Team32Red Report (MPNPT Tallinn)

November 2, 2017 by  
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It’s good to be back

This was the third visit of the MPN Poker Tour to Tallinn, and the reason for that certainly isn’t mere convenience. It’s a testament to Tallinn as both a tourist destination and a poker venue that, not only did the members of Team32Red have a great time in Estonia’s capital, but a number of them had a great time for a second or even third year.

And herein lies the point of why we at 32Red strive to give our players maximum opportunities to qualify for these festivals – it’s so much more than poker…

Old, New and Newer

The more you delve into Estonia as something other than just a place to fly to (or sail – the Finnish poker invasion, for instance, came by sea) to only play poker, the more impressive it becomes. As well as trivia nuggets that we might expect, such as the fact that Estonia has the highest collection of written folk songs in the world (around 133,000, in fact), we might be surprised to learn that the country is also the birthplace of Skype, or that Estonia was the first country in the world to adopt online voting (in 2005!).

This mix of traditional and modern is indicative of a happy medium that, as well as forming a successful foundation for society, is mirrored in the ideal way to approach poker. The most successful players tend nowadays to have a practical, realistic approach to the game – with such big fields there are certain pragmatic characteristics that are imperative to achieve a level of continued success. This is also borne out when we see the names of those who cashed in the various tournaments that made up the four-day poker extravaganza.

The Results

Let’s get the facts and figures out of the way before moving on to what made Tallinn special…

With the total number of runners 534, and boosted by the flexibility of the action-focused re-entry (up to and including the beginning of Day 2!), the €150,000 guaranteed prize pool was eventually dwarfed by the actual amount generated by a frenzied field eager to make the most of the festival, finally settling at a massive €258,990. In fact, so great was the enthusiasm to play poker (the main Side Event, which spanned two days, also attracted a relatively large field) that at one point the cash machines in the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel – a fantastic venue – ran out of cash.

It’s standard for Day 1b, which falls on a Friday, to attract a lot more players than Day 1a. Locals tend to prefer to wait until the working week is over, while most overseas players arrive at a time that makes Day 1b a more practical option. So, it was no surprise to see the number 416 keep the more than capable organizing team on their toes when Friday arrived. But what did go against expectancy – with so many more players likely to produce a handful of runaway leaders – was that Maksims Aleksandrovs’ impressive stack of almost a quarter of a million chips (the players started with 25,000) was still way behind the Day 1a leader, Terje Torstensen, who managed to see his total rise to 357,200!

Up there with a more than healthy 137,300 was Julie Whitworth, who couldn’t be a better advert for what 32Red Poker is all about. More about Julie will follow…

The Winner

The eventual winner was Keimo Suominen of Finland. The top prize had been set at an attractively round sum of €50,000, but the wily Finn, after a marathon tournament, understandably did a deal with fellow finalist, Davis Modans, of Latvia, taking the slightly higher sum of €45,200, the title and the trophy by winning their heads-up encounter.

The Crowd Favourite

Gediminas Kareckas was an impressive 53rd for a tidy €1,245 and Mykhailo Lohvinenko finished 42nd for €1,320. However, the ‘story’ of the week, and topping the Team32Red performances, was the aforementioned Julie Whitworth, finishing what can be described – even in the context of unpredictability that is tournament poker – as un unlucky 13th for €2,590. We have to keep things in perspective and remind ourselves that this is a welcome cash, but as a player succeeds in surviving deeper and deeper into a tournament to the point that the final table – and with it the prospect of a very big win – is literally within touching range, then Julie deserves some commiserations of sorts alongside our congratulations. This is her fifth(!) Main Event cash on the MPN Poker Tour, but one made all the more special when we consider the circumstances that led her to Tallinn. The previous installment had been at Manchester, literally down the road from where Julie lives. But, ironically, she was to miss her much awaited ‘home’ event due to being hospitalized just as the festival was about to start. 32Red proposed ‘rolling over’ her package to Tallinn, which promised to be a trip to remember and, with more irony, she barely got to enjoy any of the non-poker fun and frolics and camaraderie that make these events – especially as a Team32Red member! – so memorable because she was too busy playing like a demon at the tables.

