WSOP Super Circuit Online Series MSPT Showdown Series
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 8 Completed

Michael Dyer Establishes Commanding Lead on Day 8; Joe Cada In Contention With Six Left

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante
Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer

The 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event is one step closer to crowning a champion and six hopefuls remain in the hunt for the $8.8 million first prize and bracelet in the second-largest field of 7,874 entries.

As expected, the Thunderdome was filled with plenty of spectators, with the rail of Alex Lynskey dominating the boisterous atmosphere with chants as early as 20-minutes prior to the shuffle up and deal by 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein. However, unfortunately for Lynskey's rail, the Aussie, who was born in England, endured a torrid time of it and became one of three casualties in as many levels on Day 8.

Michael Dyer will carry over a commanding lead into the penultimate day after bagging up 156,500,000, more than two times as many chips as his nearest rival and start-of-the-day chip leader Nicolas Manion (72,250,000), John Cynn follows in third place with 61,550,000. Tony Miles bagged up 57,500,000 after a late surge in the final level of the night and the remaining two contenders for the Main Event title include 2009 champion Joe Cada (29,275,000) and Aram Zobian (16,700,000).

Dyer was seemingly cruising through the day after picking up an early pot against fellow big stack Manion and continued to pull further away without too much resistance. Compared to previous days, he didn't change too much about his playing style.

“No, I just try to make good decisions,” confirmed Dyer. In fact, the only thing that changed besides claiming the vast majority of the chips in play was his choice of Animal Crackers instead of Shredded Wheat:

“It’s just snacks. It’s just something to eat while I’m at the table.”

While Dyer has a comfortable lead and more chips than Manion and Cynn combined, victory is far from guaranteed and he is very well aware of that.

“They all played pretty well. It was a pretty solid final table. I didn’t see any big mistakes,” said Dyer when asked his thoughts about the opposition.

Speaking of Cynn, the US player recorded the biggest profit for the day and bagged up 62 big blinds, which was exactly what he began the day with, though this boosted his stack to 61,550,000. Having already come close to reaching the final table in 2016, Cynn appeared immune to a lot of the previous pressure, finally reaching his goal two years after his 11th-place Main Event finish, a fact he celebrated with some high fives with his rail when play ended for the day.

John Cynn
John Cynn is Third in Chips After Day 8

"I got a few decent cards and I was able to play them the way I wanted to," said Cynn. "The dynamics at the table are constantly changing so I don't have a set strategy to battle constant aggression all the time. We'll see how it goes tomorrow."

Though Cynn was keen to point out that no matter how cutthroat it can get when playing for millions of dollars and the biggest poker title in the world, the atmosphere at the table was good and Cynn pointed out at how well everyone is getting along.

"We're all playing a game and we're all playing to win but it definitely doesn't seem personal between anybody. I love the atmosphere, it makes things more interesting. As opposed to sitting there and having to watch someone take twenty seconds to fold every hand, there's nothing interesting about that."

Cynn won an emotional coin flip against Lynskey to eliminate the Aussie in seventh place and talked about the emotions of that particular hand.

"I know I won the hand so I feel bad saying that it was enjoyable, but it was just an exciting hand all the way through. Even if I had lost the hand, it was such a fun hand. Just the way the board ran out, so many outs. Obviously, Lynskey is such a great guy and we can't all win but I felt good after that."

Another player in the final six who knows what it takes to go deep in this very event is Joe Cada, who will be comfortable under the spotlights after claiming the title in 2009 and he headed into Day 7 under very similar circumstances, but with a lot more experience under his belt.

“It's been a long time so you kind of forget a lot of those feelings. I'm just happy to be here. It's been a grueling tournament. I've been lucky to even be in the spot that I'm at. I've had low chips the entire tournament so I feel like I've just been hanging in there," said Cada.

Joe Cada
2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada among the last six once more

Cada also added the following: “Maybe I'm more disciplined now. My ranges are a little bit better. I just have a lot more data to work with. That's about it. Other than that, I was playing a lot of poker back then too so I was pretty confident.”

Since his victory nine years ago, Cada has cemented his legacy in the history books by claiming two further bracelets, with one of them coming earlier this summer.

“I think the pressure's off a lot now. I think there's a lot of pressure getting to the final table and then there's a lot of pressure at the start of the final table not knowing what's going to happen. Now that the jabs have been thrown and we're six-handed it's all gravy. If I go out next, I go out next. If I make a run, that would be sweet.”

2018 WSOP Main Event Day 9 Seat Assignments

SeatPlayerCountryAgeChip CountBig Blinds
1John CynnUnited States3361,550,00062
2Tony MilesUnited States3257,500,00058
3Nicolas ManionUnited States3572,250,00072
4Aram ZobianUnited States2316,700,00017
5Michael DyerUnited States32156,500,000157
6Joe CadaUnited States3029,275,00029

Day 9 will recommence with Level 38 (500,000/1,000,000, with a 150,000-ante).

