Max Deveson wins long heads-up duel for WSOPC Marrakech Main Event title

Adam Hampton
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Posted on: January 22, 2024 12:16 pm EST

It took over two hours of heads-up play, but the UK’s Max Deveson has triumphed in the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Marrakech Main Event. The €200,000 victory is the biggest of his career so far.

UK-born Deveson’s tournament results over the past few years have all come in his newly adopted home of South Africa, largely on the Sunbet Poker Tour. The promise of a first six-figure score, not to mention a first WSOPC ring, encouraged Deveson to make the trip north to Morocco, and he’ll be heading home with both.

Runner-runner flush gives Deveson the edge

1,163 entrants ponied up the €1,500 buy-in for the Main Event, including 2019 WSOP Main Event champ Hossein Ensan who made the money in 100th place.

By the time the three-day tournament reached its final table, Italy’s Nicola Pezzullo had built a commanding chip lead. Ultimately he couldn’t see it through to victory, however, eventually falling in 4th to Sandro Jose Alves when his K-9 ran into A-K.

With three players remaining, Deveson needed a little luck to overcome the pocket queens of Alves. And his lucky break would come when he needed it after the players got it all-in pre-flop.

Alves: Q♠Q♦️

Deveson: A♣4♣

Board: K❤️5♠7♣2♣3♣

Deveson’s runner-runner flush sent Alves to the rail in 3rd, for €101,000, and left Deveson with the lion’s share of the chips in play versus France’s Antoine Delorme.

Final Table of the WSOPC Marrakech 2024
The event took place, once again, at the Casino de Marrakech in the Es Saadi resort

Deveson’s big stack almost undone heads-up

With a chip advantage that soon grew to around 4:1, it seemed that heads-up play might all be over before it really started, but in the end the opposite was true. A couple of quick double-ups saw Delorme re-take the lead and almost win the whole thing, but for Deveson to spike a three-outer to claw his way back.

As Deveson told reporters, “When I had a big chip lead it felt like I was winning every hand. Then I lost the all-ins and, as soon as he won those, he built confidence…it felt like it was his tournament.”

The heads-up duel ran to over two hours, before a crucial river card sent the last of the chips in Deveson’s direction.

Delorme, with just 9 big blinds, called Deveson’s pre-flop shove and came within a whisker of holding on.

Delorme: Q♣9♣

Deveson: K❤️T♠

Board: 4❤️5♠5❤️9❤️7❤️

And with that, Deveson was crowned the 2024 WSOPC Marrakech champion – as well as the unofficial king of the runner-runner flush.

WSOP Circuit Marrakech ME Final Table Results

1Max Deveson€200,000
2Antoine Delorme€143,000
3Sandro Jose Alves€101,000
4Nicola Pezzullo€74,000
5Jean-Claude Ruche€56,000
7Guillaume Garcia€37,000
8Yuzhou Yin€31,000
9Igor Picone€25,000