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October 2020

Can the MEC Poker Open take place in October?

There is a lot of uncertainty because of the corona virus. Likewise, many participants will wonder if the MEC Poker Open will continue in October. The organization of the MEC Poker Open and Casino de Spa are discussing possible scenarios. This is the current state of affairs.

The answer is for the time being, yes!

We watch the rest of the world play the first poker tournaments again in casinos. Not quite as we are used to, but with the necessary health measures. Since it’s still 3.5 months to go until the date the MEC Poker Open is scheduled, a lot can change. Both positive and negative.

For now, we’re assuming the positive scenario, which means that the MEC Poker Open in October will continue as planned. If health measures need to be taken (such as hand gel, mouth caps or plexiglass) in order for it to go through, we will first look at the organizational options for taking care of them. Then we will research and consider whether the measures do not affect the fun of the participants too much in a negative way.

What if it has to be cancelled anyway?

If the measures to deal with the corona virus persist for a longer period of time, it may be decided at some point that the MEC Poker Open cannot continue at Casino de Spa anyway. In that case it will be ensured that all participants who have purchased a ticket or qualified via one of the satellites at Bwin will be compensated appropriately.

One form of compensation could be that purchased tickets are moved to the next edition. The first edition for 2021 is already planned with Casino de Spa! Thanks to our main sponsor Bwin, we also have the opportunity to organize the MEC Poker Open online.

Should the situation change to such an extent that the organization decides to cancel the event in October or host it online, all players who have already purchased a ticket will receive an email about this. You can also check our website, Facebook and Instagram for the latest news.

Can't wait to play poker again?

All poker players look forward to the moment when they will be able to play live again. Until then, we can have fun online. That’s why our main sponsor Bwin now offers private cash game tables especially for the MEC Poker Open Community! You can still qualify for the MEC Poker Open online as well. Click on any of the buttons below to see how you can join the action.

Full schedule MEC Poker Open October 2020

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We proudly announce the full schedule of the MEC Poker Open October 2020. From 15 to 18 October you are able to play several fun poker events at Casino de Spa. Since we broke several records last edition we decided to add more starting days to the Main Event and also add extra Side Events spread over the weekend! You can buy all your tickets online on March 2 at 8pm!

Main Event gets more starting days

The €175,- Main Event gets two more starting days! The Main Event kicks off with an online starting day on Bwin (Day 1 Online). The first live starting day at Casino de Spa starts at 5pm on Thursday October 15 (1A). On friday you can play Day 1B at 2pm just as last year but this time there are only 90 seats available. The other 135 seats are added to one extra regular starting day on the same day starting at 7pm (1C). On Saturday there will be two more chances. At 1pm you can play Day 1D (180 seats) and in the evening we have our first Turbo starting day (1E) at 9pm with another 135 seats available!

Every starting day you can re-enter the tournament as much as you need untill Level 5. Countless opportunities for you to make it to Day 2! Also different from last year is that there will be an exciting bubble fase on Sunday, because the best 15% of the field is in the money instead of the previous ‘make day 2 and you’re in the money’ rule.

Winner of the MEC Poker Open Main Event October 2019: Domien Deconinck

Online qualifiers and Day 1 Online

Long before the start of the MEC Poker Open you will be able to qualify yourself online for the Main Event on Bwin. All satellite information and the schedule will be announced on April 6. The date for Day 1 Online will also be announced on April 6.

Highroller with online satellites

Just as last time there is a €440,- No Limit Hold em Highroller! The Highroller will start Sunday at 2.30pm and you can register untill Level 9. You can also qualify yourself online for the Highroller on Bwin. New this time are the €50,- One Hand Satellites. These start half an hour before the Highroller. For every 9 players registered there will be one seat in the Highroller!

New Side Events with online registration

The previous editions we noticed that all players enjoyed the side events so much that we added a few more, so you can play poker all weekend long! On Thursday we have a brand new €90,- Short Deck Hold’em event at 8pm. On Saturday you get your chance to become the first winner of our €90,- Pot Limit Omaha  or, later that day, the new €70,- Knock Out! The popular side events from last year (€75,- Secret Bounty, €75,- P.K.O. and the €60,- Freeze out) are also on the schedule.

Also new this year is that you can buy your tickets for the side events online! Almost all side events reached their maximum capacity last time so make sure you buy your ticket in time.

Start ticketsale

The ticketsale for all events will open on March 2 from 8pm. If you buy your ticket online on March 2 you are competing for a very nice Bwin pokercase! You can buy your tickets online untill the end of October 14. If there are any tickets left you can buy them the whole MEC Poker Open weekend in Casino de Spa at the register.

Register and win a Bwin pokercase

Our sponsor Bwin provided us with some nice give aways, like this very nice Pokercase (see image below). You can win this beauty by doing one of these two things:

Register for the Main Event and win this very nice Bwin Pokercase!
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