If you missed it before you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy its re-introduction to 32Red Poker because it’s here until the end of March.
The attraction of Blaze Poker is the Quick Fold facility. Clicking on the Quick Fold button automatically folds your hand – without waiting for the play to reach you – and immediately sends you to a brand new table, with a new set of hole cards, and a new set of opponents. Not having to wait for play to come around to you and, subsequently, for a hand to finish when you have too poor a holding to get involved, can make a considerable difference to a poker session in terms of time. And herein lies the beauty of Blaze Poker – Quick Fold allows you to simply get on with it and make the most of your time.
Moreover, this format also helps maintain a higher level of solidity because in a ‘normal’ game we tend to be less patient and thus a little looser than we’d like to admit – such a weakness is less likely when we know that we’re maximising our hands per hour and can trade in a trash hand for two new cards in a second or two. And more hands per hour, of course (even without multi-tabling), means being able to fully take advantage of our excellent 30% Rakeback deal.
As for the fun Blazing Cannon itself, simply win 20 raked hands and a video game opens in which you have a chance of winning up to €100! Fire a burning chip from a cannon into a house of cards – avoiding pesky birds and UFOs, and see if you’re in line for a cash prize. When the game ends you’re simply dealt back into your cash game.
Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador
Poker is such a rich game that, depending on the specific format we’re playing, a successful approach is by no means guaranteed to have the same results in an ostensibly similar scenario.This is true, for example, when considering the No Limit cash game and tournament scenarios. The conventionally accepted tight-aggressive strategy might be well suited to No Limit cash games (albeit not the only worthy approach) but, in today’s modern tournament environment – particularly online – we’re going to struggle to do better than make a minor cash if we adhere to this style too strictly.
Apart from the fact that strong holdings, by definition, come around all too rarely in this context, when we are ‘fortunate’ enough to be dealt a premium hand there is, of course, no guarantee that we are going to be rewarded with any significant action. For one reason, we have hitherto been inactive, which is already a good indication to the opposition that we’re holding something when we suddenly get involved, so they are likely to avoid commitment. And thus the cycle could well continue as the blinds inexorably rise and our stack diminishes. To compound the problem, there inevitably comes a point as the tournament progresses at which our waiting, safety-first policy seriously puts our tournament survival in jeopardy, let alone the prospects of finishing among the top prizes.
It’s simply not possible to realistically expect any level of success with a pure tight-aggressive approach. Indeed it is imperative to loosen up and experience the liberating experience for ‘too’ tight players that is broadening our starting hand range and indulging in the occasional bit of such delights as speculation and even slow-playing, for instance. This – enjoyable – strategy can begin as early as the opening stages, when the low(est) blind levels afford us considerable flexibility to mix up our game. Note that this also gives us the advantage of being able to engineer a deceptive table image.
As the blinds increase the pressure on just about everyone it makes sense to step up a gear. Instead of being overly cautious the key is to put yourself in other players’ shoes and appreciate that much of the opposition is going to be afraid, and rather than join them it’s much more important to exploit them. The phrase ‘you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs’ is particularly apt when it comes to NL Hold’em tournaments…
Good luck at the tables!
Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador
There’s something for everyone:
Begin the week with our €50 Guaranteed Multiplicity Monday (8pm UK time), which is well worth being a regular fixture in your poker entertainment. Finish in the money in consecutive tournaments and earn the luxury of being able to multiply your latest winnings by the number of consecutive cashes! For example if you manage this three times you can triple your latest winnings. Read more
Jackpots are good. The word in itself already conjures up a bit of excitement, and the prospect of hitting a jackpot adds a bit of spice to the game, whether it’s for a Bad Beat (when a big hand ‘loses’ to a bigger hand) or for finding yourself with a Royal Flush, as is the case for 32Red’s fun Flush Royale tournament, where a whopping €1000 is waiting for anyone who manages to hit poker’s magical hand using both hole cards.
