We all know people who claim to be the best at something – the lowest golf handicap at work, the best tennis player, the fastest, fittest, the would-be ‘Boss’ of the regular home poker game… Now you have the chance to beat them all because at 32Red Poker we’re hosting the 2nd Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP II), 4-11 September 2016. Yes, that’s right – not the world, the universe.
And the winner will earn the title of being The Greatest Poker Player in the Universe which, we think you’ll agree, is a pretty decent claim to fame. The eventual UCOP II champion will also get a trophy to place proudly on the mantelpiece or the office desk, and then there’s the €10,000 1st prize!
You’ll be able to keep up to date with your progress in the quest to rule the (poker) universe via our special Leaderboard. But UCOP II isn’t just a test of your poker ability, although with €500,000 in guaranteed prizes on offer in the series of events – which will feature various formats and tournament types to suit all tastes – it’s well worth getting involved in the cut and thrust of the competitive aspect. Points toward the leaderboard will be awarded for a range of other, very important factors that should be taken into account when bestowing on someone the title of the Greatest.
Of course cashing in tournaments is important, as is consistency and all-round flexibility in terms of being able to play more than just one variant, but other qualities will be rewarded, such as streaming the game online using Twitch, sharing your UCOP II experience with your Twitter followers, and so on. Simply tweeting a screenshot of yourself playing UCOP II using the hashtag #UCOP will move you up the Leaderboard, for example! Success in competition is one thing, but The Greatest should also promote this fantastic game whenever possible.
It’s going to be a fascinating week or so during UCOP II as all kinds of poker fans battle it out to earn the coveted title and a cool €10K – if you’ve yet to embrace Twitch or you’ve not got around to sharing the fun roller-coaster experience that is online poker via social media, then now is the time to spread your wings and get involved. It may well lead you to the enviable accolade of The Greatest Poker Player in the Universe and a juicy boost to your bankroll.
To win your way into the numerous events via our bankroll-friendly satellite structure simply go to Tournaments > Special in the Poker Lobby. Good luck, have fun, and may the poker force be with you!
The changing face of Online Poker
Online poker has come a long way since the early days, when socially inept games fanatics who had never set foot in a traditional bricks & mortar casino would sit at home in their underwear, contemplating the implications of a check-raise in a Fixed Limit cash game… Of course, exploiting the absolute privacy afforded us by playing within the safe confines of our own walls still means that the modern online poker player has, at some point, enjoyed the game in various stages of undress (yes – we’ve all done it).
However, times have changed, and poker itself has moved on considerably such that, as its reputation as a pastime has allowed it to assume an air of everyday respectability, so the aims and expectations of the typical poker enthusiast have evolved. Not only are the games far more varied and exciting than they used to be, but whereas players used to deliberately place themselves in the ‘online’ camp, it’s now completely normal to take part in the numerous qualification quests that provide us with the opportunity to win all-inclusive packages to ‘live’ events around the globe for as little as 25 cents.
The rise and rise of the MPN Poker Tour is perfectly indicative of the changed face of online poker, the numbers speaking for themselves. In just a couple of years the popularity of using bankroll-friendly online satellites to qualify for player-friendly international poker festivals in such places as London, Vienna, Sofia and, recently (after a successful first time as host), a return to Tallinn, is reflected in both actual entries at the events and the snowballing in size of the numbers representing 32Red. As far as the latter group is concerned, what started as a few players being spotted sporting the 32Red logo has ballooned to a veritable invasion of what has become known as Team 32Red players, a proud band of typical poker fans simply enjoying a poker holiday that has the added bonus of a potentially big payout! And nearly all have won €1,500 MPNPT packages in a cheap satellite tournament, or even by virtue of a single hand by hitting a royal flush in 32Red’s nightly Flush Royale tournament, where the buy-in is a mere €3!