Thanks to a number of good and brave decisions and the usual helping of what Fate has waiting in the wings, she more than just survived Day 1 and, come Day 2, it was more of the same.
Julie turned up for the Final Day with over a million chips, sitting more than comfortably in fourth place and – even in this uncertain poker world – heading for the Final Table… Unfortunately, Fate did indeed have other ideas and, a comeback from cruelly timed reverses notwithstanding, she went out in 13th, her sizable and vocal crowd of supporters on the rail sharing her lack of fortune. But when the dust and adrenaline have settled, this will no doubt be a great memory for Julie, who did 32Red proud…

Meanwhile, Diego Domingo Catalan and Angus Dunnington (who had been going for his 3rd consecutive Main Event cash) battled it out to the last two tables of the 2-day, 237-runner Estonia Cup. This event proved to be a victim of its own success when Day 1 went on for so long that the survivors didn’t have to wait too long for breakfast…

Team32Red favourites, Phill Huxley and partner Fabienne Freymadl, showed that an actual connection can help when sharing a stack by coming 4th in the hotly contested (and very difficult to adjust to) Doubles tournament, and Joel Holmberg cut a path through the jungle that was the Bounty tournament to take 7th.

We’ll come back to a bit more poker later, but here’s what else happened in Tallinn

When in Tallinn, do as the Romans did…

Before playing in an international poker tournament we should spend an evening relaxing in a spa, with a few drinks and snacks, having a sauna or a massage and generally indulging ourselves with whatever level of pampering that’s on offer. This is the norm, isn’t it? Well, no, it isn’t, but a number of Team32Red players accepted the invitation to enjoy such delights on the first night of the festival, and a good time was had by all. The next time you roll up to a bog-standard poker night at your local casino, imagine arriving at the table the day after being a guest at a luxurious spa…

Poker Players’ Need for Speed

So, you’re at a poker festival and the nerves are starting to kick in – the adrenaline is building to a climactic high because you’re sitting there, hands on the wheel, wiping the visor on your helmet, sounds are magnified, deafening, from your breathing to your engine and those around you… and a couple of seconds later you approach the first sharp corner at breakneck speed and the race is on! Yes – you’re a guest at another special event for Team32Red players on the MPN Poker Tour: it’s time for an afternoon of go-karting.

A 30+ strong team attended what was a very exciting, exhilarating day, albeit one that saw a few crashes and collisions, with 32Red Poker Manager, Nick Diaz, becoming the ultimate champion after winning the Grand Final in masterly style.

Terviseks! Cheers!

After a spa experience and the adrenaline rush of go-kart racing came yet another special event to which our players were invited – beer tasting (obviously). A perfect way to wind down following the emotional, nerve-wracking rollercoaster that is tournament poker, the night provided not only the sampling of a variety of beers, but the introduction of a couple of iPhone games afforded the players’ competitive spirit an outing with a difference. Phill Huxley, for example, showed that his skills certainly aren’t limited to the poker felt by winning the Tap War event…

Memorable Team32Red Poker (and non-poker) Moments

There’s so much more to poker than the hands themselves, of course, but it’s also very often true that the outcome of a hand can determine someone’s fate. Just one card, right at the death of a hand, might at the same time sound the death knell of your tournament.

And sometimes Fate can deal out the cards in the most cruel order possible… When holding 66 and seeing the Flop bring 672, Artur Yarovoy must have been doing the usual ‘control’ tricks to curb any sign of enthusiasm. Finding himself up against KK, the only card he didn’t want to see appear was a King which – surprise, surprise – appeared on the river.

