Weekend Freerolls: €2,500 in Guaranteed Prizes

February 21, 2015 by  
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Take full advantage of a freeroll frenzy at 32Red Poker this weekend because we’re giving away €2,500 in Guaranteed prizes over four tournaments. Maximum possible reward for zero outlay is what we’re all about, and there’s something for everyone in terms of tournament format.

Starting at 5pm UK time we have a €250 Flip Freeroll in which everyone is all-in, every hand, until a winner finally emerges victorious. This is followed by a good old Classic Freeroll at 9pm – the entry requirement for this freezeout is just a single raked hand, and there’s €500 up for grabs in guaranteed prizes.

Log on again at 5pm (UK) on Sunday for the exciting €750 Survivor Freeroll. In this format, at the end of a specific time period the lowest stacks are eliminated, with the final 10% or so of the survivors each receiving an equal share of the prize fund.

The grand finale is the €1,000 Classic Freeroll at 9pm, for which you’ll need to make 32 raked hands to take part.

Have a great weekend of freerolls, and enjoy some fun poker!

Win Your Way to Poker in Tbilisi

February 18, 2015 by  
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32Red Poker is certainly a great place to try your luck at qualifying for ‘live’ poker festivals around the globe. The latest place on which to set your sights is Tbilisi, the historic Georgian capital, which this Spring will play host to the latest leg of the MPN Poker Tour.

Going from strength to strength, this tour is well worth winning a place in, and satellites start from (literally) pennies! Given that your potential reward for such a tiny investment is a €1,500 package, there’s no excuse for not giving it a go. Furthermore, there’s a format to suit all poker tastes, so whether your favourite tournament game is a standard No Limit Hold’em Freezeout, Sit n Go, Turbo or Rebuy you can plug away at the package to your heart’s content. To add some fun value there are even Flip format qualifiers, where everyone is all-in every hand (you don’t even have to be logged on to take part – merely registering is enough).

Remember that satellites and qualifying tournaments in general are unique in that your aim is to progress through the stages toward earning your seat, rather than ‘making the money’ – it’s a good idea to keep that in mind as you play, as well as the fact that these packages offer an opportunity to win big money (the most recent MPN Poker Tour, in Tallinn, boasted more than €20,000 for 1st place).

Meanwhile, the package alone is a bumper prize, including free buy-in to the Main Event, hotel accommodation for the festival for you and a guest, money towards travel/expenses and a drinks reception to get you in the mood…

Live poker is great fun and never fails to be a rewarding experience for poker fans, so give yourself a chance to play for big money in an exciting atmosphere in Tbilisi…

Click here to find out more.

Have fun, and good luck!

The Bad Beat jackpot has been hit!

February 16, 2015 by  
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With the progressive jackpot total at €30,802 a qualifying hand came on a €400-max table when four of a kind, Jacks, ‘lost’ to four Queens…

Remember that if you opt in (by simply clicking on the BB icon) you can win a share of the spoils just by playing at the same blind level as the jackpot hand. The two players at the table who opted in each received €2,310, while the sole opted in player at the same stake earned €770 for a simple click!

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MPNPT Tallinn 2015

February 12, 2015 by  
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Once known as Big Red Castle, it’s not surprising to learn that Tallinn, Estonia’s picturesque capital, is a favourite among tourists looking for a bit of history that’s easy on the eye. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city was a European Capital of Culture in 2011. Sounds a great place to visit, and thus a perfect venue for the third leg of the MPN Poker Tour, which took place January 15-18, 2015 at the Olympic Casino Olümpia.

Medieval Old Town in Tallinn

Winning a package via 32Red Poker is a perfect way to experience a live poker festival, and our players had the added bonus that the casino, a very well respected poker venue, is part of the luxurious Radisson Blu Olümpia hotel, where they stayed.

Day 1

The Main Event was a €500 + €50 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a €40,000 guaranteed prize fund. The combination of a decent structure (25,000 starting chips, 60-minute levels), late registration and unlimited re-entries during the first six levels made for some interesting poker and some awkward decisions.

