John Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8.8 Million!

When you once outlast over 6,700 players and finish 11th in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, you might think you’ve used up all of your poker run good once and for all.

Not John Cynn. He was just taking out a small withdrawal.

The 33-year-old Indianapolis native astounded the poker world last night in Las Vegas by winning the 2018 WSOP Main Event Championship for $8.8 million – just two years after his 11th-place finish in 2016.

It was a remarkable run by Cynn over the course of 10 days and capped off by a 10-hour, 199-hand heads-up marathon against runner up Tony Miles. Miles earned $5m for his runner-up finish.

“Literally Something That You Dream Of”

“Feels very different,” Cynn told WSOP.com shortly after his win. “I mean really neither is supposed to happen.

“To make 11th is insane on its own, and to win, that’s literally something that you dream of but you just never expect to happen. Right now I do feel pretty overwhelmed.”

“I do like to think that I don’t need the money to be happy, but at the same time it’s practically going to make things a lot easier.

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Tony Miles & John Cynn (Photo: Joe Giron, WSOP)

“Things I want to do in life, things for my family, and my parents. To my parents this is money that they could have never imagined. It’ll definitely be life-changing.”

Outside of Cynn’s two WSOP Main Event finishes (worth $9.45 million in total) he has about $300,000 in career live tournament earnings.

2009 Champ Cada Finishes 5th

The top 6 finishers in this year’s Main Event were all from the United States and each earned at least $1.8 million. Players from Australia, the Ukraine and France rounded out the final table of nine.

The final table in total took 442 hands. Amazingly 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada also made the final table and finished 5th for another $2.15m payday.

Cada also won his third career WSOP gold bracelet early in the series making 2018 another banner year at the WSOP for the Michigan native. Chip leader after Day 8, Michael Dyer, ended up third.

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

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. Nicolas 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

More Quick Facts about 2018 WSOP Main Event

— With 7,874 players it’s the second biggest Main Event in history. 2018 is ahead of 2010 (7,319 players), 2017 (7,221 players) and 2011 (6,865 players) The 2006 edition holds the record with 8,773 players.

— A total of 1,182 players were paid in this Main Event which is a new record due to the recent extension of the payout table (15%).

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Kelly Minkin 2018 WSOP (Photo: Joe Giron, WSOP)

— Another new record was the number of players for a Day 1 round: 4,571 for Day 1C.

— Of these 7,874 participants 301 were female players, representing 3.8% of the field. This is about average.

— American Kelly Minkin who finished 50th is, for the second time, the Last Woman Standing in the Main Event. She also did it one time before in 2015 (29th)

— Reigning WSOP Main Event title holder Scott Blumstein was eliminated on Day 1.

— Only 4 players have won 2 Main Event titles (Johnny Moss (1970 by vote , 1971, 1974), Doyle Brunson (1976, 1977), Johnny Chan (1987, 1988), and Stu Ungar (1980, 1981, 1997)) – all long before the poker boom of 2003 and its 6,500+-player fields: 

— The oldest participant this year was American John Olsen, 88 years old.

— After a change in the schedule, the Main Event is not the final WSOP tournament. The November Nine break was also eliminated

— The Amazon Room was plunged into darkness at the end of Day 5 due to a big storm that hit Las Vegas. There was an hour left and although the generator quickly took over, the organizers decided to finish earlier.

— A remarkable hand happened on the final-table bubble to eliminate Yueqi Zhu and send Nicolas Manion into the final table as the chip leader. Watch the hand below:

More 2018 WSOP Results of Note:

Hellmuth Claims 15th Career Bracelet in Event #71, $5,000 NLHE

Three years after his last coronation, the unsinkable Phil Hellmuth won his 15th World Series of Poker gold bracelet on July 11th to stretch out his overall lead in all-time WSOP bracelet race.

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Hellmuth took down the bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) for $485,082, defeating Steven Wolansky heads-up.

Overshadowed slightly by the playdown to the final table of the Main Event (and particularly by its blokcbuster bubble hand), Hellmuth still managed to seize a portion of the spotlight and further the beliefs of those who feel he’s the greatest WSOP player of all time.

Hellmuth is now 5 bracelets ahead of his three closest pursuers, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey. Only Ivey has managed to stay in touch recently (having won his last victories in 2013 and 2014); Brunson and Chan haven’t won since 2005.

