MPNPT Vienna: Day 1b

January 27, 2017 by  
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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.

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32Red players through to Day 2

January 27, 2017 by  
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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.

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Artur Yarovoy

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…

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Phill Huxley

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.

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Sunday isn’t a day of rest in Mazagan

November 13, 2016 by  
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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…

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Day 1B update – swings, roundabouts and belly dancers

November 12, 2016 by  
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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):

Name Country Chips
Ayoub Khlifi Hajji 276,300
Soufiane Ouadoudy Morocco 268,200
Abdelaziz Bouraouais 211,000
Alexander Hart 173,300
Fouad Bourhani 166,500
Kamal Atoui France 152,700
Slimane Mameche Algeria 146,700
Anas Tadini Morocco 145,400
Mohamed Lebbar Morocco 134,200
Achille Voltolina Italy 130,000
Alan Hayter 127,500
Daniel El Keslassy Morocco 121,200
Deividas Kvaselis Lithuania 119,500
Donatas Grabarciukas Lithuania 114,500
Edgaras Bucinskas Morocco 114,300
Mehdi Hsissen Morocco 114,300
Mathieu Papineau France 114,200
Abdelmajid Es Safi 112,500
Paul Johnson 107,200
Tristan Forge Morocco 107,100
Mouad Benharmach Morocco 105,100
Lewis Spratt 102,100
Tarek Bzioui 100,000
Mohamed Fetni Morocco 95,600
Alex Dubuisson France 94,500
Houcine El Othmani 93,300
Assane Ly Senegal 92,800
Kamal Sefrioui Morocco 90,000
Said El Youssi Morocco 90,000
Fouad El Mouhajir Morocco 88,400
David Duoek 88,100
Vitorino Guerreiro Portugal 87,500
Holm Erdmann Germany 84,600
Mohamed Selmon Morocco 82,000
Mohamed Bennani 81,900
Paul Kirwan 80,000
Rakesh Lalwani India 79,800
Robin Lacey Ireland 77,800
Mohamed Ali Houssami Morocco 76,000
Declan Rice* Ireland 74,100
Nordine Akrab 72,500
Ruslans Nagornijs Latvia 71,600
Amer Benmoumen Morocco 71,200
Mohammed Sekkat Morocco 70,000
Matthew Page UK 69,200
Mohamed Mahalleg France 69,000
Toufik Ouirini 66,300
Dzimitry Stukach Belgium 66,200
Ismo Kero Finland 65,900
Ronald Alino* 65,700
Driss Filal Morocco 63,700
Fouad Zouiten 62,400
Moncef Karoui Tunisia 61,100
Abdessamad Lassi Morocco 58,800
Abdelhadi Kondah Morocco 58,000
Dieter Aebi Switzerland 54,800
Mehdi Lahrichi Morocco 54,700
James Price UK 54,700
Dara O’Kearney* Ireland 53,300
Najib Bennis 53,200
Walid Azouz 50,700
Moustafa Boukri Morocco 50,000
Dominique Leger 49,300
Amine Lamdakri Morocco 48,900
Mohamed Sabir 47,700
Rebecca Gerin France 46,800
Anne Meri Finland 46,000
Yassir Libi Morocco 45,800
Mohamed Ayadi Tunisia 44,900
Dwayne Sluis Netherlands 44,800
Mo USA 44,500
Rachid Rami Morocco 43,900
Frederic Daoud France 43,600
Mohammed Mechiche Alami 41,200
Roger Hairabedian France 40,100
Phillip Huxley UK 39,700
Zoubir Mahi 39,200
Mustapha Bouzid Morocco 38,200
Richard Ward 38,100
Jonathan Kemsley 37,500
Mounir Zitouna 37,200
Mantas Urbonas 36,900
Hafida Jammou 36,200
Abdellah El Ghrari Morocco 35,100
Abdelouahab Zizi Morocco 32,800
Mehdi Bennani 32,500
Ainar Karlson 31,800
Karim Bouzham 31,700
Mohamed Hmoura 25,000
Jukka Olive Ylinen Finland 24,900
Mario Sanchez* 24,600
Sebastien Compte 24,300
Gaspar Diogo Regerio Portugal 24,200
Laurent Roffe 22,600
Yassine Adib 20,600
Jawad Bentahila 20,600
Mathieu Fogacci France 19,600
Einars Muhajevs 17,000
Ghali Bennani Morocco 16,500
Amina Benkirane 8,900

 

Day 1B – The heat is on!

November 11, 2016 by  
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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.

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Team32Red in Morocco… It’s Day 1a

November 10, 2016 by  
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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…

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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.

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