€1,300 MPO Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in €1,300
Prize Pool €4,892,000
Players 426

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 75,000 / 150,000
Ante 120,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
€1,300 MPO Main Event
Day 3 Completed

"Montevil21" Wins Marrakech Poker Open Main Event

gaellej • Level 29: Blinds 75,000-150,000, 120,000 ante
"Montevil21"
"Montevil21"

"Montevil21" has won the 2022 Marrakech Poker Open Main Event in Casino de Marrakech. It's the first time since the pandemic that the Es Saadi resort held a big poker festival and the success was obvious. "Montevil21" defeated a field of 426 entries, including 192 reentries, to collect the first place prize of DH 1,000,000 Moroccan (€100,000) and the trophy.

Recreational player Ahmed Bourma ended up in second place for DH 700,000 (€70,000), in the same place where he started the day, while regular player of the Marrakech Casino, Said Haho, was eliminated in third place for DH 475,000 (€47,500).

2022 Marrakech Poker Open Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in MAD)Prize (in EUR) 
1"Montevil21"SpainDH 1,000,000€100,000 
2Ahmed BourmaMoroccoDH 700,000€70,000 
3Said HahoMoroccoDH 475,000€47,500 
4Mounim KaddouriFranceDH 335,000€33,500 
5"OCD"SpainDH 230,000€23,000 
6Muhammed HakimMoroccoDH 170,000€17,000 
7Bachir MoutkiMoroccoDH 137,000€13,700 
8Rakesh LalwaniIndiaDH 110,000€11,000 
9"David"SpainDH 90,000€9,000 

MPO Main Event Final Day Action

At 2 p.m., 12 out of 429 players returned to Casino de Marrakech with each of them already guaranteed DH 63,000 (€6,300) for surviving two days. As for Day 1 and Day 2, "Montevil21" was leading the way and never found himself endangered during the whole day of play.

Most eyes were on WSOP champion Jean-Luc Adam, who was amongst the short stacks at the start of the final day and didn’t find any good run to finish in 12th place for DH 63,000 (€6,300). He was followed at the payout desk only a few seconds later by Mohamed Ait Chaib and Ali Ait Al Haj to set up the final table setting.

"Montevil21" was one of three Spanish players left in the field at the start of the day, the others being "David" who finished his run in ninth place and "OCD", who managed to navigate with a short stack for a few hours to eventually lose his last chips against his fellow countryman, "Montevil21", for DH 230,000 (€23,000).

Rakesh Lalwani, despite many double-ups at the end of Day 2, was next to join the rail when he shoved his pocket jacks against Mounim Kaddouri who had nothing else but pocket aces. It was Lalwani's third final table of the week, after good scores in The Opener and the High Roller.

Haho was responsible for the next departures, with the eliminations of Bachir Moutki and Muhammed Hakim in seventh and sixth place, allowing Haho to claim a temporary chiplead over "Montevil21".

Kaddouri made his way to the payout desk only 30 minutes later when he lost his last ten big blinds with ace-six while Bourma's ace-king held on a dry board. The only French player of the final table received DH 335,000 (€33,500) for his efforts.

Three-handed play started out as a nervous affair. It took more than a level and a half to lose the first player, Haho, who shoved preflop with ace-jack but only to find pocket jacks in "Montevil21"'s hand.

With that, heads-up play began with "Montevil21" with 9,700,000 in chips compared to Bourma’s 3,600,000. It didn’t take long for all of the chips to make their way to the middle, when Bourma ended up calling all in with ace-ten after a three-bet from "Montevil21" who held ace-king, and didn't find a double-up.

And so it came to pass that "Montevil21" secured the Main Event title, the €100,000 in winnings and the trophy to cap off what has been a hugely enjoyable Marrakech Poker Open.

PokerNews will be back on Moroccan soil in January as action will heat up again for the WSOP Circuit Event. See you soon in the sunny and colorful city of Marrakech!

