Main Event
Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Sanchez, Lewis Top Standings After Day 2, Manquant In Hunt For Second Title

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Romain Lewis, 1/5th Big Blind Short of the Chip Lead
Romain Lewis, 1/5th Big Blind Short of the Chip Lead

The second day of the 2017 WSOP International Circuit Main Event in Casino de Marrakech is in the books! 23 out of 153 players survived a gruelling ten-hour day, which featured many miraculous rundowns and sudden twists and turns. At the end, it was Julio Sanchez of Spain who claimed the chip lead. Sanchez bagged 1,460,000 and edged out Romain Lewis by less than one big blind (1,456,000). Ricardo Manquant, who won the Main Event here in Marrakech two years ago, sits in third with 1,230,000.

Heading into the final day, the top 5 is as follows:

#PlayerCountryChip Count
1Julio SanchezSpain1,460,000
2Romain LewisFrance1,456,000
3Ricardo ManquantFrance1,230,000
4Teresio CiancanelliItaly1,110,000
5Jaouad BerradaMorocco1,006,000

The action on Day 2 started furiously right off the bat, with over 30 players busting in the first two hours. Clyde Tjauw Foe, Barny Boatman and Aurelie Quelain were among those who fell early. Selim Oulekki had a way better start and catapulted to the top of the standings in the first hour. Halfway through the day, a rivered one-outer set the French high staker back, but he managed to come back and finish the day in 7th place (837,000).

In the second two-hour block of the day, French soccer star Camel Meriem went down. He was joined by the likes of Samy Salah, Angelique Grasso and, surprisingly, end of Day 1 chipleader Alexandre Viard. Viard couldn't get anything going on the second day and lost all his chips before the money was reached.

Said El Yousfi was one of the last players to go home empty-handed. The 2016 WSOP Global Championship winner lost with pocket jacks against a king-high flush draw five spots before the money. His opponent, Roland Rozal, hit his flush on the turn to send El Yousfi to the rail. Sarah Herzali also finished just shy of the money when her pocket jacks lost out against the optional queen-five.

AFter a long bubble phase, it was Frederic Rizzo who ended up as the last player without a cash. Rizzo shoved ace-seven into ace-jack and couldn't catch up. After Rizzo's elimination, players quickly dropped like flies. Abdelhadi Kondah, Chris Da Silva and Alexandre Reard were among those to fall, with Reard's elimination being extra brutal. Holding pocket fours, Reard flopped a set of fours on a king-eight-four board against Arron Fletcher's ace-king. The board ran out eight-king to give Fletcher a bigger full house on the river. It was a massive pot, which helped Fletcher to eventually finish the day in 6th place with 878,000 in chips.

Seasoned pro's Fabrice Soulier and Jean Montury both finished just shy of Day 3. Soulier missed a flush draw against Sanchez' set of sevens, which proved to be one of the pivotal pots in Sanchez' eventual chip lead. Montury got it in drawing dead with king-nine against Manquant's king-ten on a board containing a king and a ten. Manquant, who is in the hunt for his second gold WSOP Circuit Ring after winning the inaugural edition two years ago, had a late surge on Day 2 that put him over the one million in chips mark.

The 23 remaining players will start their final day at 1 p.m. and levels will be 75 minutes for the remainder of the tournament. The winner at the end of the night will claim the massive first price of 1,400,000 MAD, the equivalent of €130,755. The blinds will start at 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000-ante. Follow all the excitement on PokerNews as we crown a new WSOP International Circuit Main Event winner on Sunday night.

WSOP International Circuit Marrakech Main Event

2016446€1,350Mathieu SelidesFrance€95,479
2015484€1,350Ricardo ManquantFrance€122,330

Tags: Abdelhadi KondahAlexandre ReardAlexandre ViardAngelique GrassoArron FletcherBarny BoatmanCamel MeriemChris Da SilvaClyde Tjauw FoeFabrice SoulierFrederic RizzoJean MonturyJulio SanchezRicardo ManquantSamy SalahSarah HerzaliTeresio Ciancanelli

