John Cynn is poker’s newest and richest champion after winning a record-breaking final table in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Cynn vanquished a field of 7,874 and beat Tony Miles heads up to claim the title and $8.8 million. The last of the three final table days completed the drama with Cynn and Miles battling for 199 hands for the title of World Champion.

Relive all of heads up play between Cynn and Miles here:

Before heads up play started, the formality of Michael Dyer’s elimination was completed. Dyer led the first day of the final table before Miles took the crown from him in playing down from six to three. The 31-year-old left with a smile and provided context on his emotion, or lack thereof, at the final table.

Cynn took the lead right away against Miles and applied pressure to further accumulate. Miles needed energy to charge a comeback and found it in the form of a massive river bluff. Cynn had the chance to close out the title but could not pull the trigger in the ultimate pressure situation.

The pair kept up the battle for hours upon hours until Cynn found a hand in a spot he could not fold. Miles applied the heat once again but Cynn stood tall and made an $8.8 million call to wrap up the tournament.

Cynn was overcome with emotion after the win and the exhaustion poured over during his winner’s interview in the immediate aftermath of the event.

Miles may be forever known as the runner-up but he is a champion in the mind of his rail and for what he overcame to make the final table in the first place.

Take a second look at all of the sights from the late night at the final table through the lens of Drew Amato.

Catch interviews with both players along with 2017 final tablist John Hesp on the Poker Central Podcast.

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2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts
Name Country Payout
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nic Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000
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