Live Events 1
Main Event
Days:
123

Event Info

Buy-in 8,800 MAD
Prize Pool 1,615,500 MAD
Players 211

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000

Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 3 completed

Anas Tadini Wins the 2019 Wonder8 Marrakech Main Event (MAD 298,000 / €27,470)

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Anas Tadini, credit Guillaume Grob
Anas Tadini, credit Guillaume Grob

Anas Tadini has become the winner of the 2019 Wonder8 Main Event in Casino de Marrakech! It's the first year the Wonder8 took place with Casino de Marrakech and the second time the series was organized. Tadini defeated a field of 211 players to collect the first place prize of 298,000 Moroccan dirhams (appr. €27,470) and the trophy in his hometown.

Start-of-the-day chip leader Youssef Aananouche ended up in sixth place for MAD 77,000, while the other Moroccan player of the final table, Najib Bennis, was eliminated in fifth place for MAD 97,000 by Tadini. Anthony Monin wasn't very fortunate today and ended up in seventh place for MAD 63,000 after his pocket aces were cracked by Bennis with pocket nines.

2019 Wonder8 Marrakech Main Event Official Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in MAD)Prize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Anas TadiniMoroccoMAD 298,000€27,470$30,863*
2"Azapl" (Jose Luis)SpainMAD 204,000€18,806$21,128*
3"GRJ" (Julian Galan)SpainMAD 222,000€20,565$22,992*
4Simon Abou ZakiEnglandMAD 126,000€11,615$13,051
5Najib BennisMoroccoMAD 97,000€8,942$10,047
6Youssef AananoucheFranceMAD 77,000€7,098$7,976
7Anthony MoninFranceMAD 63,000€5,807$6,525
8Emile CaretteFranceMAD 52,000€4,794$5,386

* denotes deal of the last three players

The victory came rather quickly for the Moroccan professional, who had managed to keep a comfortable stack throughout the majority of the tournament, and after seven hours of play today. Tadini is quite used to victories and deep runs here in Marrakech, with, amongst others, a victory in the WSOPC High Roller last January, the FPS Main Event in Mazagan in 2011 or the Fariss Suet Poker Main Event in 2015. By putting constant pressure on his opponents on the final table, he managed to clinch the victory.

“Let’s all go to the Theatro,” Tadini said afterward, willing to celebrate his victory in the nightclub of the casino.

Tadini followed in the footsteps of the French player France Souhayl Fjer, who won the previous edition last year for €65,000 in the Cercle Clichy Montmartre in Paris. After a deal between the three remaining players and the eliminations of GRJ (Julian Galan) in third, it took only three hands to Tadini to achieve the victory. He called "Azapl" (Jose Luis) all in on the flop with a pair of queens, while "Azapl" had a flush draw. Tadini let his joy explode after the river fell and invited all the rail to join the party.

"My mom always taught me we have to give to receive, so I gave a lot and today I feel it's my time to receive!" Tadini said when asked about his impressions.

Poker Room
The poker room at Casino de Marrakech

2019 Wonder8 Marrakech Main Event Final Day Action

At 3 p.m., 9 out of 211 players returned to Casino de Marrakech with each of them already guaranteed 43,000 MAD (€3,900) for surviving two days. Most eyes were on Aananouche and Tadini from the start, who were fighting for the chip lead, as well as GRJ (Julian Galan) and Simon Abou Zaki, who started in third and fourth place respectively.

Samir Tazi Mokha, an American player and regular in the Casino de Marrakech, busted only after a few minutes after the day started, losing his last 12 blinds with {a-Clubs}{3-Spades} against Aananouche with {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and earning MAD 43,000 (€3,964) on the way. He was followed shortly after by Emile Carette who pushed his stack with {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} while Abou Zaki had Aces and was left with crumbs after that hand.

After the eliminations of Aananouche and Bennis, Tadini and GRJ battled a lot in huge pots, chips flying from one side to the other. During a setup, Tadini took big from GRJ with a set of kings while the Spanish had a pair and the flush draw, and one hour later the latter doubled up on Tadini. The Moroccan pro three-bet all-in GRJ on a flop {3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Spades} with {7-Clubs}{9-Clubs} in his hands while GRH held {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and the rest of the board bricked.

