Djamel Auoir opened from early position to 4,600 with the blinds at 800/1,600. The player to his left, Christophe Jonin then moved all in for his remaining 40,000 chips. Players are making moves early on Day 2 with the average soaring to just under 90,000.
Hakim Doumou, on the button, thought for a while checking how much each player was in for before just calling Jonin's bet. It folded round to Auoir the original raiser who then moved all in and Doumou made the move
Doumou needed help, while Jonin was in dire straights needing to catch miracle cards to survive. Neither player did as the board ran out boosting Auoir's stack, eliminating Jonin and crippling Doumou
There was a bumper turn out for Day 1b of the 2016 World Series of Poker International Circuit Main Event in Morocco, with 298 players involved in 12 levels of play. It culminated in 114 joining the 55 survivors from Day 1a in Day 2, which starts tomorrow at the Casino de Marrakech.
The Day 1b chip leader is Guillaume Darcourt. Front-runners Gael Dirig (131,300) and Moad Nokra (114,400) fell back during the latter levels to leave Darcourt's chip count of 214,400 the biggest. He will be going up against Sofian Benaissa (248,300) and Loic Blarez (232,200), who topped the chip counts after Day 1a. Darcourt was no doubt helped by a crazy hand involving him cracking aces with .
In what was a four-bet pot preflop, Darcourt got into a raising war with his opponent on a board of , which left him pot committed. When the chips were in the middle, Darcourt hit a diamond on the turn to scoop a monster pot late on Day 1b.
The day had started slowly, but the number of entrants grew steadily, though it narrowly failed to top the 484 entries from the 2015 WSOP Circuit event. A total of 446 entrants played across the two starting flights, including 108 reentries.
Notable chip stacks in the field from Day 1b include Martial Blangenwitsch (81,000) and Natalia Breviglieri (128,900), as well as French pros Romain Paon (48,000) and Erwann Pecheux (100,500).
The prizepool and payouts aren't yet confirmed, but we'll get them to you just as soon as they become official. Stay tuned to PokerNews for full chip counts of the 114 remaining players.
A colleague informs me that French favourite Guillaume Darcourt has just cracked Aces with where he made a flush. We will try and grab his chip counts at the end of the day's play, but considering his current chip stack he may well be near the top!
The tournament room is growing quiet, punctuated by the thud of the tables as players secure vital double-ups so late in the day. With ten minutes remaining in the days play, we will of course be bringing you the up to date chip counts for the big stacks and notables left in the field at the conclusion of the day's play.
For now, it has been draw that players are to play six more hands tonight before bagging up ahead of Day 2
David Vizcaino opened from the button and former chipleader Mouad Nokra raised to 5,500 from the small blind. The big blind folded and Vizcaino called. Both players saw a flop of .
Nokra was first to act, and slid forward a small bet of 3,000. Vizcaino wasted no time at all in raising to 15,000. Nokra made a big show of first drawing back his initial bet, before sliding out a colossal 37,000 chips. Again Vizcaino waited less than a minute to make his decision and he moved all-in for his remaining chips. Nokra folded and Vizcaino pulled in a massive pot
Players are now just 45 minutes away from bagging and tagging their remaining chips ahead of Day 2 tomorrow. There are currently 141 players remaining, and we will have to wait and see just how many of them will be joining the 55 from Day 1a.