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Anas Tadini Wins First Wonder8 Main Event in Casino de Marrakech

Anas Tadini

Anas Tadini has become the winner of the 2019 Wonder8 Main Event in Casino de Marrakech! It's the first year the Wonder8 took place with Casino de Marrakech and the second time the series was organized. Tadini defeated a field of 211 players to collect the first place prize of 298,000 Moroccan dirhams (appr. €27,470 / $30,863) and the trophy in his hometown.

Start-of-the-day chip leader Youssef Aananouche ended up in sixth place for MAD 77,000, while the other Moroccan player of the final table, Najib Bennis, was eliminated in fifth place for MAD 97,000 by Tadini. Anthony Monin wasn't very fortunate today and ended up in seventh place for MAD 63,000 after his pocket aces were cracked by Bennis with pocket nines.

2019 Wonder8 Marrakech Main Event Official Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in MAD)Prize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Anas TadiniMoroccoMAD 298,000€27,470$30,863*
2"Azapl" (Jose Luis)SpainMAD 204,000€18,806$21,128*
3"GRJ" (Julian Galan)SpainMAD 222,000€20,565$22,992*
4Simon Abou ZakiEnglandMAD 126,000€11,615$13,051
5Najib BennisMoroccoMAD 97,000€8,942$10,047
6Youssef AananoucheFranceMAD 77,000€7,098$7,976
7Anthony MoninFranceMAD 63,000€5,807$6,525
8Emile CaretteFranceMAD 52,000€4,794$5,386

*denotes deal of the last three players

The victory came rather quickly for the Moroccan professional, who had managed to keep a comfortable stack throughout the majority of the tournament. Tadini is quite used to victories and deep runs here in Marrakech, with, amongst others, a victory in the WSOPC High Roller last January, the FPS Main Event in Mazagan in 2011 or the Fariss Suet Poker Main Event in 2015. By putting constant pressure on his opponents on the final table, he managed to clinch the victory.

“Let’s all go to the Theatro,” Tadini said afterward, willing to celebrate his victory in the nightclub of the casino.

Tadini followed in the footsteps of the French player France Souhayl Fjer, who won the previous edition last year for €65,000 in the Cercle Clichy Montmartre in Paris. After a deal between the three remaining players and the eliminations of "GRJ" (Julian Galan) in third, it took only three hands to Tadini to achieve the victory. He called "Azapl" (Jose Luis) all in on the flop with a pair of queens, while "Azapl" had a flush draw. Tadini let his joy explode after the river fell and invited all the rail to join the party.

"My mom always taught me we have to give to receive, so I gave a lot and today I feel it's my time to receive!" Tadini said when asked about his impressions.

Poker Room Casino de Marrakech
The poker room at Casino de Marrakech

2019 Wonder8 Marrakech Main Event Final Day Action

At 3 p.m., 9 out of 211 players returned to Casino de Marrakech with each of them already guaranteed 43,000 MAD (€3,900) for surviving two days. Most eyes were on Aananouche and Tadini from the start, who were fighting for the chip lead, as well as "GRJ" (Julian Galan) and Simon Abou Zaki, who started in third and fourth place respectively.

Samir Tazi Mokha, an American player and regular in the Casino de Marrakech, busted only after a few minutes after the day started, losing his last 12 blinds with {a-Clubs}{3-Spades} against Aananouche with {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and earning MAD 43,000 (€3,964) on the way. He was followed shortly after by Emile Carette who pushed his stack with {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} while Abou Zaki had Aces and was left with crumbs after that hand.

After the eliminations of Aananouche and Bennis, Tadini and "GRJ" battled a lot in huge pots, chips flying from one side to the other. During a setup, Tadini took big from "GRJ" with a set of kings while the Spanish had a pair and the flush draw, and one hour later the latter doubled up on Tadini. The Moroccan pro three-bet all-in "GRJ" on a flop {3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Spades} with {7-Clubs}{9-Clubs} in his hands while "GRJ" held {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and the rest of the board bricked.

Before the dinner break, GRJ doubled once more against Tadini thanks to another setup. Both players had two pairs on the turn, Tadini with jacks and sevens and GRJ with jacks and fours and all the chips went the in middle but a miracle {4-Diamonds} fell on the river for "GRJ" to earn the pot.

The players agreed on a deal and Tadini eventually succeeded to eliminate his opponent in a blind versus blind confrontation, "GRJ" holding {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs} and Tadini {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. With Tadini having a substantial lead, the heads up with "Azapl" (Jose Luis) not even lasted five minutes after that and Tadini went to celebrate with his rail.

Casino de Marrakech
Casino de Marrakech, part of the Es Saadi Resort

That fully wraps up PokerNews coverage from Casino de Marrakech, part of the stunning five stars Es Saadi Resort in Marrakech in Morocco. In two months, action will heat up again as the World Series of Poker will host its circuit event for the Marrakech Summer Event from June 15 to 23. Au revoir from the sunny and colorful city of Marrakech!

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