With chilly December 2017 in the rear view mirror and 2018 – with all its unpredictable promise – ahead, the MPN poker tour finds itself in Morocco of all places for the first leg of the year. The tour likes to take its participants all over the world and once the contingent of far-flung travellers and enthusiastic locals have negotiated their way from Casablanca airport (complete with its harem of resident cats) or closer locales to merge together at the beautiful Mazagan Beach Resort (entrance pictured), we’ll be ready to begin Day 1A.
The usual MPNPT rules apply – 30,000 in chips and a starting clock of 45 minutes/level (extended to 60 minutes from Day 2) giving the players ample room to showcase their fly poker skills at the felt.
The buy-in is 5,500 + 500 MAD with unlimited rebuys available up to the start of Day 2. Just in case anyone is struggling with conversions, there’s about 11 MAD to the Euro, so knock a zero off the MAD amount and you’ll be in the Euro ballpark.
The guarantee is 1,500,000 MAD and this tasty prizepool also includes a 350,000 MAD guarantee for first place. Delicious!
The poker should be fiercely contested but for any players who find themselves shelved earlier than anticipated and haven’t budgeted for a rebuy, there are miles of sandy beaches under the warm Moroccan sun they can investigate (a few minutes’ walk from the hotel pool), not to mention the stunningly opulent interior and exterior of the hotel, gold, marble and glistening chandeliers adorning the classic Moroccan patterns elegantly displayed throughout the resort. There’s also a gold course, fitness gym, spa and other entertainments available.
Should a further Main Event buy-in prove out of reach but the poker itch has not yet been scratched, there are numerous side events available as the week pans out – we’ll bring you full news of these shortly.
For now though the cards have been dealt and we are off. Good luck one and all!