The MPN Poker Tour has proved to be a tremendous success, with the festivals giving players the opportunity to enjoy the thrills and spills of live poker in a varied selection of venues around the globe. The excitement of poker is one thing, but it’s quite another to be able to experience the different cultures and history that cities such as Tallinn and Tbilisi (places that most of us might not so readily choose to visit) have to offer. Throw in the craic of Dublin and the grandeur of Vienna, and it’s easy to see why record numbers of 32Red players found themselves in the Austrian capital after winning seats or packages through our extensive qualifying process.
Held at the Montesino Casino, 21-24 January 2016, the festival attracted an impressively large field. A total of 431 players took part in the €550 buy-in Main Event and, with 52 re-entries, this made for a tasty prize fund of €241,500. This more than comfortably surpassed the guarantee and produced a first prize of €54,000 for the eventual winner, with a further 52 places being paid.
Over 30 of the field came from the now visibly noticeable Team 32Red. Poker is indeed an ‘everyman’ (and woman!) game, and this couldn’t be reflected any better than in our group of players. Coming from across the globe, our qualifiers made the most of their time in Vienna, both on and off the tables.
32Red’s Jakob Anyszka (a Vienna native) was able to put his local knowledge to good use… How we perform at the tables has a lot to do with what we get up to when not playing, and our players certainly had an edge over the opposition when it came to making the most of what the city has to offer – as the photos show!
Some of the more experienced 32Red players – such as Vladimir Pastushenko (aka DNIPRO2010), Phill Huxley (Rixdorf), Adrian Nica (Lawliet1) and Angus Dunnington (AngusD) – have considerable ‘live’ poker experience, including the MPN Poker Tour. For others, Vienna was the first time they had found themselves actually sitting at a table with their opponents rather than playing in the quite different online environment. It’s interesting how most players who have hitherto not played live (or not, at least, at such a big festival) can feel more than just a little apprehensive but, in a surprisingly short time, not only get used to it but feel quite at home.
One point made by Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) – for whom this was his second time at such an event – was that it had taken him a while at the tables for his game to loosen up to the same level as it is online, while others mentioned how there being fewer hands per hour took some getting used to. These same players, it has to be said, performed well, which serves to confirm that, generally, the transition from online to live tends to prove a natural one.
Live poker nowadays wouldn’t be the same without its growing contingent of online players (whether serious or recreational), and it’s good to see 32Red so well represented in the live festival arena. Having established a genuine, impressive presence at international festivals – particularly bearing in mind that we have such a varied group of players who also appreciate such events – we can look forward to similarly positive experiences being shared in the future. With this in mind we will endeavour to continue providing opportunities to qualify for prestigious events through our player/bankroll friendly satellites and other tournaments – the knowledge that a couple of our players were even able to enjoy their trip to Vienna after having hit a royal flush in our Flush Royale tournament, for example, is what makes it all worthwhile!
It’s not at all a clichéd approach to say that it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts, so while it would be great to announce that a Team 32Red member took home the first prize of €54,000, this was not to be – an Austrian by the name of Jannis Brauer emerged victorious. However, we did have a number of players cashing in the Main Event, with Canadian Ronald Alino – continuing his tour of Europe that sees him essentially following the MPN tour with each successive satellite qualification – finishing 28th for €1,410 and Peter Raynor (38th), Nadeem Nazir (49th) and the wily Phill Huxley (52) each collecting €1,150 for their efforts.
Others, of course, came close and ran well, and a special mention goes to Martyna Makarove who adapted well to the new surroundings of live poker to cash in the 185-player Austrian Cup!
Exits & Memorable Hands
Nobody likes either to hear or have to tell a so-called ‘bad beat’ story so here is a selection of hands with which some of our players exited tournament play in Vienna – the point being to illustrate the thin line that can mean the difference, for example, between a veritable hat full of chips and a potential big win, or none at all.
