New €300 Fish Royale (Bonus Package!)

October 9, 2018 by  
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7pm Daily (UK time) at 32Red Poker…

We’re nothing if not flexible at 32Red, and sometimes even good things can be favourably tweaked. Our new nightly €3.30 buy-in €300 Fish Royale (Bonus Package!) tournament is a perfect example. This will replace our popular Flush Royale tournament, but retains the style and set-up. And the star prizes are well worth making this your regular evening poker treat!

There’s a pretty obvious clue about the new twist in the tournament’s name. Our 3-player Fish Party Sit & Go games have become a player favourite, with progressive jackpots at all five buy-in levels and no shortage of jackpots being hit. It made sense to combine a popular tournament with a popular Sit & Go, so the €300 in prizes includes €100 in Fish party tickets.

Hit a Royal Flush, win a €1,500 Live Events package!

This feature is what makes Fish Royale so special. Our players can find themselves on Team32Red at a big money international poker festival by seeing their €3.30 buy-in turn into a €1,500 package! And this happens just by hitting a Royal Flush… Use both hole cards to make a Royal Flush and, as long as the hand reaches a showdown, a €1,500 Live Events package is yours.

You even get to choose between the MPN Poker Tour and Cash Game Festival, with both visiting interesting places around the globe.

So, join us every evening at 7pm (UK time) for this player-friendly tournament that pays out Cash, Fish Party tickets and a €1,500 Live Events package for a royal flush. To spice up proceedings you can take advantage of €3.30 rebuys and a €3.30 monster add-on. Have fun, and good luck!

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Another 10 BoM Packages Guaranteed this Sunday!

October 2, 2018 by  
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You can’t have too much of a good thing – certainly not at 32Red Poker. Last weekend’s €200 buy-in MPNPT Sunday 10 Package Final eventually saw 13 juicy €1,800 packages won. So – we’re rolling out another one on Sunday!

That’s another (minimum) 10 packages for what is building up to be an unforgettable poker festival (26-31 October). And, as well as simply buying in for Sunday’s mega satellite, you can win the €200 ticket via our comprehensive qualification structure.

In fact, you can start the quest for Malta at 55 cents. Check out the full schedule of satellites – including ‘feeders’ to Sunday’s Final – in the Poker Lobby and you’ll find tournaments that suit your bankroll, throughout the day, every day.

As for the venue of MPN Poker Tour’s biggest ever event, the decision to return to Malta is perfect timing. The weather on this tiny Mediterranean island during the festival is sure to be a pleasurable contrast to the usual rain and cold. And there’ll be plenty of time to enjoy various activities and events away from the poker table, where the €1M Battle of Malta is going to be a humdinger.

Team32Red is always well represented at MPNPT festivals, and we want to have a presence that mirrors the record-breaking numbers we’ll see in Malta. Have fun at the tables, and we’ll see you there…

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MPNPT Vienna: Team32Red Report

February 6, 2017 by  
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The Venue

Vienna is a fantastic city, so it won’t have come as a surprise to many that the MPN chose to return to the Austrian capital for the Tour’s first venue of 2017 – another reason, of course, being the fact that the city is a well respected poker venue.

Back in January 1981, Ultravox released the song ‘Vienna’ which, over 30 years later, was judged in a poll to be the greatest song never to reach the top of the UK charts, having been prevented from the coveted No.1 spot by a novelty song entitled ‘Shaddap You Face’… Much of the atmospheric video was shot in London, with the band visiting Vienna only for a day, dashing around the city by taxi with the help of a guide book.

Fortunately for those players who qualified for Vienna by playing at 32Red, as well as the €550 buy-in, their €1,500 package included four nights in a hotel in the trendy Gasometer district. This was literally round the corner from the Montesino Casino – a specialist poker venue that the players were impressed with last year – and just a few stops from the heart of Vienna. So, playing MPNPT Vienna gave Team32Red players plenty of time to see one of the world’s most culture-laden cities, not forgetting the abundance of food and drink that Vienna has to offer. One such is the famous Wiener Schnitzel which, apparently, is made only from veal and no other meat, as dictated and protected by Austrian law! That’s a bit of trivia you can impress people with at the dinner/poker table, as is the fact that the founder of the German sports car company, Porsche, was the Austrian Ferdinand Porsche, who also designed the Volkswagen…

 

The Poker: Part 1

Poker enjoys varying degrees of popularity around the globe, so it stands to reason that some venues will attract more players than others. No surprise, then, that Vienna (Austria, in fact) – which is also a relatively easy destination from many European destinations – is always going to guarantee a certain number of entries.

