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The WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Begins Sept. 30

Casino de Marrakech
  • The WPT returns to the Casino de Marrakech for the eighth time from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8.

The World Poker Tour returns to the majestic Casino de Marrakech for the WPTDeepStacks Marrakech, which kicks off on Sept. 30 with a two-day €365 buy-in Opening Event. The eighth appearance of the tour at the Marrakech venue will run through Oct. 8.

The casino resides within the heart of the Es Saadi Marrakech Resort complex, which is well-known for its comfort and luxury. Founded in 1952, the complex features world-class hotels and villas, a beautiful park, pools, spas, restaurants, bars, a tennis court and a fitness center. Also, players are almost guaranteed great weather with Marrakech typically sunny almost every day of the year.

The WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Main Event

The highlight of the schedule takes place near the latter portion of the series with the three-day WPTDS MAD 13,200 (approximately €1,200/$1,400) Main Event kicking off on Oct. 6. Players begin the tournament with 30,000 in chips and blinds increase every 60 minutes. In addition to the deep structure, players have plenty of chances to bring forward a big stack to Day 2 with the tournament allowing unlimited re-entries until the late-registration period closes at the end of Level 8.

Players bagging chips will compete for two more days on Oct. 7-8 until a winner is crowned.

Over the years, the event has had different names and buy-ins. Last year the event with a similar structure to the one about to take place was dubbed the WPT National Marrakech Main Event. Morocco's Rachid Rami shipped the Main Event for MAD 950,000 ($97,586).

Here is a look at all of the previous WPT champions at Casino de Marrakech:

Former Champions

2016396WPTN€1,200Rachid RamiMorocco$97,586
2015462WPTN€1,200Rodolphe ReyFrance$102,714
2014502WPTN€1,200Mostafa BoukriMorocco$131,058
2013465WPTN€1,500Alain ManquantFrance$171,921
2011274WPT€3,000Mohamed Ali HoussamMorocco$214,983
2010222WPT€5,000Sebastian HomannGermany$341,798
2009416WPT€4,500Christophe SavaryFrance$558,515

Side Events

The WPTDS Marrakech features many side events with buy-ins both high and low to suit just about any poker player. One of the biggest side events will be the two-day WPTDS 20,000 MAD (approximately €1,800/$2,100) High Roller on Oct. 4-5.

The casino is also hosting satellites feeding into this tournament, the Main Event and a handful of others, allowing players to get into these events for a significantly lower price.

Here is a look at all of the major tournaments on the WPTDS Marrakech schedule:

  • WPTDS Opener: Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 - 4,000 MAD (approximately €365)
  • WPTDS Warm-up Deepstack: Oct. 3-4 - 6,000 MAD (approximately €550)
  • WPTDS High Roller: Oct. 4-5 - 20,000 MAD (approximately €1,800)
  • WPTDS Main Event: Oct. 6-8 - 13,200 MAD (approximately €1,200)
  • Carte Blanche 8-Handed: Oct. 7-8 - 4,500 MAD (approximately €410)
  • WPTDS Super High Roller: Oct 8 - 30,000 MAD (approximately €2,700)

Be sure to tune into PokerNews as our live reporting team will be on hand to cover both the WPTDS Main Event and the second day of the WPTDS High Roller.

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