Hellmuth: “A New Lesson in Humility”

The records continue to pile up for Hellmuth, who is still the only winner of two main Main Events (Las Vegas and WSOP Europe) and also a winner in each of the last four decades. 

He also holds the WSOP record for the number of cashes (134) and final tables (59). Said Phil after his win:

“This is a new lesson of humility for me, as were the 13th and 14th … I did not have a great summer, but I stayed positive, always. Every night when I returned to my room I said to myself ‘life is beautiful, relax.’(…)

‘I was also forced to rest, I had a small atrial fibrillation. It’s not too bad, 40% of people over 60 have that, but it made me take a lot of days without poker.

“I feel a responsibility to inspire people. This bracelet I will offer to one of my best friends, Bill Lee. He is the best angel investor and the best friend of Elon Musk. I promised him that I would win him a bracelet, but it was a long time.

“ This bracelet is everything for me, because my life is poker. Then I try to spread the positive. I hope that I will be remembered for two reasons, the first to have 24 bracelets, and the second to have a lot of positive influence on people’s lives.”

Phil Hellmuth’s 15 WSOP Bracelets

(1989)

No-Limit Hold’em $10,000 Main Event – 178 players – Beat Johnny Chan $755,000

(1992)

$5,000 Limit Hold’em – 84 players, beat Steve Kopp (USA) – $168,000

(1993)

$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – 284 players – beat Chris Tsiprailidis (USA) – $426,000
$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – 173 players – beat Noli Francisco (TCH) – $432,500
$5,000 Limit Hold’em – 69 players – beat Don Williams (USA) – $345,000

(1997) 

$3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em – 170 players – Tom McEvoy (USA) – $510,000

(2001)

$2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 441 players – beat TJ Cloutier (USA) – $855,540

(2003)

$2,500 Limit Hold’em – 194 players – beat Young Phan (USA) – $451,050
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 398 players – beat Daniel Negreanu (CAN) – $410,860

(2006)

$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 754 d. + 1691 r. – beat Juha Helppi (FIN) – $631,863

(2007)

$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – 2628 players – beat Andy Philachack (USA) – $637,254

(2012)

$2,500 Razz – 309 players – beat Don Zewin (USA) – $182,793
€10,000 NLHE WSOPE Main Event – 420 players – beat Sergii Baraniv (UKR) – €1,022,376

(2015)

$10,000 Razz – 103 players – beat Mike Gorodinsky (USA) – $271,105

(2018)

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 452 players – beat Steven Wolansky (USA) – $485,082

Event 74 – $10,000 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship

355 entrants (54 paid) – Prize Pool $3,337,000

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Winner: Shaun Deeb (32 years old, US) – $814,179 beat Paul Volpe (United States) – $503,196

Notable players:

3. Romain Lewis (France) – $325,842
9. Mike Watson (Canada) – $54,831
11. Sam Greenwood (Canada) – $41,721
17. Anthony Zinno (USA) ) – $32,700
20. Dominik Nitsche (Germany) – $26,424
32- Loni Harwood (USA) – $18,982
34- Michael Gathy (Belgium) – $18,982
38- Michael Mizrachi (USA) – $16,911
39. Martin Jacobson (Sweden) – $16,911
41. Rainer Kempe (Germany) – $16,911
42. Ryan Riess (USA) – $16,911

In short:

4th WSOP bracelet for Shaun Deeb and his 2nd this summer.
Deeb is the first double bracelet winner of 2018. If there had not been a double winner this year it would have been a first since 1999.

Event 63 – $3,200 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

480 players (63 paid) – Prize Pool $1,459,200

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Winner: Chance Kornuth (32 years old, US) – $341,599 beats David Goodman (United States) – $212,022

Notable players:

4. Noah Bronstein (USA) – $99,809
7. Justin Liberto (USA) – $37,356
16. John Hennigan (USA) – $11,090
18. Jason Koon (USA) – $11,090
19. Mohsin Charania (USA) ) – $9,339
21. Giuseppe Pantaleo (Germany) – $9,339
24. Chris Moorman (England) – $9,339
25. Ryan D’Angelo (USA) – $9,339
27. Jim Collopy (USA) – $9,339
29. Jeff Gross (USA) – $8,026
30. Eric Baldwin (USA) – $ 8,026

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Chance Kornuth after his first in 2010 in a $5000 PLO tournament.
Becomes second player to win a WSOP bracelet live and another online after Nipun Java who had made this double last year.
The tournament attracted 356 players who took 124 rebuys. It was the last of four online tournaments in the program this year.
The final table was reached in 9 hours of play