Before the dinner break, GRJ doubled once more against Tadini thanks to another setup. Both players had two pairs on the turn, Tadini with jacks and sevens and GRJ with jacks and fours and all the chips went the in middle but a miracle {4-Diamonds} fell on the river for GRJ to earn the pot.

Casino de Marrakech
The stunning Casino de Marrakech, part of the Es Saadi Resort

The players agreed on a deal and Tadini eventually succeeded to eliminate his opponent in a blind versus blind confrontation, GRJ holding {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs} and Tadini {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. With Tadini having a substantial lead, the heads up with Azapl (Jose Luis) not even lasted five minutes after that and Tadini went to celebrate with his rail.

That fully wraps up PokerNews coverage from Casino de Marrakech, part of the stunning five stars Es Saadi Resort in Marrakech in Morocco. In two months, action will heat up again as the World Series of Poker will host its circuit event for the Marrakech Summer Event from June 15 to 23. Au revoir from the sunny and colorful city of Marrakech!

Tags: Anas TadiniAnthony MoninNajib BennisSouhayl FjerYoussef Aananouche

Azapl Eliminated in 2nd Place (MAD 204,000)

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Azapl and Anas Tadini, credit Guillaume Grob
Azapl and Anas Tadini, credit Guillaume Grob

It took only three hands for this head's up to be over.

Situated on the button, Anas Tadini completed with {q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. Azapl, holding {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, checked his option with 1,865,000 chips left.

The flop came {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Azapl first checked, before announcing all-in after Tadini made a bet for 300,000. Tadini snap-called and the players tabled their cards.

Tadini, very confident, already started to say goodbye to his opponent, sure about his victory. The rest of the board fell {10-Spades} and {j-Spades} and Tadini exulted of joy. Azapl (Jose Luis), finished second for MAD 204,000.

A full recap of the day will follow shortly.

Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 9,500,000 2,365,000
Azapl
Azapl
Busted

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GRJ Eliminated in 3rd Place (MAD 220,000)

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Julian Gallan (GRJ), credit Gregoire Huvelin
Julian Gallan (GRJ), credit Gregoire Huvelin

Anas Tadini shoved all-in from the small blind position, putting GRJ at risk for his tournament with only 1,345,000 chips left. The latter snap-called and both players tabled their cards:

GRJ: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Anas Tadini: {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}

GRJ (Julian Galan) had some hopes for a double up, but the board ran {3-Spades}{4-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs}, eliminating him from the tournament at the third place for MAD 220,000.

Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 7,135,000 2,415,000
GRJ ES
GRJ
ES Busted

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Azapl Doubles on Tadini

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

The two players went all-in preflop, Anas Tadini holding {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and Azapl {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} for a typical flip situation.

The board came {6-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, giving Azapl a pair of queens for the double up.

Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 4,720,000 -1,005,000
Azapl
Azapl
3,270,000 1,195,000

Tadini Takes More from GRJ

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Anas Tadini saw {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} in the small blind and completed. GRJ, with {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, checked his option.

The flop was {10-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{k-Hearts}, giving top set to Tadini, and both players checked. The same action happened on the turn {j-Spades}.

The river brought a {2-Hearts} and Anas bet 300,000, followed by a raise from GRJ for 795,000. Tadini called and earned the pot.

Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 5,725,000 1,195,000
GRJ ES
GRJ
ES 2,095,000 -1,195,000

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Tadini Gets a Fold from GRJ

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

On a raised pot, the flop showed {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts} when Anas Tadini bet 310,000 with {q-Clubs}{7-Hearts} in his hand. GRJ called with {k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}.

The turn brought the {10-Hearts} and this time Tdaini bet 420,000. GRJ thought about it for a minute and let it go.

Anas Tadini ma
Anas Tadini
ma 4,530,000 500,000
GRJ ES
GRJ
ES 3,290,000 -100,000

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A Deal Has Been Made

gaellej • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

The three remaing players agreed on a deal according to the ICM during the dinner break.

Anas Tadini takes MAD 228,000, GRJ MAD 222,000 and Azapl 204,000. The winner will receive the trophy and MAD 70,000 more.

Level:
30
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
160,000

One Hour Dinner Break

gaellej • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 12,000 ante

The remaining three players are now on their one-hour dinner break, before returning at blinds 80,000/ 160,000 ante 160,000.