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It’s official: the vacuum cleaner crews are out and Las Vegas’s army of de-riggers have been woken from hibernation. The Pavilion Room at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino is now empty and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is drawing to its conclusion.

It’s not entirely done. Oh no. There’s a $50,000 buy-in High Roller underway, the One Drop won’t start for another few days, and the monumental “Closer” tournament just started too offering anyone with $1,500 another chance at striking gold.

And then there’s the Main Event. Ah yes, the Main Event. Let nobody forget the Main Event, which will have been the first exposure to the WSOP brand that 99 percent of poker players and fans will have ever had.

WSOP 2018 Main Event final six (l-r): John Cynn, Tony Miles, Nic Manion, Aram Zobian, Michael Dyer, Joe Cada

This year’s renewal is down to its final six players, and the plan for Friday’s action in the Amazon Room is to rid us of three of them. Here’s a reminder of who was involved at the beginning of this final table. And here’s how they stack up now.

Day 9 counts

Returning to blinds of 500,000-1 million

Name Country Chips/Payout
Michael Dyer USA 156,500,000
Nicolas Manion USA 72,250,000
John Cynn USA 61,550,000
Tony Miles USA 57,500,000
Joe Cada USA 29,275,000
Aram Zobian USA 16,705,000
Alex Lynskey Australia 7th – $1.5 million
Artem Metalidi Ukraine 8th – $1.25 million
Antoine Labat France 9th – $1 million

The most unlikely of all double dreams remains on for Joe Cada after the 2009 champion was one of the few players able to stay largely out the way of Michael Dyer’s wrecking ball yesterday.

Dyer’s demolition job yesterday was almost unstoppable as he pushed each one of his competitors around for the duration of yesterday’s play. While Antoine Labat, Artem Metalidi and Alex Lynskey are not returning, both Nicolas Manion and Aram Zobian come back this evening with fewer chips than they started yesterday. Cada, John Cynn and Tony Miles added a few, but Dyer has been dealing in death.

Play is due to resume in the Amazon Room at 5:30pm today, and they’ll be playing as long as it takes to get down to three. With nearly 400 big blinds between them, don’t expect this to be over any time soon.

Previous final table reports

Dyer has day to dream of
Party shifts from Amazon Room as Lynskey departs
Metalidi takes the fall as Zobian hits twice
Labat killed by the kings that once saved him

Selected previous 2018 WSOP coverage:

Party shifts from Amazon Room as Lynskey departs
Metalidi takes the fall as Zobian hits twice
Antoine Labat killed by the kings that once saved him
Final table player profiles
Two Miles: Jim and Tony
Is Hellmuth closing in on bracelet #15
As England departs World Cup, a new hero emerges
From the archive: Kassouf is finally silenced
Short stories of long nights at the poker table
The payout process
Then and now: Jake Cody
From the archive: K.L. Cleeton’s inspiring run
Inside the ideas factory: Jason Somerville’s Run It Up Studios
Stop, start, break, start, bubble for Matt Hopkins
Then and now: Barry Greenstein
A comprehensive guide to the WSOP bubble
Untangling the cake riddle to discover the key to Liv Boeree’s heart
Meet Muskan Sethi: India’s presidential poker ambassador
Then and Now: Daniel Negreanu
A flippin’ fantastic way to enter a poker tournament
Jeff Gross: A momentary pause in the perpetual motion
From the archive: Stages
Moneymaker surveys the world he created
Negreanu continues preparations for PokerStars Players Championship
Then and Now: Andre Akkari
Then and Now: Maria Konnikova

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