It may not flip Paris on its head but having a Frenchman in the November Nine will certainly be a good thing for poker in France.
He's already been picked up by Everest Poker so that's something.
Something indeed, but what? Well, with just 3 weeks remaining before the final table, executives at Everest Poker will threaten to revoke his sponsorship stating that he has failed to oblige their contractual agreement.
In fine print, overlooked by Saout's overpaid attorney, the contract discloses that employees of the company are only remunerated following the completed escalation of Mount Everest from base to peak.
With only 3 weeks to accomplish the task, Saout sets out on a kamikaze mission to scale Tibet's most famous peak, accrue his Everest sign-up bonus, and return in time for the Main Event final table. Amazingly he pulls it out with three days to spare, two frost bitten and amputated baby toes and one memorable story.
The journey will clear his mind and loan thorough preparation for the task at hand. His focus will be monk-like. His thought process will be as crystal clear as the glacial rivers from which he drank.
It's a shame that it will all be for naught.
His relatively small chip stack will force him into playing some hands that he would otherwise avoid. In early position he will move all pre-flop in with pocket fives.
Darvin Moon will make the call with Ace-Ten off suit and flop two -pair. Saout can't catch either of his two outs and is knocked sa'out in 8th place shortly after the shroomed up Joe Cada.
The parade on the Champs Elysee is canceled.
Antoine Saout - Your WSOP Main Event 8th place finisher.