John Cynn and Tony Miles held a record-setting head-to-head marathon Saturday night/Sunday morning in Las Vegas that made Wimbledon's interminable fifth sets look like sprints.
The two men played against each other for 10 hours at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Cynn, a 33-year-old poker pro from Indiana, won the seesaw battle in the poker room of the Rio Las Vegas. He'll go home with a championship bracelet — and the $8.8 million first prize.
Miles, a 32-year-old online player who lives in Florida, will receive $5 million for finishing second.
Cynn won holding the king and jack of clubs against Miles' queen of clubs and eight of hearts. Two more kings and another eight showed on the flop and turn, giving Cynn a set and Miles two pair.
Their 199 heads-up hands pushed the total hands at the final table to 442, surpassing the 434 hands played at the 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event final table.
The tournament could have ended after about two hours of heads-up play when Miles, trailing badly, went all-in on the river on a bluff. Cynn folded rather than risk calling 95 million chips, and Miles was back in contention.
Cynn and Miles became the last two standing (or sitting, if you prefer) after Michael Dyer was eliminated in the first half-hour of Saturday's session. He collected $3.75 million for finishing third.
This year's World Series of Poker Main Event attracted 7,874 entrants who each put up $10,000 to play.
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