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Marrakech Poker Open Begins Today

The 27th Marrakech Poker Open Warms Up For Restructured Main Event


The 27th edition of the Marrakech Poker Open begins today at the Casino de Marrakech in the Es Saadi Gardens and Resort in Morocco’s third largest city.

Action begins today with two deepstack side events; one with a €45 buy-in and one with a €500 buy-in featuring re-entry. This evening at 9 p.m. (local time) there is a €135 buy-in main event satellite with more to follow tomorrow.

Then on Oct. 19 the main event begins and this year it will see a change of structure. The buy-in for the three-day tournament has dropped from €3,000 to €1,350 and features a guarantee of 2 million dirhams (€179,501) made by management.

Another change to the main event structure is that it will now allow players to re-enter.

Friday’s play kicks off at 2 p.m. with players sitting down to a starting stack of 50,000 and 45-minute blind levels. Day 2 also begins at 2 p.m. but the final table will start off an hour later on Sunday.

Cash games are offered 24 hours a day and new and old side events of various formats and buy-ins continue throughout including another highlight, the two-day, €2,700 High Roller with re-entry, which begins on Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.

The Marrakech Poker Open action will come to an end on Sunday, Oct. 21 when a new main event champion is crowned. Mohamed Ali Houssam was last year’s champion after he survived a total field of 247 including a final table which was expanded from six to nine in order to accommodate big poker names such as Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel and Arnaud Mattern.