And therein lies the changing face of modern day online poker. It’s not necessarily all about number-crunching, robotic, multi-tabling bottom line accounts keeping! It’s about having fun, enjoying the game, whether it’s cash or a few Sit & Go tournaments or the thrills and spills of a multi-player event with juicy prizes, jackpots and the prospect of sitting down to play ‘live’ in an interesting faraway place, in the company of fellow poker fans.
Read on to see how some of our Team 32Red players enjoyed their time in Estonia’s picturesque capital, Tallinn, in August.
Old City, Young Country
When you first arrive in Tallinn’s Old Town it’s not surprising to learn that it dates back to medieval times. Moreover, the first mention of the city dates back to 1154. Yet Estonia itself – at least as an independent nation – could be described as one of the world’s youngest if we consider that it came into being in its current form only as recently as 1991.
No longer part of the former Soviet Union, it didn’t take long to thrive and, while the Tourist Office blurb that refers to the zoo ‘boasting the world’s largest collection of mountain goats and sheep’ can be rather misleading, such a description belies the forward-thinking nature of Estonia.
You might be surprised to learn that Estonia has one of the planet’s highest internet penetration rates, for example, and was the first country to use online voting for political elections.
Quite fitting, then, that Tallinn has the enviable distinction of being the first city to act as a return venue for an online-poker oriented international tour in the form of the MPNPT.
Back for more
Even a one-table home game can be problematic for its organiser, so hosting a few hundred players from around the world over a few days is a major undertaking. Inviting large numbers of the poker community to come back for a second instalment is another matter entirely, not least because previous success has already set a benchmark that organisers must endeavour to match. One of the attractions in Tallinn’s case was that the first time Team 32Red players joined fellow competitors in this colourful capital city was during winter, whereas this latest edition of the MPN Tour gave players the chance to explore what Tallinn has to offer in the summer (although, of course, good weather can’t be guaranteed!).
It’s the taking part that counts…
It’s testament to the underlying theme of poker that we can report that a ‘good time was had by all’, as the saying goes, without – this time around – any of our qualifiers succeeding in winning a significant prize. That would have been a nice bonus, but the atmosphere amongst Team 32Red players was fantastic throughout the festival.
Once the proverbial dust had settled it was a home win for the host city to celebrate, as Estonian Ranno Sootla added to what is already an impressive tally of results by winning the €500 + €50 buy-in Main Event to the tune of €31,000.
Running between August 12-14, the tournament totaled 338 entries, thus seeing the prize fund exceed the guarantee to reach a juicy €163,930. Sootla entered the final, heads-up phase of the marathon against Roland Luik with a 7:1 chip lead. Luik had been the erstwhile leader, at one point possessing half of the total chips(!), but he was unable to turn around such a deficit and soon succumbed, his 88 losing to AT to leave him having to ‘settle’ for the €24,000 runner-up prize.
The highest placed Team 32Red member in the Main Event was Mahala Roche (alias: Irish_Aces) of Ireland who qualified via a Sunday Package Final. After ducking and diving for so long and with her hands almost touching one of the 44 paid spots, Mahala suffered every poker player’s nightmare by finishing on the ‘bubble’ in 45th place… However, her first MPNPT event won’t be her last because, as a consolation prize for her efforts, the organisers rewarded her with the €550 buy-in for the next leg of the MPNPT in Morocco (10-13 November). Her overall view of her experience summed up in a few words: “Had a ball… loved the homely feel of 32Red…”
Double trouble (not…)
Kevin Greathead (Kevathallam), from Doncaster, teamed up with fellow Team 32Red player, Julie Whitworth (alias: Ladydriver) for a collective effort that saw them finish in 5th place in the ‘doubles’ side event! Between them these two popular 32Red players have notched up a number of Tour trips, and they epitomize what today’s game is all about.
Meet the Team…
Next stop: Morocco!
Satellites are already underway for the next leg of the MPNPT, which will be held in Morocco, 10-13 November. Win a €1,500 package for this €125,000 Guaranteed event for pennies – go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby and we’ll see you in Morocco!
