The opening day of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event final table brought about drama and action on PokerGO. Michael Dyer entered the first round of play right behind Nic Manion for the chip lead and enters tomorrow’s six-handed stage as the player to beat.

Three eliminations took place, all in heart-breaking fashion. The full replay from Day 8 of the Main Event can be found here:

Antoine Labat started the final table as the short stack and failed to gain any traction. Labat was on the wrong end of the epic aces versus kings and kings hand on Day 7 and wound up felted holding pocket kings at the final table.

Artem Metalidi fell in eighth place despite being the one knock out Labat. Metalidi fell on the river to Day 7 chip leader Aram Zobian, who continued his rise from the short stack by taking out the Ukrainian. The experience was great for Metalidi, who was all smiles as he earned $1.25 million.

The last one to exit was, perhaps, the most talented player left in the field in Alex Lynskey. The spunky Austrailian did not win a single hand the whole final table and lost an ultimatum flip to John Cynn to cash out in seventh place for $1.5 million.

Cynn wrapped up the first round of the final table in third place behind Nic Manion and Dyer. When play starts to go from six players to three, Dyer will unbag more chips than Manion and Dyer combined.

Joe Cada and Tony Miles remain in contention but have their work cut out for them to rise above the chip leaders.

More history made at the final table when the Poker Hall of Fame announced long-time Poker After Dark producer Mori Eskandani as an inductee for the 2018 class along with John Hennigan.

Listen to Eskandani accept the honor with PokerGO commentators Nick Schulman and Ali Nejad by his side.

The Poker Central Podcast features interviews with all final tablists and bustout reactions from the trio of eliminations.

Go through the lens of Drew Amato to get an up-close look at the final table and the shenanigans on the rail.

Main Event final table play resumes at the final table at 6:00 pm ET on PokerGO as the final table goes from six to three and takes one step closer to crowning the new champion.

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
Name Country Chip Count
1 Michael Dyer United States 156,500,000
2 Nic Manion United States 72,250,000
3 John Cynn United States 61,550,000
4 Tony Miles United States 57,500,000
5 Joe Cada United States 29,275,000
6 Aram Zobian United States 16,700,000

The second day of final table coverage is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm ET on PokerGO and airs simultaneously on ESPN until three players are reached. A full schedule of the PokerGO Main Event schedule can be found here. Find all World Series of Poker final tables from 2018 by subscribing to PokerGO today.

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