Silvio Domingues Costa Crowned WSOPC Marrakech 2023 Main Event Champion

Silvio Domingues Costa

Three years after the last edition, World Series of Poker Circuit returned to Casino de Marrakech, inside beautiful Es Saadi Resort, and after three days of competition, the 15,000 MAD Main Event crowned Portuguese player Silvio Domingues Costa as the champion after he defeated Antony Lellouche after a three-hour heads-up battle.

Costa took home the WSOPC Gold Ring, a huge prize of 2,000,000 MAD (around €180,423), and a WSOP Global Casino Championship package to play the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas in June 2023. A total of 1,041 entrants registered for the tournament, and the field generated a prizepool of 13,585,000 MAD.

2023 WSOPC Marrakech Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in MAD)Prize (in EUR) 
1Silvio Domingues CostaPortugalDH 2,000,000€180,423 
2Antony LelloucheFranceDH 1,450,000€130,806 
3Hicham MahmoukiFranceDH 1,025,000€92,466 
4Andrey CherkashinRussiaDH 750,000€67,658 
5Paul-François TedeschiFranceDH 570,000€51,420 
6Maher AchourTunisiaDH 450,000€40,595 
7Ali HabbabMoroccoDH 370,000€33,578 
8Waldemar KopylGermanyDH 310,000€27,965 
9Thierry OldakFranceDH 260,000€23,455 

Final Day Action

A total of 24 players came back at 1:00 p.m. for the final day, all of them guaranteed 60,000 MAD (€5,439). German player Waldemar Kopyl was leading the field at the start of the day, and he managed to reach the final table. Meanwhile, notable players Mohamed Mamouni, Michel Leibgorin, Rony Halimi and Antonin Teisseire all made it do the final day but fell early.

The final table started at 6.30 p.m., and Thierry Oldak was the first out in ninth when he couldn’t improve with tens against queens. Former chipleader Waldemar Kopyl was the next to bust in eighth place after losing with jacks against queens and ace-nine against ace-jack. Seven players went on dinner break, and local Moroccan player Ali Habbab (seventh, 370,000 MAD) hit the rail soon after they returned.

Hicham Mahmouki's Rail
Hicham Mahmouki's Rail

Still in contention, Hicham Mahmouki wasa favorite of the rail, and a massive crowd gathered to see him in action. The French player eliminated Maher Achour in sixth before Corsican player Paul-François Tedeschi busted in fifth place.

Russian player Andrey Cherkashin was soon out in fourth and the final three players battled for the win. In front of a cheering rail, Hicham Mahmouki finishedthird for his best live score. Around 3.30 a.m., Costa and Lellouche started heads-up play, and after a three-hour battle, the Portuguese player triumphed when his ace-seven outdrew the pocket sixes of Lellouche.

That wraps up coverage of the WSOPC Main Event in Marrakech. Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team for live updates from all of your favorite tournaments from around the world.

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