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!
Our €3 buy-in Flush Royale tournament, which is held every night at 8pm (UK time), isn’t just a fun, popular fixture because it’s a cheap buy-in tourney with €500 in guaranteed prizes. There’s also a special prize for hitting a royal flush – namely a fantastic €1,500 package to the next leg of the MPN Poker Tour, which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, 11-14 August.
A royal flush has always been seen as an extra special kind of ‘achievement’ in poker – if we win a few euros with a royal in a cash game, or one of many hands in a tournament, our excitement is simultaneously tinged with a feeling of disappointment that we didn’t receive any more than is the case with ‘normal’ hands that go our way. However memorable, these events are ultimately no different from when we win with king-high.
This is not the case, however, with Flush Royale, and numerous 32Red Poker players have found themselves with more than just a fond memory after hitting a royal flush. The latest recipient of Lady Luck’s fortune is Ronald Alino (alias: RapsCC). Ronald, who hails from Toronto, Canada, has been a 32Red player for well over a decade. He’s also taken full advantage of the bankroll-friendly satellite structure we provide so that poker enthusiasts can make the most of the qualification process to find themselves at big money poker festivals around the globe. Thus far Ronald has qualified for events in Dublin, Tbilisi and Vienna, enjoying some exciting times both at the tables and in and around a collection of European capital cities.
The €1,500 Tallinn 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, and this time Ronald won the prize with a single hand after hitting the royal flush.
Here’s how it happened… Dealt Jc 10c, Ronald joined two other players to see the Flop bring Kc 8c Ks. All three checked and the Turn was the Ac, meaning the Qc would fill the magical hand. Put all-in by an opponent holding a K, Ronald duly called and Christmas came a couple of seasons early when the river was indeed the Qc!!
In Ronald’s words…
“32Red continues to offer great tournaments like the Flush Royale. I was lucky enough to win a MPNPT package by winning a hand with a royal flush. I had Jc 10c and called preflop. No one raised and there were two other people in the hand. The flop came Kc Ks 8c. Everyone checked. Turn Ac. First player to act checked, I checked and the other player in the hand shoved all in with Kh 4h. The player who initially checked for some reason used up all the time he was allowed to take – which was over two minutes – and then folded. For those two long minutes I had to continue to play six other tables while carefully avoiding an accidental misclick and folding a royal flush draw. I then called in the hope of the Qc. River Qc. I wasn’t sure if I had won the bonus because no one on the table seemed to notice and/or didn’t care. All I know is that I am going to play in the next MPNPT event thanks to 32Red.
I’ve been to three MPNPT events in the past and it gets better each time. I would say it is a good experience for any poker player. I look forward to playing in the next event and hope to be fortunate enough to win more packages in the MPNPT satellites.”
So after missing a visit to Tallinn when it first played host to the MPNPT last year, Ronald will now get a chance to see Estonia’s pretty capital in August thanks to a hand in a €3 buy-in tournament. Easy game, poker…
Remember that at 32Red Poker there are numerous qualifying routes to MPN festivals, with satellites starting as low as 25 cents! Go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby to see the schedule, and keep tuning in to 32Red Poker to look out for special satellites, too, where you can win €500 MPN seats as well as the €1,500 package.
Have fun, and good luck!
If you’ve not been opting into our player-friendly Bad Beat Jackpot while playing at the cash tables then you’ve missed out on a chance of some juicy cash prizes. The jackpot keeps getting hit, and opted in players keep being rewarded.
There’s even more reason to opt in because we’ve added a great bonus prize to the Bad Beat Jackpot at 32Red Poker – now the winner will receive a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package, too! The Estonian capital, Tallinn, plays host this summer (11-14 August), and whoever hits the Bad Beat will also be awarded this fantastic package to the €150,000 festival.
Don’t forget that you only need to be playing at the same blinds when the crucial hand hits to be eligible for a share of the money, and opting in couldn’t be easier – simply click on the BB icon!
The latest jackpot hit came at a €20 max table, with the running total having reached € 29,661.56… This time four of a kind, sevens, ‘lost’ to four tens and the 13 players who had opted in each won a bankroll boosting €228.16… Don’t miss out – opt in!
If you’re not opting into the progressive Bad Beat Jackpot when you play at our cash tables, then you could be missing out on a juicy share of this player-friendly, multi-payout set-up. Remember that even playing at the same blind level as the winning hand is enough to earn you a cut of the booty!
Opting in is easy – simply click on the BB icon and you’re good to go. The most recent hit was at an Anonymous €20 max table, with the jackpot standing at €32,038.64. Four of a kind, tens, lost to four kings.
A total of six players had opted in across the stake, each seeing a very welcome €533.97 added to their bankrolls.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
Like London buses, after a recent winner there’s been another Bad Beat Jackpot hit. Remember that this progressive jackpot is very player-friendly, with multiple payouts, including to those who are playing at the same blind level as the winning hand! Just remember to opt in by clicking on the BB icon, after which you’re good to go and eligible for a share of the money.
Thanks to a recent addition of another great prize there’s now even more to play for in the form of a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package! The next stop on the MPNPT will be Tallinn (11-14 August), and whoever wins the actual Bad Beat Jackpot will also be awarded this fantastic package to the €150,000 festival in Estonia’s picturesque capital.
Recently, at a €20 max table, with the jackpot at €39,067.66 – four of a kind, sixes, lost to a 7-high straight flush. The hand winner, Frodo86, pocketed €11,138.46 for his royal. A total of 9 players had opted in across the stake, each seeing a juicy €434.08 added to their bankrolls. Then came a second hit! This time, again at a €20 max table, and with the jackpot at €36,883.70, four of a kind, eights, lost to a J-high straight flush. mind8889 received a massive €4,098 merely for playing at the key table(!), and eight others were awarded €409 for playing across the same stake.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
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.
And there’s even more to play for, because we’ve added a great bonus prize to the Bad Beat Jackpot at 32Red Poker – now the winner will receive a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package, too! The next stop on the MPNPT will be Tallinn (11-14 August), and whoever wins the actual Bad Beat Jackpot will also be awarded this fantastic package to the €150,000 festival in Estonia’s picturesque capital.
The most recent hit was at a €50 max table, with the jackpot standing at a massive €51,979.50 – four of a kind, queens, lost to a royal flush! The hand winner, Frodo86, pocketed €11,138.46 for his royal.
A total of 6 players had opted in across the stake, each seeing a juicy €742.56 added to their bankrolls.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
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.