The field on Day 1a tends to have a higher ratio of ‘locals’ to foreigners, mainly due to the fact that players from other countries don’t arrive early enough. There’s also the matter of the MPNPT Players’ Party, which takes place on the night of Day 1a and has become increasingly popular to the point of being unmissable (see below).

Despite the fact that most of Team32Red would be joining the fray on Day 1b, a few jumped straight into battle. As it turned out it was quality over quantity in terms of 32Red making a statement of presence, because emerging as the opening day chip leader was 32Red debutant, Artur Yarovoy, of Russia, who set off like the Usain Bolt of poker and never looked back, his stack after what seemed like 13 increasingly long levels transformed to over 10 times the initial 25,000! To better put this in perspective, some of the 49 who survived to Day 2 had barely increased their chip count.

One might be foolish to bet against Irish tournament specialists David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney keeping their respective heads above water, and they managed fine with 142,000 and 69,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, Phill Huxley – who, almost reluctantly, goes by the name The Huxinator – was riding along on the roller-coaster that is tournament poker on the proverbial seat of his pants. Thusly, with play about to come to an end for the day, and looking at the same amount of chips with which he’d started many hours earlier, he chanced his arm by pushing everything over the line with A4. The bad news was his being called by JJ. The good news was an ace appearing, doubling up the Huxinator at the expense of an opponent who, it’s fair to say, wasn’t afraid to show his frustration.

Finally, Angus Dunnington was involved in a very complex family pot where by far the biggest prize was the side-pot between himself and one of the other three players. He regretted not fully committing as soon as he’d made his play and, sure enough, won the ‘nowhere near big enough’ side-pot, insult being added to injury when he was on course to pocket all of the booty until the river card helped one small(er) stack leapfrog him to two pair (all-in with Q7…) and the other fill a straight. A later all-in brought him all the way down to a few thousand, but he rallied to scrape through to Day 2 with 32,000 chips.

This description is by no means untypical of how things can go in a tournament like this – fortune comes and goes, the ‘accuracy’ of a decision can be problematic to weigh up while contemplating your next move and, not surprisingly (given those pesky unknowns that poker is littered with), virtually the same path can lead to the next stage or the exit…

 

The Party

Originally, the MPNPT party might have attracted a few players happy to turn up for a quarter of an hour or so for a few free drinks and snacks. Things have changed, and it’s indicative of the Tour’s success that the party, henceforth known as The Party, is now an event in itself, and something players don’t want to miss.

This time the venue was the bowling alley a couple of floors down from the casino. A lot of players turned up, including the Team32Red contingent, and the evening’s entertainment was, of course, ten-pin bowling. Remember that we’re talking poker players here, so it wasn’t going to be a simple case of it being ‘the taking part that counts’ – there had to be something to win! And indeed there was, the prizes well worth winning, in fact. Having already won a €550 Main Event ticket in a satellite at the casino, 32Red and MPN Tour regular, Bruce Shannon, continued at the bowling alley where he’d left off at the poker table – a winner. This time he was the recipient of a €200 MPNPT ticket, while Simon Millard and Joel Holmberg won tickets for €80 and €22.

 

The Poker: Part 2

A number of our players tried their luck in the €20,000 guaranteed Austria Poker Cup, with Norway’s Knut Berntsen earning €580 for finishing in 11th place, and Peter Raynor €310 for 22nd.

Dara continued his good run in the High Roller event, reaching the final three places of this €1,100 buy-in tournament to find that, rather bizarrely, the remaining protagonists he was up against were a couple. Chopping seemed like an appropriate end, and the tournament specialist added another juicy prize to his long list of accolades.

