Ship it to Switzerland! The Casino de Marrakech in Morocco hosted the World Series of Poker Circuit event once again. This year had record-setting numbers while Switzerland's Samiyel Duzgun shipped the Main Event, WSOP Circuit ring, and over 1.6 million MAD in cash.
Morocco is one of those exotic places that's on so many must-see lists but very few people actually buy the ticket and take the ride for an adventure in Morocco. It really sets apart the tourists from the travelers... but those folks who make the journey often return multiple times because it's one of those magical, wonderful, yet crazy places that it's difficult to truly to describe the energy and weirdness and surreal-like quality of Morocco. It sounds so cliche, but you have to be there to understand it's mystique.
The poker world loves to play in random place, but Morocco is one of those true exotic locales that blends adventure and gambling in one swoop.
The 2020 WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event had a buy-in of 15,000 MAD or approximately €1,400. This year's Main Event attracted 625 runners, which set a record since its inception in 2015. It crushed las year's lowest turnout with 359 runners. Kudos to the record-setting numbers this year.
First place paid out 1.6 million MAD with the runner-up earning 1.06M MAD. That's a difference of €50K or so in Euros, or $56K USD.
Ivaylo Panev bubbled the final table in tenth place.
The final table included three French players, two Swiss players, two Spanish players, and one each from Israel and Portugal. The final nine were Samiyel Duzgun, Edouard Piquet, Ayman Jarrar, Marc Poustis, Rui Bouquet, Imad Derwiche, and the monikers of 'Grolo Grolovic', 'Igna Poker', and 'TMV'.
'Grolo Grolovic' bounced first at the final table, while Imad Derwiche, Rui Bouquet, and Marc Poustis were the first casualties. 'Igna Poker' and 'TMV' busted in fifth and fourth place.
Edouard Piquet, Ayman Jarrar, and Samiyel Duzgun were the final three. Piquet hit the road in third place, which paid out 700K MAD or €65,800. His elimination set up the heads-up bout between Israel's Ayman Jarrar and Samiyel Duzgun from Switzerland.
Ayman Jarrar was picked off in second place. He earned 1,060,000 MAD or €99,640 for second place. Not too shabby, eh?
Samiyel Duzgun banked 1,600,000 MAD or €150,400. He also won a WSOP Circuit ring.
Notables who cashed at the 2020 WSOP Circuit Marrakech included Ivaylo Panev, Andrew Hillis, Fred Ayadi, Christophe Panetti, Laurent Benhayoun, 'Willy Wonka', Gael Dirig, Mo Bouzgarrou, Ugo Faggioli, Corbin White, Avraham Hazan, Bernard Guigon, Dani Rodriguez, Emile Carette, Fred Delval, Patrick Sacrispeyre, Zoubir Mahi, Salah Eddine Taleb, Thierry Gogniat, Konstantinos Misailidis, Marius Conan, Ghassane Ghehbi, Elvira Malay, Ouri Aron Cohen, and Laurent Chene.
Phil Huxley from the UK shipped last year's event in Marrakech. He went deep, but he busted and cashed in 27th place. A trio of French players -- Sonny Granco, Mathieu Selides, and Ricardo Manquant -- previously took down the Marrakech Main Event. Other winners included Arron Fletcher (2017) and Vladimir Shabalin (2018).
2020 WSOP Circuit Marrakech
Buy-in: 1,600,000 MAD or €1,400
Prize Pool: 8,156,000 MAD
Final Table Results:
1. Samiyel Duzgun (Switzerland) 1,600,000 MAD or €150,40
2. Ayman Jarrar(Israel) 1,060,000 MAD or €99,640
3. Edouard Piquet (France) 700,000 MAD
4. 'TMV' (Spain) 500,000 MAD
5. 'Igna Poker' (Spain) 380,000 MAD
6. Marc Poustis(France) 300,000 MAD
7. Rui Bouquet (Portugal) 240,000 MAD
8. Imad Derwiche (France) 200,000 MAD
9. 'Grolo Grolovic' (Switzerland) 170,000 MAD