Much of the time when these tournaments get underway, players aren’t too involved and instead take time to settle in – sorting out their chips, their phones and multi-media devices, chair, drink… for the first orbit or so it’s often a case of getting ready for the possibly long journey ahead. For MPNPT regular, Deccy Rice, on the other hand, the event began quite differently. Having already added to his package the night before by winning an extra seat in a satellite, he found himself, on the very first hand, looking down at his hole cards to see AA. When this happens right at the beginning, with the blinds – and therefore a typical pot – being so tiny relative to stack size, nothing exciting happens but, bizarrely, Deccy doubled up. Alas, this certainly isn’t a guarantee that things will continue to go so well, and he didn’t survive Day 1a. Undeterred, he won another seat in another satellite(!), but sometimes it’s just not meant to be…

Daniel Leal might be an excellent poker player, but this is what happened when he visited another kind of gaming table. The Olympic casino, to get players in to the spirit of all things gaming (not that poker players tend to need any help…), gives everyone, on joining, a free €5 chip that they can wager on whatever game they like. Daniel strolled over to the nearest roulette table and didn’t bother breaking his freebie into smaller denomination chips, opting instead to simply bet it on a single number. Of course, being Team32Red to the core, he put it on 32 (red) and, of course, Fate having a sense of humour, the ball eventually decided to settle on number … 32.

A great time was had…

Here are a few comments from our players in Tallinn. Some are veritable veterans of the Tour, others were making their first (and hopefully not last) trip to a live festival. But they all have one thing in common – a very enjoyable Team32Red experience.

Uriy Ivanov (who won his place via a Route 32: Flip Flop to Tallinn promo): “I really liked the 32Red approach, the VIP events, and the goodwill of the 32Red team”

Phill Huxley: “I won a package in one of the 32Red promotions… 4th place in the Doubles with my girlfriend (I busted us!). First place in the Tap War competition! The social activities were top notch”

Richard Ward: “Had a fantastic time in Tallinn… always great hosts and we get really well looked after”

Stanislav Ivanov: “This time I had liked everything even more than last time! Very good organization”

Dmytry Nesin: “I won a package in a satellite at 32Red a few days before the start of the tournament. The tournament format is perfect!”

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Next stop: Morocco!

We’d hope that this report is enough to whet the appetite of any poker fan and inspire you to make it your quest to win a place at the first MPN Poker Tour stop of 2018: Morocco. The out-of-this-world Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort will again play host (11-14 January), and at 32Red there are – as always – numerous routes to both a €1,500 package and a €550 Main Event seat.

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.

Whether it’s through our monthly Chasing Redbacks and Route 32 promotions, hitting a royal flush in the nightly €3 buy-in Flush Royale tournament or simply via the bankroll-friendly satellite process, we hope to see you for poker by the sea!

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Route 32: Flip Flop to Tallinn

July 28, 2017 by  
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It’s a feather in the cap of any poker venue to be so successful that players want to return, yet Tallinn, Estonia’s picturesque, characterful capital, has gone even further by being selected to play host to the MPN Poker Tour for a third time!

Team32Red is now very well represented at MPNPT festivals around the globe, thanks to 32Red offering an assortment of qualifying bankroll-friendly routes to these excellent events.

Our latest promotion, which runs throughout August, is so bankroll-friendly, in fact, that it’s totally free to take part. Route 32: Flip Flop to Tallinn has over €3000 in MPNPT tickets to win, including a €1,500 MPNPT package for the €150,000 event for the winner and a €550 Main Event seat for the runner-up.

The package includes the €550 buy-in for the €150,000 Main Event, entry to the €110 Side Event, four nights (for two, including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel, €300 towards travel/expenses and an invite to the ever-popular Players Welcome Party!

And the whole promo is based around Flip tournaments, where everyone is automatically all-in every hand, so no actual playing is even necessary until the Final (1 September). The top 8 survivors in the nightly (10pm UK) Flips win starting chips for The Final (a standard NLH tournament), and to register for each Flip qualifier you need only make the corresponding number of raked hands for that day (e.g. 5 raked hands for Route 5, 15 for Route 15 and so on).

