€5,000 Freeroll (MPNPT/CGF Special)

December 29, 2017 by  
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Every Freeroll at 32Red Poker is worth logging on for, but we recommend making a special note in your diary for 28 January as it would be a sin to miss our €5,000 Freeroll.

Despite being a standard Freeroll with no preliminary play or points requirements, this tournament boasts fantastic prizes and promises to be a humdinger. Two €1,500 packages await the top two finishers, and an interesting feature is that you get to choose which kind of package you win!

Some players favour tournaments, others cash, so we’ve put aside both a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package and a €1,500 Cash Game Festival package to suit. Whether a big money tournament festival is your thing or a five-day cash games bonanza floats your poker boat, we have you covered…

There’ll be plenty to play for because as well as these two great prizes there will be €2,000 in cash paid out across the next 30 places. The free entry brings you 500 starting chips, and you can buy more ammunition (€2 for 2,000 chips) during the 90-minute rebuy period, plus an add-on of 5,000 chips for €5!

Have fun, and good luck!

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Premium Leagues

December 29, 2017 by  
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We want all our players to get the most out of The Classic this year, so to help you on your way we’re hosting Premium Leagues so that you can earn tickets for the big money series. It’s a simple matter of getting in some pre-Classic tournament practice between 28 January and 11 February and being rewarded with tickets by earning points as you play….

During this promotional period we’ll be running three Multi-Table Tournament Premium Leagues, each providing players with €5,000 in The Classic tickets.

The Leagues will cater for all bankrolls, covering buy-ins of €0.50-€5.50, €10-€33 and €50 and over, and you earn points. Play, rack up points as you hone your A-Game, collect tickets and battle it out for the €450,000 in total prizes in The Classic (11-25 February), plus a fantastic trip to Monaco!

Have fun, and good luck!

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The Classic Tournaments Series

December 29, 2017 by  
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Just like the anticipation we might feel when a new season of our favourite TV series is announced, the fact that The Classic will soon return to 32Red elicits similar excitement. From 28 January until 25 February we’ll have loads of tournaments, to suit all tastes and bankrolls, with hundreds of thousands of Euros in prize money and even a special once-in-a-lifetime prize in the form of a VIP, James Bond like Monaco trip. Announcing The Classic!

If you’re inexperienced in tournament play, then there’ll be lots of opportunities to get involved, and no better time to start than with the Mini Classic series, 28 January – 11 February. With buy-ins starting at €1 and total prize money of €45,000, it’s perfect.

Then, starting 11 February, comes The Classic itself, two weeks of tournaments guaranteeing a total prize fund of €450,000. Freezeouts, Rebuys, Monster Rebuys and even Bounty formats are all covered…

The Classic Millionaire Freeroll

27 February will see a very special tournament indeed: The Classic Millionaire Freeroll. You can earn your place in this freeroll by managing to get to the final table of any Classic main event. And it’s worth the effort, because the winner of this tournament will win an amazing, action-packed trip (for two) to Monaco complete with €1,000 to spend in the world-famous casino…

Starting chips for the Freeroll are awarded in accordance with finishing position, so you can accumulate more each time you make a final table.

Bubble Bursters Freerolls

Finally, there will be aptly named Bubble Bursters Freerolls for anyone bubbling during the series. The Mini Bubble Bursters Freeroll will be held on 13 February at 7pm GMT, with €1,000 in The Classic main event tickets to be won. A fortnight later, 27 February at 7pm GMT, comes the Bubble Bursters Freeroll for The Classic main event bubblers, where €2,500 in cash prizes will be up for grabs.

Have fun, and good luck!

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£20,000 Santa’s Stocking Filler

December 5, 2017 by  
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Christmas is coming early at 32Red! As well as the usual poker promotions, we’re bringing you an additional gift in the form of the £20,000 Santa’s Stocking Filler, which is all about having fun playing slots.

Between 1-15 December you can get the best of both worlds by clicking on the Casino tab in the Poker Lobby and giving our popular slots a try. It’s great fun anyway, but the fact that there’s a chunk of money to win is a nice incentive, too.

So, just earn enough points to battle it out on the daily leaderboards and, if you’re in the top 100 players at midnight, you get a share of the spoils. Then rinse and repeat each day of the promotion.

Furthermore, Santa will be extra proud of us because we’re throwing in more gifts! Multiple wins on the leaderboard will be rewarded with more juicy prizes. Have a merry, early slots fun Christmas!

