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WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Antoine Labat

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Antoine Labat WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile

Seat:9
Chip Count:8,050,000 (9/9)
Hometown:Vincenna, France
Age:29

While France gets ready to play Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, France’s Antoine Labat is happy for his country but is more focused on another competition. The lone Frenchman standing in the 2018 WSOP Main Event, Labat says he feels the support from his home country.

“The French community is really beside me; even if they don’t really know me.”

“The French community is really beside me; even if they don’t really know me.”

A mostly online player, using the monicker 'Mpiyavv' to collect $623,363 in earnings, Labat has just under $200,000 in live cashes to his credit. His only two WSOP cashes, both coming from this summer, make for a total of $6,857 prior to the Main.

Really into all kinds of board games and competitive chess growing up, Labat naturally transitioned into poker as soon as he could, around age 17. Once he could go to casinos at 18, he did so, and pretty soon Labat was playing live cash and online MTTs for a living, which he does to this day.

With one brother and one sister, Antoine was always the gambler in the family, "[l was always] willing to put my ass on the line.”

That's exactly what he did in the final hand of the night, even though it didn't work out this time. The monster cooler of a last hand of the evening saw Labat commit most of his stack with pocket kings, only to be up against Nicolas Manion’s pocket aces and another pair of kings, held by the shorter-stacked Yueqi Zhu. Manion’s aces held up and, while Zhu’s elimination got them down to the official final table, Labat was left as the short stack.

Understandably, Labat was feeling a bit sad right after bagging up for the final table, but the feelings were mixed.

“I’m really happy to be here. Really really, I just wish it would not be that way at the end.”

“I’m really happy to be here. Really really, I just wish it would not be that way at the end.”

Though he wondered in the moment if he could fold the kings, he decided he kind of had to go with it. “If I fold, it’s going to look so crazy. But I had this feeling like, he has it. The way he did it, it’s just like, it’s just a feeling.”

But even though it didn't go down exactly the way he'd hoped, Labat stayed positive and kept perspective.

“It’s amazing, it’s amazing. I know I’m a lucky guy to be here.”

HOW HE GOT HERE

DayEnd-of-Day Chip CountRank
1c168,50063/3,470
2c218,000282/1,655
3185,000726/1,182
41,359,000113/310
52,015,00079/109
628,445,0003/26

KEY HAND

On Day 6, Labat caught a massive heater to soar from 2.015 million to a third-place stack of 28.445 million to end the day.

The pivotal hand came in the third level of the day when Labat picked up aces against Michael Feil’s pocket kings and Brent Ballentine’s queens. All the chips went in preflop, and Labat’s aces held to vault him up the counts with 18 million as he sent two to the rail. Labat was emotional after the hand and called it, “the best thing I ever won in poker.”

"If I fold, it’s going to look so crazy. But I had this feeling like, he has it."

“It really upset me from my feet to my head and then when I went on break I was like crying almost. I felt really bad; really good and really bad at the same time.”

He caught fire with that pot, flopping a boat with jack-nine against Jeff Trudeau, and then going runner-runner Broadway against Andres Jeckeln, who had flopped a set of fives. A bit later, Labat flopped a set of queens when Jeckeln flopped another set of fives, and Labat won that significant pot which put him into the chip lead for the first time.

With players dropping on Day 7, Labat was feeling the pressure and was focusing on his breathing, making sure the oxygen was getting to his body and brain. His goals as the final tabled approached?

“Just play hand by hand, and see what happens. Stay focused, play my best.”

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

It’s fun for Labat to be playing at the WSOP final table after watching it with his brother on TV in France a decade ago.

“We imagined ourselves; one day we’d be there, so now it’s my turn. I hope it’s going to last more than five minutes, that’s all, since my girlfriend is joining tomorrow. I hope she’s not coming just for seeing me bust in five seconds.”

"my girlfriend is joining tomorrow. I hope she’s not coming just for seeing me bust in five seconds."

His friends and family in France likely stayed up all night watching Labat make the final table, and his sister is also flying in but will be late. Again, Labat hopes he can build up his stack and stick around, so they get to watch him play.

While Labat was disappointed to take the big hit at the end of the night and come into the final table short, he is confident that he will find a double up and build back.

“They don’t know it, but I will. I know I’m going to make it. I feel it. I just had to lose that hand to make them feel that I am human, that’s all.”

Antoine Labat

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seating

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Artem MetalidiUkraine15,475,00026
2John CynnUnited States37,075,00062
3Alex LynskeyAustralia25,925,00043
4Tony MilesUnited States42,750,00071
5Nicolas ManionUnited States112,775,000188
6Aram ZobianUnited States18,875,00031
7Michael DyerUnited States109,175,000182
8Joe CadaUnited States23,675,00039
9Antoine LabatFrance8,050,00013

There is 1:23:57 remaining in Level 36 (300,000/600,000, with a 100,000-ante).

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payout

PositionPrize
1$8,800,000
2$5,000,000
3$3,750,000
4$2,825,000
5$2,150,000
6$1,800,000
7$1,500,000
8$1,250,000
9$1,000,000

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Stats

PlayerWSOP CashesWSOP BraceletsCareer EarningsBiggst CashGPI Ranking
Joe Cada333$10,779,041$8,546,435849th
Alex Lynskey140$1,769,666$426,663525th
Artem Metalidi250$2,131,437$350,806567th
John Cynn160$944,786$650,0003,926th
Antoine Labat20$194,789$52,84213,662nd
Aram Zobian100$110,444$47,0001,946th
Michael Dyer20$95,020$65,905179,657th
Tony Miles50$54,333$18,00016,766th
Nicolas Manion10$16,739$9,85032,585th

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