Day 6 Completed
Day 6 Completed
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.”
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.
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
|Room||Table||Seat||Player Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||1||1||Nirath Rean||United States||4,950,000||25|
|Amazon||1||4||Aram Zobian||United States||41,585,000||208|
|Amazon||1||5||Joe Cada||United States||8,850,000||44|
|Amazon||1||6||Nicolas Manion||United States||17,630,000||88|
|Amazon||1||7||Eric Froehlich||United States||15,285,000||76|
|Amazon||1||9||Ryan Phan||United States||9,545,000||48|
|Amazon||2||2||Michael Dyer||United States||26,515,000||133|
|Amazon||2||3||Konstantin Beylin||United States||8,305,000||42|
|Amazon||2||8||John Cynn||United States||14,750,000||74|
|Amazon||2||9||Kao Saechao||United States||18,985,000||95|
|Amazon||3||2||Barry Hutter||United States||2,250,000||11|
|Amazon||3||5||Jeff Trudeau||United States||5,090,000||25|
|Amazon||3||7||Tony Miles||United States||14,945,000||75|
|Amazon||3||9||Alexander Haro||United States||12,940,000||65|
|Player||Country||Chip Count||WSOP Cashes||WSOP Bracelets||Career WSOP Earnings||Career Earnings||Biggst Cash||GPI Ranking|
|Aram Zobian||United States||41,585,000||10||0||$22,191||$110,444||2nd 2018 NLHE $1,650 MegaStack Challenge||$47,000||1,946th|
|Artem Metalidi||Ukraine||30,845,000||25||0||$728,254||$2,131,437||2nd 2012 WSOP $3K 6-max||$350,806||567th|
|Antoine Labat||France||28,445,000||2||0||$6,857||$194,789||2nd 2010 Evian Poker Open||$52,842||13,662nd|
|Michael Dyer||United States||26,515,000||2||0||$5,610||$95,020||8th 2009 WSOP $2k NLHM||$65,905||179,657th|
|Alex Lynskey||Australia||22,045,000||14||0||$556,389||$1,769,666||2nd 2017 WSOP The Marathon||$426,663||525th|
|Yueqi Zhu||China||19,245,000||76||1||$1,456,884||$1,523,586||3rd WSOP 2010 $10K Omaha Hi/Lo||$225,325||1,164th|
|Kao Saechao||United States||18,985,000||8||0||$67,253||$589,448||2nd 2018 Goliath Phamous Poker Series $600||$78,440||1,226th|
|Martijn Gerrits||Netherlands||17,790,000||6||0||$82,233||$313,082||3rd 2018 WSOP $10K Heads Up||$73,179||503th|
|Nicolas Manion||United States||17,630,000||1||0||$5,769||$16,739||21st 2018 MSPT Michigan||$9,850||32,585th|
|Eric Froehlich||United States||15,285,000||38||2||$1,559,294||$2,312,873||1st 2005 WSOP $1,500 NLHM||$303,908||18,222th|
|Paulo Goncalves||Brazil||15,230,000||3||0||$64,195||$101,776||3rd 2016 WSOPC Sao Paulo||$47,042||15,300th|
|Tony Miles||United States||14,945,000||5||0||$17,539||$54,333||3rd 2011 $300 WPT Regional Jacksonville||$18,000||16,766th|
|John Cynn||United States||14,750,000||16||0||$739,416||$944,786||11th 2016 WSOP Main Event||$650,000||3,926th|
|Alexander Haro||United States||12,940,000||3||0||$7,306||$151,693||1st 2012 $2,500 Deep Stack Extravaganza||$142,503||54,154th|
|Hari Bercovici||Israel||12,775,000||2||0||$218,137||$290,524||34th 2016 WSOP Main Event||$216,211||8,422nd|
|Frederik Jensen||Denmark||12,100,000||13||0||$197,627||$3,897,790||2nd 2010 Aussie Millions||$1,015,257||1,230th|
|Sylvain Loosli||France||11,635,000||12||0||$3,075,627||$6,648,418||4th 2013 WSOP Main Event||$2,792,533||251st|
|Ryan Phan||United States||9,545,000||27||0||$192,746||$452,622||2nd 2016 WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs||$69,962||591st|
|Joe Cada||United States||8,850,000||33||3||$10,340,058||$10,779,041||1st 2009 WSOP Main Event||$8,546,435||849th|
|Ivan Luca||Argentina||8,820,000||11||1||$487,898||$5,755,393||3rd 2016 PCA $50k High Roller||$494,080||214th|
|Konstantin Beylin||United States||8,305,000||12||0||$147,460||$153,663||17th 2018 WSOP $25k PLO||$46,190||4,456th|
|Ming Xi||China||7,550,000||0||0||$0||$32,276||8th 2016 WPT National China||$30,560||7,2481st|
|Jeff Trudeau||United States||5,090,000||34||0||$410,950||$875,028||1st 2017 WSOPC Cherokee||$63,599||195th|
|Nirath Rean||United States||4,950,000||4||0||$9,912||$173,841||2nd 2015 CPPT Jacksonville||$82,826||10,193rd|
|Bart Lybaert||Belgium||3,825,000||28||0||$630,345||$2,088,158||3rd 2017 PokerStars National Championship Barcelona||$432,856||29th|
|Barry Hutter||United States||2,250,000||36||1||$1,285,339||$4,357,777||2nd 2018 WSOP $3k NLHM||$323,019||73rd|
Artem Metalidi raised to 450,000 and Jorden Fox just called on the button. On the flop, Fox called a bet of 525,000.
The turn was checked and Fox bet the river for 1,000,000 after Metalidi had checked, and the Ukrainian called. Fox turned over the and Metalidi claimed the pot with the .
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 flop brought a check from Dyer, a bet of 2,000,000 by Fox and a call from Dyer.
The 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.
Fox needed a jack, ten, eight or deuce to avoid elimination, but a blank 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.
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 face up and the other cards were turned over.
The board ran out with Hutter cracking Lynskey's aces to triple up on the final hand of the night, ensuring that he will return on Day 7.
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.
Fletcher was unable to come from behind when the board came down and was eliminated from Day 6 for $230,475.
Jorden Fox opened for 450,000 under the gun and and Aram Zobian defended his big blind. Zobian check-called 700,000 on and 1.2 million on the turn. The river checked through and Zobian mucked to .
Jeff Trudeau moved all in from middle position for around 2,500,000 and Barry Hutter called in the big blind.
Big Slick held on the runout and Hutter found himself with fewer than four big blinds.
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 . Cynn bet 1.6m and Fletcher, who had his opponent covered, moved all in. Cynn called and was ahead.
The turn came the , and the river was the to seal a full double for Cynn, as Fletcher was left short.
Aram Zobian made it 460,000 to go from the cutoff and Tony Miles called in the big blind. On the flop, both players checked and Miles check-folded the 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 flop and the turn. After the 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.