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Day 1a Completed

Ayman Jarrar Bags the Day 1a Chip Lead of the WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Ayman Jarrar
Ayman Jarrar

Day 1a of the 2020 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Marrakech 15,000 MAD (€1,400) Main Event at the Casino de Marrakech, located in the heart of the Es Saadi Resort after 12 blind levels of 45-minutes each.

A total of 227 entries including 35 re-entries came out in full force with 61 players surviving. This crushed the 166 entries with 47 players surviving the last time the WSOP Circuit was in Marrakech in June.

After nine hours of action-packed poker, Ayman Jarrar bagged a chip leading stack of 351,000 for nearly 12-times the opening stack of 30,000 in chips.

Although the field was mostly French and Morrocan, the top five in chips counts was an international affair. Following Jarrar on the Day 1a leaderboard was Germany's Henrik Brockmann (235,000), France's Gael Dirig (224,000), Spain's Willy Wonka (210,000), and United Kingdom's Phillip Huxley (204,000).

Spain's Willy Wonka was not the person that owned the famous fictional chocolate factory but one of the handful of players that entered today's action using a nickname. He held the chip lead for almost the entire day before giving away more than a third of his stack near the end of Day 1a.

Phillip Huxley
Defending champion Phillip Huxley bags a top five stack on Day 1a.

Meanwhile, Huxley entered Day 1a as the defending champion after shipping the WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event for 947,780 MAD ($99,632) the last time the event was held at Casino de Marrakech in June. Huxley was off to a slow start and headed to the dinner break after Level 9 with less than a starting stack.

The defending champion shared during the break that if he wasn't able to bag a stack today he wasn't planning to re-enter tomorrow with many juicy side events on the schedule.

He won't have to worry about that as he chipped up to 50,000 in chips just after the dinner break before he doubled up with big slick against the ace-queen held by Stefan Bittger to 100,000.

Near the end of the day, he doubled up again to around 200,000. He three-bet jammed his stack with king-jack suited with a flush draw on the flop only to run into the two pair held by Anas Tadini with six-three. The flush draw completed on the turn and the river blanked for Tadini to give Huxley the double-up.

PMU.fr is the online sponsor of the Main Event and in addition to the more than 20 qualifiers in attendance for the Main Event, a handful of Team PMU.fr Pros entered the field with both Paul Guichard (130,000) and Erwann Pecheux (65,500) finding a bag to Saturday's Day 2.

PokerNews will be on the tournament floor to provide updates for tomorrow's Day 1b starting at 1 p.m. CET. Stay tuned as we provide coverage from beginning to end of the 2020 WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event.

Tags: Anas TadiniAyman JarrarErwann PecheuxGael DirigHenrik BrockmannPaul GuichardPhillip HuxleyStefan Bittger

Final Chip Counts of Day 1a (full)

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Ayman Jarrar IL
Ayman Jarrar
IL 351,000 309,000
Henrik Brockmann de
Henrik Brockmann
de 235,500 205,500
Gael Dirig fr
Gael Dirig
fr 224,000
Willy Wonka ES
Willy Wonka
ES 210,000 -115,000
Phillip Huxley gb
Phillip Huxley
gb 204,000 4,000
Agatino Spitaleri fr
Agatino Spitaleri
fr 203,000
Toufik
Toufik
197,500
Raul
Raul
197,500
Bernard Guigon fr
Bernard Guigon
fr 174,000
Sofian Benaissa fr
Sofian Benaissa
fr 164,000
Avraham Aviram
Avraham Aviram
163,000
Chakib Bennani ma
Chakib Bennani
ma 162,500 -188,500
Andres Marques
Andres Marques
160,500
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
fr 155,000
Igna Poker es
Igna Poker
es 148,000 -2,000
Salah Eddine Taleb MA
Salah Eddine Taleb
MA 146,500 76,500
PMR ES
PMR
ES 143,500 78,500
Henrique Oliveira De Sousa
Henrique Oliveira De Sousa
143,500
Konstantinos Misailidis gr
Konstantinos Misailidis
gr 138,500 108,500
Nicolas Boton fr
Nicolas Boton
fr 137,500
Paul Guichard fr
Paul Guichard
fr 130,000 14,000
Yohai Cohen
Yohai Cohen
126,500 -133,500
Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 125,000 25,000
Marouane Chamakh
Marouane Chamakh
122,500
Mohamed El Wely
Mohamed El Wely
122,500

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Jarrar Bags the Chip Lead

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Willy Wonka had the chip lead most of the day but gave away some chips during the final few hands. At the same time, Ayman Jarrar soared up to 351,000 and ended the day with the chip lead.

Players are still bagging chips and PokerNews will provide a full update as soon as all of the chip counts are in.

Ayman Jarrar IL
Ayman Jarrar
IL 351,000 309,000

Tags: Chakib Bennani

Players Bagging Chips

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Players are bagging chips at more than half the tables. Stay tuned for the final chip counts and recap of Day 1a of the 2020 WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event.

Huxley Zooms to 200K

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Phillip Huxley
Phillip Huxley

The last WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event Champion Phillip Huxley had a slow start but is having a strong finish to Day 1a.

In a recent hand, Huxley bet 6,700 into a pot of around 10,000 after the {3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs} came on the flop. Anas Tadani three-bet to 20,000 before Huxley jammed for 96,800.

Tadani made the call and turned over {6-Diamonds}{3-Spades} for two pair. Huxley turned over {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for a flush draw.

The {4-Hearts} on the turn gave Huxley the flush but he still had to sweat the hand with Tadani still drawing to a full house. The {4-Diamonds} completed the board on the river and Huxley not only avoided elimination but doubled up his stack.

Phillip Huxley gb
Phillip Huxley
gb 200,000 100,000
Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 100,000 100,000

Tags: Anas TadaniPhillip Huxley

Five More Hands

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament director announced five more hands before surviving players will bag chips.

Eluz Ousted

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Yossi Eluz open-jammed for 20,900 from middle position and was called by Igna Poker in the big blind.

Yossi Eluz: {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Igna Poker: {a-Spades}{4-Hearts}

Eluz was ahead before the flop but it became more of a coin-flip situation after the {9-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop gave Igna Poker a flush draw.

The {2-Spades} was a safe card for Eluz but the {5-Hearts} completed Igna Poker's flush and Eluz was eliminated just before the end of the day.

Igna Poker es
Igna Poker
es 150,000 25,000
Yossi Eluz il
Yossi Eluz
il Busted

Tags: Igna PokerYossi Eluz

Aces Cracked for Sinnig

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

WSOP bracelet winner Vangelis Kaimakamis opened for 5,000 from early position. Two players called before Pierre Sinnig jammed for about 24,000. Kaimakamis four-bet jammed for 62,000 and the remaining players folded.

Pierre Sinnig: {a-}{a-}
Vangelis Kaimakamis: {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}

The {10-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{k-Hearts} ran out on the board to give Kaimakamis a full house and to send Sinnig to the rail despite him starting the hand with the strongest hole cards.

Vangelis Kaimakamis gr
Vangelis Kaimakamis
gr 100,000 100,000
Pierre Sinnig fr
Pierre Sinnig
fr Busted

Tags: Pierre SinnigVangelis Kaimakamis

Final Blind Level Begins

Jaxon • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The final blind level of the night has just kicked off with blinds at 1,000/2,000 with a big blind ante of 2,000. There were 77 players remaining to start the level.

After the blind level is completed, the remaining players will bag chips and advance to Saturday's Day 2 along with those that find a bag tomorrow on Day 1b.