Day 8 Action at a Glance

Among those to bust were Antoine Labat (9th place, $1,000,000), Artem Metalidi (8th place, $1,250,000) and Alex Lynskey (7th place, $1,500,000).

After the three-way all in to end Day 7, Antoine Labat returned as the shortest stack by far. And the very same cards came to haunt the Frenchman once more to end his run in 9th place. Labat got through with an open-shove once and min-raised on the button in hand #16 soon after. Artem Metalidi moved all in from the small blind with a covering stack and Labat quickly called with two red kings to get shown pocket queens by Metalidi. The flop brought one of the two remaining queens in the deck and Labat became the first casualty of the day.

Michael Dyer dominated the action early, further pulling away at the top of the leaderboard as play neared the first break, and won the biggest pot of the final table with ace-king, getting three streets of value from Nicolas Manion who called down with ace-queen high.

Aram Zobian was the next player to end up all in and at risk when he open-shoved for 13 big blinds with ace-eight suited. Dyer looked him up from one seat over with pocket sixes and an eight on the river saved Zobian, who jumped up and celebrated with his rail.

"When I hit that 12% river it was the most happiness in one moment in my life," said Zobian.

Zobian remained involved in the action just a few minutes later. Metalidi had moved all in for seven big blinds in early position and Zobian moved all in over the top out of the small blind to isolate successfully. Metalidi flipped over pocket fives and found himself flipping against the king-queen suited of Zobian. Two diamonds and a five on the flop saw the rail explode, and a third diamond on the river improved Zobian to a flush and sent Metalidi to the rail in 8th place.

"It's been an incredible run," said Metalidi In his interview after his elimination, "I feel really happy and i couldn't ask for more. This way I have a desire to improve for the next year's to come."

With the goal to reach the final six, one more player had to join the rail and that was to be Alex Lynskey. The Aussie failed to win a single pot the entire day, and despite the wild encouragement from his rail, could not change this state of affairs after three-betting all in out of the big blind over the top of a raise by Dyer and a call by John Cynn. Dyer folded, but Cynn called with king-queen suited to take on the flip against Lynskey's pocket sixes.

A ten-high flop gave Cynn a gutshot and the ten paired up on the turn to give Lynskey more reason to worry. Eventually, a jack fell on the river to give Cynn a winning straight and reduce the field to the final six. Play continued until the end of the level without any further casualties and Joe Cada chipped up at the very end after jamming into Dyer just before bagging and tagging.

The remaining six players will return to the Thunderdome at 5.30pm local time on Friday, July 13, to play down to the final three, and the PokerNews live reporting team will provide hand-for-hand coverage of all the action.

Tags: Alex LynskeyAntoine LabatAram ZobianArtem MetalidiJoe CadaJohn CynnMichael DyerNicolas ManionScott BlumsteinTony MilesWorld Series of PokerWSOP Main Event

End-of-Day 8 Chip Counts

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SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1John CynnUnited States61,550,00062
2Tony MilesUnited States57,500,00058
3Nicolas ManionUnited States72,250,00072
4Aram ZobianUnited States16,700,00017
5Michael DyerUnited States156,500,000157
6Joe CadaUnited States29,275,00029

Day 9 will begin at the beginning of Level 38 (500,000/1,000,000, with a 150,000-ante).

Michael Dyer us 156,500,000 25,000
Nicolas Manion us 72,250,000 900,000
John Cynn us 61,550,000
Tony Miles us 57,500,000 -900,000
Joe Cada us 29,275,000
Aram Zobian us 16,700,000 -25,000

Six Players Bag Up

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante

The remaining six players are bagging up for the evening and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Final Six Players
Final Six Players

Hands #69-70: Cada Chips Up Late in the Level

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Hand #69: John Cynn raised to 1,800,000 from the hijack and everyone folded.

Hand #70: Nicolas Manion opened to 1,600,000 from the cutoff and Joe Cada defended his big blind. The flop came {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Cada check-called a bet of 1,500,000 from Manion.

The turn brought the {6-Spades} and both players checked to the {7-Diamonds} on the river. Cada led out for 2,500,000 and Manion instantly sent his cards to the muck.

Michael Dyer us 156,475,000 -1,400,000
Nicolas Manion us 71,350,000 -3,300,000
John Cynn us 61,550,000 1,600,000
Tony Miles us 58,400,000 -200,000
Joe Cada us 29,275,000 3,900,000
Aram Zobian us 16,725,000 -600,000

Tags: Joe CadaJohn CynnNicolas Manion

Hands #67-68: Cada Jams Into Manion

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Joe Cada
Joe Cada

Hand #67: Joe Cada raised top 1,700,000 on the cutoff and Tony Miles gave it some thought before calling from the small blind. Nicolas Manion called in the big blind. The flop came {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Diamonds} and all three players opted to check, heading to the {Q-Hearts} turn. Miles and Manion checked over to initial raiser, Cada, who bet 3,200,000 and just Manion called.