Day 3 Seat Draw

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TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Hamza NBabaMorocco822,000
12Arron FletcherUK878,000
15Romain LewisFrance1,456,000
16Mohamed El BakkouriFrance300,000
17Thierry GogniatFrance302,000
18Thomas CristobalSpain685,000
21Jaouad BerradaMorocco1,004,000
22Mika KakkonenFinland783,000
24Roland RozelFrance394,000
25Julio SanchezSpain1,460,000
26Pablo RoderoSpain303,000
27Thibault SaillardFrance274,000
28Hakim HadjFrance834,000
31Teresio CiancanelliItaly1,110,000
32Vincent MansourFrance550,000
33Selim OulmekkiFrance837,000
35Ricardo ManquantFrance1,230,000
36Pedro JimenezSpain535,000
37Matthias WidmannGermany355,000
38Cheng LiChina284,000

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Julio Sanchez es
Julio Sanchez
es 1,460,000 160,000
Romain Lewis fr
Romain Lewis
Winamax Team Pro
fr 1,456,000 356,000
Ricardo Manquant fr
Ricardo Manquant
fr 1,230,000 230,000
Teresio Ciancanelli it
Teresio Ciancanelli
it 1,110,000 410,000
Jaouad Berrada MA
Jaouad Berrada
MA 1,006,000 -194,000
Arron Fletcher gb
Arron Fletcher
gb 878,000 228,000
Selim Oulmekki fr
Selim Oulmekki
fr 837,000 -13,000
Hakim Hadj FR
Hakim Hadj
FR 834,000 834,000
Hamza NBaba MA
Hamza NBaba
MA 822,000 552,000
Mika Kakkonen FI
Mika Kakkonen
FI 783,000 623,000
Thomas Cristobal ES
Thomas Cristobal
ES 685,000
Vincent Mansour fr
Vincent Mansour
fr 550,000 230,000
Gerard Carbo es
Gerard Carbo
es 535,000 -295,000
Tsunamy es
es 440,000 40,000
Roland Rozel fr
Roland Rozel
fr 394,000 -106,000
Matthias Widmann de
Matthias Widmann
de 355,000 -295,000
Pablo Rodero ES
Pablo Rodero
ES 303,000 303,000
Thierry Gogniat fr
Thierry Gogniat
fr 302,000 257,100
Mohamed El Bakkouri fr
Mohamed El Bakkouri
fr 300,000 -200,000
Cheng Li cn
Cheng Li
cn 284,000 -16,000
Thibault Saillard fr
Thibault Saillard
fr 274,000 -106,000
[Removed:16] FR
FR 266,000 -94,000
Fernandez es
es 205,000 -45,000

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It's A Wrap

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Day 2 is in the books! 23 players have made their way to the final day, to be played out on Sunday at 1 p.m. All chip counts, the reseat and an extensive recap follow shortly.

Jean Montury Eliminated in 27th Place (40,000 MAD)

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Jean Montury
Jean Montury

EPT11 Malta Main Event winner Jean Montury has been eliminated from the Main Event. A short stacked Montury opened to 35,000 on the button and both blinds defended, including Ricardo Manquant in the big blind. The flop came down {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades} and all players checked.

On the {K-Hearts} turn, both players checked to Montury, who committed himself with an 80% pot bet. The small blind folded, Manquant check-raised all in and Montury called with {K-}{9-}. Manquant, who won the inaugural WSOP Circuit Main Event here two years ago, tabled {K-}{10-} for top two pair. Montury was drawing dead and finished in 27th place.

Ricardo Manquant fr
Ricardo Manquant
fr 1,000,000
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr Busted

Tags: Jean MonturyRicardo Manquant

Saillard Finds His Four

KaleGozer • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Selim Oulmekki Isn't Pleased
Selim Oulmekki Isn't Pleased

Selim Oulmekki raised to 32,000 in early position. Thibault Saillard shoved all in for 182,000 and Oulmekki snap-called.

Selim Oulmekki: {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}
Thibault Saillard: {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

Saillard was looking for his four and found it on the {K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{K-Spades} flop. The turn {7-Spades} and river {3-Spades} completed the board and a head-shaking Oulmekki had to part with a quarter of his stack.

Selim Oulmekki fr
Selim Oulmekki
fr 650,000 -150,000
Thibault Saillard fr
Thibault Saillard
fr 380,000 -50,000

Tags: Selim OulmekkiThibault Saillard