Good luck to our Team32Red players who are playing today in the Main Event. As usual with the MPN Tour, it can be a particularly challenging task to force your way through the jungle to reach the welcoming clearing that is Day 2, especially with the added complication created by the gradually narrowing window afforded those who factor rebuying into their strategy.
49 players made it through via Day 1a, including a handful of Team32Red players, and we can expect more than that number emerging with their stack intact later tonight, not least due to some who didn’t survive yesterday’s marathon coming back for a second bite at the cherry.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a 32Red blog report without something entertaining that has nothing whatsoever to do with poker and, sure enough, the ‘other’ news features yet more hidden talents of our players – this time in the world of 10-pin bowling (obviously). The now traditional MPNPT party, after being hosted in Sofia, for example, at a nightclub that required its clientele to kindly leave their guns in the cloakroom, was held in the more conventional surroundings of the bowling alley that is a couple of floors down from the casino in one of the great domes of this unique Gasometer mall. Much fun was had by all, with the free drinks no doubt providing extra confidence to the players as they took aim for the distant pins. And it wouldn’t be the same without either a competitive flavour of some sort, or prizes at the end of it… So, let’s hear it for Bruce Shannon – not satisfied with ‘only’ bagging himself a Main Event ticket in a satellite earlier, he also proved himself a bit of a ringer bowling-wise, emerging top dog to claim the first prize of a €200 MPNPT satellite ticket. Shout also to Simon Millard and Joel Holmberg for finishing 2nd and 3rd, winning a €80 ticket and a €22 ticket respectively.
Despite the fact that January is the coldest month of the year in Austria, it doesn’t feel like that (unless you’re used to the climes of Gibraltar, of course), which makes exploring the city for players considerably less hazardous than the treacherous conditions allowed the last time the MPN tour hit the Austrian capital.
The roulette wheel at our info desk has proven to be a hit once again, and augurs well for Team32Red’s growing presence at tour events… As for the Main Event itself, most of our players will be going into battle in today’s Day 1b, but yesterday did see a few team members chancing their arm.
The star of the day was Artur Yarovoy of Russia who managed to turn his initial starting stack of 25,000 chips into a eye-watering 256,000! Given that a number of the 49 who made it through the grueling 13 levels hadn’t even seen their stack size double, a ten-fold transformation is all the more impressive.
David Lappin delivered once again, amassing 142,000 chips, while Phill Huxley decided, as proceedings finally drew to a close well after the witching hour, that an all-in punt with A4 would be a pragmatic strategy, leaving him with either a healthier looking stack or the ‘luxury’ of being able to plan the days ahead. As luck would have it an ace magically appeared on the flop and he heads into Day 2 on Saturday with 50,000 chips. It goes without saying that Dara O’Kearney went through to day 2, with 69,000 chips…
Meanwhile, the result of an enormous and exciting family pot of various stack sizes left Angus Dunnington wishing he’d ignored his inner voice to heed the advice of the old adage that ‘discretion is the better part of valour’ and instead turned it on its head, the decision to hold back a chunk of his stack denying him the opportunity to win a tournament-changing side pot. He then what he described as the as the comical ‘embarrassment’ much later of his table breaking up and having to withstand the almost pitiful looks of the whole table as he set down his tiny amount of chips (‘stack’ would be a misnomer). Fortunately he bobbed and weaved his way to Day 2 with a comparatively proud stack of 32,000.
‘Classic’ is an over-used word that should suggest quality but rarely does. At 32Red, The Classic series of tournaments that runs until 15 January promises to live up to the true definition of the word: namely ‘the established standard, the highest rank’ …
And that isn’t just because the total guaranteed prize money over the 30 standard freezeout tournaments amounts to a whopping €350,000. It isn’t just about the money. Well, it is, we hear you say, but even if the ultimate aim is to win, it’s vital that you both enjoy yourself along the way and feel that you’re getting value and a fair crack of the whip.
With this in mind, we‘ve put together a varied series of freezeout events that is easy on the bankroll and lends itself to a level playing field. A combination of affordable buy-ins and many cheap-as-chips satellite tournaments means that The Classic is a genuine every-man festival.
There’s something ‘pure’ about the freezeout format in that players don’t have the (quasi-) luxury of being able to gamble, rebuy, gamble, rebuy and so on. Instead, control, patience, timing and guile are more of a priority because there’s just the one starting stack on which to build your tournament success. No second chances, no lifeline, no phone a friend – everyone starts with the same chance, and the trick is to navigate your way around, bobbing and weaving through the freezeout jungle.
