Today is the final table of the Main Event and, while no Team32Red players remain in the hunt (last man standing was Declan Rice from Ireland, who finished in 31st place to win 13,000 Dirhams), it’s still been an exciting Sunday at this amazing venue.
After the very popular Go Kart racing yesterday came another special event which the winner will be invited back for more luxury poker in the sun (in the shape of a Deepstack Poker package) – and this time the challenge was to emerge victorious in a Paintball competition!
Meanwhile, Christmas came early last night for David Lappin when he won the High Roller event to the tune of 67,000 Dirhams, and Angus Dunnington managed to survive to the money in the MPNPT Mazagan Poker Cup despite a seriously depleted stack in a tournament that seemed to go on and on (and on). And there’ll be more opportunities for Team32Red today thanks to a Doubles event, where the players of each ‘team’ change over at each new level, and a Hyper Turbo Freezeout that promises to end the festival with a bang…
We all know poker is a cruel game, but it’s always worth mentioning because this truism will, inevitably, help describe the manner in which a few Team32Red players met an untimely end as Day 1B drew to a close.
The numbers were significant yesterday, with over 200 entries being more than double what we saw on Day 1A. The organisation has been as impressive as the surroundings – both inside and out. Certainly, nobody can use the venue – including the spacious, airy playing hall itself – as an excuse to add to the usual bad beat stories.
Even the dinner break provided those players who were savvy enough to avoid the mad rush to the buffet with some welcome entertainment. It’s not often during a poker tournament that a belly dancer appears and rattles off a fantastic routine – as you get stuck into a tasty stew – within a couple of metres of your table! This happened to Angus Dunnington who, suitably inspired, returned to the tournament after earlier being down to 4K, to be all-in heads-up with QQ v JJ… Alas the first card to appear was a dreaded J but, as we said at the beginning: poker is indeed a cruel game.
Meanwhile, a quick update as a long Day 1B ended and Day 2 begins (* Team32Red):
|Ayoub Khlifi Hajji||276,300|
|Daniel El Keslassy||Morocco||121,200|
|Abdelmajid Es Safi||112,500|
|Houcine El Othmani||93,300|
|Said El Youssi||Morocco||90,000|
|Fouad El Mouhajir||Morocco||88,400|
|Mohamed Ali Houssami||Morocco||76,000|
|Mohammed Mechiche Alami||41,200|
|Abdellah El Ghrari||Morocco||35,100|
|Jukka Olive Ylinen||Finland||24,900|
|Gaspar Diogo Regerio||Portugal||24,200|
Sun’s out, guns out, as they say, and here at the palatial Mazagan Beach Resort – Morocco’s playground for the rich and famous – we’re getting ready for Day 1B of this special MPN Poker Tour installment, and hoping that our Team32Red players will make the most of their ammunition today.
Play starts at 2pm and the field is expected to be bigger than the 90+ from Day 1A, thanks to the influx of hopefuls arriving yesterday. Poker fans are here from across the globe, with Team32Red being no exception – as well as coming from England, Ireland and Scotland we have players from as far afield as Canada and Ukraine, which must have been quite a journey…
It’s been pointed out that there was quite a lot of unconventional strategy being used yesterday, which is indicative of the first day at these events being typically more heavily represented by ‘local’ players. Today is likely to be quite a contrast, and with the tour now well established, a number of players will have built up a mental database of the opposition that will help in navigating their way through what promises to be a tough competition.
Whoever thought poker was for middle aged men in dark, smoke-filled rooms hasn’t qualified for live events at 32Red. Here’s the view our Team32Red players will wake up to for the next few days – the luxurious surroundings of the Mazagan Beach Resort, set behind a few miles of private beach a little south of Casablanca.