Our €32K cash Drop is up and running, so players are advised to enjoy maximum fun at cash tables in order to make the most of this promotion, which runs until 21 August.
With €5 ‘dropped’ randomly into cash players’ accounts every five minutes(!) until €25,000 is given away, there’s plenty to play for and, as we always like to do at 32Red Poker, we’ve thrown in the added thrill of a €5K Leaderboard to spice up proceedings.
Each time you’re rewarded a cash drop (which goes straight into your account and is available for immediate use) you receive a point towards the Leaderboard, which boasts 275 cash prizes, with €500 going to the eventual winner. And there’s more – whoever occupies the top spot at the end of the promotional period will receive a special bonus prize in the form of a fantastic, all-inclusive €1,500 package to a MPN Poker Tour event, while the runner-up will win a €550 MPNPT seat. With the Tour taking in venues that have thus far included Vienna, Sofia and Tallinn, and Morocco playing host in November, these prizes are well worth fighting for!
At the time of writing the Leaderboard is taking shape, with gradus40 and SannyW leading the challenge with 3 points each, 17 players hot on their heels with 2 points and a further 155 making their presence felt after securing a point. All of these players have at least once been the recipient of a €5 cash drop, so join them in the quest simply by having fun at our cash tables, pick up some free cash and battle for the extra prizes. You can keep up to date on your progress by checking out the Leaderboard’s morning updates.
Enjoy your time playing cash games, and good luck!
Every so often something comes along that adds a bit more spice to online poker, and at 32Red we’re proud to launch Fish Party, which is sure to be a hit. It sounds fun, and it is fun, because it combines the excitement of Sit & Go poker with a progressive jackpot, and even throws a bit of online casino slots into the mix!
If you’re a Sit & Go fan, Fish Party may well be your new favourite form of poker entertainment. If you’ve yet to experience the joys of Sit & Go play, then what better place to start than a game with tiny buy-ins and potentially enormous payouts? Moreover, for those with limited time put aside for poker this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the thrills and spills of competition (and win some cash, too!).
The format consists of 3-player tournaments with buy-ins to suit all bankrolls, ranging from €1 to €50. Once you’re seated at a Fish Party table, the prize pool will be determined at random with the help of a themed mini slots game. Typically it will be winner-takes-all, but with bigger prize pools it’s shared. For example, the lowest buy-in Fish Party S&G might have a €6 prize for the winner, but anything above €100 is split 50%/30%/20% so that everyone is guaranteed a juicy payout.
With only two players to compete against to bag the booty, jackpots as high as 5000 times the buy-in, and with a progressive jackpot, there’s certainly plenty to play for, and a great deal of fun to be had.
As for tactics and strategy, the dynamic can be a little different to the more traditional set-up, not least because at the start of the tournament you’re already down to only three players, who are all tantalisingly close to the prize. This could lead to varying styles being adopted, from ultra cautious to overly aggressive. Some will play only premium holdings while others might well come out all guns blazing with pre-flop all-in attempts from the off – in fact it’s not unusual to find yourself up against one of each of these players! As is often the case with poker, the situational element means picking up information and getting a feel for the opposition as you go along.
Dive into Fish Party Sit & Go poker, have fun and win big! Good luck!
If you’re new to 32Red Poker and not yet opting into the Bad Beat jackpot, then here’s a reminder why you should make a habit of it when you’re playing cash games. It’s not rocket science – it’s a simple matter of clicking on the BB icon and you’re good to go.
As well as the progressive jackpot having chunky prizes for the main protagonists, the player-friendly payout structure also rewards opted-in players with a share just for playing at the same blind level as the jackpot hand.
