In February the WSOP announced that they were going global with the WSOP Circuit Events. For 11 years the WSOP Circuit has been restricted to the United States, but for the 2015-2016 season the WSOP announced three international stops: Morocco, Italy and Mexico. And just like the Circuit events in the U.S. the international events award its winners with WSOP gold rings.
The first of the international stops, the WSOP International Circuit Casino de Marrakech, concluded today with the final table of the € 1,350 Main Event. The tournament had 484 entries and among the players were well-known names like Surinder Sunar, Ben Warrington, Guillaume Darcourt, Paul Francois Tedeschi, Rebecca Gerin and Isabel Baltazar. None of the aforementioned made it into the money and the final table of nine.
Fortunately this year’s trend with a woman at nearly every major final table continued in Marrakesh with Argentine player Ramona Gallardo, who entered the final table as the absolute short stack with only 295,000 in chips (7bb). As reported on the PokerNews’ blog Gallardo doubled up in the very first hand at the final table when she shoved with a pair of tens and was called by Matas Cimbolas who had a pair of fours in the hole.
After the elimination of Czech player Ondrej Milarbersky in 9th place and soon after Fahd Kaabat in 8th place, Gallardo doubled up once more through Cimbolas, when she moved all in with AK and was called by Cimbolas’ AQ, that failed to improve. Gallardo now had 775,000 in chips – and no intention of slowing down. A couple of orbits later Gallardo moved all in for 630,000 from the small blind and received a call from Ricardo Manquant in the big blind. Gallardo showed vs. Manquant’s . The board ran out to secure Gallardo yet another double up to 1,3000,000.
Despite Gallardo’s double ups, she remained the short stack at the table, and after four hours of play without any eliminations, Gallardo finally fell in 7th place. The action started when Miroslav Alilovic opened to 180,000, Antoine Rahal 3-bet to 300,000 and Ramono Gallardo 4-bet shoved for 550,000. Both Alilovic and Rahal called and the board was checked down. Alilovic had picked up a pair of sevens, and they proved to be good against Gallardo’s pair of fours and Rahal’s A9.
Gallardo takes home $20,232 for her deep run. As Gallardo is not listed in the Hendon Mob poker database, we must assume the score is the Argentine’s largest so far. Ricardo Manquet from France ended up winning the tournament, the WSOP Circuit ring and a ticket to the season-end championship.
Next international WSOP Circuit event will take place in Italy in September.
Photo: Ramona Gallardo, Casino de Marrakesh, WSOP.