One such player who did this – and on New Year’s Eve, no less – is LuckyRacoon (yes – someone called Lucky saw good fortune come his way; funny old world). No doubt happy to see in the New Year by playing in the well structured, €250 Guaranteed tournament, LuckyRacoon was dealt Ad Qd, got jiggy with it and the flop came Ah Kd 9s. His opponent had K9 and thus hit two pair, and the poker gods sent through the ether the Jd on the turn and then what must have been a beautiful looking Td to complete the royal flush. And with it a welcome €1000 jackpot.
He had this to say: It was a great start to my 2014, when on New Years eve, i played the 32Red Flush Royale tournament, starting at 9pm, and gaining popularity, day, by day, including a few 32Red regs, and thanks to 1 regular (Juicy-puice) hitting Her 2 pair on the flop, helped me to see the river card, and very fortunately, i hit my royal flush, and in so doing, i had a nice little bonus of €1000. I bubbled the prize pool, but felt only fair to the rest of the players; can’t be too greedy
A big thanks goes out to Nick Diaz, and all at 32Red, for putting on great promotions, and i hope they all continue. You have now got one great big fan
For those looking to get their hands on the jackpot, the Flush Royale tournament is held every night at 9pm (UK time) and has a buy-in of €5+1, 1500 starting chips, 8-minute rebuys, €5 rebuys (1500 chips) and a €7.50 add-on (3000 chips).
Good luck at the tables!Luck
Our Achievements system, which is designed to help players have fun while they learn and develop their game and, ultimately, receive virtual badges as a reward, is getting bigger and better.
There are three new Achievements to aim for, each with a nice twist. The first, entitled Royal Treatment, is described thusly: ‘One must have one’s butler deliver poker’s highest possible hand to earn this badge!’ Clearly the ‘Royal Bank’ task for this quest for the badge means making a royal flush (in any game), and it is understandably classed as ‘hard’ in terms of difficulty. The ‘Royal Flogging’ badge (have you spotted the theme?) involves losing at showdown to a royal flush and is also a toughie…
But even more difficult, and thus a bigger feather for your proverbial poker cap, is the ‘Lady Fingers’ badge, for which you must lose with a full house against someone’s straight flush.
The beauty of the Achievements system is that there is something for everyone, with some of the tasks (and their various components) being easier than others. There’s no time limit within which badges must be won – you simply learn and earn at your own pace. Another advantage of Achievements is that the incentive for badges means exploring aspects of both the game itself and what 32Red Poker has to offer.
Note that Play Money poker fans can also take part in Achievements.
Good luck at the tables, and earn those badges!
Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador
There’s no need to wait until Christmas Day for gifts because we’re giving away over €10,000 in the form of a €10 Cash Drop every ten minutes, from 9-15 December! The promotion will run exclusively on our fantastic 6-max Blaze Poker tables. The lucky recipients are notified and paid immediately, and there is the added bonus of everyone at the table being alerted to the fact that you’ve just become €10 richer (there’s nothing like a bit of old-fashioned green-eyed envy to induce in your opponents a dash of tilt).
If you haven’t tried out our Blaze Poker tables already, the beauty of this format is that clicking on the special ‘Quick Fold’ button automatically folds your hand (without waiting for the play to reach you) and immediately sends you through the ether to a new table with a new set of hole cards, and a new set of opponents. Whenever you’re dealt a two-card helping of rubbish or you don’t want to play a further part in a hand, simply Quick Fold and move on to pastures new.
Apart from having advantages in terms of helping you tighten up your game (or avoid being too loose) because impatience should no longer be an issue, Blaze Poker also gives players more hands per hour with which to make the most of our excellent 30% Rakeback deal. Multi-table, and the rewards are even greater, of course.
