2017 Marrakech Poker Open

High Roller Final Table
Day: 3
Event Info

2017 Marrakech Poker Open

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
25 / 50

High Roller Final Table

Day 3 Completed

Fadhil Farag Wins the Marrakech Poker Open High Roller

Level 25 : 25/50, 5 ante
Fadhil Farag Takes Home €27,878 for Winning the Marrakech Poker Open High Roller
Fadhil Farag Takes Home €27,878 for Winning the Marrakech Poker Open High Roller

Seventeen-and-a-half hours since the final three players bagged up early on Friday morning, there was a champion.

Overnight chip-leader Fadhil Farag, was beaming from ear to ear for the winner’s photograph, with his wife watching on. The Moroccan businessman was no match for his opponents Phu Truong and Said El Yousfi as he called shoves from the pair of them, each time holding pocket kings to emerge victorious.

“I played good and I was so lucky. I’m very happy,” said Farag afterward. "It was a very happy finish to this tournament.

"It took only eight minutes, but I didn't think that I would win so quickly, I was chip leader but..." he trailed off as if the trophy and gigantic bottle of Chivas Regal in front of him spoke for itself.

1Fadhil FaragLebanon€27,878
2Said El YousfiFrance€20,723
3Phu TruongFrance€15,705
5Jerome SgorranoBelgium€9,014
6Paul GuichardFrance€7,155
7Fernando €5,668
8Arthur ConanFrance€4,460
9Sebastien CompteFrance€3,531

First came Phu Truong. His shove from the button with {a-Spades}{10-Clubs} attracted the attention of Said El Yousfi in the small blind who thought about his decision.

“Phu Truong was short,” said Farag, reflecting on the hand. “And maybe Said wanted to catch him. But I was waiting for him!”

El Yousfi folded {a-}{9-} and Farag instantly called with {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts} and the kings held to bring it down to two.

The second time was perhaps even more of a surprise. After raising preflop, both he and El Yousfi checked a flop and a turn of {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{k-Spades} and the {9-Clubs} came on the turn. Farag checked to his opponent who moved all in, and Farag snap-called with {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} for a full house. El Yousfi laughed and showed {a-Clubs}{2-Spades} and we had a winner.

Farag, who only registered for the tournament at the start of Day 2 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400, said that it was a great day to win the tournament.

"Every tournament I am here in Casino de Marrakech. I play here often, tournaments and cash games," he said. "I'm very lucky here. They are very nice, the people are very nice and professional."

Farag has been here since the beginning.

"When they started playing poker, I was here. I'm not a full-time poker player, but I have a lot of experience. I am a businessman, not just a poker player. I have a lot of business, but every time when they have a tournament here in Morocco I will be there."

For the final eight minutes, Farag was joined by his wife on the rail, and she was documenting proceedings long after the final card was dealt.

"This tournament is the first time that she has followed me," he said with a smile. "She was very excited for me to win.

"Honestly, when I started this tournament I had a lot of luck. I've never had such luck in my life in tournaments. So you see, I came in and suddenly I am up! So you must have also luck, not just only experience."

Fadhil Farag provided the perfect mix of luck and experience to take down the Marrakech Poker Open High Roller, winning 300,000 Moroccan Dirham (€27,878) for his efforts.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for live coverage of the Marrakech Poker Open Main Event, which resumes at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Tags: arthur conanFadhil FaragJerome SgorranoPaul GuichardPhu TruongSaid el yousfi

Said El Yousfi Eliminated in 2nd Place (€20,723)

Level 25 : 25/50, 5 ante
Said El Yousfi - 2nd Place (€20,723)
Said El Yousfi - 2nd Place (€20,723)

Fadhil Farag raised to 150,000 and Said El Yousfi called.

The flop came {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{10-Spades} and both players checked.

The turn was the {k-Spades} and both players checked.

The river was the {9-Clubs} and Said El Yousfi announced all in. Fadhil Farag insta-called and turned over {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} for a full house. Said El Yousfi showed {a-Clubs}{2-Spades} for trip aces and was eliminated in 2nd place.

Player Chips Progress
Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
Said El Yousfi fr
Said El Yousfi

Tags: Fadhil FaragSaid el yousfi

Phu Truong Eliminated in 3rd Place (€15,705)

Level 25 : 25/50, 5 ante
Phu Truong - 3rd Place (€15,705)
Phu Truong - 3rd Place (€15,705)

Only a couple of minutes into the final three, Phu Truong moved all in for around 770,000 from the button. Said El Yousfi folded after giving it considerable thought, and with action on chip leader Fadhil Farag he snap-called.

Truong: {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Farag: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

The board ran out {10-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades}{q-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Truong was eliminated in 3rd place.

Player Chips Progress
Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
Phu Truong fr
Phu Truong

Tags: Fadhil FaragSaid el yousfiPhu Truong

Level: 25

Blinds: 25/50

Ante: 5

And Then There Were Three...

Chip Leader Fadhil Farag
Chip Leader Fadhil Farag

With the hustle and bustle of the Main Event gone, the three players left in the High Roller have taken their seats to conclude the event.

Fadhil Farag - 1,830,000
Phu Truong - 1,200,000
Said El Yousfi - 775,000

Blinds are 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante.

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