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Oh Oh Omaha

December 1, 2017 by  
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It’s December, so here at 32Red Poker we’re feeling generous: it’s Oh Oh Omaha time (see what we did there?). If you’re an Omaha fan, then you won’t have to wait for the 12 Days of Christmas because between the 4th and the 17th you can have a fortnight of your favourite poker indulgence.

And if Omaha is a variant that you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t yet got around to, this is the perfect time to start because you’ll be rewarded for broadening your poker horizons.

Oh Oh Omaha is a simple promo that revolves around our dinky Christmas tree, complete with shiny baubles that represent this or that Omaha task (e.g. winning cash game hands, playing Sit & Go tournaments)…

Complete tasks to unlock rewards at each level – the higher you go up the tree, the bigger the reward, including entry to the €2,500 Oh Oh Omaha Freeroll and the equally aptly named €12K of Christmas Freeroll.

An added incentive is the double starting stack for the €12K tournament awarded to players completing all tasks. Happy Omaha!

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Get on the Polar Express to Morocco!

November 28, 2017 by  
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‘Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat’ … well that may well be the case for some, but here at 32Red Poker we’re looking forward to a different date: 11-14 January. This is when the MPN Poker Tour touches down, for a much-awaited return, at the exotic and oh so luxurious Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco.

And you could be winging your way to this oasis of poker thanks to our Route 32: Polar Express to Morocco, which promises to heat up an otherwise freezing December with a Final (1 January) that boasts over €3,000 in MPNPT tickets, including a €1,500 Morocco package and a €550 Main Event seat.

To whet your appetite, the package includes entry to the 6,000 MAD Main Event, entry to the 1,100 MAD Side Event, accommodation for two (including breakfast) for four nights at the Mazagan Beach Resort, €250 towards travel and expenses and a Players Welcome Party invite.

Getting to the Final requires no skill whatsoever! You collect Redbacks as you play and register for nightly (10pm GMT) Flips where the top eight win starting chips. No actual participation is necessary (once you’ve registered you don’t even have to be logged in) because with the Flip format everyone is automatically all-in, every hand.

Good luck, and have fun!

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32Red teams up with Cash Game Festival for 2018

November 24, 2017 by  
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32Red Poker has started a great new partnership with Cash Game Festival (CGF), and to kick off 2018 with a bang there are two €1,500 packages to win for the first CGF event of what promises to be an action-packed calendar: London!

Held 3rd – 7th January, this Festival will begin a year of monthly fun-filled, five day marathon cash game activity in venues around Europe such as Bucharest, Newcastle, Bratislava and Gibraltar…

As well as the potential to win big and the chance to feature at the live TV table, package winners will be given VIP treatment, with specially tailored Hospitality events.

For each festival, 32Red players will be able to win a €1,500 package, which for London includes €500 Cash Game stake money, five nights’ accommodation (and breakfast) at the Holiday Inn London, Stratford, €250 for travel/expenses and a €200 VIP Hospitality package.

How to win a €1,500 London package

Not surprisingly, winning a Cash Game Festival package at 32Red involves playing cash games during the promotional period and racking up Redbacks to battle it out on the CGF Leaderboard. For London it’s 1st – 26th December, with two Finals – one for the top nine finishers and the other for those players racking up at least 5,000 Redbacks. Each tournament has a €1,500 CGF package awaiting the winner.

So, forget Christmas shopping – hit the cash tables at 32Red and bag yourself a fantastic London Cash Game Festival package!

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Chasing Redbacks: Mission 2 Morocco

November 6, 2017 by  
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If you think of various ingredients that go together to make the perfect poker holiday, then sun (especially in January), sea, beautiful sandy beaches, a choice of swimming pools, excellent playing conditions, lots of prize money and a venue hotel so luxurious and exclusive it’s a favourite of the rich and famous, then you’d be describing the Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco, which will once again host the MPN Poker Tour (11-14 January).

And you could win yourself a place on Team32Red and take part in what promises to be a fantastic poker festival by… simply playing as usual at 32Red, thanks to our Chasing Redbacks: Mission 2 Morocco promotion, which runs throughout November…

It’s easy-peasy, which is how promos should be – not least because it’s always good to know that we can get our hands on big prizes for little effort. In this case no extra effort is necessary. Just have fun moving around 32Red Poker, racking up Redbacks as you play Cash, Sit & Go games or multi-table tournaments, and that’s it… At the end of the month, depending on how many Redbacks you’ve collected during the promo, you’ll receive a free MPNPT ticket that could be worth a €550 Main Event seat or even a €1,500 package to Mazagan!

