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Moroccan Wins World Poker Tour Marrakech

Mohamed Ali Houssam Pockets $267,011 For Victory

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Mohamed Ali Houssam has beaten 246 opponents at the World Poker Tour Marrakech in Casino Es Saadi in the Moroccan capital.

The €2,700 + €300 buy attracted a larger field than last year and generated a $267,011 top prize.

The normal WPT final table of six was expanded to nine to accommodate several big name stars such as Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel and Arnaud Mattern.

However ElkY busted in eighth and Duhamel in seventh leaving just Mattern among the recognisable names but he too fell short of the big money with a fourth place finish for a decent payday of $69,778.

Houssam and his heads up opponent and fellow Moroccan were virtually even in chips wen their duel commenced. The final hand happened about 40 minutes later after Houssam had ground out a 2:1 chip lead.

The pair see a flop of KClub Suit 8Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit and both check. The turn was QDiamond Suit. Ourini bet 370,000, Houssam raised to around 800,000, Ourini moved all-in and Houssam called.

Houssam flips over 8Club Suit 8Spade Suit for a flopped set while Ourini shows KSpade Suit JHeart Suit while the 6Heart Suit on the river changed nothing and Houssam was the victor.

The final table payouts were:

1: Mohamed Ali Houssam — $267,011 (900 POY points)
2: Toufik Ourini — $166,374 (750 POY points)
3: Maksim Martinov — $107,340 (600 POY points)
4: Arnaud Mattern — $69,778 (450 POY points)
5: Hassan Fares — $50,991 (375 POY points)
6: Rodney Assous — $41,322 (300 POY points)

ElkY receives 150 Card Player Player of the Year points and jumps from 21st in our standing to 16th.