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High Roller Final Table
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Highlights

High Roller Final Table
Day 1 completed

Fadhil Farag Leads Final Three as Marrakech Poker Open High Roller Enters Third Day

will_shill • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Fadhil Farag Leads Final Three
Fadhil Farag Leads Final Three

With 37 players starting Day 2 of the Marrakech Poker Open High Roller, it took until around eight p.m. local time until play was down to the money bubble. Coincidentally the tournament went on break on the exact bubble, but it wasn’t long until it burst shortly afterwards, when Christophe Chaudey shoved his {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} into the {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} of Fadhil Farag.

The remaining 11 players had all locked up €2,815, but play would continue until someone was able to take home the €27,878 first-place prize as well as the trophy and a rather large bottle of Chivas Regal.

And so play did continue, Abdelhadi Kondah and Houssein El Otmani, Morocco’s last remaining home representatives were eliminated in 11th and 10th place respectively. Play was tight at the top, with the top three chip leaders separated by just 3,000 in chips.

The final table started with Sebastien Compte (ninth – €2,531), Arthur Conan (eighth – €4,460) and Fernando (seventh – €5,668) all leaving proceedings. Paul Guichard was unlucky to get his chips in and be dominated in two successive hands to leave in sixth place (€7,155), but not as unlucky as Jerome Sgorrano who first ran sixes into the eights of Said El Yousfi.

Sgorrano was left crippled but managed to find {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} a few hands later and looked set to get back into the action against El Yousfi’s {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. However, a ten on the turn and the river ended that dream and he exited in fifth.

The four flirted with the idea of making a deal which would have seen each player walk home with 180,000 Dirham each, with 99,000 remaining to be played for, but it was turned down.

A short while later, and 15 minutes into the final level of the day, Ouassini Mansouri’s pocket deuces clashed with Farag’s queens and Mansouri exited in fourth (€11,800).

There was still time for a cooler as Phu Truong's flopped two pair clashed against Farag's turned set, meaning Truong will return with the shortest stack, but there is still all to play for among the three players when they return tomorrow evening at around 9 p.m.

PositionNameCountryChipsBB
1Phu TruongFrance775,00015.5
2Said El YousfiFrance1,200,00024
3Fadhil FaragLebanon1,830,00036.6

Fadhil Farag Doubles Through Phu Truong

will_shill • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Fadhil Farag raised to 135,000 from the button. Phu Truong called in the small blind and Said El Yousfi folded in the big blind.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts} and both players quickly checked.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and Truong moved all in and Farag snap-called.

Farag: {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}
Truong: {8-Spades}{6-Clubs}

Truong slammed the table seemingly in frustration at the situation. The river was the {3-Spades} and all Truong could do was mutter "Well played" to his opponent as he counted out his opponent's double up.

Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
ma 1,600,000 700,000
Phu Truong FR
Phu Truong
FR 350,000 -650,000

Phu Truong Flops a Monster

will_shill • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Fadhil Farag raised to 100,000 from the button and both his opponents called.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and the three players all checked.

The turn was the {3-Hearts} and it checked to Farag who bet 175,000. Truong moved all in. El Yousfi folded as did Farag, who showed {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. Truong turned over {10-Spades}{9-Clubs} for a flopped two pair, and took down the pot.

Phu Truong FR
Phu Truong
FR 1,000,000 240,000
Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
ma 900,000 -400,000

Ouassini Mansouri Eliminated in 4th Place (€11,800)

will_shill • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Ouassini Mansouri - 4th Place (€11,800)
Ouassini Mansouri - 4th Place (€11,800)

Fadhil Farag limped from the cutoff. Ouassini Mansouri moved all in for around 225,000. The remaining players folded and Farag called.

Mansouri showed {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} but was crushed against Farag's {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. The board ran out {k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Mansouri was eliminated in 4th place, collecting €11,800 for his efforts.

Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
ma 1,300,000 230,000
Ouassini Mansouri fr
Ouassini Mansouri
fr Busted

Last Level for the Night

will_shill • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Tournament officials have announced that this will be the last level for the day. At the end of this 40-minute level, the remaining players will convene after the conclusion of Day 1 of the Main Event tomorrow evening.

Level:
24
Blinds:
20,000/40,000
Ante:
5,000

Said El Yousfi Scoops Biggest Pot of the Tournament

will_shill • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Said El Yousfi
Said El Yousfi

With the board reading {j-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and 200,000 in the pot already, Said El Yousfi checked to his opponent Ouassini Mansouri who bet 175,000. El Yousfi called.

The river was the {j-Hearts} and El Yousfi checked again and Mansouri bet 315,000. El Yousfi counted out his chips, asked for how much the bet was, rechecked his stack before asking again. Eventually he slid the chips forward saying a little "Good luck" almost to himself as he did so.

His opponent tapped the table with his knuckles, flinging {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs} across the board. El Yousfi let out a shout of joy as he showed {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} to scoop the nearly 1.1 million chip pot.

Said El Yousfi fr
Said El Yousfi
fr 1,600,000 455,000
Ouassini Mansouri fr
Ouassini Mansouri
fr 225,000 -485,000

No Deal Agreed Between Final Four

will_shill • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

With the elimination of Jerome Sgorrano in fifth place, the attention turned towards a potential deal between the remaining four players. With the time here in Marrakech rapidly approaching 3 a.m. the idea was floated to chop the remaining 819,000 Dirham prizepool into four separate 180,000 Dirham chunks, with the remaining 99,000 Dirham being awarded to first prize.

All ways looking good, with Said El Yousfi confident enough to leave the discussions having said he was in favour for a cigarette. however after that negotiations broke down and the four resumed play with just over ten minutes left in Level 23.

Said El Yousfi fr
Said El Yousfi
fr 1,145,000 145,000
Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
ma 1,070,000 250,000
Phu Truong FR
Phu Truong
FR 760,000 -390,000
Ouassini Mansouri fr
Ouassini Mansouri
fr 710,000 295,000

Jerome Sgorrano Eliminated in 5th Place (€9,014)

will_shill • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Jerome Sgorrano - 5th Place (€9,014)
Jerome Sgorrano - 5th Place (€9,014)

Fadhil Farag limped under the gun. It folded to Jerome Sgorrano in the small blind who moved all in for his remaining 150,000 chips. Said El Yousfi called in the big blind and Farag folded.

Sgoranno showed {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} and El Yousfi meekly turned over {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

The flop was {j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. The {10-Diamonds} on the turn raised a few eyebrows, and the {10-Clubs} on the river caused Sgorrano to get to his feet and finish his drink swiftly and head straight to the payout desk.

Said El Yousfi fr
Said El Yousfi
fr 1,000,000 130,000
Jerome Sgorrano be
Jerome Sgorrano
be Busted