Many poker fans argued that John Cynn pulled a “slow roll” on his last hand during the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event which earned him an $8.8 million cash prize.
Even his opponent, Tony Miles, was heard on a microphone calling the move out when Cynn was announced the winner at the Rio All-SuiteHotel & Casino on Sunday, according to For The Win.
John Cynn is your 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event champion!
After 199 (!!) heads-up hands against Tony Miles, he takes home the $8.8M prize. pic.twitter.com/pQj9BGafdv
— ESPN (@espn) July 15, 2018
Miles issued an apology on his Twitter account on Monday and posted screenshots of a lengthy letter addressing the situation.
I just wanted to respond to some of the things that were being said last night after my HU match with Johnny. I appreciate people being understanding and open-minded about a situation where we were both delirious and battling our ❤️’s out! pic.twitter.com/IKz7E0CiED
— Tony Miles (@Storm253) July 15, 2018
“I had a brief moment of weakness and lost my composure. I am a very emotional person. I LOVE this game with everything in me. I’m literally crying like a baby right now just writing this,” Miles wrote. “I know it’s hard for people to understand the pressure of this situation and that is no excuse for what I said to John following the hand. In retrospect, I do not believe in any way that it was a ‘slow roll.’”
Many fans argued whether or not he actually slow rolled on his final hand.
He (CYNN) did not have to slow roll that call though. I would be pissed immensely if i was tony miles… that’s basically rubbing it in. #WSOPFinalTable
— Corwin S Curlin Jr (@918_850) July 15, 2018
Pretty epic slow roll by John Cynn to win the @WSOP Main Event… 😂
— Phil Mackey (@PhilMackey) July 15, 2018
Slow roll of the fucking century.#WSOP Main Event…
— Lightning (@Lightnin_) July 15, 2018
I wasnt a fan of Miles to begin with but he handled that slow roll way better then me. Embarrassing Cynn #wsop
— Dan Russell (@druss27) July 15, 2018
There are others who stood by Cynn’s side and defended the champion by saying he did not slow roll.
Miles only made one Bluff the entire final table so when he Barrel barrels first tournament life anybody who thinks it’s a slow roll when he took that much time to call with King Jack is just a f****** idiot he was tired and wanted to make-sure!
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) July 15, 2018
That wasn’t a slowroll. Yes… it would’ve been better if he immediately said “I have a big hand but want to think this through,” but after 12hrs and 10 days of poker he did the best he could.
It was the biggest poker decision of his life and he wanted to take a minute.
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) July 15, 2018
Cynn didn’t slow roll. Several hands could beat him. The way that Miles played the hand it was a strong possibility he had one of those hands. Miles was tired and was in high stress situations for 11 hours. He reacted poorly but it looks like he realized that shortly after. pic.twitter.com/QkZRwwsKaY
— Drew Wolfgram (@DrewWolfgram) July 15, 2018
I don’t know who calls what Cynn did a slow roll. Miles could have K-8, A-K, K-5. Also I don’t think people know what slow roll means. If someone said he was in the tank too long, maybe. But it’s for everything. No such animal as tank or slow roll there #WSOPMainEvent
— william maloney (@terrapinwill) July 16, 2018
This year’s event was considered the second-largest field in the tournament’s history which generated a prize pool of $74,015,600.
Cynn and Miles endured a marathon, playing against each other for 10 hours.