If you’re looking for a summer holiday destination, may we suggest Tallinn, Estonia? It’s one of those places that’s easy on the eye regardless of the season, but particularly picturesque during summer. This is probably one of the factors that led to the Estonian capital being selected by the MPN Poker Tour as a venue worthy of a return, and this alone is sure to attract many players. Another reason is the success of the first time Tallinn played host to the MPNPT last year, when the poker itself was exciting and a good time was had by all, as they say. Read more
Even those who’ve never played a hand of poker have heard of a royal flush and are aware of how special it is. It’s so special at 32Red Poker, in fact, that when you hit a royal flush in our popular nightly €500 guaranteed Flush Royale tournament you’re rewarded with a €1,500 package to a MPN Poker Tour event.
This is what happened to Andrew Talbot (alias: Drew0480) in the latest edition of Flush Royale. Andrew, from Suffolk in the UK, has been a 32Red player for nearly 13 years, and he’ll be wearing Team 32Red colours in the Estonian capital of Tallinn in August for the €150,000 guaranteed poker festival. The €1,500 package includes the €550 buy-in for the Main Event, €100 buy-in for the €15,000 side event, four nights for two at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €250 towards travel/expenses – a great return considering that the buy-in for the Flush Royale tournament is a mere €3!
If you’re wondering how the royal flush came about, Andrew was dealt Ah Jh and after raising pre-flop found himself calling a short-stacked opponent’s all-in (with 10s 9d). The flop came 5c 10h Kh and ‘all’ that was keeping Andrew from a big money poker trip to the beautiful Tallinn this summer was, appropriately, the Qh – a card that has graced countless songs, books and films over the years. The Turn brought the meaningless 2s and it was all down to the river which, luckily for the recent winner of a €4,000 guaranteed Turbo Deep Stack Rebuy tournament, was indeed the necessary Qh, and the royal flush was complete. Easy game, poker.
Andrew’s thoughts: “…wonderful hand and a great poker site to play on. This is my fourth and – believe it or not – the smallest payout! One on this poker site and three in the casino which, I hasten to add, I have attended after winning the first Royal Flush and a massive payout of $166,000 in 2005. If the dealer had qualified in that hand my payout would have been huge as I was betting 65 ante and 130 payout line. Just happy to have got it again!”
Remember that there are various ways to qualify for the MPN Poker Tour. As well as the excitement of Flush Royale we have a ridiculously bankroll-friendly satellite structure in which it’s possible to start your quest for as little as 25 cents! To see the full schedule go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby.
A key strategy in satellite tournaments is to keep focused on the fact that the requirements to qualify for one of the prizes on offer are quite different from standard tourneys, where the prize distribution can be quite top heavy. If for example, there are 10 €200 satellite tickets up for grabs, then 10th prize is worth just as much as 1st despite the possibly considerable difference in final chip counts. The trick is to not be too desperate to top the field but instead to maintain a workable stack and remain in contention.
Have fun, and good luck!
There’s more than a touch of irony that one of the great benefits of modern online poker – a technological advancement that allows us to play not just at home but at any time, anywhere – is the facility to qualify for ‘live’ poker festivals around the globe. Poker fans who have never set foot in a ‘bricks & mortar’ casino, nor ever expected to, can now win their way to international, big money events – and for less than the price of a coffee!
Culture, Cafes & Poker
As it happens, Sofia is the perfect place to sit in the sun having a coffee, taking in the view of the nearby mountains that encircle this 7,000-year-old city. And with such a player/bankroll-friendly satellite structure at 32Red Poker a host of players won their way to Bulgaria’s ancient capital for the latest €150,000 leg of the MPN Poker Tour.
There’s a buzz associated with these tournaments that’s well worth making the effort to experience, and if you’re sitting at the table when the cards are being dealt having won the €550 buy-in or even a €1,500 package it’s all the more enjoyable. Not surprisingly, our numerous qualifiers who become part of Team 32Red continue to make the most of qualifying opportunities, and we want all our poker enthusiasts to get involved and join the tour – even our nightly €3 buy-in €500 Flush Royale tournament, for example, has a special prize of a €1,500 MPNPT package for a royal flush!
Home success in Main Event
The MPN Tour has been an enormous success and Sofia was yet another instalment that saw the size of the field generate more prize money than the guarantee which, this time, was €125,000. In fact, over the opening Day 1a & 1b there were 263 entries and an additional 39 re-entries, boosting the total prize pool to €146,470, with a juicy €35,000 for the eventual winner.