Meanwhile, only Joel Holmberg (140,700) and Michal Jurgielewicz (84,100) survived Day 1b – both would at least enjoy some success during the festival… With just short of 550 entries it was never going to be easy making the money, and the play became predictably tense as the bubble approached, followed by the equally predictable collective sigh of relief for those who managed to finish among the 62 paid places. Our Team32Red players who emerged from the battle with a cash were:

Michal Jurgielewicz (Poland; 20th) €1,750
David Lappin (Ireland; 27th) €1,750
Mario Sánchez (Spain; 36th) €1,550
Angus Dunnington (England; 54th) €1,230

 

(Irish) Sausages

Stick an Irish pub on the moon and it could well start attracting clients (when that finally happens, remember that you first saw the idea here…). People from around the globe seem to gravitate to Irish pubs wherever they may be, and Vienna is no exception. Continuing the theme, a cosmopolitan bunch of Team32Red players spent Saturday night at one such convivial establishment. Young people in Vienna are bestowed certain rights earlier than many of their European counterparts. Ironically they can vote in elections at 16 and, bizarrely, can also drink at 16 yet not receive a driver’s license until 18 (at least this should mean there’s not a drink-driving problem for Austrian teens…). The average age at this particular Irish bar probably increased a little when our players turned up, but a good time was had by all, including Declan ‘Deccy’ Rice being able to order genuine Irish sausages – you could be forgiven for thinking that a sausage is a sausage, but you’d be wrong, as it happens. Perhaps a possible way to rattle Deccy at the poker table would be to bring this subject up, although he has a great sense of humour and the quickest wit, so it may well backfire… A few of this group didn’t let the time prevent them from forgoing sleep for a return to the casino, making their presence felt at the tables, including a strange Hold’em themed game that seemed to have a mysteriously player-unfriendly house edge…

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Poker: Final Day

So it was that, after a grueling two days, the Main Event renewed on Sunday, and the seemingly unstoppable Artur Yaravoy showed that his initial success certainly wasn’t a fluke – the wily Russian had ended Day 2 second of the 14 remaining contenders, with a 1,883,000 stack! He eventually exited the tournament in 5th place after pushing with A7 and losing to Kilian Kramer (who would go on to win the event’s top prize of €50,000) who called with KQ and made a straight. Artur had won €13,960 – perhaps now is a good time to point out that he won a €1,500 package for Vienna by hitting a royal flush in the €3 buy-in Flush Royale, our exclusive nightly tournament that is great fun, has a €500 guaranteed prize pool and is responsible for sending a lot of players to MPN Tour events simply because they made a royal flush!

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Doubles & Hyper Turbo

One last snippet of Team32Red results: Julie Whitworth and the aforementioned Peter Raynor won €435 for finishing 3rd in the Doubles event, which saw players take it in turns to play a single stack. This is easier said than done, by the way, as it’s difficult to find a balance between playing your natural style and feeling responsible for your team-mate, too. Finnish duo Joel Holmberg and Teemu Toikkanen each won €120 for placing 6th.

Finally, well done Keith Cummins of Ireland who trousered a tidy €900 for finishing runner-up in the €50+10 No Limit Hold’em Hyper Turbo!

Memorable Hand: Friends & Poker

Many players find it awkward playing at the same table as their friends. Knowing exactly how it feels to lose makes you more conscious of the potential significance of a pot in which you’re involved with a friend, and it’s difficult to not experience some level of distraction.

Here’s Phill Huxley describing a crucial heads-up hand with his friend, Angus Dunnington:

‘32Red Ambassador Angus Dunnington was moved to my table at the very beginning of day two. He’d already doubled up and the first hand he played he ran a very big river bluff when his straight and flush draws missed. His opponent folded and he showed the bluff, much to the consternation of the other player. I’d always thought of Angus as a pretty tight player but I now saw him in a new light.

A couple of hands later I opened with pocket aces from middle position (first time I had aces the whole tournament) and Angus defended from the big blind. Flop was 779. Angus checked and, somewhat wary of his new ‘wildman’ image after that big bluff, I decided to check behind. The turn was a ten, bringing a flush draw, and Angus led out with a large bet. I certainly couldn’t fold here, calling seemed like the only play. The river was very innocuous – all the draws had missed and Angus asked how much I had behind. I showed him my stack and he put me all in. 32Red on 32Red violence!

