field to the last 26, as Clayton Fletcher busted on the main feature table, while Jorden Fox picked up pocket jacks in back-to-back hands and ran out of chips. Barry Hutter tripled up at the very same time on the outer feature table and survived with treys against aces, Nicolas Manion had folded pocket kings face-up in the very same hand.

All remaining 26 players will return to the feature tables once more at noon local time to fight for their spot on the official nine-handed final table. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide hand-for-hand coverage from start to finish.

Day 7 Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayer NameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon11Nirath ReanUnited States4,950,00025
Amazon12Frederik JensenDenmark12,100,00061
Amazon13Artem MetalidiUkraine30,845,000154
Amazon14Aram ZobianUnited States41,585,000208
Amazon15Joe CadaUnited States8,850,00044
Amazon16Nicolas ManionUnited States17,630,00088
Amazon17Eric FroehlichUnited States15,285,00076
Amazon18Sylvain LoosliFrance11,635,00058
Amazon19Ryan PhanUnited States9,545,00048
Amazon21Bart LybaertBelgium3,825,00019
Amazon22Michael DyerUnited States26,515,000133
Amazon23Konstantin BeylinUnited States8,305,00042
Amazon24Alex LynskeyAustralia22,000,045110
Amazon25Paulo GoncalvesBrazil15,230,00076
Amazon26Hari BercoviciIsrael12,775,00064
Amazon27Ivan LucaArgentina8,820,00044
Amazon28John CynnUnited States14,750,00074
Amazon29Kao SaechaoUnited States18,985,00095
Amazon31Martijn GerritsNetherlands17,790,00089
Amazon32Barry HutterUnited States2,250,00011
Amazon34Yueqi ZhuChina19,245,00096
Amazon35Jeff TrudeauUnited States5,090,00025
Amazon36Ming XiChina7,550,00038
Amazon37Tony MilesUnited States14,945,00075
Amazon38Antoine LabatFrance28,445,000142
Amazon39Alexander HaroUnited States12,940,00065

Tags: Alex LynskeyAlexandre ReardAntoine LabatAram ZobianArtem MetalidiBenjamin PollakEric FroehlichIvan LucaJames ObstJoe CadaJorden FoxKelly MinkinMichael DyerNicolas ManionOgnjen SekularacRifat PalevicShannon ShorrStefan HuberSylvain LoosliWorld Series of Poker

