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Youssef Aananouche Leads Wonder8 Final Table in Marrakech

Youssef Aananouche

Day 2 of the Marrakech Wonder8 Main Event kicked off on Saturday with 64 players returning in Casino de Marrakech. Twelve hours later, just nine players remain all with their eyes on the MAD 330,000 top prize (€30,421). Youssef Aananouche (lead photo) leads the field after putting 2,070,000 in the bag.

GRJ (Juan Galan), chip leader at the beginning of the day, managed to stay on top of the counts most of the day to reach the final 9 players, while Aananouche made a noticeable entry among the big stacks after a huge set up against Alexandre De Zutter with full house versus full house.

Local players Anas Tadini, second in chips with 2,050,000, and Najib Bennis with 655,000 look for a hometown crowd at the final table. Tadini is a regular of the Casino and with $698,446 total live earning, represents a difficult opponent on the way to the title. Tadini's biggest score was in the FPS Mazagan Main Event in 2011 for $105,954. Bennis, who so far has only cashed in tournaments in Morroco, will try to catch his third title.

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Emile CaretteFrance710,000
2Youssef AananoucheFrance2,070,000
3Anthony MoninFrance720,000
4Simon Abou ZakiEngland565,000
5Anas TadiniMorocco2,050,000
6Najib BennisMorocco655,000
7GRJSpain1,690,000
8Samir Tazi MokhaUnited States505,000
9AzaplSpain540,000

The unfortunate Karim Lehoussine became the bubble with pocket aces cracked by Emile Carette holding jack-ten suited. He left the tournament with a smile, and many eliminations followed quickly.

Among those to finish in the money on Day 2 were Bernard Guigon (MAD 14,000), Jaouad Abida (MAD 16,000), Nicolas Boton (MAD17,500), Pierre-Antoine Quignard (MAD 17,500), Alexandre Pouzet (MAD 24,000), and Jerome Zerbib (MAD 29,000).

Cards hit the air at 3 pm on Sunday and will feature a live stream on the Wonder8 Youtube channel. There will be a 30-minute delay, and you can also follow live updates here on until a new Wonder8 Champion is crowned on PokerNews.

Photo credit Guillaume Grob

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