The {9-Hearts} river completed the board and Manion checked once more. Cada moved all in for 13,400,000 and forced a fold from Manion.

Hand #68: Michael Dyer raised to 1,600,000 first to act and Miles three-bet to 5,200,000 on the button. Dyer released his cards into the muck.

Michael Dyer us 157,875,000 -1,800,000
Nicolas Manion us 74,650,000 -5,500,000
John Cynn us 59,950,000 -200,000
Tony Miles us 58,600,000 1,500,000
Joe Cada us 25,375,000 7,000,000
Aram Zobian us 17,325,000 -1,000,000

Tags: Joe CadaMichael DyerNicolas ManionTony Miles

Hand #64-66: River Bet from Miles Earns the Pot

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Hand #64: The action folded to Aram Zobian who ripped all in for 16,725,000 on the button but both of the blinds folded.

Hand #65: Nicolas Manion opened to 1,800,000 from the hijack and Michael Dyer called on the button. The flop fell {a-Spades}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Manion continued for 1,700,000. Dyer quickly folded and Manion dragged in the pot.

Hand #66: Dyer raised to 1,600,000 in the cutoff and Tony Miles defended his big blind. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and Miles checked to Dyer who bet 1,425,000. Miles called and the {5-Diamonds} rolled off on the turn. Both players checked and the {k-Clubs} completed the board. Miles led out for 3,500,000 and Dyer sent his cards to the muck.

Michael Dyer us 159,675,000 -5,525,000
Nicolas Manion us 80,150,000 2,400,000
John Cynn us 60,150,000 -1,500,000
Tony Miles us 57,100,000 4,625,000
Joe Cada us 18,375,000 -1,500,000
Aram Zobian us 18,325,000 1,500,000

Tags: Aram ZobianMichael DyerNicolas ManionTony Miles

Hands #62-63: Dyer Forces Fold from Cada

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Michael Dyer
Michael Dyer

Hand #62: Tony Miles raised it up to 1,800,000 on the button and picked up a call from Nicolas Manion out of the small blind and Aram Zobian in the big blind. The flop came {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{J-Hearts} and a successful continuation-bet of 1,250,000 by Miles won the pot to let his rail cheer.

Hand #63: Joe Cada made it 1,800,000 to go first to act and Michael Dyer called in the big blind. The duo headed to the {K-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop and Dyer checked. Cada bet 2,000,000 and Dyer almost instantly check-raised to 5,325,000. Cada called and the {6-Spades} appeared on the turn.

Dyer bet 7,825,000 and Cada was sent into the think tank. After more than two minutes, Cada let go and dropped to 24 big blinds.

Michael Dyer us 165,200,000 7,925,000
Nicolas Manion us 77,750,000 -2,000,000
John Cynn us 61,650,000 -200,000
Tony Miles us 52,475,000 4,000,000
Joe Cada us 19,875,000 -7,325,000
Aram Zobian us 16,825,000 -2,400,000

Tags: Aram ZobianJoe CadaMichael DyerNicolas ManionTony Miles

Hands #60-61: Miles and Manion Win Small Pots

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Tony Miles
Tony Miles

Hand #60: John Cynn limped in from the small blind and Tony Miles checked his option. The flop fell {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {q-Hearts} on the turn. Cynn checked again and Miles tossed in a bet of 1,400,000. Cynn sent his cards to the muck and Miles scooped the pot.

Hand #61: Aram Zobian raised to 1,800,000 from under the gun and Nicolas Manion defended from the big blind. The flop came {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Manion checked-folded to a bet from Zobian.

Michael Dyer us 157,275,000 -200,000
Nicolas Manion us 79,750,000 -2,000,000
John Cynn us 61,850,000 -1,000,000
Tony Miles us 48,475,000 800,000
Joe Cada us 27,200,000 -200,000
Aram Zobian us 19,225,000 2,600,000

Tags: Aram ZobianJohn CynnNicolas ManionTony Miles

Hands #58-59: Manion Wins One Off Dyer

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Nicolas Manion
Nicolas Manion

Hand #58: Nicolas Manion raised to 1,800,000 in the cutoff, which won the blinds and antes without resistance.

Hand #59: Manion raised to 1,800,000 for the second hand in a row and Michael Dyer called on the button. On the {Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop, Manion quickly bet 2,300,000 and Dyer called to see the {K-Diamonds} turn. Manion checked this time, and Dyer made it 3,825,000 to go. Manion called.

The {10-Diamonds} appeared on the river and both players checked. Manion turned over the {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} and that won the pot as Dyer mucked.

Michael Dyer us 157,475,000 -8,525,000
Nicolas Manion us 81,750,000 11,325,000
John Cynn us 62,850,000 -1,000,000
Tony Miles us 47,675,000 -200,000
Joe Cada us 27,400,000 -1,400,000
Aram Zobian us 16,625,000 -200,000

Tags: Michael DyerNicolas Manion