Event 62 – $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em

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8,598 players (1218 Paid) – Prize Pool $ 6,871,521

Winner: Galen Hall (32 years old, US) – $888,888 beat Eduards Kudrjavcevs (Latvia) – $ 476,888

First bracelet for Galen Hall, high-profile poker player well known on the circuit (and notable winner of the PCA in 2011).
Plays high stakes only part-time, now a hedge fund manager.
Second WSOP final table in 17 cash. He finished 9th in a NLHE tournament in 2012.
His WSOP earnings now exceed $1 million
8598 entries against 8120 last year for this tournament with unlimited re-entries, so this is a new record.

Event 60 – $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship

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237 entrants (36 paid) – Prize Pool $ 2,227,800

Winner: Phil Galfond (33 years old, US) – $567,788 beat Michael McKenna (USA) – $350,922

Notable players:

7. David ‘ODB’ Baker (USA) – $65,579
12. Brandon Shack-Harris (USA) – $31,334
13. Chris Ferguson (USA) – $25,695
19. Cliff Josephy (USA) – $18,631
22. Eli Elezra (USA) – $18,631
32. Ryan Laplante (USA) – $16,494
35. Nick Schulman (USA) – $15,000

In short

3rd WSOP bracelet for Phil Galfond after 2008 (in PLO rebuy) and 2015 (in 2-7).
Surprise victory for Galfond who had hardly played poker since last summer, and had little real experience in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
It was his 7th final table in 20 paid places. His World Series winnings now amount to some $2.8 million

Event 58 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

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621 entrants (94 paid) – Prize Pool $2,887,650

Winner: Jean-Robert Bellande (47 years old, US) – $616,302 beat Dean Lyall (Scotland) – $380,895

Notable players:

9. Sergio Aido (Spain) – $45,764
19. Greg Merson (USA) – $21,018
20. Martin Finger (Germany) – $21,018
25. Sylvain Loosli (France) – $16,958
28. Andre Akkari (Brazil) – $ 16,958
33- Adrien Allain (France) – $ 14,004

In short:

First long-awaited bracelet for the famous pro Jean-Robert Bellande, for his 24th WSOP cash.
It was his third final table. He finished 2nd in the previous two including the prestigious Players Championship in 2015
One of those defeats came after a heads-up 19-to-1 advantage!
His WSOP earnings now exceed $2.2 million

Event 57 – $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship

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696 entrants (105 paid) – Prize Pool $626,400

Winner: Jessica Dawley (35 years old us) – $130,230 beat Jill Pike (United States) – $80,444

Notable players:

28. Kristy Arnett (USA) – $2,991
31. Gaëlle Baumann (France) – $2,991
34. Natasha Barbour-Mercier (USA) – $2,991
41. Lacey Jones (USA) – $2,551
47. Cyndy Violette (USA) – $2,219
70- Melanie Weisner (USA) – $1,782

In short:

Jessica Dawley served in the Armed Forces (National Air Guard) before becoming a poker pro.
“The last 10 years have been a lot of grind, and I’m very happy with this result, but I do not have the words and I have not realized it yet.”

Event 56 – $10,000 Razz Championship

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119 entrants (18 paid) – Prize Pool $ 1,118,600

Winner: Calvin Anderson (30 years old us) – $309,220 beat Frank Kassela (United States) – $191,111

Notable Players:

3- Julien Martini (France) – $134,587
4- Mike Leah (Canada) – $96,744
5. Jerry Wong (USA) – $71,014
7. John Hennigan (USA) ) – $40,817
8. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) – $31,992
9. Allen Kessler (USA) – $25,654
10. Ismael Bojang (Germany) – $25,654
11. Paul Volpe (USA) – $21,059
12. Eric Rodawig (USA) – $21,059
13. Ted Forrest (USA) – $17,706
14. Per Hildebrand (Sweden) – $17,706
15. Cary Katz (USA) – $15,256
16- James Obst (Australia) – $ 15,256
17- Scott Seiver (USA) – $ 15,256

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Calvin Anderson after a first in 2004 in Stud Hi-Lo.
His WSOP win now exceeds $1.3m in 37 cashes including 9 final tables. He best score was 2nd place in the 2016 Little One for One Drop.
Defeated in heads-up, 50-year-old Frank Kassela was hoping to win his fourth bracelet after two in 2010 and one last year