Meanwhile, getting involved in the Blaze Cash Drop also means you have a chance to be transported to our fun Blazing Cannon video game – win 20 raked hands and you earn a shot at a €100 prize. Once you’ve played the game you’re dealt back into your cash game. Click here to find out more.
Good luck at the Blaze Poker tables!
For lots of people Christmas might be no more than visiting relatives we’d rather avoid, politely eating brussels sprouts at awkward family dinners and a couple of weeks on a diet of turkey and aging mince pies. Add to this an annoying blizzard of Christmas-themed television (even the cinemas join in) and tinsel and decorations and loads of other Christmassy stuff as soon as you set foot out of the house, and the chance to enjoy some poker will be a welcome oasis of calm.
Luckily for you, 32Red Poker’s fun-filled 32 days of Poker is here. Running from December 1st until January 1st, the extended Xmas festivities have something for everyone, from value-added tournaments to bonuses and, of courses, presents in the form of Freerolls.
It’s a lovely load of baubles… simply click here to visit our special advent calendar, with 32 baubles decorating our 32Red tree. Behind each bauble a surprise awaits for each of the 32 days. On Thursday 5th December, for example, there’s a €5+€1 buy-in €100 added Flush Royale tournament at 9pm UK time (hit a royal flush and win the €1000 jackpot!), while on Day 20 you can receive 50 bonus chips just by logging on!
The Xmas season’s specials culminate in the Goodbye €2013 Freeroll tournament on 28-29th December (9pm UK time on both nights; play 2013 raked hands during December to qualify) followed by the Hello €2014 Freeroll on Wednesday 1st January (5pm UK time).
If Blaze poker is your thing, the Blazing Cannon game will also have a Xmas theme (from Monday 2nd December). To qualify for the Blazing Cannon feature simply win 20 raked hands on any €0.05/€0.10 or €0.25/€0.50 Blaze tables and the game will launch, complete with snow and Father Christmas, and a chance to win €100…
Good luck at the tables! Have fun, and keep checking out what Christmas goodies are coming your way during the 32 Days of Poker.
Achievement is a word we tend to use rather rarely these days – usually because we don’t achieve as much as we would like. But that’s going to change now thanks to 32Red Poker Achievements. This is a system aimed at helping players have fun, learn and develop their game as they play and, with each milestone reached, enjoy a sense of achievement during their poker quest.
Everything and anything about poker is covered in Achievements, a set of varied tasks (each broken down into points, or ‘Pips’) being carried out to earn badges. The more you learn and experience, the more badges you are awarded as your Achievements list broadens. These are also badges of honour in that you can display a badge at the poker table when you play.
There’s also an added bonus for poker fans whose significant others might view their passion for the game with less than average enthusiasm – now you can say that your time devoted to poker has goals and meaning, that your efforts will be rewarded with ‘official’ acknowledgement!
As far as learning and experience are concerned, Achievements offers up tasks that mean you’ll find out all sorts of new stuff, both about the game itself and the snazzy features and facilities at 32Red Poker that you might otherwise not have discovered or appreciated.
With tasks and their components ranging from easy to achieve to the more taxing requirements, there’s something for everyone and – to emphasise the ‘each at their own pace set-up’ of the system – you simply tick off points and receive badges here and there as you go along.
From trying out different poker variants to winning a pot with each of the 169 Hold’em starting hand combinations, there’s a smorgasbord of poker to get your hands on and notch up achievements.
The one-for-all, everyman badges system is also available to those Play Money enthusiasts who have not yet ventured into real money games.
Good luck at the tables, and earn those badges!
Knocking on your neighbours’ doors asking for sweets is only going to attract strange looks this Halloween. Leave that to the kids.
The real fun will be had with a different kind of Trick or Treat. Every flop will be a scary flop at 32Red Poker during Halloween, as we have a gastronomical, ghoulish feast of monster prizes waiting for you in the shadows.
Spring terrifying surprises on your fellow poker players. Hearts and diamond flushes will be bloodier, clubs and spades will be blacker than a vampire’s cloak and we don’t need to mention the stakes (see what we did there?).