Tags: Ahmed BourmaBachir MoutkiDiego SarmientoJean-Luc AdamMohamed Ait ChaibMounim KaddouriMuhammed HakimRakesh LalwaniSaid Haho

Ahmed Bourma Eliminated in 2nd Place for DH 700,000 (€70,000)

gaellej • Level 29: Blinds 75,000-150,000, 120,000 ante
Ahmed Bourma
Ahmed Bourma

Ahmed Bourma opened to 375,000 and faced an all in raise from Montavil21, putting his stack worth 3,300,000 at risk. Bourma went deep into the tank and eventually announced the call:

Ahmed Bourma: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Montavil21: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Bourma had the bad surprise to see he had the dominated hand, and couldn't hit throughout the board {7-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Spades}{q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, to finish his run in second place for DH 700,000 (€70,000) while Montavil21 claimed the trophy.

Montevil21 ES
Montevil21
ES 13,000,000 4,400,000
Ahmed Bourma MA
Ahmed Bourma
MA Busted

Tags: Ahmed Bourma

Bluffing Phil Ivey All In with Seven-High in a $200K Buy-In Tournament?

Chad_Holloway • Level 29: Blinds 75,000-150,000, 120,000 ante
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Emptying the clip on a bluff with seven-high against Phil Ivey is a gutsy play, and that's exactly what Christoph Vogelsang attempted on Day 2 of the $200,000 buy-in Coin Rivet Invitational at Triton Poker Cyprus.

Ivey was on his second bullet after busting with a king-high flush against the nut flush of Linus Loeliger during the first level of Day 1. Vogelsang likely knew that and took that into consideration when he put the Poker Hall of Famer to the test.

Click here to read about the Phil Ivey hand!

Level:
29
Blinds:
75,000/150,000
Ante:
120,000

Bourma Grabs Some Chips Back

gaellej • Level 28: Blinds 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

Ahmed Bourma called with {q-Spades}{3-Spades} and Montevil21 checked his option with {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}.

The flop appeared {9-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Montevil21 check-called Bourma for 300,000. On the {2-Spades} turn, Montevil21 check-folded this time after a bet worth 500,000 from Bourma.

Montevil21 ES
Montevil21
ES 8,600,000 200,000
Ahmed Bourma MA
Ahmed Bourma
MA 4,200,000 -200,000

Tags: Ahmed Bourma

Montevil21 Takes Another Pot

gaellej • Level 28: Blinds 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

Ahmed Bourma raised to 250,000 with {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Montevil21 defended his big blind with {j-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

The both checked on the flop {6-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and the {10-Spades} hit the turn. Montevil21 bet 425,000 and Bourma quickly called. On the {8-Diamonds} river, Montevil21 fired 975,000 but Bourma preferred to let it go this time.

Montevil21 ES
Montevil21
ES 8,400,000
Ahmed Bourma MA
Ahmed Bourma
MA 4,400,000

Tags: Ahmed Bourma

Montevil21 Takes the Lead

gaellej • Level 28: Blinds 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

Ahmed Bourma raised to 300,000 with {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} in his hands and Montevil21 decided to defend with {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}.

Both checked throughout the board {5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and a {9-Hearts} came on the river. Montevil21 led out for 275,000 and Bourma chose to raise it to 750,000, quickly called by Montevil21.

Montevil21 ES
Montevil21
ES 8,400,000 2,200,000
Ahmed Bourma MA
Ahmed Bourma
MA 4,400,000 -2,200,000

Tags: Ahmed Bourma

Stacks Getting Even

gaellej • Level 28: Blinds 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

On a monotone flop {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, Montevil21 bet 100,000 with {8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} for two pair and called a raise worth 300,000 from Ahmed Bourma who held {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and this time Montevil21 check-called for 500,000.

The {9-Hearts} appeared on the river, giving the flush to Bourma and Montevil21 checked gain. Bourma sent 825,000 in the middle and after some consideration, Montevil21 mucked his cards.

Ahmed Bourma MA
Ahmed Bourma
MA 6,600,000 900,000
Montevil21 ES
Montevil21
ES 6,200,000 -1,100,000

Tags: Ahmed Bourma

Short Break Before Heads Up Play

gaellej • Level 28: Blinds 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

The remaining two players are on a short 20-minute break before returning to battle.