Event 52 – $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship

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114 entrants (18 paid) – Prize Pool $1,071,600

Winner: Scott Seiver (33 years old, US) – $296,222 beat Matt Szymaszek (United States) – $183,081

Notable players:

3. Anthony Zinno (USA) – $129,186
5. Matt Glantz (USA) – $68,352
10. Benny Glaser (England) – $20,253
11. Nick Schulman (USA) – $20,253
12- Maria Ho (USA) ) – $20,253
14. Brock Parker (USA) – $17,000
16- John Hennigan (USA) – $14,615

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Scott Seiver, after a first won in 2008.
His live tournament winnings are now flirting with $23.5 million (including $ 4.6 million for the WSOP)

Event 42 – $25,000 Omaha Pot-Limit 8-Handed High Roller

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230 entrants (35 paid) – Prize Pool $ 5,462,500

Winner: Shaun Deeb (32 years old, US) – $1,402,683 beat Ben Yu (United States) – $866,924

Notable players:

3. Scotty Nguyen (USA) – $592,875
5. Jason Koon (USA) – $295,606
7. David Benyamine (France) – $161,020
12. Jason Mercier (USA) – $77,107
14. Martin Kozlov (Australia) ) – $63,350
15. Robert Mizrachi (USA) – $53,391
25. Mike Leah (Canada) – $41,049
29. Tom Marchese (USA) – $41,049
32. Paul Volpe (USA) – $41,049

In short:

3rd WSOP bracelet for Shaun Deeb after wins in 2015 and 2016
With this $1.4 million (his personal best), his World Series cashes now exceed $3.3 million over 56 cashes including 10 final tables.
Fun fact: the two men had already faced heads-up of a WSOP tournament in 2017 (Limit 2-7 TD at $ 10,000). But this time it was Yu who had imposed.
3rd-place Scotty Nguyen was not far from winning his 6th bracelet. It’s the third biggest win of his career

Event 33 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship

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87 entrants (14 paid) – Prize Pool $ 4,176,000

Winner: Michael Mizrachi (37 years old, US) – $1,239,126 beat John Hennigan (United States) – $765,837

Notable players:

3. Dan Smith (USA) – $521,782
4. Mike Leah (Canada) – $364,197
5. Benny Glaser (England) – $260,578
6. Aaron Katz (USA) – $191,234
7. Greg Mueller (Canada) ) – $144,049
8. Brian Rast (USA) – $144,049
9. Phil Ivey (USA) – $111,447
10. Shaun Deeb (USA) – $111,447
12. Jean-Robert Bellande (USA) – $88,627

In short:

“The Grinder” wins his 4th WSOP bracelet including 3 in this prestigious $50,000 Players Championship (after 2010 and 2012)!
With 4 bracelets won at the Series, he matches his brother Robert.
It was his 15th final table and 62nd cash. His WSOP earnings now exceed $9 million and in his career he is approaching $17 million.
Only he and Brian Rast have won this tournament more than once

Event 31 – $1,500 Seven Card Stud

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310 players (47 paid) – Prize Pool $ 418,500

Winner: Steve Albini (55 years old, US) – $105,629 beat Jeff Lisandro (Australia) – $65,282

Notable players:

3. Katherine Fleck (USA) – $43,765
4. Chris Ferguson (USA) – $29,999
11. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (France) – $5,110
17. Julien Martini (France) – $2,982
28. Mark Radoja (Canada) – $2,635
37. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) – $2,398
38. David Levi (USA) – $2,398

In short:

First WSOP bracelet for Steve Albini, famous and legendary rock producer
He owns a recording studio in Chicago and is a member of Shellac
His best result was a 12th place out of 4,407 in the 2013 Seniors Event for $40,694.
To win he had to get rid of four previous winners in the final including Chris Ferguson and Jeff Lisandro
Albini credits several players and friends with whom he plays with in Chicago and who helped him understand poker including Brandon Shack-Harris and Eric Rodawig.