The package includes entry into the 6,000 MAD Main Event, entry into the 1,100 MAD Side Event, accommodation (including breakfast) for four nights at the Mazagan Beach Resort for you and a guest, €250 towards travel and expenses and a Players Welcome Party invite.

So, as you hit the tables during the dark and rainy days of November, think of the miles of perfect beach that could await you in Mazagan… make the most of your free ticket, or earn a package! Have fun…

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MPNPT Morocco Poker Festival

October 27, 2017 by  
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Sun, sea, luxury and big money poker – that’s what awaits you at the palatial Mazagan Beach Resort, Morocco, which will host the MPN Poker Tour for a second time (18-21 January). The first edition proved that Africa is just as much an appropriate setting for poker as Europe, while another reason to try to win your way to this prestigious event is the place itself – a far cry from the clichéd image that springs to mind when people hear ‘poker’ of smoke-filled back rooms.

32Red offers an unrivaled, user-friendly, bankroll-friendly qualification set-up, with the satellite quest starting with a buy-in of only €1! You can go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby for a full tournament schedule to find a route that suits you best.

Meanwhile, the Route 32 and Chasing Redbacks promotions offer additional ways to get your hands on €1,500 packages and €550 Main Event seats, and a royal flush in the nightly, fun-filled €300 Guaranteed (€3 rebuy) Flush Royale tournament is worth a €1,500 package!

The package includes entry into the 6,000 MAD Main Event, entry into the 1,100 MAD Side Event, accommodation (including breakfast) for four nights at the Mazagan Beach Resort for you and a guest, €250 towards travel and expenses and a Players Welcome Party invite.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your quest, and become a proud member of Team32Red in Morocco!

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MPNPT: Back in the UK!

August 7, 2017 by  
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Good things come to those who wait, as they say, and after a break of three years the MPN Poker Tour finally touched down once again on UK soil when Manchester’s Grosvenor Casino played host (20-23 July).

Having visited various parts of the globe, from Vienna to Morocco, the festival tour retained a distinctly European feel, with the already cosmopolitan flavour of the city being added to by the sound of (amongst others) Scandinavian voices.

Mad for it in Manchester

‘Mad for it’ is a typically Mancunian phrase which typifies the vibe that came out of a city that brought the musical world the likes of the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis. But there’s so much more to this Northern powerhouse that helped forge the industrial revolution. For example, it’s the only place in the world where you can obtain a degree in Mummy Studies, the University of Manchester having facilities specifically aimed at the study of ancient Egyptian mummies…

Manchester also has the dubious distinction of being nicknamed ‘The Rainy City’ which, taking into account the UK’s reputation for rain, is already a little unfortunate, but especially so when, in fact, it is actually one of the drier cities in the country.

Alas, poker is an indoor pursuit, so in some ways the weather didn’t really matter, as a total of 288 entries in this war of attrition and patience (or, for some, multiple rebuying) took advantage of the excellent facilities of one of the UK’s biggest poker venues.

 

The Poker (Day 1A)

Day 1a was expected to see fewer players than Friday’s Day 1b, and Angus Dunnington survived the long-haul journey (12 levels) that saw 17 of the 74 entries make it to Day 2, turning his initial stack of 25,000 chips to 111,000. His friend and fellow Team32Red player, Phill Huxley, playing at the same table, was eliminated in a tricky hand, returning with another ‘bullet’ but not finding the poker gods on his side.

Angus spent the last few levels at a table – after being moved there – with a dynamic quite different to what he’d grown used to for several hours, with the mix of short and big stacks giving the game a greater sense of urgency. Sure enough, a massive pot with the typical scenario of a big hand – KK – versus a big draw seeing the latter catch a tournament-saving flush on the river proved to be crucial for two of the big stacks. This exciting episode encapsulated just how thin the line is between success and failure, as the tournament-saving river card in fact proved to be the stroke of luck that saw experienced Finnish player, Jari Hurri, ending Day 1a as the chip leader with 190,600 chips rather than – had fate been less generous – on his way out.

 

The Party

Meanwhile, Phill’s partner, Fabienne Freymadl (also part of the 32Red Live Streaming team) was impressing fellow revelers and spectators at the MPNPT Party in the casino. This has become a must-go event in itself, with a different theme at each festival.