Maybe, just maybe, if I hadn’t seen that bluff directly before I would have found a fold as I’d always considered Angus as a tighter, more solid player. But now… against ‘Crazy Angus’ after his big bluff I just couldn’t let it go. After thinking for about two minutes I called. Angus exhaled, shook his head and looked like someone had just run over his cat. In my head I was fist-pumping, thinking “Yes! I caught him bluffing” – sadly it was not the case and he turned over 79 for a flopped full house. Angus was genuinely upset that he busted me and apologised many times. I almost felt bad!’

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C’est la vie, as they say. We’ll let Phill’s final comment on the event sum up the general thoughts of 32Red players:

‘…I have to say that it is refreshing the way 32Red treats its qualifiers. Not only trying their best to give them a good experience on and off the tables, but also fostering a team spirit and helping to build friendships and friendly and fun rivalries between the players. Certainly noticeably better than experiences of qualifying for tournaments with so-called bigger sites. It really makes a difference and also stokes my enthusiasm for playing more on 32Red in general’

So there you have it – another successful MPN Tour stop, and another Main Event which saw the guaranteed prize pool increase due to its popularity with players. The next stop is Malta, April 27-30 and, as always, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to qualify at 32Red. Good luck, have fun, and we hope to see you in the sun!

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Play the MPN Poker Tour in Sofia

February 10, 2016 by  
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The growing popularity of qualifying for ‘live’ events at 32Red has seen our players turn up in considerable numbers at MPNPT festivals around the globe. Combining the excitement of cut and thrust, big money poker with seeing new and interesting places certainly seems like a winning recipe, and after the first leg of 2016 in Vienna the tour next moves to the ancient city of Sofia, 21-24 April 2016.

With the guaranteed prize fund in Bulgaria’s picturesque capital being €125,000 it’s a genuine no-brainer to give qualifying a go given that our bankroll-friendly satellite structure costs only pennies to get involved in. As well as being able to win the €550 seat for the Main Event it’s also possible to qualify for a €1,500 package that includes the buy-in, four nights for you and a guest at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia, entry to the €150 Side Event (which has a €25,000 guarantee!) and €450 towards travel and expenses.

Check out Tournaments > Satellites in the poker lobby for satellite details, start the qualifying quest, and win your way to Sofia!

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Team 32Red does Vienna

February 5, 2016 by  
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The MPN Poker Tour has proved to be a tremendous success, with the festivals giving players the opportunity to enjoy the thrills and spills of live poker in a varied selection of venues around the globe. The excitement of poker is one thing, but it’s quite another to be able to experience the different cultures and history that cities such as Tallinn and Tbilisi (places that most of us might not so readily choose to visit) have to offer. Throw in the craic of Dublin and the grandeur of Vienna, and it’s easy to see why record numbers of 32Red players found themselves in the Austrian capital after winning seats or packages through our extensive qualifying process.

Held at the Montesino Casino, 21-24 January 2016, the festival attracted an impressively large field. A total of 431 players took part in the €550 buy-in Main Event and, with 52 re-entries, this made for a tasty prize fund of €241,500. This more than comfortably surpassed the guarantee and produced a first prize of €54,000 for the eventual winner, with a further 52 places being paid.

Team 32Red

Over 30 of the field came from the now visibly noticeable Team 32Red. Poker is indeed an ‘everyman’ (and woman!) game, and this couldn’t be reflected any better than in our group of players. Coming from across the globe, our qualifiers made the most of their time in Vienna, both on and off the tables.

Oh Vienna!

32Red’s Jakob Anyszka (a Vienna native) was able to put his local knowledge to good use… How we perform at the tables has a lot to do with what we get up to when not playing, and our players certainly had an edge over the opposition when it came to making the most of what the city has to offer – as the photos show!

 

‘Live’ Poker

Some of the more experienced 32Red players – such as Vladimir Pastushenko (aka DNIPRO2010), Phill Huxley (Rixdorf), Adrian Nica (Lawliet1) and Angus Dunnington (AngusD) – have considerable ‘live’ poker experience, including the MPN Poker Tour. For others, Vienna was the first time they had found themselves actually sitting at a table with their opponents rather than playing in the quite different online environment. It’s interesting how most players who have hitherto not played live (or not, at least, at such a big festival) can feel more than just a little apprehensive but, in a surprisingly short time, not only get used to it but feel quite at home.

