Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||80,000 / 160,000|
Day 3 Completed
After almost six hours of play on the final table, the Team Winamax pro Bruno Lopes from France emerged as the winner of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event for 850,000 MAD (€78,341). Lopes is now closing in on $1 million in career live tournament earnings after the victory.
The Main Event victory marks the third-biggest win for Lopes in his poker career, and his fourth biggest tournament cash. In 2012, he won the Euro Finals of Poker €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Diamond Championships for €100,000, the WPT National Series Cannes €1,650 Main Event for €108,000, and then he took fourth place in the EPT Madrid €5,300 Main Event for €140,000.
The day began with 22 players competing it out in hopes to later in the day emerge victorious at the final table. It didn't take long for the first elimination of the day to take place with Romain Lewis exiting the tournament in 22nd place for 36,000 MAD (€3,318) after he shoved his stack of a little more than 20 big blinds in with . Lewis found himself dominated by [Removed:13]'s and was unable to improve his hand on the board.
Eliminations early in the day continued in fairly quick succession, with play down to two six-max tables after the third blind level was in the books. Very soon after that France's Alexis Fleur snagged the chip lead and never gave it up until play was heads up.
After six hours of play, the unofficial seven-handed final table, which was an all-French affair, was declared with all remaining players agreeing it was time to take a dinner break. Play resumed almost 90 minutes later at 9 p.m. local time when, on the very first hand back, Thomas Cazayous, who at the time held the second shortest stack, was eliminated when his was unable to beat Fleur's after getting it all in for his remaining 11 big blinds to bow out in seventh place for 122,000 MAD (€11,244).
About an hour later, Karim Benamrouche was the next player eliminated after he was all in for his short stack of nine big blinds with the and was outmatched by [Removed:13]'s . Despite temporarily causing some excitement when he was temporarily ahead with a pair on the board, the completed the board, giving Guiglini a better pair and eliminating Benamrouche in sixth place for 160,000 MAD (€14,747).
Once again it was about another hour before the next elimination, as Grégory Cometto was able to double up on back-to-back hands to appear to be back in the thick of things. However, Cometto's luck ran out after he cold four-bet the and was called by Team Winamax pro Bruno Lopez who held the . A queen spiked the flop, ending Cometto's hopes at a title and sending him to the rails in fifth place for 210,000 MAD (€19,355).
The remaining four players were then battling it out for about 90 minutes before Guiglini and Lopes collided in a post-flop battle leading to Guiglini's elimination in fourth place for 275,000 MAD (€25,346).
We didn't have to wait long after that for the next elimination, when Fleur, who didn't look at his hand when making a button raise, called a cold four-bet shove by Sébastien Compte from the big blind for over 2 million after then looking at his cards and finding he was holding the . Compte had the and was just about drawing dead after the appeared on the flop.
Fleur then had a more than 2-1 chip advantage on his opponent and play was paused for a break. The heads-up battle appeared to be over before it began, with the duo getting it all in preflop with Fleur holding the to dominate Lopes with the . The , however, moved the 2-1 chip advantage over to Lopes instead of sending him off with a second-place finish.
The duo then battled it out for almost three hours before Lopes was declared the winner when his was able to out-flop Fleur's after Fleur found himself very low on chips from a few hands before. Fleur finished runner-up for 565,000 MAD (€53,917).
The heads-up battle between Alexis Fleur and Winamax Team Pro Bruno Lopes began with the worst hand winning and ended that way as well. Fleur, who was down low due to folding on the river a few hands ago after calling a fairly large turn-bet got it all-in preflop for his remaining 2 million chips with against Lopes' .
Fleur was quickly behind when the appeared on the flop to give his opponent a pair. Lopes was able to stay ahead in the hand when the appeared on the turn followed by the on the river.
Alexis Fleur takes home 565,000 MAD (€53,917) for his runner-up performance while a Team Winamax pro wins the Winamax SISMIX Main Event for the second time in three years with Davidi Kitai winning the event in 2014. Last year was close with Team Winamax's Sylvain Loosli falling just short with a second place finish.
Bruno Lopes not only etches his name in the poker history books as the latest winner, but also walks away with a trophy and the top prize of 850,000 MAD (€78,341)
Lopes began the hand with a standard button raise and Fleur defended. Fleur led out for 300k on a flop and called a reraise to 900k by Lopes.
Lopes then bet 1.8 million when the action was checked to him after the appeared on the turn. Fleur tanked, then called. Lopes then bet 2 million when the completed the board. Fleur once again tanked, but this time around folded shipping a big pit to Lopes.
Lopes bet from the button 375,000. Fleur three-bet to 875,000. Action then got more serious with Lopes four-betting to 2,475,000 and calling Fleur's all-in five-bet to 5,800,000.
Lopes was well ahead on the flop and even further ahead when the appeared on the turn. However, Fleur was saved when the completed the board with both players splitting the pot with a 7-high straight.
One small pot for Lopes, then one small pot for Fleur as the duo continues to battle.
Neither player has returned to the table. The tournament director is fine with players taking as much time as they need before returning to action.
On the last hand before the 15 minute break, Fleur got it all-in with against Lopes' . Lopes pulled ahead in the hand when he paired his deuce on a flop. The completed the board bringing Fleur back close to 6 million in chips heading into the break.
Blinds go up to 80,000/160,000 with a 20,000 ante when play resumes in a few minutes.
Fleur gained some ground but then lost it and then some. The action began with Fleur raising to 260,000 amd then calling a three-bet from Lopes of 720,000.
Lopes then led out with a bet of 550,000 on the flop and Fleur called. Lopes bet again, this time for 1,000,000 which was also called by Fleur.
Lopes checked when the appeared on the river. Fleur then fired out for 1,500,000. Lopes called and won the hand after Fleur turned over and Lopes exposed .