This promises to be one of those festivals where the poker itself feels almost like a distraction which, of course, is a good thing. Among the numerous activities on offer are horseback riding on the beach to the backdrop of the amazing Atlantic Ocean, go-karting or – at the other extreme – spa facilities…
Someone is going to be inspired by the amazing conditions and emerge the winner of the €125,000 Main Event, and we’ll keep you posted with updates – poker and otherwise – throughout. Many of our players won their €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package for the price of a beer; some for free – so while you’re keeping up with the action, remember to also keep an eye on our satellites for future festivals.
Last month’s Freeway to Morocco saw 32Red Poker fans play for free for a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour Morocco package and other great prizes. This month’s promo, Route 32: Flip to Vienna, is another freebie, but a key difference that will appeal to those players keen on maximum gain for minimal effort (i.e. everyone) is that – other than the Final (2 December) – this features ‘Flip’ Freeroll tournaments, where the field is all-in, each hand, until a winner emerges. In other words – you don’t even need to be present while the tournaments are running.
The aim of these nightly Flip freerolls (10pm throughout November) is to win starting chips for the Final, with each tournament having a modest Redback requirement to enter. So all you need to do is what you already do at 32Red Poker, namely having a good time at the tables, earning Redbacks while you play. Then remember to register for the Flips each time you qualify, and the Poker Gods will do the rest!
The star prize is a fantastic €1,500 package for the MPNPT Vienna leg (26-29 January 2017), which includes the €550 buy-in for the €200,000 Main Event, €150 buy-in for the MPNPT Austria Poker Cup, four nights (including breakfast) at the Roomz Hotel for you and a guest and €400 towards travel and expenses. There will also be a €550 Vienna Seat and €600 in MPNPT satellite tickets up for grabs in the Final, as well as five Flush Royale tickets for each additional top finisher down to 32ndplace…
We will update qualifying players’ chip counts below, so pay us a visit from time to time:
Have fun, earn Redbacks and Flip your way to Vienna!
We know that poker fans at 32Red have a taste of adventure, so our Four Card Fright Fest (28 October – 6 November) is sure to provide some thrills and spills. And it’s no coincidence that this series of Omaha tournaments kicks off alongside Halloween, because this four-card poker variant promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. Will you shriek with wicked delight when you hit a typical Omaha monster hand on the Flop, or will it be a blood-curdling, terrifying Nightmare on Fourth Street (see what we did there…?!).
The Four Card Fright Fest starts on 28 October and will continue to scare you until November 6. There’s plenty of frightening, fast paced action ahead, with low buy-in, great value tournaments with a total guaranteed prize fund of €17,500, including a MPNPT Package, Seat and additional tickets worth €2500. Once you sink your teeth into Omaha you might not be able to tear yourself away, so feed bloodthirsty appetites there’ll be two tournaments every night, at 6.20pm and 7.30pm (UK time).
As an extra incentive to let Omaha poker into your life, if you play five Fright Fest Main Events we’ll give you a €10 feeder ticket for the €5,000 Guaranteed Finale on 6 November, and we’ll also throw in free entry to the €2,500 MPNPT Freeroll on 7 November!
Meanwhile, make sure you take advantage of feeder satellites, which will be held at 8pm (UK time) during the Four Card Fright Fest.
As our promotions go at 32Red, a free one that has a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package as a first prize is sure to be popular. One of the attractions of Route 32: Freeway to Morocco is that there are plenty of opportunities to give yourself a fighting chance – a whole month’s worth, in fact!
The Final, Route #32, will be held November 2 at 8:30pm (UK time) and, as well as the €1,500 package, a €550 MPNPT Seat and additional satellite/tournament tickets are waiting to be won. Until then, your aim is to play in daily Freerolls (all at 8:30pm UK time) in order to win as big a starting stack as possible for Route #32 – simply rack up a modest number of raked hands each day to gain free entry.
With Route #1 to #31 having been completed, 64 players have earned starting chips and their place in the line-up:
Join them by simply enjoying your time at our cash tables, racking up some raked hands and then finishing in the top eight places of our freerolls to win starting chips for the Final.
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!