Day 1B of MPNPT Morocco took place today with an avalanche of players descending on the luxurious confines of the Mazagan Beach Resort to take their shot at the 1.5 million MAD guaranteed prize pool on offer. The sun beamed down outside but the temperature was rising inside the air-conditioned interior as the players battled each other for supremacy at the felt.
The field was a blend of fresh-faced newcomers and seasoned pros. In the latter camp was Roger Hairabedian, whose decades of experience in the poker world have won him millions over the years. He finished with 117,400 which, coupled with his guile and experience, means he could well be a threat for the title as the tournament progresses.
The always popular Twitch-streamer Monika Zukowicz ( @heymonia) took her seat at the start of the day smiling and full of optimism but was unable to survive the day, succumbing just before the close of play. It can happen to the best of players – the accomplished Mantas Urbonas and Toni Ojala both have sterling poker credentials but they too joined Zukowicz on the rail by the day’s end.
Once the day reached a finish, just 71 players remained and it was the lively, garrulous Rakesh Lalwani who headed the pack, his 245,600 leaving him head and shoulders above nearest rivals, Mehdi Hsissen (213300) and Andersen Tobias (188100.)
Full chip counts for Day 1B survivors are listed underneath this report.
In total, the large contingent of online qualifiers and excited local poker talent combined to create a mammoth 216 entries. The guarantee was duly smashed, meaning once we have all the entries tallied (players can still register up till the start of play tomorrow) a giant series of prizes will loom for those fortunate enough to make it through to the cash spots.
Day 2 begins at 2:00pm tomorrow and the 104 (71 + Day 1A’s 33) remaining players will return looking to earn a final table berth. With short stacks looking to chip themselves into contention in the early stages, we anticipate a whirlwind start so join us promptly if you want to catch all the action.
We’ll see you then but for now, thanks for following. Until tomorrow!
|El Hachmi Baryala||142100|
|Joaquin Augusto Serrano||137500|
|Abdellah El Ghrari||136800|
|Mohamed Ali Houssam||133700|
|Alan Hayter||115400||Stan James|
|Colin Guthrie||109000||Stan James|
|Richard Clarke||107700||Stan James|
|Hamza El Bouchafrati||105100|
|Simon Marks||85300||Stan James|
|Paul Johnson||67400||Stan James|
|Abdelmalek El Jamai||48400|
|Diogo Regerio Gaspar||37800|
|Eoin Starr||14600||Stan James|