Here are the tournaments to sink your teeth into:
€666 Carnage Freeroll
The €666 Carnage Freeroll (7pm) freeroll takes the form of our popular Carnage tournaments, with players being put all-in automatically every hand until they’re eliminated (or glory beckons). The life or death scenario is particularly appropriate on deadly Halloween.
Note that with 666 seats available and free registration will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
€666 Guaranteed Bloodbath
The €666 Guaranteed Bloodbath (8pm) gets underway an hour after the carnage tournament so there should be plenty of time to get a bite before plucking up the courage to enter this €6.66 buy-in rebuy scarefest…
€666 Added Flush Royale
Finally, the €666 Added Flush Royale tournament (9pm) is going to be a great Halloween treat, assuming your nerves are still intact by then (but we know 32Red Poker players are made of stern stuff…). Buyins, rebuys and add-ons are sure to increase the initial guaranteed prize pool of €666, so prepare for potentially juicy winnings. Then there’s the €1,000 jackpot for anyone hitting a Royal Flush of any suit (Flush Royale rules apply).
Get a 100% Deposit Bonus this Halloween!
And our Halloween specials don’t end at the witching hour… our $/£/€ 666 Halloween Bonus will match the first deadly deposit made during Halloween, with a murderous bonus of up to $/£/€666 available!
Don’t be afraid – just play some scarily good poker!
The island may be tiny but it ended up hosting a big poker game!
The Battle of Malta tournament got off to a great start at the Portomaso Casino, with the number of entries meaning that the final prize fund more than doubled the originally advertised guarantee of €200,000. Poker remains a massively popular draw, and Malta was a great place to host such an event.
32Red Poker‘s interest was in the form of qualifiers Cornelia Lupu (Romania), Dimitar Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Szabolcs Szigeti (Hungary), Roger Deans (UK) and Marko Vukic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)…
A bit about Malta
Thanks to its location, the tiny island of Malta has for a long time been important strategically, with the Romans, Arabs, the Knights of St John, French and the British being amongst the numerous powers who have ruled over the years. Having being admitted to the United Nations in 1964 (the same year it began independence from the UK), Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and, being a very popular tourist destination, is sure to be a fun poker venue.
Having already hosted the World Poker Tour and other such high tournaments, the Portomaso Casino’s reputation precedes it as an excellent poker venue. Apart from having the biggest poker room in the country, the hotel is also well placed for players to relax both during and after their time battling away for survival.
Calendar of Events
|Thursday, September 26|
|9am||Players started to arrive at Malta Luga Airport and were transferred to their respective hotels.|
|2pm||Main Event (€500+€50), Day 1A.|
|8pm||Satellites to BOM 2013. Buy in €50 + €5|
|10pm||Opening reception for package holders.|
|Friday, September 27|
|2pm||Main Event (€500+€50), Day 1B.|
|Saturday, September 28|
|1pm||Main Event, Day 2. Location: Portomaso Casino.|
|6pm||Siege of Malta “Second Chance” Tournament (€100+€10), Day 1.|
|11pm||Official BOM Party opens its doors.|
|Sunday, September 29|
|2pm||Main Event, Day 3 and Final Table.|
Claiming a player-friendly structure, the organisers were satisfied that the 20,000 chip strong starting stacks and 60-minute blind levels provided the participants with a nicely balanced tournament structure over the four days’ play.
Battle Of Malta – Day 1a
Day 1a saw 417 players battling it out for fame and fortune, an impressive number given that the previous year’s tournament had a total of 349 players in total. 110 of them managed to survive the opening day, but, unfortunately, Dimitar was not one of them.