With bagpipes (called ‘gaida’) being a national instrument, a public holiday dedicated to St George and a popular Irish pub, Sofia’s perhaps surprising links to UK and Irish players could have led to this particular visiting contingent taking home a chunk of the booty but, as it turned out, the Main Event proved to be a home success. Bulgarians took the top prizes, with Stefan Genchev emerging as the eventual winner.
However, there were a couple of notable results for (Bulgarian!) Team 32Red players, with Edmondi Mkhitaryan winning a tidy €2,700 for finishing in 9th place, and Stanislav Ivanov earning €2,200 for an impressive 16th.
‘Ever growing, never old’
That’s the memorable motto for Sofia which, incidentally, is the Greek word for ‘wisdom’ – we could do worse than apply these words to how we approach poker. Big money festivals are indeed exciting, not least because every player will at some point be within a big hand or a stroke of luck of making a concerted stand for glory. The flip side, of course, is that we are also a big hand or a cruel, ill-timed moment of poor fortune from a painful exit. This, as all poker players eventually realise, is simply part of the game that we need to accept and from which we have to move on without letting the experience taint our future experiences…
No doubt those players who won a €1,500 package to Sofia will have enjoyed their stay at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel that was both very well situated and, conveniently, adjoining the host casino. Catering for so many players and dealing with the logistics of organizing such a big event is bound to present a problem or two, and the fact that smoking was allowed understandably didn’t go down well with the vast majority of players from countries where times have changed considerably since ‘smoke-filled rooms’ was the stereotypic norm. But, as the old adage goes, you can’t please everyone, all of the time and, overall, Sofia provided players with an interesting taste of both poker and culture.
Team 32Red qualifier Knut Berntsen’s experience was typical – he had a couple of suggested improvements but also had this to say: “On the positive side, I loved the atmosphere in Sofia, with a good mix of online qualifiers and locals in a friendly environment. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which is always nice to see in an event like this! Moreover, one important reason I started to play satellites for the MPNPT is that the tour offers stops at locations where you normally won’t find bigger poker tournaments. Please continue to do so in the future, as it is a great opportunity to travel to new places and get to play some poker as well…”
‘Bouncebackability’ is a word first championed by a UK television sports show to describe the ability to take bad results and disappointment in one’s stride and bounce back to success. Our Poker Ambassador, Angus Dunnington subsequently adopted it in his psychology oriented poker musings and, fortunately, our Team 32Red players demonstrated this capacity to dust themselves off and climb back on the proverbial horse in Sofia.
Phillip Huxley (England) – “Bad beats on me in the Main Event. Bad beats given out in the Bulgaria Cup!”, 32Red’s indefatigable Poker Manager Nick Diaz (Gibraltar), Vyacheslav Blazhko (Ukraine) and Asif Warris finished 11th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd respectively in the €135 buy-in Bulgaria Poker Cup.
On the last day of the festival Nick did the poker equivalent of striking while the iron is hot. With a dozen or so players left in the €100 buy-in Sunday Showdown, Oliver Fabian was hoping his small stack would see him into the prizes when Angus Dunnington took a stand with AQ but was knocked out by a pair of sevens in a typical make or break hand. Some adventure later, and Oliver’s ‘chip and a chair’ story earned him 4th place, while Nick won the trophy! Modest to a fault, here is Nick’s version of his success: “I’m a lucky fish… had good cards at the beginning so that played out well for me. I made some sneaky moves early on which played out well, too, and had four times the starting stack by the first break. Then I went card dead so shifted down gears, and picked up the pace towards the final table. In the very last hand I had KQ and my opponent 3x raised with 44 – I shoved and a king appeared on the flop…”
And there we have it. Another interesting poker tour stop for 32Red Poker players, who proved once again that there’s more to poker than winning. Here are some words of wisdom from Team 32Red qualifier Andre Silva (whose qualifying quest began with a €3 satellite!) that put the game – and these trips – perfectly into perspective: “Got eliminated with AA against 32 – never slow-play Aces…”
Next stop on the MPNPT – Tallinn
Be a part of the next leg of the tour by qualifying for the Tallinn event (11-14 August). Win a fantastic €1,500 package that includes the €550 buy-in to the €125K Main Event, €100 buy-in to €15K Side Event, four nights (for two) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €250 towards travel and expenses. Satellites start at only 25 cents!