Diane Duncan (POKERLADY25) went all-in with AJs but ran into pocket tens after an impressive international poker debut. Pocket tens, meanwhile, is the very hand that Dionne Cowley (RangerMcFriendly) took a stand with, losing to KJ. We all accept the luck factor in poker but, for Dionne, her poor fortune manifested itself in falling ill during her stay. This clearly didn’t help concerned husband Richard, either, so here’s hoping they’ll be back with a vengeance at future tour events.
Short-stacked Simon (Bada_Bing72) Millard put his faith (on 16BB) with K9o, was called by A9 and AT, and that was that. He later remembered that this was the very same hand with which he’d been eliminated on his tour debut…
Satellite ‘killer’ Dara O’Kearney (HopAlongHnsn) shoved with AJs versus QQ, then noticed he’d actually put his remaining chips on the line with J4s! Funny old world.
Finally, even funnier – although not necessarily in the ‘hahaha’ sense for Ivan Damyanov… He went all-in pre-flop with kings, ran into aces and duly walked away, not realising that he still had 2,000 in chips still on the table. Two hours later a sole chip remained.
We hope to see Team 32Red similarly represented at the next stop of the MPN tour, which will be in Sofia, 21-24 April. Once again it will be possible to win both €1,500 packages and €500 seats in our satellites and special tournaments, so check out the Poker Lobby and start your quest…
Good luck, and see you in Sofia!
With a successful track record of helping players qualify for big money poker events around the globe for little money buy-ins, the latest target in 32Red’s sights is the prestigious Irish Poker Open. Held in Dublin at the 4-star City West Hotel and Golf Resort between 21-28 March, 2016, this is a poker festival almost unmatched in terms of its history and significance. Just being part of such a classic is enough to get your adrenaline going into overdrive, but there’s also the matter of the Main Event’s €500,000 Guaranteed prize fund to take into account!
You can go to the Irish capital as part of the marauding Team 32Red by qualifying via one of numerous satellite routes, with a €2,000 Irish Poker Open package that includes the €1,150 Main Event buy-in, four nights’ accommodation at the venue hotel and a juicy €450 towards travel and expenses. In fact, it’s possible to win your way to the poker-friendly Dublin for a measly €1…
Hone your tournament skills and hit the qualifying trail, and we might see you in Ireland, representing 32Red, sitting at the final table…
If you still don’t opt in to the Bad Beat Jackpot, then the fact there’s been yet another hit might change your mind – especially when all you need to do to be eligible for a share of the booty is to click on the BB icon. Remember that merely playing at the same blinds level as the jackpot hand is enough to qualify for a share of the spoils.
The latest hit (at an Anonymous €50 max table), with the progressive jackpot at €27,304.46, saw the same hand lose again! Four of a kind – 7777 – lost to mrbad’s JJJJ (earning him a cool €6,143.50). 7Barada777 won €3,413 just for being at the key table!
Meanwhile, only two players had opted in at the same level, thus earning each of them a tidy €682.61 for their forward planning.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
The beauty of the progressive Bad Beat jackpot is that, in the event of numerous wins coming within a short period, as has been happening recently, there’s always a juicy total to share out among those players who opted in. This is done, incidentally, by simply clicking on the BB icon.
It’s been particularly hectic, jackpot-wise, during this last week or so, with 3 hits!
The latest was seen, once again, on an Anonymous €50 max table. The progressive jackpot was running at €17,282.25 when four of a kind, threes, ‘lost’ to a 7-high straight flush. Alas, only a single player had opted in at this particular stake, thus enjoying a bankroll boost of €1,728.22 for also playing at the €50 max level!
Don’t miss out – opt in!
Let’s hope you’ve been opting in to the Bad Beat Jackpot because it’s been numerous times recently and there’s money to be had even if you’re simply playing at the same blinds as the jackpot hand. Remember you only need to click the BB icon to opt in.
