Hand #171: Nicolas Manion continued his aggression in the very next hand and opened to 1,500,000 first to act. Antoine Labat called in middle position and Yueqi Zhu moved all in for 24,700,000 from the hijack. Once the action was back on Manion, he announced all in himself for more than 43,100,000 and Labat asked for a count.
By then, the rail was already about to implode, and things got even more intense as soon as Labat announced the call as the biggest stack of the trio.
Labat had two live suits to knock out both opponents and picked up some hope on the flop, as the entire Thunderdome was filled with shouts from every corner. The turn locked up the hand, making the river a formality.
Manion's rail exploded into cheers as their hero won the hand to scoop the monster pot and take the chip lead. Zhu came up agonisingly short of the official final table, finishing in 10th place for $850,025, while Labat will have a mountain to climb with just 13 big blinds for the official nine-handed final table.
The official counts will be published shortly, along with a recap of today's action.