With 37 players starting Day 2 of the Marrakech Poker Open High Roller, it took until around eight p.m. local time until play was down to the money bubble. Coincidentally the tournament went on break on the exact bubble, but it wasn’t long until it burst shortly afterwards, when Christophe Chaudey shoved his into the of Fadhil Farag.
The remaining 11 players had all locked up €2,815, but play would continue until someone was able to take home the €27,878 first-place prize as well as the trophy and a rather large bottle of Chivas Regal.
And so play did continue, Abdelhadi Kondah and Houssein El Otmani, Morocco’s last remaining home representatives were eliminated in 11th and 10th place respectively. Play was tight at the top, with the top three chip leaders separated by just 3,000 in chips.
The final table started with Sebastien Compte (ninth – €2,531), Arthur Conan (eighth – €4,460) and Fernando (seventh – €5,668) all leaving proceedings. Paul Guichard was unlucky to get his chips in and be dominated in two successive hands to leave in sixth place (€7,155), but not as unlucky as Jerome Sgorrano who first ran sixes into the eights of Said El Yousfi.
Sgorrano was left crippled but managed to find a few hands later and looked set to get back into the action against El Yousfi’s . However, a ten on the turn and the river ended that dream and he exited in fifth.
The four flirted with the idea of making a deal which would have seen each player walk home with 180,000 Dirham each, with 99,000 remaining to be played for, but it was turned down.
A short while later, and 15 minutes into the final level of the day, Ouassini Mansouri’s pocket deuces clashed with Farag’s queens and Mansouri exited in fourth (€11,800).
There was still time for a cooler as Phu Truong's flopped two pair clashed against Farag's turned set, meaning Truong will return with the shortest stack, but there is still all to play for among the three players when they return tomorrow evening at around 9 p.m.
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