That’s it – just hit the cash tables as usual, rack up a few raked hands each day to register, and build your starting stack by accumulating chips as the month progresses. Good luck, and have fun!

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Route 32: All-in to Tallinn

June 30, 2017 by  
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After the route to Manchester, the next phase in our mission to populate the MPN Poker Tour with Team32Red qualifiers is Route 32: All-in to Tallinn. The top prize is a €1,500 package for the Tallinn leg of the MPNPT (19-22 October), while the runner-up will receive a €550 buy-in for the €150,000 Main Event in Estonia’s capital. There will also be an additional 30 prizes up for grabs!

The package includes the €550 buy-in for the €150,000 Main Event, entry to the €110 Side Event, four nights (for two, including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel, €300 towards travel/expenses and an invite to the ever-popular Players Welcome Party! It’s all-in to Tallinn!

The idea behind this promotion, which runs throughout July, is that – other than the Final (1 August) – no actual ’playing’ is necessary in the 31 nightly ‘Flip’ qualifiers (all at 10pm BST). It’s free to take part, and all you need to do to register is play the number of raked hands corresponding to the event in the previous 24 hours – so Route 6 will need six raked hands, for Route 19 you’ll need 19 raked hands and so on.

Once you’ve registered, the software at 32Red does the rest for you because in Flip tournaments everyone is automatically all-in every hand until the winners emerge. In this case the top eight finishers in each of the 31 Route tournaments win starting chips for the Final. So have fun at the cash tables every day, register, win starting chips and get ready for the Final…

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MPN Poker Tour Tallinn

June 21, 2017 by  
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There are only so many windows of opportunity in life, and for those of you yet to either visit Tallinn, Estonia’s beautiful capital city, or play a big money poker festival, you now have a chance to do both at the same time as this very popular venue will once again play host to the MPN Poker Tour.

The Olympic Park Casino will be welcoming players from around the globe, 19-22 October, for what promises to be an action-packed feast of poker. The Main event boasts a guaranteed prize pool of €150,000, but don’t be surprised to see the eventual total be higher, as is now often the case at MPNPT events (including Malta, recently).

So, how can players win their way to Tallinn?

There are numerous routes, one being the almost too simple one-hand solution that is hitting a royal flush in the nightly €3 buy-in, €300 Guaranteed Flush Royale (nightly, 7pm UK) – the prize for that is a juicy €1,500 poker package that includes the €550 Main Event buy-in, €110 Side Event buy-in, four nights (for two people, including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €300 towards travel/expenses.

Of course, it’s also possible to simply buy this full package but, as poker fans know, it’s always nicer to be playing a tournament that you managed to get into cheaply! And with the quest starting with satellites that have a buy-in of a mere €1, there’s no excuse to not give it a go…

32Red’s user-friendly qualification structure also allows players to win just the €550 Main Event seat, too – note that you can keep winning packages and seats, racking them up for future events.

Good luck, and we hope to see you flying the Team32Red flag at a MPNPT festival in the future…

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Another Flush Royale Hit!

June 14, 2016 by  
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Our €3 buy-in Flush Royale tournament, which is held every night at 8pm (UK time), isn’t just a fun, popular fixture because it’s a cheap buy-in tourney with €500 in guaranteed prizes. There’s also a special prize for hitting a royal flush – namely a fantastic €1,500 package to the next leg of the MPN Poker Tour, which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, 11-14 August.

A royal flush has always been seen as an extra special kind of ‘achievement’ in poker – if we win a few euros with a royal in a cash game, or one of many hands in a tournament, our excitement is simultaneously tinged with a feeling of disappointment that we didn’t receive any more than is the case with ‘normal’ hands that go our way. However memorable, these events are ultimately no different from when we win with king-high.