End of Day Chip Counts and Stats (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
PlayerCountryChip CountWSOP CashesWSOP BraceletsCareer WSOP EarningsCareer EarningsBiggst Cash GPI Ranking
Aram ZobianUnited States41,585,000100$22,191$110,4442nd 2018 NLHE $1,650 MegaStack Challenge$47,0001,946th
Artem MetalidiUkraine30,845,000250$728,254$2,131,4372nd 2012 WSOP $3K 6-max$350,806567th
Antoine LabatFrance28,445,00020$6,857$194,7892nd 2010 Evian Poker Open$52,84213,662nd
Michael DyerUnited States26,515,00020$5,610$95,0208th 2009 WSOP $2k NLHM$65,905179,657th
Alex LynskeyAustralia22,045,000140$556,389$1,769,6662nd 2017 WSOP The Marathon$426,663525th
Yueqi ZhuChina19,245,000761$1,456,884$1,523,5863rd WSOP 2010 $10K Omaha Hi/Lo$225,3251,164th
Kao SaechaoUnited States18,985,00080$67,253$589,4482nd 2018 Goliath Phamous Poker Series $600$78,4401,226th
Martijn GerritsNetherlands17,790,00060$82,233$313,0823rd 2018 WSOP $10K Heads Up$73,179503th
Nicolas ManionUnited States17,630,00010$5,769$16,73921st 2018 MSPT Michigan$9,85032,585th
Eric FroehlichUnited States15,285,000382$1,559,294$2,312,8731st 2005 WSOP $1,500 NLHM$303,90818,222th
Paulo GoncalvesBrazil15,230,00030$64,195$101,7763rd 2016 WSOPC Sao Paulo$47,04215,300th
Tony MilesUnited States14,945,00050$17,539$54,3333rd 2011 $300 WPT Regional Jacksonville$18,00016,766th
John CynnUnited States14,750,000160$739,416$944,78611th 2016 WSOP Main Event$650,0003,926th
Alexander HaroUnited States12,940,00030$7,306$151,6931st 2012 $2,500 Deep Stack Extravaganza$142,50354,154th
Hari BercoviciIsrael12,775,00020$218,137$290,52434th 2016 WSOP Main Event$216,2118,422nd
Frederik JensenDenmark12,100,000130$197,627$3,897,7902nd 2010 Aussie Millions$1,015,2571,230th
Sylvain LoosliFrance11,635,000120$3,075,627$6,648,4184th 2013 WSOP Main Event$2,792,533251st
Ryan PhanUnited States9,545,000270$192,746$452,6222nd 2016 WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs$69,962591st
Joe CadaUnited States8,850,000333$10,340,058$10,779,0411st 2009 WSOP Main Event$8,546,435849th
Ivan LucaArgentina8,820,000111$487,898$5,755,3933rd 2016 PCA $50k High Roller$494,080214th
Konstantin BeylinUnited States8,305,000120$147,460$153,66317th 2018 WSOP $25k PLO$46,1904,456th
Ming XiChina7,550,00000$0$32,2768th 2016 WPT National China$30,5607,2481st
Jeff TrudeauUnited States5,090,000340$410,950$875,0281st 2017 WSOPC Cherokee$63,599195th
Nirath ReanUnited States4,950,00040$9,912$173,8412nd 2015 CPPT Jacksonville$82,82610,193rd
Bart LybaertBelgium3,825,000280$630,345$2,088,1583rd 2017 PokerStars National Championship Barcelona$432,85629th
Barry HutterUnited States2,250,000361$1,285,339$4,357,7772nd 2018 WSOP $3k NLHM$323,01973rd
Aram Zobian us
Aram Zobian
us 41,585,000 985,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
ua 30,845,000 2,045,000
Antoine Labat fr
Antoine Labat
fr 28,445,000 4,145,000
Michael Dyer us
Michael Dyer
us 26,515,000
Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au 22,045,000
Yueqi Zhu cn
Yueqi Zhu
cn 19,245,000 -955,000
Kao Saechao us
Kao Saechao
us 18,985,000 -1,015,000
Martijn Gerrits nl
Martijn Gerrits
nl 17,790,000 -410,000
Nicolas Manion us
Nicolas Manion
us 17,630,000
Eric Froehlich us
Eric Froehlich
us 15,285,000 -215,000
Paulo Goncalves br
Paulo Goncalves
br 15,230,000 3,230,000
Tony Miles us
Tony Miles
us 14,945,000 -1,055,000
John Cynn us
John Cynn
us 14,750,000 950,000
Alexander Haro us
Alexander Haro
us 12,940,000 -560,000
Hari Bercovici il
Hari Bercovici
il 12,775,000 -725,000
Frederik Brink DK
Frederik Brink
DK 12,100,000 -1,900,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 11,635,000 4,135,000
Ryan Phan us
Ryan Phan
us 9,545,000 -2,455,000
Joe Cada us
Joe Cada
us 8,850,000 -550,000
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
ar 8,820,000 320,000
Konstantin Beylin us
Konstantin Beylin
us 8,305,000 -1,695,000
Ming Xi cn
Ming Xi
cn 7,550,000 -450,000
Jeff Trudeau us
Jeff Trudeau
us 5,090,000 90,000
Nirath Rean us
Nirath Rean
us 4,950,000 -4,850,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 3,825,000 325,000

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Jorden Fox Eliminated in 27th Place ($282,630)

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Jorden Fox
Jorden Fox

Artem Metalidi raised to 450,000 and Jorden Fox just called on the button. On the {Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop, Fox called a bet of 525,000.

The {4-Clubs} turn was checked and Fox bet the {6-Diamonds} river for 1,000,000 after Metalidi had checked, and the Ukrainian called. Fox turned over the {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} and Metalidi claimed the pot with the {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}.

In the very next hand, which ended up being the last hand on the outer table, Michael Dyer made it 400,000 to go first to act. Fox three-bet to 1,150,000 in the cutoff and Dyer called after some consideration. The {10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop brought a check from Dyer, a bet of 2,000,000 by Fox and a call from Dyer.