With hits becoming more frequent than the proverbial London bus, history repeated itself (again) on an Anonymous €50 max table. The progressive jackpot was standing at €21,911.11 when four of a kind, sixes, ‘lost’ to a 6-high straight flush. This earned the hand winner (alias: fitnessboy1) a tidy €4,747.40! Meanwhile, five other players had opted in, each winning €365.18.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
The progressive Bad Beat jackpot is absolutely worth getting involved in, given the potential gains even for those merely playing at the same blind level as the winning hand. All you need to do when playing at these cash tables is opt in by clicking on the BB icon.
Those who opted in during the last few days were well rewarded, with the jackpot being hit twice. On an Anonymous €100 max table, with the running total at €45,475.59, 2222 ‘lost’ to KKKK. Away from the main table only six players had opted in, earning each of them a juicy €757.92… Meanwhile, at an Anonymous €50 max table – the jackpot at €42,931.91 – 3333 was beaten by a devilish 6666, but the ‘loser’ (karralhinho) wasn’t complaining because his share of the jackpot was a cool €18,603.82! This time only two other players had opted in, thus finding themselves €1,431.06 the richer.
Join the Bad Beat quest when next you play cash games at 32Red Poker!
If names have meaning, then our rebuy tournament known as The Mosh Pit couldn’t be more appropriate. The title of this €9,000 Guaranteed daily event, a €22 buy-in (€20 rebuys) held at 7pm (UK time), is already enough to grab your attention, but it’s a combination of the juicy prize money and the non-stop action that ensures a well contested poker tournament, night after night.
Whether you’re already a regular or you’re still to try this poker experience, you can take advantage of a promotion that runs throughout January and play in The Mosh Pit for free – for every four tournaments you play you’ll receive a free €22 ticket. Add this to the fact that you can qualify for The Mosh Pit via €2.20 satellites, and what to do with your evenings this month becomes a bit of a no-brainer if you’re looking for dog-eat-dog competition and the chance to fill your pockets with cash.
Check out the tournament schedule in the poker lobby, where you can also keep up to date with how many times you’ve entered The Mosh Pit by clicking on My Account > My Achievements.
Bad beat Jackpot – you have to be in it to win it. Such advice is particularly apt where this player-friendly progressive jackpot is concerned because it’s been hit twice in a matter of a few days. Don’t forget when playing cash to opt in by clicking on the BB icon. Once you’ve done that you’ll be entitled to share the booty just by virtue of playing at the same blinds level as the key hand.
This time the winning hand appeared on a €20 max table, with the running total at €48,887.13… Four of a kind, eights, ‘lost’ to QQQQ, which was also seen in the previous jackpot. The 12 players who had remembered to opt in were awarded for their planning with €407.39 each!
Don’t miss out – opt in!
Unlike with the lottery, you can play a role in your destiny with poker, so it’s well worth getting involved in the progressive Bad Beat jackpot. Remember that you only need to play at the same blinds as the key hand to be eligible for a share of the money, so don’t forget to opt in by clicking on the BB icon!
The latest hand was on an Anonymous €100 max table, with the running total having reached €52,644.81… This time four of a kind, fours, ‘lost’ to QQQQ and, because only two players had opted in, they each won a whopping €2,632.24.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
With the Vienna leg of the MPN Poker Tour starting on January 21st, Team 32Red is looking quite formidable, thanks to our players making the most of the various – and bankroll-friendly – opportunities to qualify. For example, a royal flush in the €500 Guaranteed Flush Royale tournament (only a €3 buy-in!) wins a full €1,500 MPNPT package, while it’s possible to win a €550 seat for the Main Event. There are also special packages that can be won in Flip format SnG tournaments for a mere €5!
Here are the latest additions to the list, which now numbers 24 packages and 10 seat winners: Ronald Alino (Canada), no stranger to tournament success, represented 32Red on their jaunt to Dublin last September, and now he’s won his way to the Austrian capital, too. He’ll be joined by Vyacheslav Blazhko (Ukraine), Stanislav Ivanov (Russia), Peter Raynor (England) and Nadeem Nazir (Scotland) – all qualified in the New Year’s MPNPT Special, the grand finale of our 32 Days of Poker promotion.
For more information, including the actual events schedule in Vienna, CLICK HERE