Event 23 – $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship

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95 entrants (15 paid) – Prizepool $ 893,000

Winner: Brian Rast (36 years old, US) – $259,670 beat Mike Wattel (United States) – $160,489

Notable players:

3. Dario Sammartino (Italy) – $114,023
6. Doyle Brunson (USA) – $43,963
7. John Hennigan (USA) – $32,796
8. Farzad Bonyadi (USA) – $24,775
10. Todd Brunson (USA) ) – $18,955
11. Galen Hall (USA) – $18,955
13. Robert Mizrachi (USA) – $14,691
14. Paul Volpe (USA) – $14,691

In short:

4th WSOP bracelet for Brian Rast. He had two in 2011 and one in 2016. 2 of these victories were in the prestigious $50k Players Championship
His live tournament winnings now exceed $21 million (including nearly $6m at the WSOP).
Historic moment: it was the very last WSOP tournament in which the legend Doyle Brunson participated!
Doyle completed his last World Series tournament in 6th place, eliminated by James Alexander

Event 16 – $10,000 No-Limit Heads-Up Championship

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114 entrants (8 paid) – Prize Pool $ 1,071,600

Winner: Justin Bonomo (32 years old, US) – $185,965 beats Jason McConnon (England) – $114,933

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Justin Bonomo after a first in 2014. All in he has 18 final tables and 48 cashes.
Bonomo won 7 matches. He defeated David Peters (his toughest opponent), David Laka, Jake Schindler, Niall Farrell, Mark McGovern, Martijn Gerrits and Jason McConnon.
Bonomo won the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million a week before
With the win Bonomo now exceeds $4 million in World Series winnings.

Event 9 – $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship

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169 entrants (26 paid) – Prize Pool $1,588,000

Winner: Paul Volpe (36 years old, US) – $417,921 beat Eli Elezra (United States) – $258,297

Notable players:

5. Viacheslav Zhukov (Russia) – $94,370
7. Robert Mizrachi (USA) – $52,866
9. Per Hildebrand (Sweden) – $31,977
11. Mike Matusow (USA) – $25,619
17. Felipe Ramos (Brazil) – $17,488
18. Chris Bjorin (Sweden) – $17,488
24. Anthony Zinno (USA) – $14,912
26. Dan Shak (USA) – $14,912

In short:

3rd WSOP bracelet for Paul Volpe after wins in 2014 and 2016. It was his 9th final table in 43 cashes.
Other bracelets holders in the final: Elezra (3), Zhukov (2), R.Mizrachi (4)

Event 5 – $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

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105 entrants (16 paid) – Prize Pool $ 10,185,000

Winner: Nick Petrangelo (31 years old, US) – $2,910,227 beat Elio Fox (United States) – $1,798,658

Notable players:

5. Bryn Kenney (USA) – $646,927
6. Stephen Chidwick (England) – $484,551
7. Jason Koon (USA) – $372,894
8. Adrian Mateos (Spain) – $295,066
9. Fedor Holz (Germany) ) – $240,265
11. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) – $201,494
12. Thomas Muehloecker (Germany) – $201,494
14. Jason Mercier (USA) – $174,190
15. Paul Volpe (USA) – $155,378

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Nick Petrangelo
This is his second win in 4 final tables (for 21 cashes)
Petrangelo was chip leader at the end of Days 2 and 3
6 German players among the 16 paid players

Event 3 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

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363 entrants (50 paid) – Prize Pool $ 980 $ 100

Winner: Joe Cada (30 years old,us ) – $226,218 beat Samuel Phillips (USA) – $139,804

Notable players:

3. Joe McKeehen (USA) – $101,766

In short:

3rd WSOP bracelet for the 2009 WSOP World Champion (winner of the Main Event). Cada won another bracelet in 2014.
This new victory puts him over $10 million in World Series cashes
This is his third win in 7 final tables (and 30 cashes).
In the final table he will have found another previous world champion (in 2015), Joe McKeehen

Event 2 – $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty

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243 entrants (37 paid) – Prize Pool $ 2,284,200

Winner: Elio Fox (32 years old, US) – $393,693 beat Adam Adler (United States) – $243,323

Notable players:

3. Paul Volpe (USA) – $169,195
9. Joe Cada (USA) – $27,582
10. Bryn Kenney (USA) – $21,734
16. John Racener (USA) – $14,300
17. Talal Shakerchi (England) ) – $14,300
19. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) – $11,950
23. Antoine Saout (France) – $11,950
26. Nam Le (USA) – $11,950

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Elio Fox, who was the big winner of the Main Event of the WSOP Europe in 2011 in Cannes
Second victory in two final tables (in 12 total cashes)
Fox started the heads-up with a disadvantage of 9 to 1
It was the first super turbo bounty tournament in WSOP history

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