The latest hit happened on a €200 Max table, with the jackpot total running at €22,637.71. Four of a kind, Jacks, ‘lost’ to KKKK, and a couple of the players at the table had remembered to opt in, thus adding juicy amounts of cash to their bankrolls. Moremannen, the Bad Beat winner, won a massive €9,507, while table share winner felson1 earned €2,716!
Meanwhile, three other players at the same blind level had opted in, and were rewarded for clicking the BB icon with €452.75 each…
We like to give away fantastic prizes at 32Red, so we recently added a great bonus prize for the BBJ winner in the form of a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package!
Have fun at the tables. Good luck, and remember to opt in…
MPNPT Morocco (10-13 November, 2016)
Gone are the days when the point of playing poker was nothing more than actually playing poker, to the point that it didn’t really matter where. Since the online poker explosion the game has become almost universally accessible, and the poker world is no longer exclusively populated by what many saw as the mercenary old guard who were intent on nothing more than grinding out a profit – today’s game is more akin to golf or chess or other recreational pastimes. It’s a fun challenge, with poker having the advantage of offering players the chance to win life-changing amounts of money!
Qualify for International Poker Festivals
Ironically, now that the game can be played wherever we can find an internet connection, it’s possible for online poker rooms to offer all poker enthusiasts the opportunity to qualify for big money ‘bricks & mortar’ events, and the qualifying process is such that it can be done for pennies.
This is exactly what we’re doing at 32Red Poker! As the MPN Poker Tour has grown in stature, so has the number of 32Red players attending poker festivals in places such as Tallinn, Vienna and Sofia increased. We’re now very proud to be so well represented on the international poker circuit, and we want to keep it that way by giving you the chance to enjoy big money poker, sea and sands at the next leg of the MPNPT, in Morocco, 10-13 November, 2016. Held at the luxurious Mazagan Beach Resort, complete with a golf course, spa, restaurants and nightclubs, this is an event that’s well worth qualifying for. And the guaranteed prize fund is €125,000…
Win a €1,500 Package
If you’re ready for a poker holiday in an exotic location, then you can buy a €1,500 package via 32Red Poker, but it’s a great feeling to sit down to play after winning your way there, so we’re hosting a range of qualifying tournaments and bankroll-friendly satellites.
The €1,500 package includes the €550 entry to the Main Event (€125,000 Guaranteed), entry into the €110 Side Event, accommodation, including breakfast (for you and a guest) for four nights at the Mazagan Beach Resort, €250 towards travel and expenses and an invitation to the MPN Players Welcome Party.
Satellites and other qualifiers come in various forms, and offer a range of entry level buy-ins. Go to Tournaments > Satellites in the poker lobby for tournament listings, including so-called ‘feeders’ to latter stage satellites such as the weekly Sunday Package Final.
As always, have fun at the tables, and good luck!
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As the old cliché goes, a week is a long time in politics, and a great deal happened after the UK voted to leave the European Union. At 32Red Poker we held our own unique poll in advance of the big day in the shape of two €500 Freerolls – namely Remain and Leave. Players were invited to choose one or the other, with the result being Remain 40% and Leave 60%…
Millions of people signed a petition in the (futile) hope of getting a second vote, but we have our own rules at 32Red and decided to give players a second chance to have their say, and, of course, to enjoy another two €500 Freerolls!
The results proved quite interesting. The run-up to our aptly named Referendum Freerolls: Part 2 saw our original poll result virtually repeated exactly, with entries hardly altering initially from 60%-40% in favour of Leave. However, we can report that, when the dust had settled, opinion was much, much closer than last time, with the final numbers being:
So there you have it. Our UK poker community had initially ‘voted’ overwhelmingly to leave the EU but, only a week or so later – perhaps influenced by the subsequent bizarre goings on in British politics, the 20% gap had narrowed to the point of being almost level…
We hope our players found the re-vote interesting and that fun was had in these bonus freerolls. We endeavour at 32Red to provide as much poker enjoyment as possible, whether this is in the form of such freerolls, opportunities to win packages for big money poker festivals and a host of ongoing promotions. Have fun, and good luck at the tables!
