Portuguese poker pro Henrique Pinho has done it, winning the 2016 Marrakech Poker Open Main Event to earn the largest live score of his career.
The third and final day of the event saw eight players from a 220-entry field return to Casino de Marrakech. It took eight hours to determine a winner, and ultimately that proved to be Pinho, who emerged victorious after a 90-minute heads-up battle with Patrick Groppi. Pinho earned 390,000 Dirhams (approx. $40,400 or €35,800) for the win.
Pinho entered the event with just over $200,000 in live tournament earnings on record and cashes dating back to 2007, according to his HendonMob profile. His previous best score was worth €20,000 ($28,464) for a 20th-place finish in the 2011 European Poker Tour Berlin €5,300 Main Event. His previous second best was from Morocco when he took fourth in the World Series of Poker Circuit High Roller in January for 250,000 Dirhams (approx. $25,200 or €23,200).
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