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Mathieu Selides Wins 2016 WSOP International Circuit Marrakech Main Event for €95,479

Mathieu Selides
  • Mathieu Selides won the 2016 WSOP International Circuit Marrakech Main Event for €95,479.

Day 3 of the World Series of Poker International Circuit Main Event at the Casino de Marrakech began with 25 players, and it took a grueling 15 hours to crown a winner. Not quite reaching the 5 a.m. mark of last year's event, but shortly before 4 a.m. Mathieu Selides finally outlasted Anthony Rodrigues to win the 975,000 dir (€95,479) first-place prize, the result of a prior heads-up deal that saw them split the prizepool and play for 50,000 dir (€4,657) and the championship ring.

Selides came into the day third in chips but soon rocketed up the leaderboard, eliminating the first player of the day {j-}{j-} vs {8-}{8-}, and never looking back. Coming into the final table as chip leader, the Frenchman was cheered on by a raucous crowd, and despite a topsy turvy heads-up battle with Rodrigues — with both players having chances to win the match — the pair agreed to a deal and to play for the ring.

Final Table Results

1Mathieu SelidesFrance$95,479
2Anthony RodriguesBelgium$90,822
3Joao Pinto CorreiaPortugal$55,888
4Choukri CherguiMorocco$41,916
5Loic BlarezFrance$31,486
6Samir BeldjoudiFrance$24,218
7Erwann PecheuxFrance$19,095
8Jonathan KhalifaFrance$15,369
9Pedro OliveiraPortugal$13,133

Selides was helped in no small part by the elimination of start-of-the-day chip leader Sonny Franco midway through level 25, where he was all-in and behind holding the {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} against Franco's {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}. The board ran out {6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{A-Spades} and the ace on the river vaulted Selides ever skywards.

The final table started with Selides holding double the chips of his nearest competitor, and the eliminations of Jonathan Khalifa (€15,369), Samir Beldjoudi (€24,218) and Joao Pinto Correia (€55,888) ensured that his chip stack was always healthy heading into the heads-up battle.

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Anthony Rodrigues

There were chances to win for both players, first Rodrigues' {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} was cracked by the {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} of Selides on a {10-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} board, and then Selides' {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} was beaten by Rodrigues, who held the {j-Hearts}{6-Hearts} on a {2-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} board.

Eventually, after nearly four hours of heads-up play — and two hours after the players agreed a deal — it was Selides who emerged triumphant. In the final hand of the tournament, Rodrigues moved all in with the {k-Clubs}{j-Spades} and Selides called with {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}. The crowd was the loudest it had been considering the size of Rodrigues' stack when he moved all in, and on a board of {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{a-Spades} they didn't give up hope.

"Queen! Ten!" was the shout, and the {q-Spades} certainly raised a few more voices. But the {j-Clubs} on the river meant that Rodrigues had to settle for second place and a €90,822 consolation prize.

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