Tallinn in the Sun
Thanks to a very bankroll-friendly online satellite structure to the MPN Poker Tour, 32Red Poker players can combine the exciting experience of live tournament poker with a spot of tourism in some of Europe’s most interesting, picturesque cities. We’re very happy to be part of a popular tour that has come such a long way (literally!) in such a short time, and if you’ve not been trying to qualify for previous installments you’ve certainly been missing out on fantastic opportunities…
After a successful visit to Tallinn last year, the tour returns to the Estonian capital this summer (11th-14th August) and, with Team 32Red already taking shape in the form of a number of qualifiers, we want our players to make the most of our flexible satellite process. Given how popular Tallinn proved with the Team 32Red contingent during particularly cold and icy weather, it will be interesting to see this charming city in the sun…
Big Money Poker
The Main Event of the festival will have a guaranteed prize fund of €125,000, so it’s well worth making the effort to earn your place at the tables at the Olympic Park Casino. As well as the €550 seat for the tournament you can win a bumper €1,500 package which includes the €550 Main Event buy-in, €100 buy-in to a Side Event with a prize pool of €15,000, four nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel for you and a guest and €250 towards travel and expenses! You’ll also be invited to the Players Welcome Party…
Qualify for pennies
It’s possible to buy in or even buy the €1,500 package directly, but there are numerous ways to qualify – even the most recreational low stakes hobbyist can easily throw their hat in the ring because first level satellites start as low as 25 cents! For more information about what kind of satellites are on offer go to Tournaments > Satellites in the poker lobby and you’ll find all the relevant tournament listings.
Remember that satellite tournaments might require a different approach to standard tournaments, not least because you could be playing to win one of several tickets, or even seats or packages – of course this means that when there are, for example, 10 €200 satellite tickets on offer, 10th place is just as good as 1st place, so there’s no need to win the tournament. Indeed, in this scenario you could win one of the target prizes – including a €1,500 package – with a fraction of the total chips that someone else ends up with, so patience and a more solid approach than usual can pay dividends.
Poker is fun. Knowing that is a no-brainer. And there are no limits as to how we can enjoy ourselves at the tables because poker is so rich in possibilities. In fact, there are so many ways to approach the game that we could adopt a different style and assume a different table image each time we sit down for a session.
Of course we eventually drift to a way of playing that we believe best suits us, although – as we should always be aware, from one hand to the next – poker is nevertheless situational and, as such, demands considerable flexibility.
But there is one particular style that is always guaranteed to create entertaining, exciting poker and that is playing in a loose, cavalier fashion. We have a fun promotion running this month that is aimed at helping you lose your poker inhibitions and loosen up, and it’s called …. Loosen Up. Spice up your play with the occasional speculative hand, chat away during a hand or show unrelenting aggression and you’ll collect cash rewards up to €25!
Even if you’re a no-nonsense, tighter than tight ‘rock’ who folds everything but absolute premium holdings you should loosen up during this promotion, which runs between 6th-15th May. There are three achievements – running concurrently – and the cash rewards are €1, €5 and €25 respectively. Each has required tasks to complete, which can even be used for more than one achievement.
The tasks are easy:
Loose Goose €1 Cash Reward
- Win a hand with 72 off suit hole cards in Hold’em
- Chat during a hand (Repeat 10 times)
Loose Wayne €5 Reward
- Play a hand after being the first player to sit down at a cash table
- Win a hand with 72 offsuit in Hold’em (Repeat 2 times)
- Chat during a hand (Repeat 20 times)
- Flop a set with 22
- Win a showdown with less than a pair
Loosimus Maximus €25 Reward
- Play a hand after being the first player to sit down at a cash table. (Repeat twice)
- Bust two or more opponents in the same hand in a S&G or MTT
- Bet or raise on every street in a hand and win at showdown
- Win a hand with 72 off suit in Hold’em (Repeat 5 times)
- Win a hand with 96 off suit hole cards in Hold’em (Repeat 2 times)
- Flop a set with 22 (Repeat 2 times)
- Win a showdown with less than a pair (Repeat 2 times).
- Chat during a hand (Repeat 50 times)
Simple! Remember that you can monitor your progress in completing the Loosen Up tasks and achievements by clicking on My Account in the Poker Lobby followed by My Achievements. Have fun winning with 72 and hitting sets with 22!
