World Series of Poker Main Event Champion John Cynn On Big Win, Plans For The Future –

John Cynn already had his chance at poker immortality. It was back in 2016, actually. The former IT consultant and Indiana University graduate found himself deep in the World Series of Poker main event, with a shot at the final table. But after making a move on a short stack with Q-10, he ran into the A-K of Gordon Vayo to bust in 11th place.

The $650,000 payday was a nice consolation prize, but Cynn clearly wanted more. Two years later, he returned to the main event, and not only made the final table, but won it all for $8.8 million and his first WSOP bracelet.

It’s now been two months since his life-changing victory, and Card Player caught up with Cynn to learn more about his win, how he got into the game, and what he plans to do next.

Card Player: Can you talk a bit about your start in poker? How did you progress as a player?

John Cynn: I started playing poker in high school. I got hooked pretty quickly. I was pretty bad for about four or five years before I became a break-even player. It wasn’t until after college, I met my friend Lance who taught me a lot more about poker. I eventually hit a point where I thought I could do pretty decent playing poker. I got laid off from my job about a year after college, and decided to play poker for a year. I then decided to go back to work, thinking that poker would always be there, but ultimately I ended up going back to poker.

CP: What kind of games were you playing in prior to your first deep run in the main event, and how did that change after nearly making the final table?


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