Of course, we also like to add something extra to our special events, and this time there are two additional, exclusive freerolls that will benefit both winners and the less fortunate. First, we have the €10,000 Final Table Heroes Freeroll (22 January; 6:30pm GMT). To qualify you need to make just one final table. The winner of this event will be crowned the Classic Hero…
Then we have the aptly named Bubble Busters Freeroll (22 January; 4pm GMT), with five €215 Sunday Showdown tickets up for grabs. You can earn your place in this tournament only by being knocked out ‘on the bubble’ (i.e. finishing 31st when the top 30 are paid).
Good luck, and enjoy some classic tournament poker!
Even the wheel probably needed a bit of tweaking when some smarty pants first discovered how to get stuff from A to B by rolling it along on a couple of round things.
Such is the case with the introduction a few months ago of our popular Fish Party Sit & Go tournaments, the fun-filled, breakneck speed 3-player No Limit Hold’em tournaments that suit all bankrolls and promise enormous jackpots, with payouts that can be thousands of times the buy-in!
We want to make them as player-friendly as possible while keeping prize pools suitably nosebleed high and, with this in mind, as of December 14th we’ll be reducing the effective rake by almost half – from the current 10.17% to 5.85%.
We hope this will keep the Fish Party experience a fun and, of course, profitable one, and that you make the most of the amendments to the prize structure, too. One advantage that is bound to prove very popular and be particularly noticeable is that the next jump up in the prize pool from 2 x the buy-in will be a new 4x multiplier. This will replace the current 3x multiplier and mean that you’ll be fighting for prize pools that are higher than total buy-ins considerably more often than before!
As with all our games, we constantly keep an eye on how players are doing and what is the best way to maximize value and other important factors with a view to providing the best playing experience possible for as many players as possible. Have fun at the Fish Party and, remember – don’t be the fish!
While it’s true that talk of Christmas always seems to come earlier every year, Christmas itself never does. But our 32 Days of Poker starts at the beginning of December and, by the time Santa Claus has arrived, we’ll already have given away 25 days’ worth of festive goodies.
We’ve even put together a special advent calendar in the form of a Christmas tree complete with baubles, each one representing what you can look forward to every day of the month. We start, for example, with a €250 Freeroll on the 1st December at 9pm UK time. It’s free to enter, and you’ll get a bonus of having double the standard starting chips simply by having made 25 raked hands in the seven days before the tournament.
This isn’t by any means the only freeroll during the promotion, and the prize funds go up as the month progresses. Meanwhile, there are bonus chips galore – again increasing, every Friday, to total 190! And all you have to do to collect them is log on at 32Red Poker!
We even have non-poker goodies in store for you because it’s fun to make the most of what the Poker Lobby has to offer – namely our fantastic online Casino. This is accessible directly from the Poker Lobby, and you can use your poker account to play. However, this being the festive season, we want you to enjoy some time playing casino games ‘on the house’ and, to get you started, we’re giving away free spins at some of our most popular slots games. Win a hand in a Hold’em game with pocket fours on Day 6, for instance, and we’ll reward you with 10 free spins (each worth 15 cents) on our Tomb Raider game…
Those of you who have been following the exploits of your fellow 32Red players who won their places on Team32Red at various MPN Poker Tour events around the globe (the most recent being in the very luxurious, opulent surroundings of the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco – see pics!) can win a €1,500 MPNPT package during the promo, with the New Year’s Special (1st January) boasting 10 packages!
We also have an additional promo ready that will run in tandem from 16th December. The theme is the ‘cash drop’ – €2 literally ‘dropped’ into someone’s account during a cash game, every five minutes for a whole three weeks, combined with qualifying tournaments for places at the Vienna 9: €32K Cash Game Adventure, a big money cash game in Vienna in January!
This is just a taste of what to expect in our 32 Days of Poker. To find out more see our schedule of daily offerings, or click on the relevant bauble on our advent calendar for further details. We hope you have a month’s worth of festive poker fun at 32Red!
Vienna 9 – be there or be square. It’s a LIVE cash game, in Vienna, with a massive €30,000 at stake, and you could be part of it simply by doing no more than you usually do at 32Red: namely having a great time playing poker!
We like promotions to be fun, but this one has an ongoing incentive as well as the top prize because it’s based around our popular ‘cash drop’ theme. Here’s how it works: we’ll be making random Cash Drops of €2 at cash games, literally every five minutes, every hour, every day from December 16th until January 6th in our special Virtual Cash Drop promo.