One point made by Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) – for whom this was his second time at such an event – was that it had taken him a while at the tables for his game to loosen up to the same level as it is online, while others mentioned how there being fewer hands per hour took some getting used to. These same players, it has to be said, performed well, which serves to confirm that, generally, the transition from online to live tends to prove a natural one.

Live poker nowadays wouldn’t be the same without its growing contingent of online players (whether serious or recreational), and it’s good to see 32Red so well represented in the live festival arena. Having established a genuine, impressive presence at international festivals – particularly bearing in mind that we have such a varied group of players who also appreciate such events – we can look forward to similarly positive experiences being shared in the future. With this in mind we will endeavour to continue providing opportunities to qualify for prestigious events through our player/bankroll friendly satellites and other tournaments – the knowledge that a couple of our players were even able to enjoy their trip to Vienna after having hit a royal flush in our Flush Royale tournament, for example, is what makes it all worthwhile!

 

Results

It’s not at all a clichéd approach to say that it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts, so while it would be great to announce that a Team 32Red member took home the first prize of €54,000, this was not to be – an Austrian by the name of Jannis Brauer emerged victorious. However, we did have a number of players cashing in the Main Event, with Canadian Ronald Alino – continuing his tour of Europe that sees him essentially following the MPN tour with each successive satellite qualification – finishing 28th for €1,410 and Peter Raynor (38th), Nadeem Nazir (49th) and the wily Phill Huxley (52) each collecting €1,150 for their efforts.

Others, of course, came close and ran well, and a special mention goes to Martyna Makarove who adapted well to the new surroundings of live poker to cash in the 185-player Austrian Cup!

Exits & Memorable Hands

Nobody likes either to hear or have to tell a so-called ‘bad beat’ story so here is a selection of hands with which some of our players exited tournament play in Vienna – the point being to illustrate the thin line that can mean the difference, for example, between a veritable hat full of chips and a potential big win, or none at all.

Diane Duncan (POKERLADY25) went all-in with AJs but ran into pocket tens after an impressive international poker debut. Pocket tens, meanwhile, is the very hand that Dionne Cowley (RangerMcFriendly) took a stand with, losing to KJ. We all accept the luck factor in poker but, for Dionne, her poor fortune manifested itself in falling ill during her stay. This clearly didn’t help concerned husband Richard, either, so here’s hoping they’ll be back with a vengeance at future tour events.

Short-stacked Simon (Bada_Bing72) Millard put his faith (on 16BB) with K9o, was called by A9 and AT, and that was that. He later remembered that this was the very same hand with which he’d been eliminated on his tour debut…

Satellite ‘killer’ Dara O’Kearney (HopAlongHnsn) shoved with AJs versus QQ, then noticed he’d actually put his remaining chips on the line with J4s! Funny old world.

Finally, even funnier – although not necessarily in the ‘hahaha’ sense for Ivan Damyanov… He went all-in pre-flop with kings, ran into aces and duly walked away, not realising that he still had 2,000 in chips still on the table. Two hours later a sole chip remained.

 

Next Stop

We hope to see Team 32Red similarly represented at the next stop of the MPN tour, which will be in Sofia, 21-24 April. Once again it will be possible to win both €1,500 packages and €500 seats in our satellites and special tournaments, so check out the Poker Lobby and start your quest…

Good luck, and see you in Sofia!

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MPN Poker Tour Tbilisi Report

June 9, 2015 by  
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May 28-31, 2015

Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, played host to the latest leg of the successful MPN Poker Tour, with the €500 buy-in Main Event promising a guarantee of a cool €250,000 to those who made their way to this historic city.

Legend has it that in the 5th century King Vakhtang Gorgasali went hunting and shot a pheasant, which fell into a warm spring, and he was thus inspired to found a city right there, the name coming from the Georgian word tbili, meaning warm.

