Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Mazagan Main Event is in the bag after a fairly quick session in where the field was narrowed down from 81 players to just 25 that will be going into Day 3. The player out in front is in fact the same player that came into the day with the chip lead Clement Beauvois.
He managed to keep his spot at the top and even pushed further ahead as he held 461k in chips, his closest opponent being Jeremy Nock on 298k. Not too far further back is Victor Choupeaux who also had a good day at the tables.
As it started, there were two eliminations during the first level as Phillipe Ktorza and the ever talkative Roger Hairebedian with the latter going all-in with pocket jacks only to find an opponent holding pocket queens.
A couple of levels later saw the elimination of Daniel Cates with his pocket nines being no match for the pocket aces of Lucille Cailly. That pot pushed her to around 120k in chips whilst Cates was sent for an early bath.
By the time we reached the tenth level the pace really started to pick up, we lost a whole flurry of players, with names like Zimnan Ziyard, Benjamin Pollak and the ever aggressive Rebecca Gerin.
However, what was about to happen was a big match up at the top of the leaderboard, with Steve O’Dwyer having played superbly to by this time push himself into the mix right at the top. It wasn’t to last though as in a big hand with the eventual chip leader Clement Beauvois he was suddenly eliminated.
He was holding pocket queens whilst Beauvois had the pocket rockets, all of the chips went into the middle and O’Dwyer was sent home in 40th place.
Near the end of the day’s action we then lost some other notable names such as Bruno Benveniste and one of the early chip leaders Alain Roy. The latter ran his queens into the pocket kings of Sergie Vasilyev and dint see his hand improve sufficiently enough to crack them.
Current Top Ten!
Clement Beauvois – 461,000
Jeremy Nock – 298,000
Victor Choupeaux – 291,500
Leanord Truche – 175,000
Fabrice Soulier – 172,000
Mbarek Saadi – 160,000
Giacomo Fundaro – 157,000
Sergei Vasilyev – 157,000
Bruno Fitoussi – 155,000
Sebastien Compte – 142,000
Day 3 gets underway at 1pm local time, with those 25 remaining players having to be whittled down to the final table. So if you want to be kept right up to date, make sure you head back here to see the full report tomorrow.