Mohamed Ali Houssam wins WPT Marrakech

Mohamed Ali Houssam wins WPT Marrakech

Monday, 28 November 2011

The final table of nine players has been reduced to one champion with Mohamed Ali Houssam besting a tough final to take down the WPT Marrakech title at Casino Es Saadi in Morocco.

The Day 1 chip leader began facing off against French pros Arnaud Mattern and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier as well as 2010 WSOP champion Jonathan Duhamel. After a disastrous fight with Lex Veldhuis, ElkY hasn’t given up the day job. He was knocked out in less brutal fashion than a kick to the head, though he did run top pair into a set.

Duhamel reduced the number of French speakers at the table soon after, busting in seventh after 3-betting all-in with Q-T and getting a call from tens. Arnaud Mattern was the last big French name to leave, busting in fourth place when his A-8 couldn’t overtake 7-7.

Mohamed Ali Houssam was heads-up with fellow Moroccan Toufik Ourini, level in chips. The eventual winner had a marginal lead when his flopped set held against Ourini’s top pair, securing the title. The final table payouts were as follows:

1. Mohamed Ali Houssam - $267,011 + $25,000 WPT Championship seat
2. Toufik Ourini - $166,374
3. Maksim Martinov - $107,340
4. Arnaud Mattern - $69,778
5. Hassan Fares - $50,991
6. Rodney Assous - $41,322
7. Jonathan Duhamel - $33,815
8. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier - $30,699
9. Sebastein Ta - $28,013

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