Having collected their free chips to use at the tables, drinks vouchers and a free sports bet given away by the casino upon joining, Angus Dunnington (Scotland), Simon Taylor, Bruce Shannon (England), LeoLeou (Northern Ireland) and Vladimir Pastushenko (Ukraine) took their seats in the tournament room. Note that, ultimately, 122 players actually entered and, with 26 re-entries, this made for an effective total of 148 entries, thus generating a prize pool of over €70,000 for the top 12 places, with over €20,000 for the winner… well worth playing for.

Vladimir Pastushenko

Vladimir Pastushenko

There was also the added incentive of making an impression in the MPN Poker Tour Player of the Year, which offers as a fantastic first prize free entry to all of the MPNPT Main Events in 2016 (plus a unique trophy).

Angus got off to a decent start but the late arrival of a talkative, dominating Swede to his left seriously cramped his style. He eventually made his exit just before the end of the play for the day when, finding aces for the very first time in the tournament, he got it all in but ran up against a bigger stack’s 555. Meanwhile, the structure might have been welcomed by some, but LeoLeou coped with what he perceived to be the tedium by turning to his iPad for entertainment. This might not necessarily be recommended strategy, but whatever works, and he managed to find a path through the jungle to end Day 1 with 17,900 chips, a little behind Simon’s 23,600 but out of touch with chips leader Revo Rink, who was already racing off into the distance with a stack of 215,000!

Angus Dunnington

Angus Dunnington

Day 2

In terms of the Main Event, fortune didn’t shine on our players today. As the blinds increase the significance and implications of taking a hit – or even failing to keep your head sufficiently above water to afford much-needed breathing space and flexibility – can grow conspicuously problematic, even with the tournament’s player-friendly structure.

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

With good opportunities difficult to come by, any ‘decent’ looking hand assumes far greater importance than would normally be the case, while premium holdings are like gold dust. Simon Taylor found himself with KK but, unfortunately, ran into a pair of ace. Coincidences tend to be more memorable when associated with good or bad fortune and, for Simon, it was the latter, as he’d exited the event in the same manner as his fellow 32Red Poker player, good friend and roommate in Tallinn, Bruce Shannon…

Bruce Shannon

Bruce Shannon, aka BigShann

Meanwhile, LeoLeou was still battling away or, in his words: ‘Hand dead at new table. Going to get blinded out’ – which was a more practical assessment of his chances than a show of pessimism, as anyone who has spent time with the likeable player will confirm. Later he was ‘still hanging on’ with around 50K in chips when the average was 95K and, eventually, after 3-betting a big stack with 88 and shoving a 10, 10, 2 flop, he had come up against A, 10 and the 32Red Poker assault on the Main Event had finally come to an end.

The players met up in the Old Town, which is well worth a visit, the plan being to recharge the poker batteries and try their luck in Event 4 on Day 3. Ukraine’s Vladimir Pastushenko had other ideas. He had already made up for exiting the Main Event by taking 2nd place in the 24-player €135 + €15 NLH tournament, and today he made another final table in the €110 + €10 NLH, finishing in 6th place – all the more impressive considering there 105 players this time around.

Day 3

Our players, suitably refreshed, sat down for the €135 + €15 NLH ‘Big Night Out’ event. This was a sort of quasi freezeout with re-starts available during the early levels which, unlike the 60-minute blind levels in the Main Event, were this time only 20 minutes.

At one table, Angus Dunnington, Bruce Shannon and Vladimir Pastushenko were all next to each other. Bruce got off to a flying start, re-raising a player on the steal more than once, making a nice (check-) call on the river with a not very attractive but ‘strong’ enough hand and, even taking into account a bit of inevitable bad luck, deservedly built a hefty looking stack. Unfortunately a series of big pots highlighted how quickly the proverbial wheels can come off the poker train as it hurtles along, and his disappointment will have been heightened by the fact he lost out to players whose understanding of the game doesn’t approach his. That, of course, is one of the occupational hazards of poker, but it always feels particularly cruel nonetheless.

MPNPT Tallinn (Estonia)

MPNPT Tallinn (Estonia)

Angus felt he didn’t seem to get going, yet Bruce’s exit ironically coincided with his recovery. After barely waking up for much of the tournament he was suddenly able to take advantage of his hitherto dormant table image. All good things come to an end, as they say and, as he was starting to finally move up gears, his Q-high straight came up against a K-high straight.

