The last ever MPN main event is now in the books
The poker enterprise completes its closure first announced last September
The last tournament of the MPN Poker Tour had an amazing closure crowning for the 23rd time the MPNPT champion. This was the last time this tournament will ever be played, and Martin Piik took down the championship title in Madrid, taking home a $60,033 prize. This 23-year-old player defeated over 575 entries in the field playing the $600 main event — one of the biggest fields ever reported in this series.
In this main tournament, there were 71 players who were paid approximately $305,000 of the prize pool. This is clearly a popular event, and the final table demonstrated it, sitting six players all from different countries and very diverse origins and backgrounds. Variety is what was most present in that final table, with only two of them being professional full-time poker players. There was also an MPN bot detection specialist, a firefighter and a recruitment consultant, just to name a few.
Toward the end of the tournament, there were only two people sitting in the final table, Piik and Yu Cheng “Richard” Liu from China, and the race to win the MPN Poker Tour trophy was on. One interesting thing is that Piik has played only ten live tournament events, and he got his entry from Olybet, though he also works at the Olympic Casino in Tallinn. He is actually one of the organizers of the upcoming Kings of Tallinn tournament, and he has been playing poker since he was a little kid. “It’s incredible. I won my seat on Olybet and came here with my Dad,” said Piik. “To be honest, the money doesn’t mean anything – it’s the title and trophy I care about. It’s just amazing.”
MPN Managing Director Poker Alex Scot added, “Since its launch, the MPN Poker Tour really has been a very special series of events, and that’s entirely down to our staff, partners, media, sponsors, venues and, of course, the players. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved on the tour; we’ve been very fortunate in having a really amazing team. These are people who really do put players first and work incredibly hard to give them an exceptional experience. I’m delighted that our very last event here in Madrid has proved such a huge success and I’d like to thank everyone who came and helped make this a wonderful end to the tour.”