Rachid Rami took down the World Poker Tour National Marrakech main event, beating 396 players for a MAD 950,000 (US$97,586) first place prize.
The event, hosted by the Casino De Marrakech in Morocco, witnessed three days of solid poker that ended in a win for the local favorite.
Thanks to this win, Rami pushed his live career earnings to $573,843. Reacting to his triumph, Rami said, “The money stays in Morocco!”
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Rami and Mohammed Lahlou were left to fight it out for the title.
The final hand of the heads-up battle was played after Rami (6-2) check-raised on a 3-2-2 flop. Lahlou moved all-in holding pocket jacks. The 6 and A on turn and river were enough to seal his fate. Lahlou walked home with $66,769 for a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (US$):
1: Rachid Rami (Mor) $97,586
2: Mohammed Lahlou (Mor) $66,769
3: Arthur Conan (Fra) $46,224
4: Dimitri Sukhorukov (Fra) $33,179
5: Alexandre Riccomi (Fra) $25,475
6: Alexandre De Zutter (Fra) $20,339
7: Joao Pinto Correia (Por) $16,230
8: Mathieu Maroccini (Fra) $13,148
9: Jean-Claude Guiot (Fra) $10,580
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