Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||75,000 / 125,000|
Day 3 Completed
François Tosques has become the winner of the 2018 WPTDeepStacks Marrakech 13,200 MAD Main Event in Casino de Marrakech! It's the fifth year the WPT has joined forces with Casino de Marrakech and the second time the series was organized under the WPTDeepStacks Europe banner. Tosques defeated hometown hero Jaouad Abida heads-up to collect the first place prize of 1,000,000 Moroccan dirhams (appr. €91,411 / $106,095).
Start-of-the-day chipleader Fábio Pinho Dâmaso ended up in third place, while French giant and WPTDeepStacks Vilamoura High Roller winner Kalidou Sow had to settle for fifth. Tobias Peters, who already won a tournament in Marrakech earlier this week, wasn't as fortunate today and ended up in eleventh place.
The victory came rather unexpected for the French professional, who had nurtured a short stack throughout the majority of the tournament. It's in sharp contrast to his previous deep run, a second place in Event #68: $1,111 Little One for One Drop last summer in Vegas. Tosques commanded a top stack throughout most of that one but narrowly missed out on his first career bracelet. Fittingly, perhaps, he came from behind this time and managed to clinch the victory.
“It's crazy, because I was short-stacked most of the tournament. I never expected to win this, this is very crazy. I finished two and a half months ago, when I was in heads-up I just wanted to win it,” Tosques said afterwards in an interview with WPT Royal Flush Crew member Alexandra Gray.
2018 WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Main Event Final Result
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (in MAD)||Prize (~ in EUR)||Prize (~ in USD)|
|3||Fábio Pinho Dâmaso||Portugal||440,000||40,221||46,682|
Tosques followed in the footsteps of countryman Smain Mamouni, who won the inaugural edition last year for 1M dirham as well. The French contingnent in Casino de Marrakech is always large, as Marocco is but a short flight away from France and French is part of the common tongue in the Arabic nation.
“It is very nice to play here, this place is just very good." Tosques said when asked about his impressions of the Casino de Marrakech and the Es Saadi Resort. "A lot of space, you have food here, everything. The buffet is very convenient. This was actually the first time playing this tournament.”
The Frenchman pumped his fists after the final card was dealt and headed to his friends on the rail, which included Yves Rolland, the 12th place finisher, as well as Alexandre de Zutter, who was with Tosques start to finish. The first place prize of over $100,000 marked Tosques' second largest career cash and his first live tournament win since February 2017.
Final day action
At 2 p.m., 16 out of 431 players returned to Casino de Marrakech with each of them already guaranteed 50,000 MAD for surviving two days. Most eyes were on Pinho Dâmaso from the start, who began with a substantial lead, as well as experienced pro's Sow and Peters, who started in second and third place respectively.
For Peters, the final day ended up not being what he'd hoped for, as he had to bow out in 11th place. First, Peters lost a substantial pot with kings against the ace-king of Ramon Sol, who rivered Broadway to scoop up the large pot. Sol finished Peters off afterwards in a three-bet pot, holding ace-queen against Peters' ace-jack on an ace-high flop. The Dutchman, who won a tournament earlier this week for 120,000 MAD, received another 90,000 MAD and important points for his 2018 GPI Player of the Year race. After being named Holland's GPI #1 Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Peters is looking to three-peat his performance and is on track to win 2018 as well.
Tosques had a steep hill to climb on his way to his eventual victory and started the day as one of the shortest stacks. Early in the day he won a pivotal pot against the at-the-time chipleader Pinho Dâmaso. After Dâmaso had raised from early position, Tosques three-bet shoved king-queen for more than twenty big blinds and received a call from Dâmaso with pocket nines. A queen flopped and instead of Dâmaso gaining a quarter of the chips in play, it was Tosques who got himself to a playable stack instead.
Local player Jaouad Abida had been quiet up until the final table started, but that all changed once cards for the final nine were in the air. Loudly cheered on by his Moroccan railbirds, Abida went on a tear and dispatched David Pecheur (9th), Sebastien Boyard (8th), and Jean Montury (7th) in quick succession to lead the final six at dinner break with half the chips in play. He continued where he left off right after: busting Mathieu Papineau in sixth place when his top pair held up against straight and flush draws.
Abida also had a chance to knock out Tosques but the latter won an all-in where queen-jack of clubs made both a straight and flush against Abida's ace-king. Shortly after the double-up, Tosques knocked out Sow with ace-queen against ace-jack to claim top spot, then picked off a huge bluff from Ramon Sol for a monster lead and proceeded to dominate until the final cards of the night were dealt. In the heads-up against Adiba, Tosques dispatched the local by first taking a substantial lead with a rivered flush, then winning his final few blinds with king-eight against ace-ten.
That fully wraps up PokerNews coverage from Casino de Marrakech, part of the stunning five star Es Saadi Resort in Marrakech, Morocco. In three months, action will heat up again as the World Series of Poker will host its circuit event in Casino de Marrakech from January 12-20, 2019. PokerNews will be right back on the floor to cover that event as well. Until then, au revoir et à bientôt from sunny Marrakech!
Photos: Tomas Stacha/WPT
At the end of the previous level, Jaouad Abida dragged a few pots to overtake Francois Tosques for the chip lead. Shortly in the new level, Tosques limped in, Abida raised to 350,000 and Tosques called. The flop was and Tosques called a bet of 400,000 in position.
Abida continued his aggression on the turn with a bet of 750,000 and Tosques called another street. The came on the river and Abida shoved all in. Tosques snap-called the shove and slammed for the rivered flush open. Abida revealed for a straight and was second best.
Left with just 1,100,000, Abida folded the subsequent hand to a shove from Tosques, then shoved himself in the following hand. Tosques called to create the following showdown.
Both the Moroccan and French rails flocked to the table and yelled for the respective cards needed. The flop was to pair the eight for Tosques, met by an "allez, la huit!" from the Frenchies. The turn as the and Tosques was one card away from victory.
The river brought the and Tosques pumped his fists in celebration before going to his friends on the rail. Local man Abida put up a long fight and eventually made it to 2nd place, worth 700,000 MAD.
Photos by Tomas Stacha/WPT.
Francois Tosques limped in and Jaouad Abida checked his option. Abida then check-called 100,000 on the flop before both players checked the turn.
The river was the and Abida simply ripped it, a shove of around 3 million. Tosques wasn't backing down from it and called after some short consideration.
Abida showed for the ten-high straight and doubled through Tosques, who showed for the rivered two pair.
Jaouad Abida may have drawn first blood in the heads-up, it's now all about Francois Tosques. In four hands, he moved himself up to over the 10M mark. He took the first three without showdown before a river was even dealt.
In the fourth hand, Tosques check-called 400,000 on a turn and 900,000 on the river. Abida showed for two pair, what he presumed would be the best hand, but Tosques held for the better two pair to snatch the pot from Abida.
The majority of the small pots are a prey for Jaouad Abida and he's now at just a 2:1 deficit. On an flop, Abida fired out a pot-sized bet of 600,000 and scooped up the pot. After raising the next hand and winning uncontested, he's at 4,400,000.
Photos by Tomas Stacha/WPT.