Mauritius may not be a place which is instantly recognisable as being synonymous with poker, but it has hosted a number of big tournaments over the last 5 years. The island of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and its beauty as a tourist destination is undeniable. Lagoons, beaches, mountains and rainforests are just a few of the natural features that make this island attractive.
Successful events hosted in recent years include a WPT National event held there in 2011 and 2012, along with an APT event which was also in 2012, and Deep Stack Open events in 2014 and 2015.
The Ti Vegas Casino is the key location on the island and will host two festivals in January with the help of Pokafrica. For those wishing to travel to these festivals, Air Asia flights run from Kuala Lumpur and other Asian cities directly to Mauritius. Air Mauritius also offer flights.
African Series of Poker: Jan 20th – 24th
The first of the upcoming festivals will be the African Series of Poker, which awards bracelets to its winners, and has a USD $1,471 buy in for its Main Event. There will be a USD $294 satellite to the Main Event taking place on the 20th of January 2017, with the Main Event itself kicking off later that same day. There will be two starting day flights, with the second one following on the 21st. Event 2, a USD$ 294 8-Handed event will also get underway on the 21st, with Deepstack, 6-Handed, and Omaha events taking place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
Deep Stack Open: Jan 25th – 29th
The very same day that the final event of the African Series of Poker plays out, satellites to the Deep Stack Open will be getting started. There is a USD $118 satellite on the 24th, and another on the 25th with the Main Event beginning on the same day. This will be the first of two starting flights, with the second one taking place on the 26th. There will be a USD $353 Deep Stack Open Classic event getting underway during the evening of the 28th, with a USD$ 235 Omaha event to round things off on the 29th.
The Deep Stack Poker Open is a well known tour which has had previous success in Europe. Low buy ins and great structures make this a festival that should not be missed.
Article by Craig Bradshaw