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union last month there’s been a clamour for a re-vote. We have our own rules at 32Red Poker, so we’d like to have a re-run of our unique pre-referendum poll and host two more €500 Freerolls! No need for a petition – we just want to give you another opportunity to have your say, as well as another chance to play a fun tournament and win some cash…
The two freerolls – each with €500 in guaranteed prizes – will be held at 8pm (UK time) on Sunday 3 July. Register for either the Remain or Leave tournament according to how you feel about the UK leaving the EU, and we’ll announce the results the following day to see if our poker community’s opinion has changed since our initial poll result, which was:
At the time of writing the entries thus far reflect Remain 41%, Leave 59%
Are you a Leave voter who now regrets your decision? Did you vote Remain but now feel excited at the prospect of the UK going it alone? Have your say in our Referendum Freerolls: Part 2 and have fun and win money along the way.
Don’t forget that registering for both Remain and Leave tournaments means forfeiting your right to a cash prize. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the tournaments schedule(s) in the Poker Lobby to take advantage of the great range of bankroll-friendly tournaments available at 32Red Poker.
Thanks to the Bad Beat Jackpot, you can win big by losing an ‘unlucky’ hand at 32Red, and you can also earn a share of the jackpot booty just by playing at the same blind level as the jackpot hand!
All you need to do to be in with a chance of receiving a cut of the progressive jackpot prize is remember to opt in when you play at our cash tables, and it’s simply a matter of clicking on the BB icon.
Recently, quite a few players were more than happy that they opted in when the jackpot was hit three times during a six-day period. Here’s a rundown of what happened so that you can see how it’s possible to boost your bankroll by hundreds of euros and more even if you play at €20 max tables, for example.
June 19th saw the BBJ hit on a €100 max table when the running total was at €18,977.50… Four of a Kind, Jacks, lost to KKKK, which meant that the two players who had invested a few seconds opting in with a mere click of the BB icon each found themselves €948.87 richer simply because they were playing €100 max, too!
A day later, this time on a €20 max table, and with the Jackpot standing at €17,723.86, 5555 lost to 8888. This time three players had opted in, each pocketing €590.79!!
Are you getting the idea…?
On June 25th the BBJ was hit yet again, on a €50 max table. The Jackpot had reached €18,720.53 when a Queen-high straight flush lost to a royal flush(!), leading to a great example of just how much you can win by opting in and being ‘there’ when the jackpot is hit: two players – kuilu8 and Gustavsberg – who had opted in and were at the jackpot table were each rewarded with €1,560! Meanwhile, the only other player who had opted in saw his bankroll increase by €624, just for playing at the same blind level!
Have fun at the tables. Good luck, and remember to opt in…
It’s an unspoken rule of the poker world that we’re all guilty of breaking at one time or another – telling someone our bad beat story. Hang around a poker tournament during a break and you’re guaranteed to witness someone animatedly recalling a hand in which everything was going perfectly until disaster struck and a cruel turnaround of fortune saw the storyteller snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
At 32Red, poker fans have a chance of actually rejoicing when they suffer such a reverse thanks to our player-friendly, multi-payout Bad Beat Jackpot. See your four eights lose to four nines on the river and, as long as you’ve opted in, you’ll win the biggest payout share of the progressive jackpot – your bad beat will, for once, be great news.
The jackpot prize money is distributed in such a way that involvement even at the same blind structure is enough to qualify for a chunk of the money. All you need to do is opt in by clicking on the BB icon, and you’re good to go.
Due to the value of the ‘losing’ hand being lowered a while ago, the jackpot tends to be hit more often than we might expect. In fact, during the last few days it’s been hit twice, with quads losing to straight flushes, and so few players remembering to opt in that they had four-figure sums added to their accounts!
Let bad beats be good news – opt in when you play at our cash tables at 32Red!