Our 32Red Poker qualifiers certainly found a warm welcome after taking the trip from the airport, down George W. Bush Avenue(!), and into the city. Read on for a players’ eye view of ‘live’ festival poker…

Day 1a

Day 1A attracted a total of 387 entries for the $550 Main Event, all well hosted at the Sports Palace in May Square. As play got under way and the live blog kicked off, various questions were asked from those following proceedings who had not managed to win their way into this big money festival. One such enthusiast, clearly a fight fan, asked for confirmation that champion UFC fighter Nick Diaz was in Tbilisi for the event… in fact he wasn’t, rather his no less worthy namesake Nick Diaz, 32Red Poker Manager, was in town (and meaning business)…

Those who had earned a place in Georgia, and were enjoying as part of their €1,500 packages the hospitality of the Holiday Inn, were ready to play…

32Red Poker Qualifiers – Day 1a

Vladimir Pastushenko (DNIPRO2010)

Vladimir Pastushenko (DNIPRO2010)

Vladimir Pastushenko (Ukraine), aka DNIPRO2010, is no stranger to the MPN Poker Tour, having previously played in the Tallinn leg. This time he qualified via our MPNPT March Madness event.

Vladimir didn’t have much luck this time around, as the following hand demonstrates. Dealt 10, 10, he was more than happy to see a flop of 10, J, 4 … but the inner smile will have diminished when the Turn and River brought 9 and 8, and then disappeared completely after losing the pot to an opponent holding Q, J! He later busted out when his nut flush ran into a rivered full house. C’est la vie.

Dimitri Tsereteli, who online goes by the name didro8888, qualified via one of our many satellites, and has the experience of participating in four live events. He had positive thoughts regarding the festival as a whole, and this despite busting out of the event after seeing his aces losing to 4, 7!

Mikhail Logvinenko (Samopomi4)

Mikhail Logvinenko (Samopomi4)

Mikhail Logvinenko, aka Samopomi4, is a freeroll fanatic and qualified in one of our Saturday Surprise tournaments. His key musings were that Tbilisi is a beautiful city, and that the tournament had a good blind structure – these thoughts were no doubt reinforced by his being the only surviving 32Red player from Day 1a…

Day 1b

The Main Event prize fund, which had been guaranteed at $250,000, now promised a massive $306,350, thanks to the sheer volume of entries and the fact that this was a ‘no fee’ event, with the whole of the $550 buy-in going into the prize pool!

Thus the Main Event payouts list was as follows:

POSITION PRIZE
1st $65,221
2nd $45,695
3rd $29,390
4th $21,740
5th $16,305
6th $13,085
7th $10,870
8th $8,689
9th $6,542
10th-12th $4,798
13th-15th $3,892
16th-18th $3,355
19th-21st $2,919
22nd-24th $2,617
25th-27th $2,315
28th-36th $2,013
37th-45th $1,745
46th-54th $1,476
55th-63rd $1,241

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32Red Poker Qualifiers – Day 1b

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Phillip Huxley (rixdorf)

Phillip Huxley, aka rixdorf, was a PocketFives package winner and is a seasoned player with plenty of hours spent at countless poker tables around the globe. After busting out on Day 1a he dusted himself off and rebought into Day 1b, without success.

Meanwhile, Phillip also chose a memorable hand from which he withdrew: “…in the side event I bet the KT6 Flop with KQ and there was a raise and then a shove, so I felt pretty certain I was behind. It turned out to be straight and flush draws, and Q-high ended up scooping a huge pot…”

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Nicolae-Alexandru Preda (aka all3css11)

Nicolae-Alexandru Preda (aka all3css11) started, and exited, on Day 1b, as did his brother, Andrei, who was adopted by the 32Red Poker squad and who, unfortunately, suffered the same fate. Starting his qualifying quest in a freeroll, ‘all3css11’ won a €80 ticket and parlayed this to winning a package final. He has played in more than 10 such international festivals. It’s interesting that, when asked about a memorable hand, one that stayed with him was an instructive example that isn’t typical of tournament reports. Having being dealt pocket aces and opening the betting he took with him a single caller to the Flop, which came 7h, 8s, 5h. He made a continuation bet, was called, and the Turn brought the 9h. Another bet, another call … River 5c and after an understandable check he was put all-in, at which point he folded. Fastforward… all-in very short-stacked with 77, called by one of two limpers on K, 10 and the Turn threw up a 10 and that was that.