As well as qualifying as one of the Vienna 9 for this big money cash game – which will take place 25th January 2017 and be streamed online on Twitch from the Montesino Casino – you can also win a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package and a €550 MPNPT seat. The idea is that there will be three free entry qualification tournaments for which you earn the right to play in simply by collecting these (random) virtual cash drops. With each drop your starting stack for a freeroll increases by 1,000 chips, so that a couple of cash drops earn you 2,000 chips, six drops make a starting stack of 6,000 etc. It couldn’t be easier, and all the while at the tables there’s a chance, every five minutes, that money will be added to your account (to be used immediately).
Here’s the freeroll tournament schedule:
To win an all-expenses paid trip to the Vienna 9 Live €30,000 cash game you need to finish in the top three places in a qualifying tournament, with the eventual buy-ins awarded according to final placings as follows:
And there you have it. Win a place at Vienna 9 by playing cash games, seeing money drop into your virtual lap and then qualifying via one of three freeroll tournaments.
Good luck, and have fun!
It could be you…
Online poker is great. We get to choose when and where we play, whether it’s in bed during the day (if we so wish), on the train or while watching reality TV with our feet up and an assortment of snacks at hand. But what about ‘live’ play? Some of us try home games and put up with whatever distractions are thrown at us (the only upside of a child gate-crashing the evening or the phone constantly ringing being a ready-made excuse), or we try our luck at a tournament at a local casino which, as many of us know, isn’t always guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience.
It doesn’t have to be this way and, indeed, at 32Red it certainly isn’t! We offer our players opportunities, throughout the year, to win their way to exciting, professionally hosted and organised poker festivals. These are big money affairs that take place around the globe in the shape of the MPN Poker Tour. And the key factor here is to make these great poker holidays available to all players, the emphasis being on catering for the typical poker fan with a modest bankroll.
Our satellite structure, combined with the sheer number and diversity of our qualifying tournaments and general set-up, means that everyone has a realistic chance of winning €1,500 packages or €550 buy-ins for the Main Event of a festival. It’s by no means unusual to win a package for the price of a beer, or even for nothing, whether in a freeroll tournament, special promotion, or by making a royal flush in our nightly €500 Guaranteed Flush Royale tournament!
The Venue: Poker as it should be…
While the prospect of mixing with seasoned locals in the town’s casino might understandably not seem too attractive an environment to play poker, what about this description: ‘Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is a 5 star hotel located in El Jadida, Morocco. It offers a wonderful, year-round climate, an array of activities and entertainment, including a world-class Spa, a Golf course (designed by none other than Gary Player, and stretching alongside the 7km private beach…), Morocco’s largest Casino, a variety of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world and endless activities…’
Now, throw in a €125,000 Main Event, a juicy side event and a few other tournaments, and the notion that you could win a €1,500 package to a poker extravaganza at one of the world’s most luxurious resorts sounds almost too good to be true. Almost, but not quite. In fact, one member of Team 32Red found himself playing ‘live’ festival poker for the first time in Mazagan, and by virtue of his making a royal flush in the aforementioned Flush Royale tournament (the buy-in for this, by the way, is a mere €3).
The Welcome Party
TheWelcome Party was held in the plush surroundings of the Alias nightclub. With Redbull as a sponsor, the favourite drink of the night was the poker player’s classic: vodka & Redbull. As can be seen from the photos, Team32Red had such a great time that there were no thoughts of getting an early night ahead of their participation in Day 1b…
With such spectacular surroundings – as pointed out by one of the players who enjoyed a massage while gazing through the open door of the Spa on to the beach, and the Atlantic Ocean, and beyond – and facilities one could be forgiven for seeing the poker as a distraction. However, thanks to an airy, spacious playing room and excellent, professional organisation that provided friendly, helpful and top level dealers, the playing conditions matched the venue. Providing players and spectators alike with free drinks throughout the festival was another nice touch.
Thus, for these Europeans (and our own Canadian, Ronald Aldino, who has toured much of Europe thanks to taking advantage of our satellites at 32Red) – despite waking up in November to the luxurious, relaxing sun-lit surroundings that Mazagan had to offer across its 250 hectares of make-believe, the players had plenty of incentive to go into battle at the poker tables.
