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

Mohamed Ait Chaib Takes the Chip Lead after Day 1b; 98 Players Remain

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Mohamed Ait Chaib (credit Maxime Taldir)
Mohamed Ait Chaib (credit Maxime Taldir)

Today 283 entries took their seats at the tables here in sunny Marrakech. This brings the total entries to a number of 426, creating the biggest Marrakech Poker Open event ever with a total of 192 reentries!

Day 1b attracted many hopefuls trying to make it to Day 2 tomorrow here in the beautiful surroundings of Casino de Marrakech in the Es Saadi Resort. At the end of the night, 69 players managed to find a bag to put their chips in to reopen them again tomorrow. Taking the honors topping the chip count today is from Mohamed Ait Chaib with a colossal amount of 500,000 chips, not very far from Diego Sarmiento, the overall chipleader who bagged 538,500 yesterday.

Trailing behind Chaib is Muhammed Hakim after bagging a confortable amount of 338,000 chips. Third in the chip count leaderboard for today is Said Haho, he will take 330,000 in chips with him to his new table tomorrow. In fourth place, we can find French player Sebastien Compte with 283,500 and closing out the top 5 for today is Spanish David with 257,000 chips.

Gaelle Baumann succeeded at finding a bag at the end of the day after having reentered the event during the last level of late registration. She will battle it out tomorrow with 69,000 chips. Anas Tadini, who reentered a few times today, will also join the party tomorrow for Day 2 with a nice stack of 225,000.

Imad Derwich holds the record of reentries after firing 12 bullets in the event and eventually managed to find a bad at the end of the day with 80,000. Some unfortunate notables who won't make it into Day 2 are Eric Sfez, Cedric Angosto, Jerome Zerbib, Sabrina Derdar and Remi Castaignon.

Here in this Moroccan casino, it is custom that many poker players go solely by their nicknames. So expect them to crop up in the live reporting over the next few days.

All remaining players will return on tomorrow, Saturday September 10th, for Day 2 of the Main Event which will start again at 12 pm local time. The 98 remaining players will return to Level 12 which has a small blind of 1,000, big blind of 2,500 and a running ante of 2,500. The duration of the levels will increase to 60 minutes each.

The schedule, yet to be decided, is set to play until level 22 or 23 tomorrow, with a one 60-minute dinner break and a 15-minute break every two levels.

Come back again tomorrow on to see who will make it into the money and stay in the run for the coveted MPO Main Event title. PokerNews will be here to provide you with all the updates!

Tags: Anas TadiniCedric AngostoDiego SarmientoEric SfezGaelle BaumannImad DerwichJerome ZerbibMohamed Ait ChaibMuhammed HakimRemi CastaignonSaid HahoSebastien Compte

End of the Day Chip Counts (full)

gaellej • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Mohamed Ait Chaib ma
Mohamed Ait Chaib
ma 500,000 80,000
Muhammed Hakim MA
Muhammed Hakim
MA 338,000 338,000
Said Haho ma
Said Haho
ma 330,000 293,000
Sebastien Compte fr
Sebastien Compte
fr 285,000 285,000
David es
es 257,000 -1,000
Yahia Elabdi
Yahia Elabdi
251,500 73,500
Soufiane Abbouti be
Soufiane Abbouti
be 230,000 115,000
Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 225,000 73,000
192,000 -16,000
Amer Benmoumen MA
Amer Benmoumen
MA 189,000 9,000
Nil Mestari MA
Nil Mestari
MA 181,000 42,000
Christophe Pollet fr
Christophe Pollet
fr 178,500 48,500
Karim El Rharbaoui MA
Karim El Rharbaoui
MA 178,500 107,500
Serdar Demircan se
Serdar Demircan
se 170,000 170,000
Abdessamade El Mzdadi fr
Abdessamade El Mzdadi
fr 168,000 10,000
Masbah Ben Baba fr
Masbah Ben Baba
fr 165,000 165,000
163,500 3,500
160,500 160,500
Nacim Amakrane fr
Nacim Amakrane
fr 156,000 108,000
Hassan El Mahri fr
Hassan El Mahri
fr 148,500 87,500
Belghiti Smail
Belghiti Smail
148,000 2,000
Aziz Benchekroun FR
Aziz Benchekroun
FR 145,500 -19,500
Ali Mechiche ma
Ali Mechiche
ma 145,000 60,000
Sebastien Naus fr
Sebastien Naus
fr 141,500 108,500
Rakesh Lalwani in
Rakesh Lalwani
in 135,500 135,500

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Last Five Hands

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

The floor has just announced that the players need to play five more hands before they can bag their chips up.

Chaib Keeps Climbing in the Counts

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

In a blind versus blind situation, Mohamed Ait Chaib raised to 7,000 and Jean-Baptiste Tomi made the call.

The dealer showed a flop {7-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{j-Spades} and Chaib continued for 7,000. Tomi quickly raised it to 20,000 and Chaib called to go see a {10-Diamonds} on the turn. Both players checked.

The river was the {a-Spades} and Chaib sent a bet of 12,000. Tomi considered it for a minute and called, but Chaid announced 'Straight Flush" and showed {k-Spades}{q-Spades} to claim the pot.

Mohamed Ait Chaib ma
Mohamed Ait Chaib
ma 420,000 196,000
Jean-Baptiste Tomi FR
Jean-Baptiste Tomi
FR 90,000 -5,000

Tags: Jean-Baptiste TomiMohamed Ait Chaib

Raul Doubles through Oulmekki

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

Hafid Kinany Alaoui raised to 4,000 and got called by Raul before Selim Oulmekki three-bet in the big blind to 18,000. Alaoui folded and Raul shoved for 75,000, putting Oulmekki into a decision. After some time, he ended up calling for the following showdown:

Raul: {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Selim Oulmekki: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

It was a typical flip situation, and Raul's hand held throughout the {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{j-Clubs} board to give him the double up.

Oulmekki, down to 31,000, busted not long after that hand.

160,000 141,000
Hafid Kinany Alaoui ma
Hafid Kinany Alaoui
ma 110,000 -38,000
Selim Oulmekki fr
Selim Oulmekki
fr Busted

Tags: Hafid Kinany AlaouiSelim Oulmekki

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Chad_Holloway • Level 11: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
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Baltazar Chipping Down

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

The action was picked up on a board {2-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{6-Spades} in a heads-up pot. David bet 25,000 and Isabel Baltazar quickly called.

The {5-Spades} completed the board on the river and David fired 45,000. Baltazar counted her stack for some time and eventually called, but only to see {2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} in David's hand for a full house. Baltazar mucked her hand, showing a {a-Spades}.

David es
es 258,000 168,000
Isabel Baltazar fr
Isabel Baltazar
fr 44,000 -84,000

Tags: Isabel Baltazar