Seat 5: Ali Mechiche – 229,000

Ali Mechiche had to be prised from his friend offering enthusiastic final table advice in French to speak to us, having made the last nine with the shortest stack. Venting briefly about arriving half an hour late and missing his first blinds (he’d been told the live-stream start time), he has still navigated the choppy two-table waters to guarantee himself at least MAD 34,600. The Moroccan businessman, who played in the inaugural MPNPT Morocco Main Event, described his tournament journey as “normal,” implying a swing-free trip to the final, where he recognises all of the other players from his country.

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