The World Series of Poker will kick off on January 19 at the Casino de Marrakech, located in the heart of complex Es Saadi Marrakech Resort Hôtel. This is the fourth straight year that luxurious Morracan hotel will host the event.
The 10-day poker event has ten gold-ring events, with the WSOP International Circuit Main Event as the highlight. A championship ring will be awarded to the winner of the Main Event. The 15,000 MAD (€1,350) buy-in Main Event will be held on January 25-26, and will have two opening flights.
The Main Event is deep-stacked affair; the entrants start off with 30,000 in chips while blinds increase every 45 minutes. The two opening flights allow unlimited re-entries for the players. Those who bag chips on Day 1 would be at an advantage going into the day Two, and would enjoy a deeper structure.
In 2015, Ricardo Manquant of France beat a field of 484 entrants to claim the top prize of 1,300,000 MAD (€122,330). The next year, in 2016, the Main Event title was clinched by another Frenchman Mathieu Selides who outlasted a field of 446 entrants to win 975,000 MAD (€95,479).
The last edition of the Main Event was the biggest of them all with a field of 511. Arron Fletcher of United Kingdom came on top to claim the gold-ring and the 1,400,000 MAD (€130,755) cash winnings.
Apart from the Main event, there will be other gold-ring and side events. The schedule offers many satellites starting at €45. The World Series of Poker begins with 4,000 MAD (€365)
3,000 MAD (€275) WSOP Circuit Turbo, 6,000 MAD (€550) WSOP Circuit Deepstack, 20,000 MAD (€1,800) WSOP Circuit High Roller, 4,000 MAD (€365) WSOP Circuit No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout, 6,000 MAD (€550) WSOP Circuit Monster Stack, 4,000 MAD (€365) WSOP Circuit Big O, 6,000 MAD (€550) WSOP Circuit Short-Handed and 30,000 MAD (€2,700) WSOP Circuit Super High Roller are the other ring events at the WSOP International Circuit.