When, who had a summer, finished off Fedor Holz at the $1 million buy Big One for One dip on Tuesday, it signified the end of the 2018 World Series of Poker, which means it is time to relive the best moments from what was an unbelievable month for poker.
It was a difficult task to choose the top moments as there were so many epic highlights this summer. John Hennigan’s series was so impressive that it got him inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. “Magic” John Cynn won a 10-hour heads-up battle for the ages against Tony Miles to become world champion. And poker fans must see more Main Event coverage than ever before.
Those were all worthy highlights but, given how fascinating this year’s WSOP was, not quite exciting enough to make our”best of” list.
‘No Home Jerome’ Returns to WSOP
Phil Ivey, arguably the greatest poker player ever, had obtained a lengthy break from tournament poker. That came to an end this summer when he grinded a full WSOP schedule to the delight of his many fans.
The man who once used a fake ID with the name”Jerome” to play poker in Atlantic City prior to turning 21, had arguably his worst WSOP ever with just four little cashes, but simply seeing Ivey in activity was a treat to the poker community.
Poker Brat Extends Bracelet Record
Love him or hate him, poker fans can not get enough of Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat, who held the all time record for WSOP titles, won his 15th bracelet in the $5,000 No-Limit HoldCeltics occasion that happened during the Main Event.
Hellmuth won $485,082 for the victory, which salvaged an otherwise ho-hum summer for one of poker’s best tournament players ever.
Bonomo Does the Unthinkable
If a Super High Roller Bowl name for about $ 5 million or a victory at the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship for $185,965 was your very best moment of the summer, you know that you’re on quite a heater.
Justin Bonomo’s top highlight came on the very last day of this 2018 WSOP when he beat Fedor Holz heads-up to win the Big One for One dip, his second bracelet of this series, for $10 million, enough to overtake Daniel Negreanu as the all-time winningest tournament player with just under $43 million in career earnings.
Shaun Deeb had the best summer of his poker career, winning two bracelets and leaving Las Vegas as the Player of the Year leader with 10 bracelet occasions at WSOP Europe in the autumn still to come. However, the highlight of his 2018 WSOP wasn’t how well he had been running metaphorically.
On June 7, the infamous slowroller was profound in two tournaments at exactly the exact same time — Event #13, Big Blind Ante $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em and Event #14, $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball — which meant he had to literally run back and forth in between hands to prevent getting blinded out at either event. He didn’t wind up winning either bracelet but finished 3rd (Event #14) and 16th (Event #13) on the exact same day. And he burned some calories.
Players Shine on Poker’s Biggest Stage
The 2018 WSOP Main Event had the second most participants in its 49-year history (7,874), a clear indication that poker is anything but a dying breed. However, what made it such a special event this year was the performance of the nine opponents, such as 2009 world champion Joe Cada, at the final table on national television.
Players at the final table, in most hands, acted fast, a pleasant surprise for ESPN viewers who were frustrated with the constant tanking in the past few decades, and the crowd at the Rio was lively and interacted with their friends at the table.
Another highlight during poker’s most prestigious event was an insane hand which brought the tournament to its final table.
With 10 players remaining on Day 7, Nic Manion made it all-in pre-flop with pocket aces against the pocket kings of both Yueqi Zhu and Antoine Labat. He had Zhu covered and won the hand, leaving Labat with a small stack at the final table and Zhu out in 10th place.
It was a memorable and successful summer for the poker industry. If the 2019 World Series of Poker can top this year’s series, we are all in for a treat.