The player-friendly, progressive Bad Beat Jackpot has a payout structure that rewards you even for playing at the same blind level as the winning hand. All you need to do to opt in is click on the BB icon, after which you’re eligible for a share of the money.
The most recent hit was at a €50 max table, with the jackpot standing at a massive €32,513 – four of a kind, queens, lost to a queen high straight flush…
A total of 18 players had opted in across the stake, each seeing a very welcome €180 added to their bankrolls.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
We’re always proud of our players wearing 32Red colours at international poker festivals, and Team 32Red promises to be quite a presence when Sofia plays host to the next leg of the MPN Poker Tour (April 21-24).
Our bankroll-friendly satellites have proved very popular, with players keen to qualify online for ‘live’ events, and this was the case in Monday’s Package Final Rebuy tournament when all five €1,500 packages that were up for grabs went to 32Red players!
Phillip Huxley (alias: Rixdorf), Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) and Vladimir Pastushenko (DNIPRO2010) have already enjoyed seeing what some of Europe’s great cities have to offer after qualifying for this successful tour at 32Red, and they’ll be joined in the Bulgarian capital by Asif Warris (aseefo) and Knut Berntsen (freakshove22).
There’s still time to win your way to Sofia and, given that MPN Sofia packages include buy-ins for both the €125,000 Main Event and €25,000 Side Event, four nights’ accommodation at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia and €450 towards travel and expenses, it’s well worth having a go. There are five more €1,500 packages on offer in Sunday’s Package Final, and another five in the Package Final Rebuy on Monday (both 7pm UK time).
While it’s true that poker offers something for everyone, from low stakes recreational players to those seeking high-octane brinkmanship, one particular format is especially popular at all levels because it ticks numerous boxes – namely the ever-entertaining Sit & Go.
With only a handful of players – even heads up – a typical Sit & Go tournament takes just a fraction of the time of a standard multi-table event yet promises the same kind of thrills and spills. Add to that the more generous ratio of prizes in relation to players, and it’s easy to see why S&G is such a popular choice for poker fans.
With this in mind we expect April to be a Sit & Go frenzy thanks to our €50,000 Sit & Go Booty promotion! We are adding money – a massive €40,000, in fact – to the prize funds of tournaments (including Heads Up) with buy-ins from €2 to €25, and there’s also a €10,000 leader board to get involved in.
There are 450 leader board prizes, with €1,000 for the top player, and to battle your way up the standings through the month you simply earn points by cashing in the special Sit & Go Booty tourneys. For example, if you cash in a €10 regular added money SNG you receive 10 points, while a cash in a €10 Heads Up added money SNG earns 5 points. Simple.
Make the most of our Added Money SNGs, and here’s hoping you win your share of the booty!
Some so-called bad beat stories have happy endings – as is the case with the progressive Bad Beat Jackpot. This is well worth being involved in if you play cash games at 32Red – simply click on the BB icon and you’ll be eligible for a share of the jackpot just by playing at the same blinds level as the winning hand.
The most recent hit came at an Anonymous €20 max table with the running total standing at €16,403, four of a kind, 6666, ‘losing’ to a straight flush. ‘UOBEL77’ earned €3,377 as the hand winner, while MichaelC02 collected €1,736 for being at the key table!
Meanwhile, the 15 players who opted in at the same stakes each saw €96 instantly added to their bankrolls…
Remember our maxim: Don’t miss out – opt in!
The player-friendly, multi-payout progressive Bad Beat Jackpot is well worth getting involved in. Apart from the amount of money to be won, the structure of the payouts makes opting in a no-brainer – most notably due to the fact that even playing at the same blind level as the winning hand earns you a share of the jackpot.
Make sure you remember to opt in by clicking on the BB icon, after which you’re eligible for a share of the money and good to go.
Because the minimum ‘losing’ hand requirement has been lowered the frequency of the jackpot being hit has increased, with payouts now a pretty regular occurrence.
The most recent hit was at an Anonymous €50 max table, with the jackpot standing at €8,452.96 – four of a kind, sixes, lost to four tens, and the Bad Beat winner (ricDan103) received a cool €3,441.56 because he opted in. Meanwhile, 13 players had opted in across the stake, each winning €60.37…
Don’t miss out – opt in!