2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Main Event
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Main Event
Dia 1a Terminado

Strong Leads, Soulier Second After Day 1a of WSOP International Circuit Marrakech Main Event

KaleGozer • Nível 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Casino De Marrakech
Casino De Marrakech

A record-breaking field of 172 players entered Day 1a of the WSOP International Circuit Main Event in the lovely Es Saadi Resort in Marrakech. 49 of them made their way to Day 2 and are still in the hunt for the coveted WSOP Circuit Ring, with Rodrigo Strong - on his birthday! - claiming the overall Day 1a chiplead with 250,000.

The day started off slowly, with dealers at many tables unable to start dealing due to an insufficient number of players. The poker enthusiasts showed up in full force not long after though, eventually setting a new Day 1a attendance record for the WSOPC in Marrakech.

Great Britain's poker legend Barny Boatman didn't have the best of starting days, as he found himself on the rail soon. It took Boatman another two bullets to finally keep hold of a stack, but the experienced pro has a lot of work ahead after bagging 31,600.

Sarah Herzali had a much better day, ending her strong run at 160,000. Herzali wasn't afraid to play pots today by three and four-betting many times. She will be joined by the likes of Gerard Carbo (204,500), EPT11 Malta winner Jean Montury (151,000) and WSOPC Circuit Ring winner Dimitry Sukhorukov (147,000), who all find themselves near the top of the standings.

The French always have a strong showing in Marrakech and this tournament proved no different, with the French players making up the majority of the field. In the end, however, it was a Brazilian topping the leaderboard. The aforementioned Rodrigo Strong barely edged out France superstar Fabrice Soulier, who bagged 241,200 and sits in second.

All remaining players will return on Saturday for Day 2 of the Main Event. At 1 p.m. local time tomorrow Day 1b will commence, which will feature twelve levels of 45 minutes and a starting stack of 30,000 as well. Check PokerNews throughout the day for updates of this exciting Main Event.

Tags: Barny BoatmanDimitry SukhorukovFabrice SoulierJean MonturyRodrigo StrongSarah Herzali

End-of-the-Day Chip Counts (Completo)

KaleGozer • Nível 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Rodrigo Strong BR
Rodrigo Strong
BR 250,000 90,000
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
fr 241,400 41,400
Roy Al Rineh FR
Roy Al Rineh
FR 205,200 -14,800
Gerard Carbo es
Gerard Carbo
es 204,500 204,500
Soufiane Abbouti BE
Soufiane Abbouti
BE 191,000 -9,000
Thibault Saillard fr
Thibault Saillard
fr 161,500 71,500
Sarah Herzali fr
Sarah Herzali
fr 160,000 -20,000
Dionisio Serrano ES
Dionisio Serrano
ES 158,600 158,600
Belgacem Aouri FR
Belgacem Aouri
FR 153,500 23,500
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr 151,000 -59,000
Hakim Hadj FR
Hakim Hadj
FR 148,000 18,000
Dimitry Sukhorukov RU
Dimitry Sukhorukov
RU 147,000 17,000
Didier Obigand FR
Didier Obigand
FR 143,600 -11,400
Mika Kakkonen FI
Mika Kakkonen
FI 142,100 62,100
Tony Lefort BE
Tony Lefort
BE 140,000 -100,000
Anthony Gardner gb
Anthony Gardner
gb 137,000 137,000
Dimitri Halliez FR
Dimitri Halliez
FR 134,800 -10,200
Dominique Terzian fr
Dominique Terzian
fr 121,300 121,300
Oleksii Kuznietsov FR
Oleksii Kuznietsov
FR 120,000 70,000
Matthias Widmann de
Matthias Widmann
de 117,500 117,500
Chris Da Silva gb
Chris Da Silva
gb 113,000 -47,000
Mounim Kaddouri fr
Mounim Kaddouri
fr 112,700 47,700
Dimitri Motorov RU
Dimitri Motorov
RU 109,300 109,300
Slimane Mameche fr
Slimane Mameche
fr 107,400 62,400
Hugo ES
Hugo
ES 101,000 101,000

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Day 1a Is Done!

KaleGozer • Nível 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Play for the day is done and the chips are being bagged and tagged. According to the clock, 50 players have survived the day. Rodrigo Strong is the chipleader with 250,000 chips, with Fabrice Soulier in second with 241,400.

A count of big stacks, notables and a recap will follow shortly. Full chip counts will be added later on.

All Smiles Between Sukhorukov and Herzali

KaleGozer • Nível 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dimitry Sukhorukov
Dimitry Sukhorukov

Rodrigo Strong opened to 4,000 from early position and Dimitry Sukhorukov three-bet to 11,100 in middle position. Right behind him, Sarah Herzali four-bet small to 21,000. Strong got out of the way and Sukhorukov splashed the extra chips in.

Both players stared profusely at either other, then burst out laughing. It was all smiles as the dealer dealt the {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop. Sukhorukov checked, keeping his eyes locked on Herzali. The French pro bet 13,000 and tried to keep here composure, but upon seeing Sukhorukov's stare she couldn't hold back her laugh again.

Sukhorukov folded {Q-}{Q-} face-up and blew Herzali a kiss, which got received surprisingly well. The atmosphere is casual here in Marrakech as the day draws to a close.

Sarah Herzali fr
Sarah Herzali
fr 180,000
Dimitry Sukhorukov RU
Dimitry Sukhorukov
RU 130,000 -40,000

Tags: Dimitry SukhorukovSarah Herzali

Borji Scores A Lucky Double

KaleGozer • Nível 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Down to his last 14,000, Samir Borji shoved from middle position. On the button, Masbah Ben Baba reshoved all in to put Borji at risk.

Samir Borji: {7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}
Masbah Ben Baba: {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

Borji found the miracle he was looking for with his seven-six offsuit and improved to two pair on {J-Spades}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. Ben Baba was left crippled after the hand.

Samir Borji
Samir Borji
35,000 -60,000
Masbah Ben Baba fr
Masbah Ben Baba
fr 9,000 -56,000

Tags: Masbah Ben BabaSamir Borji

Last Level of the Day

KaleGozer • Nível 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The last level of the day has started. After this level, chips will be bagged for the night. Any remaining players will return on Saturday at 1 p.m. for Day 2.

Nível:
12
Blinds:
800/1,600
Ante:
200

Abbouti Takes Down Aissani

KaleGozer • Nível 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Mohamed Aissani raised to 2,600 and Julio Sanchez called. Soufiane Abbouti three-bet to 10,200 from the blinds, Aissani four-bet shoved for 34,000 and Sanchez folded.

Abbouti took more than a minute to call off the remaining chips with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}, which prompted some remarks from his tablemates. Aissani held {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} and was already on his way out after the {K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop. The {6-Hearts} on the turn sealed it, making the {7-Diamonds} river meaningless.

Soufiane Abbouti BE
Soufiane Abbouti
BE 200,000
Mohamed Aissani fr
Mohamed Aissani
fr Eliminado

Tags: Mohamed AissaniSoufiane Abbouti