Labat entered the hand with the third biggest stack of chips, and he makes the final table with a paltry $8.05 million. Zhu was not so lucky, and he was the last cut before the final table, though he does get more than $800K. Manion said he didn’t even realize how nutty the scenario truly was at first, as he flipped his cards and dropped the mic:

“Somehow this is real life. When I got both calls, I flipped over my hand and I didn’t even stay to see what they had. I went straight to my rail, looked up at the TV and they had set up pocket kings vs. pocket kings and my aces.”


Manion now holds a healthy lead over a final table field that includes former WSOP main event champion Joe Cada and 2016's 11th-place finisher John Cynn. The last three days of the main event start tonight.