The 32Red Poker presence did continue, though, with LeoLeou finishing in 5th place in the 59-player tournament.

LeoLeou

The last poker fix came in the form of the €50 + €5 Pot Limit Omaha which, with only 39 entries, paid out just five spots. While most of the players were relaxing and thinking of their flight home and the next quest, the indefatigable Simon Taylor took 5th place.

 

Tallinn is a nice place for a poker festival and our players enjoyed their time both exploring what the city has to offer (Can-Can dancers at the casino proved to be a popular, albeit unexpected form of entertainment, but it’s the picturesque capital itself that lives up to its expectations) and the poker itself (although the frustrating nature of poker means some enjoyed it more than others).

As for the festival, the numbers proved quite encouraging in the context of the MPN Poker Tour, with the 148 Main Event entries here – after 109 in Malta and 89 in London, translating to official first prizes of €20,387 in Tallinn, €15,330 in Malta and €9,465 in London – showing how the tour is going from strength to strength.

The Bad Beat jackpot has been hit!

February 10, 2015 by  
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With the progressive jackpot total at € 27,436.06 the tension came to a head on a €100-max table when four of a kind, twos, ‘lost’ to four sevens…

Remember that if you opt in (by simply clicking on the BB icon) you can win a share of the spoils just by playing at the same blind level as the jackpot hand – only one player had the aforethought to do this, and by merely opting in earned a juicy €2,743.60…

For more details CLICK HERE.

The Bad Beat Jackpot has been hit!

February 5, 2015 by  
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The Bad Beat Jackpot has been hit, on a €100 max table, with the total at €33432.83… Four of a kind, fours, ‘lost’ to an 8-high straight flush. Six players each received €477.61 just for opting in!

Do the same by clicking on the BB icon…

Click here to find out more and good luck at the tables!

Showing a Winning Hand

February 4, 2015 by  
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One of the auto-options available to us at 32Red Poker tables is the facility to Muck Winning Hands and, nearly all of the time, this is the correct thing to do because we don’t want to be giving our opponents undoubtedly useful information for free if it can be avoided. Indeed, with this in mind, if we were to decide never to show a winning hand we could simply get on with the game, not having the ‘inconvenience’ and potential confusion – or, worse, the serious implications – caused by voluntarily making a poor decision. It sounds sensible to sacrifice possible gains in order to rule out the very real risk of losses and the additional advertising afforded the opposition. Read more

Fun View, Fun Poker

February 3, 2015 by  
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Ever had a dream where you’re sitting in a peaceful Zen garden, playing poker… and you’re an alien? No? Well, now you don’t have to because it’s possible to do just that – at least in the virtual sense – at 32Red Poker, thanks to our new look Fun View tables. Poker should, after all, be a fun pastime. Winning money would be a nice bonus, and practise and experience tend to make profit a reality but, as is the case with any hobby, the whole point is to derive enjoyment from our time at the tables. Read more

Poker Psychology: Superstitions, Rituals & Habits 

January 12, 2015 by  
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It’s strange how some of the most logical, rational people are prone to superstition. Even during my days as a pro chess player it was not so unusual, in a vast hall full of people engrossed in arguably the most testing game around in terms of there being no luck element, to see superstitious types. Lucky shirts are common (despite causing certain sartorial challenges), as are pre-game rituals and even placing (and moving) the pieces in a very specific manner, and without exception. A Dutch International Master, for example – also a fan of loud shirts, funnily enough – deliberately positions knights facing backwards which, from the opponent’s point of view, can be quite disconcerting… Read more

Flip Festival II: Flip Harder

January 8, 2015 by  
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Flip your way to cash prizes at 32Red Poker with our Flip Festival II: Flip Harder promotion… €33,000 is up for grabs! Flip (formerly ‘carnage’) tournaments are modern, online poker‘s easy, strategy-free format where everyone is automatically put all-in, every hand, until just one player is left standing. Apart from not having to worry over difficult decisions in Flip tournaments, you don’t even need to be logged in to take part in them! It’s enough to just register for the tournament, and you can leave the rest to fate. Read more

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