Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
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!
The floor has just announced that the players need to play five more hands before they can bag their chips up.
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 and Chaib continued for 7,000. Tomi quickly raised it to 20,000 and Chaib called to go see a on the turn. Both players checked.
The river was the and Chaib sent a bet of 12,000. Tomi considered it for a minute and called, but Chaid announced 'Straight Flush" and showed to claim the pot.
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:
It was a typical flip situation, and Raul's hand held throughout the board to give him the double up.
Oulmekki, down to 31,000, busted not long after that hand.
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The action was picked up on a board in a heads-up pot. David bet 25,000 and Isabel Baltazar quickly called.
The 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 in David's hand for a full house. Baltazar mucked her hand, showing a .