This time, Fabienne and other brave souls who were capable of activities more immediately physically demanding than poker were trying to outdo each other at a game called ‘Batak Pro’… As you can see from the photos, this is a grown-up version of the children’s game that sees cute little animals being hit on the head with a rubber mallet as they briefly pop up. Batak Pro takes that up a few notches. Anyway, a good time was had by all as the free drinks flowed, snacks were eaten and fun was had both participating in and watching this test of reaction speed and physical endurance. Of course, with numerous prizes on offer, including a £150 side event ticket and 5 drink vouchers for the winner, and a £110 side event ticket and drink vouchers for the runner-up, that competitive edge poker players would be lost without added an entertaining slice of excitement to the mix…

 

The Poker (Day 1B)

Vegetarianism might nowadays be a worldwide choice of millions but, as it happens, appears to have officially originated – at least as an actual ‘movement’ – in Manchester. The Reverend William Cowherd (truth is indeed stranger than fiction) was waxing lyrical about the vegetarian diet down the road from where the Grosvenor now stands over two centuries ago, his followers going on to form the Vegetarian Society.

The atmosphere during Day 1b, however, was incredibly bloodthirsty, with take-no-prisoner knockouts and subsequent re-entries guaranteeing that, compared with Day 1a, many more chips would be in circulation. Some players contributed to the chip pool more than others, with David Lappin, for example, having several bites of the proverbial poker cherry. His fellow Irishman and good friend, Dara O’ Kearney – armed with a supply of Main Event seats – would even decide, after failing to survive Day 1b, to take advantage of the option afforded those players with both the inclination and the means to re-enter at the beginning of Day 2…

As it turned out David was able to exploit his extra lives and reached Day 2 with a stack of 75,000 chips. He was joined by other 32Red qualifiers, Matti Sahinoja (Finland; 102,000) and Mark Dyson (England; 37,600) among the 43 who would join the previous day’s 17 for a step up in gear on Day 2.

As was suggested above, the fact that there were many more chips flying around meant that the biggest stacks on Day 1b were much higher – the overall chip leader was Yiannis Liperis with a massive 328,600!

 

Day 2

The 60 players gunning for a cash (35 prizes) increased to 63 on Saturday when three more re-entries tried their luck, one of these being the aforementioned Dara. In fact, at one point, he, Angus and Matti were at the same table, sharing the unenviable experience of having to put up with Liperis and his mountain of chips, which was mercilessly being put to good use.

Not surprisingly, this proved to be a tough day, and the sole Team32Red player to cash was Angus Dunnington, whose feelings were mixed. He had been eager to make amends for the Vienna leg, where he had also cashed but after losing an enormous pot with KK v QQ at the critical, juicy stage of the tournament. Day 2 this time was his most frustrating, but a cash is a cash, and his patience ‘honed’ after years as a professional chess player saw him get the most out of what had become a very short stack.

 

Congratulations to Tim Chung on taking top honours and the 1st prize of £29,900 – a performance all the more impressive when we factor in how short-stacked he was at the beginning of the Final Table action, and how quickly he saw off the opposition.

 

The Players

You could be forgiven for thinking that poker festivals are characterised chiefly by such obvious things as cash, chips, bad beat stories and so on because conversations and thoughts will invariably feature these clichés. Indeed, that is often the case, but our aim when coming up with the various avenues through which players can be part of Team32Red and attend international poker competitions extends to more than the turn of a card. Here are examples of 32Red players who illustrate that there’s more to being a poker player than chip counts:

Luck – or, more significantly, bad luck – is something that poker players become used to and philosophical about but, for 32Red and MPNPT regular, Julie Whitworth (aka Ladydriver), fate dealt a particularly cruel blow before Manchester. For Julie, a popular Team32Red member who encapsulates what poker should be about, this was to be her ‘home’ event. Having cashed in Malta she was looking for a repeat success here but, unfortunately, was taken ill.

But that doesn’t mean she didn’t play a role, supporting her fellow players from her hospital bed. Here’s what she had to say: “As part of Team32Red, I was unfortunately taken into hospital the night before I was due to meet up with everyone… I was taken aback on Sunday afternoon by a visit from Nick Diaz, Angus Dunnington, Phill Huxley, Fabienne Freymadl and Sean Ainsworth, delivering some beautiful flowers and a card signed by lots of my fellow MPNPT companions. I may not have been there in body but my spirit was with the team. Thanks to all for the good wishes, and I will be with you in Tallinn!”