This is not the case, however, with Flush Royale, and numerous 32Red Poker players have found themselves with more than just a fond memory after hitting a royal flush. The latest recipient of Lady Luck’s fortune is Ronald Alino (alias: RapsCC). Ronald, who hails from Toronto, Canada, has been a 32Red player for well over a decade. He’s also taken full advantage of the bankroll-friendly satellite structure we provide so that poker enthusiasts can make the most of the qualification process to find themselves at big money poker festivals around the globe. Thus far Ronald has qualified for events in Dublin, Tbilisi and Vienna, enjoying some exciting times both at the tables and in and around a collection of European capital cities.

The €1,500 Tallinn package includes the €550 buy-in for the Main Event, €100 buy-in for the €15,000 side event, four nights for two at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €250 towards travel/expenses, and this time Ronald won the prize with a single hand after hitting the royal flush.

 

Here’s how it happened… Dealt Jc 10c, Ronald joined two other players to see the Flop bring Kc 8c Ks. All three checked and the Turn was the Ac, meaning the Qc would fill the magical hand. Put all-in by an opponent holding a K, Ronald duly called and Christmas came a couple of seasons early when the river was indeed the Qc!!

In Ronald’s words…

“32Red continues to offer great tournaments like the Flush Royale. I was lucky enough to win a MPNPT package by winning a hand with a royal flush. I had Jc 10c and called preflop. No one raised and there were two other people in the hand. The flop came Kc Ks 8c. Everyone checked. Turn Ac. First player to act checked, I checked and the other player in the hand shoved all in with Kh 4h. The player who initially checked for some reason used up all the time he was allowed to take – which was over two minutes – and then folded. For those two long minutes I had to continue to play six other tables while carefully avoiding an accidental misclick and folding a royal flush draw. I then called in the hope of the Qc. River Qc. I wasn’t sure if I had won the bonus because no one on the table seemed to notice and/or didn’t care. All I know is that I am going to play in the next MPNPT event thanks to 32Red.

I’ve been to three MPNPT events in the past and it gets better each time. I would say it is a good experience for any poker player. I look forward to playing in the next event and hope to be fortunate enough to win more packages in the MPNPT satellites.”

So after missing a visit to Tallinn when it first played host to the MPNPT last year, Ronald will now get a chance to see Estonia’s pretty capital in August thanks to a hand in a €3 buy-in tournament. Easy game, poker…

Remember that at 32Red Poker there are numerous qualifying routes to MPN festivals, with satellites starting as low as 25 cents! Go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby to see the schedule, and keep tuning in to 32Red Poker to look out for special satellites, too, where you can win €500 MPN seats as well as the €1,500 package.

Have fun, and good luck!

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Flush Royale Hit (Again)

May 26, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for a summer holiday destination, may we suggest Tallinn, Estonia? It’s one of those places that’s easy on the eye regardless of the season, but particularly picturesque during summer. This is probably one of the factors that led to the Estonian capital being selected by the MPN Poker Tour as a venue worthy of a return, and this alone is sure to attract many players. Another reason is the success of the first time Tallinn played host to the MPNPT last year, when the poker itself was exciting and a good time was had by all, as they say.  Read more

Jackpot hit in Flush Royale

May 18, 2016 by  
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Even those who’ve never played a hand of poker have heard of a royal flush and are aware of how special it is. It’s so special at 32Red Poker, in fact, that when you hit a royal flush in our popular nightly €500 guaranteed Flush Royale tournament you’re rewarded with a €1,500 package to a MPN Poker Tour event.

This is what happened to Andrew Talbot (alias: Drew0480) in the latest edition of Flush Royale. Andrew, from Suffolk in the UK, has been a 32Red player for nearly 13 years, and he’ll be wearing Team 32Red colours in the Estonian capital of Tallinn in August for the €150,000 guaranteed poker festival. The €1,500 package includes the €550 buy-in for the Main Event, €100 buy-in for the €15,000 side event, four nights for two at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €250 towards travel/expenses – a great return considering that the buy-in for the Flush Royale tournament is a mere €3!