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Ronald Alino (Lil_J)

Quite a few 32Red Poker regulars will have sat at the same virtual table as lil_J over the years. His real name is Ronald Alino and he hails from Canada. Perhaps surprisingly for such a ‘veteran’ this was his first ‘live’ poker event, having won his place for a mere €5 or so in a 32Red Poker exclusive €1 rebuy satellite.

A ‘funny’ hand that Ronald wasn’t in saw A8 all-in against a short-stacked JJ. When the Flop brought AKx the latter stood up and was, of course, ready to leave… Turn J … River J!

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Timo Rissanen (marrikkassi)

Timo Rissanen, aka marrikkassi, is another player for whom an international poker festival is new territory. His successful qualifying quest for the €1,500 package began with a tournament that cost a mere €11!  He was pleasantly surprised by the city and enjoyed the hotel. Alas he busted out when two pairs ran into a bigger pair…

Day 2

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Mikhail Logvinenko (Samopomi4)

Mikhail Logvinenko had cut his path through the jungle that was Day 1a to emerge with 162,000 chips, and he continued his good form to make the money, pocketing over $1,000!

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Let’s leave the last words to Phillip Huxley: “It’s great that the tour took a risk to come to such a new unusual place. Feel very lucky to get the chance to come here as I probably never would have visited otherwise. Well done on looking after your players and introducing them to each other. A lot of sites don’t seem to make any efforts with online qualifiers any more, so the efforts of you and 32Red are very welcome, thanks!”

It was a pleasure, Phillip – see you soon on the MPN Poker Tour

 

Qualify for the MPN Poker Tour in Dublin, Ireland (2-6 September)

MPN Poker Tour Dublin

May 19, 2015 by  
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‘Live’ poker… Not surprisingly, it can be quite a thrilling experience playing live, actually sitting at a table with our opponents. Online poker fans yet to venture into the ‘traditional’ environment can win their way to a seat in one of the MPN Poker Tour’s exciting festivals by playing at 32Red Poker. Make an entry in your diary for the Dublin leg, 2-6 September, and start your qualifying quest now because we have all sorts of ways to win €1,500 qualifying packages to what is sure to be a lively event.

Dublin has a reputation for being one of the friendliest, fun cities in Europe, and the capital of the Emerald Isle is also no stranger to international poker. Investing a little time and effort in our bankroll-friendly satellites – which come in all shapes, sizes and formats to suit all tastes and pockets – really is a no-brainer.

The city itself and the experience of the buzz of a major poker festival are already enough incentive, but the fact that the Main Event has a guaranteed prize fund of €250,000 is a nice bonus… As for the €1,500 package you can win at 32Red Poker, it includes the €500 buy-in to Main Event, a €120 Side Event buy-in, 4 nights (for two people) at Bewley’s Hotel and €400 for Travel/Expenses, as well as an invite to our Welcome Party.

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We like the qualifying process to offer great value, fun and diversity, so tournament formats cover Freezeout, Rebuy, Turbo, Sit & Go and even Flip tournaments – and buy-ins for early level satellites start as low as 22c!

Start playing now, and you could be savouring the atmosphere of big money live poker in Dublin in September.

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7 MPN Poker Tour Tbilisi Packages to Win

March 27, 2015 by  
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Play a $250,000 poker tournament in Tbilisi by qualifying at 32Red Poker this Sunday in our MPNPT March Madness 7 Packages Gtd tournament (29th March, 7pm BST). The successful MPN Poker Tour’s next stop is the Georgian capital (May 28-31), and there are no less than seven €1,500 packages to be won!

Live poker is fun, exciting and presents players with an opportunity to win big cash prizes, and what better circumstances to take part than through our great value €75 + €5 satellite on Sunday? Each of the seven package winners will receive the Main Event entry ($550), four nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn (nice and close to the venue), an additional entry to a $100 side event, €400 for travel/expenses and even an invite to a MPN drinks reception.

Add to the poker festival the fact that you’ll have time to enjoy Tbilisi, an up and coming tourist destination rich in sights and culture, and this satellite is well worth putting in your diary for the weekend.

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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…

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Have fun, and good luck!

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

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