23-year-old Sebastian Homann has won the World Poker Tour® Marrakech Main Event presented by Chili Poker at Casino de Marrakech, Morocco. Homann, from Hamburg, Germany produced one of the most dominant performances in recent WPT history as he crushed the field, holding the chip lead from Day 1A and conceding it only briefly during heads-up play. Homann takes home €254,745 including a $25,500 entry into the 2011 WPT World Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Homann started as chip leader at a final table where the most recognizable name was his fellow countryman Dominik Nitsche. Despite a small comeback by eventual runner-up Guillaume Cescut, Homann’s dominance never looked in danger.
“I felt so good today and really good about my game all week,” said Homann, who bought in directly but is a regular player at presenting sponsor Chilipoker. “I am a recreational player and this is by far my biggest win, I intend to put the money towards a new house and maybe a nice holiday with my girlfriend. I definitely intend to play more live tournaments now and am thrilled to have got entry into the $25k WPT World Championship – this takes everything to a whole new level. I will have to play more to prepare for the standard of opposition I am going to get there.”
Cescut, a pro from Paris for Team Barriere was pragmatic: “It always looked like it was going to be Sebastian’s day but my time will come again. I am very much looking forward to the WPT National Series event at the Aviation Club in Paris in February – it’s my home turf.”
Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of presenting sponsor Chilipoker said: “The WPT is the centrepiece of the Chilipoker Marrakech Festival and we’d like to congratulate Sebastian and all the players that cashed in the festival. It is great that Sebastian is one of our regular players at Chilipoker – it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Normally people expect French dominance at poker events in Marrakech but players from all over the world made quite an impact throughout our festival.”
Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director and event Tournament Director said: “Marrakech is a great place to play poker; known for lively cash games and as one of the most exotic destinations on the world circuit. We saw a competitive field of some of Europe’s finest players. Even with the chip lead, Sebastian had his work cut out for him to stay on top. It was a well-earned victory. ”
French stars Nicolas Levi and Roger Hairabedian ran deep in the money but among those to fail to make the money included David Benyamine, WPT record holder Carlos Mortensen, Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Alexandre Gomes, Surinder Sunar, Tristan Clemencon, Antione Saout, Guillaume Darcourt and Jean Paul Pasqualini. The WPT Main Event ran from the 27th – 30th November. In recent weeks the likes of Benyamine and Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan have been regular fixtures in the Casino de Marrakech cash games.