If you’re wondering how the royal flush came about, Andrew was dealt Ah Jh and after raising pre-flop found himself calling a short-stacked opponent’s all-in (with 10s 9d). The flop came 5c 10h Kh and ‘all’ that was keeping Andrew from a big money poker trip to the beautiful Tallinn this summer was, appropriately, the Qh – a card that has graced countless songs, books and films over the years. The Turn brought the meaningless 2s and it was all down to the river which, luckily for the recent winner of a €4,000 guaranteed Turbo Deep Stack Rebuy tournament, was indeed the necessary Qh, and the royal flush was complete. Easy game, poker.

Andrew’s thoughts: “…wonderful hand and a great poker site to play on. This is my fourth and – believe it or not – the smallest payout! One on this poker site and three in the casino which, I hasten to add, I have attended after winning the first Royal Flush and a massive payout of $166,000 in 2005. If the dealer had qualified in that hand my payout would have been huge as I was betting 65 ante and 130 payout line. Just happy to have got it again!”

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Remember that there are various ways to qualify for the MPN Poker Tour. As well as the excitement of Flush Royale we have a ridiculously bankroll-friendly satellite structure in which it’s possible to start your quest for as little as 25 cents! To see the full schedule go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby.

A key strategy in satellite tournaments is to keep focused on the fact that the requirements to qualify for one of the prizes on offer are quite different from standard tourneys, where the prize distribution can be quite top heavy. If for example, there are 10 €200 satellite tickets up for grabs, then 10th prize is worth just as much as 1st despite the possibly considerable difference in final chip counts. The trick is to not be too desperate to top the field but instead to maintain a workable stack and remain in contention.

Have fun, and good luck!

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MPNPT Sofia Trip Report

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There’s more than a touch of irony that one of the great benefits of modern online poker – a technological advancement that allows us to play not just at home but at any time, anywhere – is the facility to qualify for ‘live’ poker festivals around the globe. Poker fans who have never set foot in a ‘bricks & mortar’ casino, nor ever expected to, can now win their way to international, big money events – and for less than the price of a coffee!

Culture, Cafes & Poker

As it happens, Sofia is the perfect place to sit in the sun having a coffee, taking in the view of the nearby mountains that encircle this 7,000-year-old city. And with such a player/bankroll-friendly satellite structure at 32Red Poker a host of players won their way to Bulgaria’s ancient capital for the latest €150,000 leg of the MPN Poker Tour.

There’s a buzz associated with these tournaments that’s well worth making the effort to experience, and if you’re sitting at the table when the cards are being dealt having won the €550 buy-in or even a €1,500 package it’s all the more enjoyable. Not surprisingly, our numerous qualifiers who become part of Team 32Red continue to make the most of qualifying opportunities, and we want all our poker enthusiasts to get involved and join the tour – even our nightly €3 buy-in €500 Flush Royale tournament, for example, has a special prize of a €1,500 MPNPT package for a royal flush!

Home success in Main Event

The MPN Tour has been an enormous success and Sofia was yet another instalment that saw the size of the field generate more prize money than the guarantee which, this time, was €125,000. In fact, over the opening Day 1a & 1b there were 263 entries and an additional 39 re-entries, boosting the total prize pool to €146,470, with a juicy €35,000 for the eventual winner.

With bagpipes (called ‘gaida’) being a national instrument, a public holiday dedicated to St George and a popular Irish pub, Sofia’s perhaps surprising links to UK and Irish players could have led to this particular visiting contingent taking home a chunk of the booty but, as it turned out, the Main Event proved to be a home success. Bulgarians took the top prizes, with Stefan Genchev emerging as the eventual winner.

However, there were a couple of notable results for (Bulgarian!) Team 32Red players, with Edmondi Mkhitaryan winning a tidy €2,700 for finishing in 9th place, and Stanislav Ivanov earning €2,200 for an impressive 16th.