Get well soon Julie!

 

Phill Huxley is a great example of how to get the most out of 32Red Poker. In his own words, he ‘loves promos’ and makes sure not to waste any opportunities. He qualified for Manchester by winning a Route 32 promotion. These revolve around collecting starting chips for a Final proper in nightly ‘Flip’ qualifiers, which put everyone all-in every hand until the winners emerge, require just a few raked hands to register, and are completely free. He made a point of fulfilling the easy daily entry requirements, took his chances in the Final (knocking out his friend, Angus Dunnington, in 4th place in the process; note that the runner-up wins a €550 Main Event seat…) and bagged a €1,500 package.

 
Add to the mix Phill is an excellent player, and it’s a recipe for success. He didn’t make Day 2 in Manchester (but cashed in the Manchester Poker Cup), but poker is the ultimate ‘long’ game, and he’ll be a danger, as always, in Tallinn

Another 32Red qualifier whose journey to Manchester is the perfect incentive for all players is Andrew Talbot. He is one of a number of people who have the good fortune to win a fantastic €1,500 package by hitting a royal flush in our daily Flush Royale tournament. Having never taken part in a poker tournament before, he was expecting to find the situation and environment potentially difficult but, in fact, found himself feeling quite calm. This is a common and pleasant surprise for many in this context, and Andrew’s positive experience should serve to help ‘new’ players decide to make the most of our promotions and qualify for poker festivals.

Finally, Gerard Molloy sums it up perfectly: “My feedback is very positive regarding the MPNPT. I won my package (my first MPNPT event) online at 32Red. I didn’t win at the tables but the experience was amazing… I would very much like to qualify and take part in future events, so hope to see you again soon…”

Memorable hands

A memorable hand doesn’t have to be a devastating bad beat on the river or someone flopping four aces, and even when we are involved in a ‘big’ hand it might not be the one we find the most significant.

Phill Huxley, for instance, found the hand which saw him eliminated from the Main Event as ‘pretty funny’ and, importantly, this highlights the pragmatic, must-have-a-sense-of-humour attitude that is common amongst players. Phill had AK and found himself all-in and up against two opponents. AK is the kind of holding that should give you a fighting chance, but in this particular case Phill’s opponents had as their hole cards a pair of Kings and a pair of Aces! Phill: ‘I couldn’t have got it in much worse…’

Matti Sahinoja of Finland qualified for Manchester via a satellite at 32Red, having already played in MPN Poker Tour events in Vienna and Sofia, as well as the Irish Open (again through 32Red). He managed to go deep into the Main Event, at one point having quite a big stack. But navigating a safe route through the jungle that is tournament poker is never straightforward, and he ultimately fell short of the money.

As far as ‘memorable hands’ is concerned, what stuck in Matti’s mind most is when he faced an all-in bet while holding middle pair. This is always a difficult spot to find yourself in, not least in a big money festival, overseas, with your tournament life effectively on the line. The decision-making process can be hampered by the prospect of calling and finding that your second pair is, in fact, the second-best hand. He called, and had indeed made the correct decision, which is one of those poker experiences that never ceases to feel very satisfying…

Dara O’Kearney suffered a typical curse that the poker gods tend to dish out to those in possession of big pocket pairs. He three-bet Kings over an under-the-gun raise and was called. The Flop brought 10 8 7, both players ended up all-in and his opponent had – you guessed it! – J 9 (off-suit).

The Ginvitation

‘Made-up’ words can often be better than existing ones. Another is Gincident. Both feature the word ‘gin’, around which a special event was held for those players who fancied doing something different on the Sunday evening to round off the Manchester festival in style.

A dozen or so players took up the invitation for a barge cruise down the Manchester Ship Canal, where they were treated to as many Gin & Tonics and imaginative, tasty cocktails as they wanted, as well as endless platters of food, a fascinating, entertaining history of gin and a unique view of the city (such as Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United) from the traditional barge as it chugged along the canal…

 

Next Stop: Tallinn

If the MPNPT had a Walk of Fame, then Estonia’s picturesque capital, Tallinn, would take pride of place, being the most visited venue of the Tour thus far. If you haven’t yet enjoyed the poker festival experience this would be a great time to start, and at 32Red we have numerous, player-friendly ways for you to book your place at the €150,000 event (19-22 October), with €1,500 packages and €550 seats to win. Check out how to qualify, have fun, and we hope to see you there!

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