WSOP Memories: How John Cynn Won the Main Event


It’s the middle of July, the time of the year when some of the most exciting WSOP events take place, including Main Event. The entire poker world is then focused on Rio and its huge poker room where players gather round to play the best poker in the world.

WSOP was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although there’s an online version of the tournament that attracted thousands of players, many players are still sad that they will not have an opportunity to travel to Vegas.

However, they know it’s for the best. To lift the spirits of poker fans in the world, we decided to pay tribute to some of the greatest moments of WSOP.

One of them is John Cynn winning the Main Event.

Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event

John Cynn managed to enter the poker history books. A few players manage to make it to the final table of a WSOP event. Even fewer players are lucky and skilled enough to make it to the final table of the WSOP Main Event. However, there are several of them who really proved that it’s possible, such as Dan Harrington and Mark Newhouse.

Harrington made it to the final table in 2003 and 2004, and that was one of the biggest success stories in poker back then. Mark Newhouse also did the same thing exactly one decade after that. However, neither of them managed to do what John Cynn did.

Cynn actually never reached the final table of the Main Event twice. However, he was just one step away from becoming the finalist in 2016 when he had to hit the rail in 11th place.

Nevertheless, he was more determined than ever to reach the final table. He not only reached it but also won the Main Event two years after that.

He immediately made sure to have a big stack and was second in chips after Michael Dyer when the final table was created. He did not have luck right from the start as his pair of aces weren’t enough to match Tony Miles’ two pair.

However, he continued to grind, and when he reached the final four, he became the chip leader.

The final opponent was Miles, who turned out to be his arch-enemy throughout the final table. At the start of the heads-up play, both players had deep stacks, with more than 100 BBs in play.

What followed was a marathon. The two players were equally determined to win the game and played the game for 10 straight hours. Every time one of the two players made a move, the other returned with the same measure.

The two players played 442 hands in the heads-up. Let that sink in. In the last hand, Miles finally cracked, jamming when he paired on the turn.

However, Cynn flopped trip kings and decided to call Miles’ bet, which was the action that made him the champion of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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