‘Ever growing, never old’

That’s the memorable motto for Sofia which, incidentally, is the Greek word for ‘wisdom’ – we could do worse than apply these words to how we approach poker. Big money festivals are indeed exciting, not least because every player will at some point be within a big hand or a stroke of luck of making a concerted stand for glory. The flip side, of course, is that we are also a big hand or a cruel, ill-timed moment of poor fortune from a painful exit. This, as all poker players eventually realise, is simply part of the game that we need to accept and from which we have to move on without letting the experience taint our future experiences…

Players’ Thoughts

No doubt those players who won a €1,500 package to Sofia will have enjoyed their stay at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel that was both very well situated and, conveniently, adjoining the host casino. Catering for so many players and dealing with the logistics of organizing such a big event is bound to present a problem or two, and the fact that smoking was allowed understandably didn’t go down well with the vast majority of players from countries where times have changed considerably since ‘smoke-filled rooms’ was the stereotypic norm. But, as the old adage goes, you can’t please everyone, all of the time and, overall, Sofia provided players with an interesting taste of both poker and culture.

Team 32Red qualifier Knut Berntsen’s experience was typical – he had a couple of suggested improvements but also had this to say: “On the positive side, I loved the atmosphere in Sofia, with a good mix of online qualifiers and locals in a friendly environment. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which is always nice to see in an event like this! Moreover, one important reason I started to play satellites for the MPNPT is that the tour offers stops at locations where you normally won’t find bigger poker tournaments. Please continue to do so in the future, as it is a great opportunity to travel to new places and get to play some poker as well…”

Bouncebackability

‘Bouncebackability’ is a word first championed by a UK television sports show to describe the ability to take bad results and disappointment in one’s stride and bounce back to success. Our Poker Ambassador, Angus Dunnington subsequently adopted it in his psychology oriented poker musings and, fortunately, our Team 32Red players demonstrated this capacity to dust themselves off and climb back on the proverbial horse in Sofia.

Phillip Huxley (England) – “Bad beats on me in the Main Event. Bad beats given out in the Bulgaria Cup!”, 32Red’s indefatigable Poker Manager Nick Diaz (Gibraltar), Vyacheslav Blazhko (Ukraine) and Asif Warris finished 11th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd respectively in the €135 buy-in Bulgaria Poker Cup.

On the last day of the festival Nick did the poker equivalent of striking while the iron is hot. With a dozen or so players left in the €100 buy-in Sunday Showdown, Oliver Fabian was hoping his small stack would see him into the prizes when Angus Dunnington took a stand with AQ but was knocked out by a pair of sevens in a typical make or break hand. Some adventure later, and Oliver’s ‘chip and a chair’ story earned him 4th place, while Nick won the trophy! Modest to a fault, here is Nick’s version of his success: “I’m a lucky fish… had good cards at the beginning so that played out well for me. I made some sneaky moves early on which played out well, too, and had four times the starting stack by the first break. Then I went card dead so shifted down gears, and picked up the pace towards the final table. In the very last hand I had KQ and my opponent 3x raised with 44 – I shoved and a king appeared on the flop…”

And there we have it. Another interesting poker tour stop for 32Red Poker players, who proved once again that there’s more to poker than winning. Here are some words of wisdom from Team 32Red qualifier Andre Silva (whose qualifying quest began with a €3 satellite!) that put the game – and these trips – perfectly into perspective: “Got eliminated with AA against 32 – never slow-play Aces…”

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Next stop on the MPNPT – Tallinn

Be a part of the next leg of the tour by qualifying for the Tallinn event (11-14 August). Win a fantastic €1,500 package that includes the €550 buy-in to the €125K Main Event, €100 buy-in to €15K Side Event, four nights (for two) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €250 towards travel and expenses. Satellites start at only 25 cents!

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