Even the most die-hard online addict would be hard-pressed to justify forever staying at home playing in his underwear while surviving on the occasional sandwich. If the photos in this report don’t get you chomping at the bit to qualify for our other MPNPT festivals in great venues, then nothing will…
The main Event was split into four days, with Day 1a – not surprisingly, given that many players were yet to arrive – having the fewest contenders. Home player, Soufiane Ouadoudy, ended the opener with a relatively massive stack of 268,200 chips (players started with 25,000), 26 of the 92 entries making it through to Day 2…
Team 32Red players were out in force on Day 1b in a field that more than doubled the previous day’s entries. As another taste of the atmosphere, it should be pointed out that there was a kind of entertainment during the dinner break that, it’s safe to say, isn’t the usual fare in a UK casino – namely, a belly dancer! This happened to Angus Dunnington who, suitably inspired, returned to the tournament after earlier being down to 4K to eventually be all-in heads-up with QQ v JJ in a 110,000 pot (way over double the average stack at the time)… Alas the first card to appear was a dreaded J, and that was that.
Here are some more numbers: a four-speed 270CC engine, 570 metre long, 6 metre wide track with Formula 1 standard crash barriers capable of absorbing up to four tonnes of shock pressure… Yes – we’re talking another activity for the players, namely a new karting centre where each vehicle comes with a transponder for live timing and race control (enabling, apparently, racers to post their results in real time to their Facebook account or email address; obviously – by this point of the proceedings we were expecting no less!). This would anyway be enough to attract a bunch of competitive poker players but, for good measure, the winner would be invited back as a guest to Mazagan for a Deepstack Poker Tournament! The same prize was also on offer at a Paintball competition! The runners-up, incidentally, each received a bottle of champagne…
Meanwhile, back to the poker, and Deccy Rice was the highest placed Team 32Red player in the €550 Main Event, finishing 31st for 13,000 Dirhams. The total prize pool had reached 1,508,350 Dirhams thanks to the popular unlimited rebuy option which continued until the start of Day 2. The eventual winner finally emerged on Sunday, with Sebastien Compte overcoming an initial 6.1:1.7 million chip deficit to defeat Day 1a leader, Soufiane Ouadoudy, and pocket a cool 280,000 Dirhams (approximately €26,000).
David Lappin won the High Roller event to the tune of 67,000 Dirhams, Dara O’Kearney finishing 3rd. Paulius Sabaliauskas was runner-up in what seemed like a marathon MPNPT Mazagan Poker Cup, with Angus Dunnington finishing 11th … and fun was had in both the Doubles event, where the players of each ‘team’ changed over at each new level, and the dog-eat-dog Hyper Turbo Freezeout with which the festival came to an entertaining end.
There’s a thin line between glory and bust, as was experienced by Mario Juste Sanchez in the Main Event, when his lower straight ran into a bigger and quite unexpected bigger straight! All the more frustrating considering he’d been utterly card dead – the poker player’s nightmare scenario – for much of the time before this ‘opportunity’ arose.
Volodymyr Pastuschenko, the veteran from Ukraine who has qualified with 32Red for Tallinn (2015), Tbilisi, Vienna, Sofia and Tallinn 2016, went out with AK suited v AA, but had a (quote) ‘Super’ time in Morocco.
Peter Raynor, another Team 32Red regular, having previously won his way to the last four events, described his exit: “Exit hand in the Main Event was a case of me flopping top two pair and a flush draw… the villain (a local), it turned out, had an open ended straight draw which he got quite aggressive with. We ended up getting it all-in on the turn when he shoved (having made his straight), leaving me with a decision of 16k to win 68k – I went with it and missed all my outs…”
Julie Whitworth, in her fifth MPNPT festival, ran into a higher pocket pair in both events, with JJ into QQ, and then QQ into AA. But “Loved the go- karting and, of course, I enjoyed every minute!”
That’s exactly what we want to hear at 32Red because, at the end of the day, it’s mainly about having a great time. Obviously, with a lot of money at stake, it’s well worth qualifying for these MPNPT events via 32Red, but what keeps these poker fans striving to win €1,500 packages and €550 Main Event seats is first the holiday experience, and then the poker.
Play at the next leg of the MPN Poker Tour in Vienna
Vienna 2016 was so good that the tour is returning in 2017! The Montesino Casino in the Austrian capital will again play host to what promises to be a great poker festival, one reason being the guaranteed €200,000 prize pool for the €550 buy-in Main Event. Qualify for peanuts – or even nothing at all! – at 32Red, and win a fantastic €1,500 MPNPT package to this major poker city that just happens to be one of the most picturesque, welcoming, culturally rich cities in the world!
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.