Rakesh Lalwani Heads Day 1B MPNPT Morocco Chip Counts

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!

Name Chips Qualified
Rakesh Lalwani 245600
Mehdi Hsissen 213300
Andersen Tobias 188100
Patrick Sonigo 170900
Chris Dowling 158900 32Red
Abdallah Ouahli 158900
Arvydas Merfeldas 156800 32Red
Iqbal Laghrari 153300
Kennet Iva 143200 OlyBet
Frederik Foss 142700
El Hachmi Baryala 142100
Mario Linno 140500
Fouad Zouiten 138200
Joaquin Augusto Serrano 137500
Abdellah El Ghrari 136800
Najib Bennis 134500
Mohamed Ali Houssam 133700
Moustafa Boukri 122700
Roger Hairabedian 117400
Kevin Frame 116300 RedKings
Alan Hayter 115400 Stan James
Colin Guthrie 109000 Stan James
Richard Clarke 107700 Stan James
Hamza El Bouchafrati 105100
Anas Tadini 103100
Alain Dery 99100
Mats Elofsson 98800 Guts
Jukka Parviainen 96600
Rachid Boussetta 93000
Yassir Libi 90800
Amine Chraibi 90300
Mohamed Lebbar 87400
Simon Marks 85300 Stan James
Jawad Bentahila 84900
Najib Tahiri 84400
Leo Fung 83400 32Red
Chakib Bennani 83400
Hertzl Benhoma 82200
Vitorino Guererro 79500
Fadhil Farag 78500
Badr Boutenbat 77100
Zoubir Mahi 74200
Kamil Benlamlih 73900
Fatiha Trari 73100
Malik Doukari 71800
Mohamed Mrabet 70600
Jarkko Pennanen 70100 OlyBet
Paul Johnson 67400 Stan James
Vitalii Bieliadev 67400
Linda Sonigo 66000
Mounim Kaddouri 64200
Jari Hurri 58500 Paf
David Dyson 57900
Achille Voltolina 57000
Dmitrii Opekunov 53800
David Douek 52000
Richard Sinclair 50500
Abdelmalek El Jamai 48400
William Dorey 44100
Jarkko Suokas 40100 32Red
Amina Benkirane 38300
Diogo Regerio Gaspar 37800
Simon Jones 36800 Redbet
Juha Ovaskainen 34400 Paf
Teemu Leppalahti 32800
Said Doukari 32600
Philipp Anger 31200 Betsafe
Axel Howe 29600
Abdelhadi Kondah 23100
Younes Lahlou 20200
Eoin Starr 14600 Stan James

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