“I made it to 55k chips, but in a hand with AKo I 3bet an agresive player … I had position and the flop came QJ3, he checked and I decided to check after him. A 7 came on the turn and he made about 2/3 pot bet. I almost folded but a voice inside my head said “call him – he’s bluffing!” I called thinking that all AK and 10 was good for me plus I also had a chance to catch him on a bluff. The river card was an Ace and he went all in for about 8k. I called and saw 77 in the hand and so I dropped to about 30k. After that I lost about 15k with a good starting hand but nothing on the flop … I pushed with 44 on my last hand.”
- Dimitar Dimitrov
The Opening Party was held at the luxurious Villa Rosa Palace in St. Julians, Malta, where we all got a chance to relax and meet other players. While a local DJ kept us entertained with the latest in dance music, friendly waitresses kept our glasses full with free champagne!
Battle Of Malta – Day 1b
Day 1B proved equally as popular as the opener, with the Portomaso Casino welcoming another 471 hopefuls into the arena and generating a massive prize fund of €440,000! Three of the 471 were from the wacky television stunt group The Dudesons, although only Jukka survived.
Battle Of Malta – Day 2
The other four 32Red Poker players all made it to Day 2 – Marko with 66,500 chips, Szabolcs 39,700, Roger 29,200 and Cornelia 32,400. Cornelia exited first when her AJ ran into queens. Szabolcs followed, queens being overtaken by AK.
Roger, meanwhile, was experiencing the dubious thrill of being the short stack as the money approached, succeeding in making it into the last 100 places after finding himself down to a mere three blinds with 106 players remaining! Surviving to finish 83rd and cash for €1,100 is quite an achievement.
This leaves Marko, who finally busted out after a valiant effort when his Jacks were downed by Queens, his 69th place a testament to a well played tournament that might have been more fruitful were it not for the cold deck curse.
Everything kicked off at the much anticipated BoM Party on Saturday night. Hundreds of poker players who’d taken part in the Battle of Malta were invited – it gave players a chance to let their hair down and it was great way to celebrate the massive success of the event…
Battle Of Malta – Final Day
In the end, it was Germany’s Louis Cartarius who took 1st place in the biggest Battle of Malta event yet. Cartarius outlasted just shy of 900 players (a BoM record) and banked a tidy €80,000 for his efforts.
“My experience in Malta was something unique and amazing, an adventure from the beginning till the end. The unexpected was all around during the tournament, creating emotions and feelings so new to me. I was lucky to be part from a great team that was lead by a person who loves and knows very well what he is doing, a fact that kept us together. So, a very big ” Thank you” to Nick … Battle of Malta rate: 10+”
- Cornelia Lupu
“Great experience, 8 … once again, a big thank you to 32Red Poker for everything”
- Marko Vukic
“The organisation of the trip hotel and other things was the best I ever seen and I want to thank U again Nick about that.”
- Dimitar Dimitrov
“Hi Nick. Ty for the blog and for all of our trip, it was great work like all you done for us. I wish you to be happy whole year, like me and my family were in Malta ”
- Szabolcs Szigeti
“I’d like to say a big thank you to you for all your efforts in making the 32Red player’s trip to BOM so enjoyable. It must have taken a lot of work from you behind the scenes over a long time and your thoughtfulness and attention to the players whilst in Malta really made all the difference and made it into the great experience that it was … PS, Great BOM blog. Your diligence with the camera paid off!”
- Roger Deans
“Yours was by far the most personable group of the whole event. Absolutely perfect when you consider that everyone in the industry is trying to appeal to the casual and recreational player.”
- Mark Spurr (Microgaming)
“Great job, best blog coverage of a fun poker tourney I’ve seen”
- Ivonne Montealegre (BoM2013 Tournament Director)
The Battle of Malta was a great experience for both those who made it to the tournament and the many 32Red players who battled it out in our exciting qualifiers. No doubt the prospect of taking part in such a prestigious big money event, in such pleasant surroundings, with the delights (for example) of a champagne party thrown into the package, will have us all chomping at the bit for the next live event we get involved with…