The best hand you can have beat a pair of the second best hands you can have.
Nicolas Manion was dealt pocket aces Wednesday night late in the main draw of the World Series of Poker. In a shocking turn of events, two other players at the table, Antoine Labat and Rich Zhu, held pocket kings.
Zhu even went all-in with 24.7 million chips and all-out when Manion’s aces held up. The hand whittled the WSOP field to the final table of nine and gave Manion the overall lead with 112.775 million in chips.
“I’ve never seen a hand like that before,” Manion told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Excited about his own hand, Manion didn’t realize what had happened until after it was over, he told ESPN.com.
“Somehow this is real life,” Manion said. “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.”
Zhu and Labat, though, got the short end of the stick. Labat had just 8.05 million chips left after the hand, which dropped him from second to last place going into the final table.
Zhu’s elimination came with an $850,025 prize.
Manion is trailed by Michael Dyer in second place with 109.175 million in chips and Tony Miles in third place with 42.750 million in chips.
The final table is scheduled to resume play Thursday night.
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