€1,300 MPO Main Event
€1,300 MPO Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Diego Sarmiento Bags Huge Chip Lead After Marrakech Poker Open Main Event Day 1a

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Diego Sarmiento (credit Maxime Taldir)
Diego Sarmiento (credit Maxime Taldir)

After a long wait, the Marrakech Poker Open returned to the Es Saadi Resort in Marrakech in grand fashion with 143 players entering on Day 1a of the Main Event.

After 11 levels of play here at the Casino de Marrakech, just 29 players advanced and there was a clear chip leader. Diego Sarmiento has established itself the counts with a hefty 538,500, more than double from the second in chips Bachir Moutki with 254,000.

Other big stacks and notable players advancing include WSOP Champion Jean-Luc Adam (225,000), Steve Savio (218,000), who took his seat at the end of the late registration and Daniel Rodriguez Carballal (217,000).

Anas Tadini, Isabel Baltazar, Sonny Franco and Jerome Zerbib were part of several regulars here in Marrakech who played on Day 1a, and while they were unfortunate to bust, reality TV star Moundir Zoughari (188,500), esport champion Kamel El Morabet (143,500), Luigi Macaluso (133,500) and Australian Hanna Azimai (35,000) all bagged up stacks for Day 2.

On the other side of the poker room, the High Roller is heading to another day with five players remaining in contention for the trophy and DH 700,000 (€70,000), including pro players Gaelle Baumann and Paul Tedeschi.

Join us on Friday, September 9th, right here on PokerNews at 1 p.m. local time for Day 1b to see who else can make it through to Day 2!

Tags: Anas TadiniBachir MoutkiDaniel Rodriguez CarballalDiego SarmientoIsabel BaltazarJerome ZerbibKamel El MorabetLuigi MacalusoMoundir ZoughariSonny FrancoSteve Savio

Full Chip Counts From Day 1 (full)

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Montevil21 es
es 538,500 -6,500
Bachir Moutki MA
Bachir Moutki
MA 264,000 -55,000
Jean-Luc Adam fr
Jean-Luc Adam
fr 225,000 98,000
Steve Savio fr
Steve Savio
fr 218,000 218,000
OCD es
es 217,000 217,000
Badr Imejjane us
Badr Imejjane
us 216,000 19,000
Norberto Charuf AR
Norberto Charuf
AR 202,500 69,500
Moundir Zoughari fr
Moundir Zoughari
fr 188,500 31,500
David Vergnes fr
David Vergnes
fr 188,000 165,000
Rehman Kassam gb
Rehman Kassam
gb 184,500 13,500
Andre Gilquel FR
Andre Gilquel
FR 171,000 79,000
Fernando Sancez ES
Fernando Sancez
ES 144,500 -13,500
Kamel El Morabet FR
Kamel El Morabet
FR 143,500 -27,500
Abdelkarim Barkallah MA
Abdelkarim Barkallah
MA 134,500 134,500
Luigi Macaluso fr
Luigi Macaluso
fr 133,500 70,500
128,500 128,500
Frédéric Steinbach fr
Frédéric Steinbach
fr 123,000 123,000
Sabry Ferhaoui FR
Sabry Ferhaoui
FR 113,500 -73,500
​​​​​​​Nicolas Maquerre FR
​​​​​​​Nicolas Maquerre
FR 112,500 112,500
109,500 109,500
Mehdi Senhaji ma
Mehdi Senhaji
ma 103,500 50,500
Tsunamy es
es 83,000 83,000
Evrard Zaouche FR
Evrard Zaouche
FR 61,500 -156,500
Gilles Gouhier FR
Gilles Gouhier
FR 57,000 -40,000
Chakib Bennani ma
Chakib Bennani
ma 53,000 -68,000

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Meignan Busts Before the Day Ends

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Thomas Meignan pushed his last 6,500 in the middle and Badr Imejjane called in the small blind before Fernando Sancez raised it to 20,000 in the big blind. Imejjane opted to fold and they tabled their cards:

Thomas Meignan: {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Fernando Sancez: {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Meignan had some hopes for a double up but the board gave {3-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, giving a pair of jacks on the turn to Sancez to eliminate Meignan right before the end of the day.

Badr Imejjane us
Badr Imejjane
us 197,000 183,000
Fernando Sancez ES
Fernando Sancez
ES 158,000 158,000
Thomas Meignan fr
Thomas Meignan
fr Busted

Tags: Badr ImejjaneThomas Meignan

Three More Hands

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the tournament director has announced that they need to play three more hands before the remaining players can bag and tag their chips for Day 2.

Nice Double Up for Zoughari

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Moundir Zoughari
Moundir Zoughari

According to the table, a first player opened to 4,500 and Kamel El Morabet three-bet to 12,000. Moundir Zoughari decied to shove for a stack around 72,000 with {q-}{q-} in his hands and it folded back to El Morabet. The latter went deep into the tank before eventually calling after the clock has been called.

El Morabet revealed {a-}{k-} for a flip situation, but didn't hit throughout a board {7-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{10-}, giving the winning hand and the double up to Zoughari.

Kamel El Morabet FR
Kamel El Morabet
FR 171,000 104,000
Moundir Zoughari fr
Moundir Zoughari
fr 157,000 39,000

Tags: Kamel El MorabetMoundir Zoughari


Sarmiento Sends Aguilera Out

gaellej • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante

Rachid El Yaacoubi opened to 3,000 and it was called by the player next to him before Diego Sarmiento three-bet to 15,000. On the button, Jose Aguilera decided to shove for 45,000 and it folded back to Sarmiento who called to create the following showdown:

Jose Aguilera: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Diego Sarmiento: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Aguilera was in desperate shape for the double up and didn't find any miracle throughout the board {q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Spades} to make his way to the exit.

Rachid El Yaacoubi fr
Rachid El Yaacoubi
fr 240,000 185,000
Montevil21 es
es 185,000 93,000
Jose Aguilera mx
Jose Aguilera
mx Busted

Tags: Diego SarmientoJose AguileraRachid El Yaacoubi

Senhaji Takes One to Bouzerktoune

gaellej • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-1,500, 1,500 ante

The flop read {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{10-Spades} in a raised pot when Abdellatif Bouzerktoune check-called Mehdi Senhaji for 8,500.

The turn revealed a {5-Spades} and Bouzerktoune checked again. Senhaji continued to bet for 16,500 and after some thinking, Bouzerktoune let it go. Senhaji showed a {4-Spades} to the table before grabbing the pot.

Abdellatif Bouzerktoune MA
Abdellatif Bouzerktoune
MA 89,000 -14,000
Mehdi Senhaji ma
Mehdi Senhaji
ma 53,000 -11,000

Tags: Abdellatif BouzerktouneMehdi Senhaji