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2018 WSOP Main Event: Day 6 - Aram Zobian leads with 41m chips, 26 Players Remain

Tags: 2018 WSOP, Aram Zobian, Artem Metalidi.
Posted on 12 July 2018 by "T".

A total of 109 survivors out of the initial 7,874 entries returned to Day 6 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, and all of them are vying for the number one spot that gives them not only a golden bracelet, but also a whopping $8.8 million cash prize! At the end of the day, the 100+ contenders have been narrowed down to 26 hopefuls left, and the one to lead them on this day was Aram Zobian with 41,585,000 chips.

Aram Zobian, from Rhode Island, had just $110,903 in total live tournament earnings before this event, and it appears he aims to increase that number many times over in the upcoming days.

There are many notable players who still have a shot at the title, which includes:

  • 2017 WSOP Marathon event runner-up Alex Lynskey (22,045,000)
  • 2018 $1,500 Omaha 8-or-better mixed event champion Yueqi Zhu (19,245,000)
  • Two-time bracelet winner Eric Froehlich (15,285,000)
  • 2015 WSOP $1,000 NLHE event winner Ivan Luca (8,820,000)
  • 2015 WSOP $1,500 NLHE shootout champion Barry Hutter (2,250,000; short stack into Day 7)


Also, there will be 2 players among the 26 who have previously made it to the Main Event final table:
In 2013, Sylvain Loosli finished 4th place for $2,792,533.

Sylvain Loosli

In 2009, Jada Cada became the Main Event champion, and is the lone previous winner of this event so far who has a shot to becoming a two-time world champ. Cada, who set the record as the youngest player ever to win the tournament at the age of 21, shall return to Day 7 with 8,850,000 chips in his arsenal.

Day 6 saw a total of 83 out of 109 players eliminated. Among those who weren't lucky enough and hit the rail were:

Shannon Shorr (39th - $189,165)
three-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon (41st - $189,165)
2017 main event 3rd-place finisher Benjamin Pollak (42nd - $189,165)
James Obst (46th - $156,265)
Rifat Palevic (55th - $129,930)
Mike Cordell (63rd - $129,930)
Stefan Huber (76th - $91,610)
Jack Duong (86th - $77,695)
three-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (105th - $57,010)

Coming into the day as the last female player left, this was Kelly Minkin's second time around to cash in on the Main Event, having placed 29th in 2015. However, this time she got eliminated in 50th place, seeing her last chips in with Ace-10 up against Frederik Jensen's Ace-K. She was unable to recover from the loss and was sent to the rail midway through the day, earning a nice $156,265 sum as reward for her latest deep run in this summer's prestigious poker festival.

Day 6 ended with lots of action in various tables:
At one table, Barry Hutter tripled up his chips when he turned a set of threes against the pocket aces of Alex Lynskey.

In another table, Clayton Fletcher was knocked off in 28th spot ($230,475) when he shoved all-in with K-10 and got defeated by Yueqi Zhu's K-Q.

At a different table, Jorden Fox moved all-in on a board of 10-9-2-7 while holding pocket jacks to which Michael Dyer called, holding 9-7. The King on the river kept Dyer's cards on the upper hand and so Fox was sent home in 27th place ($282,630).

The surviving 26 players, for their efforts, are now guaranteed a payday of at least $282,630 each.

Day 7 shall see the remaining 26 players up for the chopping block once again to make the official final table of nine.

If they make it to the final table, this will guarantee them at least $1 million and a chance to win the title of poker's world champion.

Day 6 Top 10




Chip Count


Aram Zobian

United States



Artem Metalidi




Antoine Labat




Michael Dyer

United States



Alex Lynskey




Yueqi Zhu




Kao Saechao

United States



Martijn Gerrits




Nicolas Manion

United States



Eric Froehlich

United States





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6 comments on "2018 WSOP Main Event: Day 6 - Aram Zobian leads with 41m chips, 26 Players Remain"

 Mober12/07/2018 13:53:14 GMT
Six days so far playing for the big money and the title.
Every one now has in their pockets almost 300k USD and the lucky one reaching the
final table will get one million. At least Smile
Game for big nerves it is.
 dule-vu12/07/2018 16:59:08 GMT
cant say that I know lot of this players,but no matter who win this time,he will get almost 9 million dollars!what a crazy prize for winner!probably all players on final table will get at least million,like in last years!soon will have winner!
 Calmplay12/07/2018 17:39:29 GMT
From that top 10 list I only know the player sitting 10th Eric Froelich from the time before black friday when he was a full tilt pro. The rest are all unknown to me...
 Gerimantas12/07/2018 19:06:34 GMT
I personally dont know any player from top 10 on final table from now results, but it is.not real final table still because 26 players still play. I hear only about joe cada because he was winner in wsop too
 pochui12/07/2018 20:41:18 GMT
not shocked at all seeing a bunch of ne names even though this is the most prestigious live poker event in the whole wide world and biggest poker names gather to play against a hoard of not such big names and even amateurs... but look who survive year after year it seems- bunch of no-names, first time winners etc.
 doubletop77713/07/2018 07:35:53 GMT
I can only imagine how excited all these guys are at the prospect of becoming World Champion. The days are so long in these tournaments , i must take my hat off to them for their levels of concentration

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