The {7-Hearts} fell on the turn and Dyer checked once more, Fox bet 2,400,000 and Dyer moved all in. After brief consideration, Fox called and the cards were turned over while Fox's rail came closer to watch the showdown.

Jorden Fox: {J-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Michael Dyer: {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Fox needed a jack, ten, eight or deuce to avoid elimination, but a blank {K-Spades} fell on the river to reduce the field for Day 7 to the last 26 in the very last hand. Fox was eliminated in 27th place and takes home $282,630.

Michael Dyer us
Michael Dyer
us 26,515,000 9,915,000
Jorden Fox us
Jorden Fox
us Busted

Tags: Artem MetalidiJorden FoxMichael Dyer

Hutter Triples Up on Last Hand of the Night; Manion Hero-Folds Kings

will_shill • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Barry Hutter
Barry Hutter

Nicolas Manion opened to 500,000 and Alex Lynskey three-bet to 1,500,000. Barry Hutter was next to act with 580,000 behind and he waited for the all-in at the feature table to finish before moving all in.

With the action back on Manion, he raised it up to 5,000,000 and Lynskey moved all in.

Manion was taken aback. "You have to have it right," he said, pondering his decision. He then folded {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} face up and the other cards were turned over.

Alex Lynskey: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Barry Hutter: {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts} with Hutter cracking Lynskey's aces to triple up on the final hand of the night, ensuring that he will return on Day 7.

Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au 22,045,000 6,295,000
Nicolas Manion us
Nicolas Manion
us 17,630,000 -4,495,000
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
us 2,250,000 1,490,000

Tags: Alex LynskeyBarry HutterNicolas Manion

Clayton Fletcher Eliminated in 28th Place ($230,475)

AaronMcBride • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Clayton Fletcher
Clayton Fletcher

After being left short just a few hands earlier, Clayton Fletcher moved all in for 2m from early position. Yueqi Zhu, on the button, was the only player to make the call and Fletcher's hand was dominated.

Yueqi Zhu: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Clayton Flecther: {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

Board: {8-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{5-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}

Fletcher was unable to come from behind when the board came down and was eliminated from Day 6 for $230,475.

Yueqi Zhu cn
Yueqi Zhu
cn 20,200,000 3,100,000
Clayton Fletcher us
Clayton Fletcher
us Busted

Tags: Clayton FletcherYueqi Zhu

Fletcher Left Short by Cynn

AaronMcBride • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

John Cynn raised to 450,000 from early position and Clayton Fletcher three-bet to 1.1m from the button. Cynn responded by four-betting to 2.4m and Fletcher made the call. The flop came down {2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. Cynn bet 1.6m and Fletcher, who had his opponent covered, moved all in. Cynn called and was ahead.

John Cynn: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Clayton Fletcher: {a-Spades}{8-Spades}

The turn came the {6-Diamonds}, and the river was the {7-Clubs} to seal a full double for Cynn, as Fletcher was left short.

John Cynn us
John Cynn
us 13,800,000 5,200,000
Clayton Fletcher us
Clayton Fletcher
us 1,400,000 -6,300,000

Tags: Clayton FletcherJohn Cynn

Zobian Pulls Further Away

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Aram Zobian made it 460,000 to go from the cutoff and Tony Miles called in the big blind. On the {J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop, both players checked and Miles check-folded the {5-Hearts} turn to a bet worth 380,000.

Zobian then made it 525,000 to go and Jorden Fox called in the cutoff. Artem Metalidi in the big blind three-bet to 2,800,000, which was called by Zobian and forced a fold from Fox. Both players elected to check the {Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop and the {9-Spades} turn. After the {7-Hearts} river, Metalidi checked and Zobian made it 1,925,000 to go.

Metalidi took off his sunglasses and stared at his opponent for more than a minute before sending his cards into the muck.

Aram Zobian us
Aram Zobian
us 43,000,000 4,500,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
ua 28,800,000 -4,400,000
Tony Miles us
Tony Miles
us 16,000,000 1,500,000

Tags: Aram ZobianArtem MetalidiJorden FoxTony Miles