A Victorious Hug: Right as the final hand happened, I decided to take a gamble, grab my camera, and run into the crowd. It wasn't a guarantee that Cynn would come over, but after watching the way he interacted with his family throughout the final table, I thought there was a pretty good chance it would happen. Sure enough, as soon as Cynn shook Miles' hand, he ran over and gave his dad a huge hug. This was definitely one of my favorite images from this final table.
Drew Amato has been covering the World Series of Poker since 2014. This year he’s covered the U.S. Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl for Poker Central. Daily during the Main Event, Amato will share his favorite images from the World Series of Poker. Enjoy this recurring piece as, in his own words, Amato describes the biggest moments in the game.
The 2018 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas wrapped up last week with the crowing of Justin Bonomo as the Big One for One Drop champion, but a few days prior poker’s greatest spectacle saw the biggest life-changing moment for John Cynn. Forever a part of poker history from this point forward, John Cynn beat a field of 7,874 players to take home the staggering $8.8 million first prize. In this photo blog, I look back on how John Cynn went from a face in the crowd to a win that will see his banner hang from the rafters inside the Amazon room when the WSOP returns in 2019.