It might seem like stating the obvious to say that there’s a lot of poker to look forward to at 32Red, but there is indeed even more juicy stuff than usual to get stuck into thanks to our Escalator tournament series.
Between 9-16 April we’ll be hosting 29(!) special events, with guaranteed prize funds totaling €200,000. There’ll be an assortment of freezeouts and rebuys, full-ring and 6-max tables, with varying buy-ins. The theme of the series is that each successive tournament will have bigger starting stacks and longer blind levels than the previous one – hence the name Escalator – and, as the week progresses, a certain amount of versatility will be needed to navigate your way through the various tournaments.
By the time of the €320 buy-in Main Event – which boasts €75,000 in prize money, a hefty 10,000-chip starting stack and 15-minute blinds – poker fans will have experienced a whole range of tournament dynamics. Too many players underestimate the implications of stack sizes and what is effectively the cadence of the blinds, but the optimal play for the same hand in the same position is heavily influenced by relative stack sizes and the blind structure…
Highlighting the contrast, and getting the series off to a fun start, will be the inclusion of so-called Flip tournaments, where everyone is all-in each hand until a sole winner emerges. After that, events will be decreasingly frenetic until the deeper stacks and longer blind levels test players’ patience and staying power.
It wouldn’t be the same without a bonus to aim for, and the target here is to play 10 or more Escalator events by April 15th, the reward for which is a free ticket (worth €22) for a Main Event Mega Satellite!
In addition to the conventional qualification process that features regular qualifiers for packages and seats, with cheap ‘feeder’ tournaments every day, players can also win the whole package by hitting a royal flush in 32Red’s exclusive €3 buy-in Flush Royale tournament, which runs every night, and has a €500 guaranteed prize pool.
The Package, valued at €1,500, consists of the following:
- Entry into the €550 Main Event (€150,000 Guaranteed)
- Entry into the €150 MPNPT Casino Malta Poker Cup
- 4 nights, including breakfast, at the Be Hotel (for you and a guest)
- €400 for travel/expenses
- Welcome Party
*You may transfer your side event ticket to a guest if you wish. If you do not transfer your side event ticket but are unable to play because you’re still playing the main event, we’ll refund the buy-in/s to your MPN account. Otherwise, the side event entry is not refundable or exchangeable.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you’re a parent worn out by school holidays, can’t stop sneezing during summer, have been to more than enough barbecues or simply love playing tournaments on 32Red, then make sure that you free up some time in your calendar so that you don’t miss out on the online Summer Festival at 32Red. Starting on the 26th August, the continues until the 29th, with a total of eight events and over €600,000 in guaranteed prizes!
With something for everyone, the tournament formats aren’t limited to No Limit, as Omaha also features and you can even try out Razz. The festival culminates in the Main Event, which starts on the 28th and spans two days (for those who survive long enough), and has a whopping €500,000 in guaranteed prize money! For those who like to play themselves into form and save money in the process, there are great value qualifiers on the go throughout the day – plus, as well as qualifying via the ‘Multi Event’ satellites, it is possible to earn a free entry ticket by winning 5 consecutive Multiplicity games. Click here for details.
Meanwhile, there’s still time to win packages for two excellent offline events. Worth €3,100, you can start your qualifying quest for as little as €2.50! If successful you can decide between a WSOPE side event in Cannes this October or the Gibraltar Poker Masters in September (of course with the right amount of skill/luck both packages can be won).. Players winning two packages can of course attend both events.
The Gibraltar Poker Masters 2011 package includes a €1,100 High Roller 3-Day Event buy-in as well as travel money, four nights accommodation, casino chips and dinner, while if you fancy the French Riviera, the Cannes package features a €1,090 buy-in into a WSOPE side event, plus travel money and five nights accommodation. I can say from experience that both packages are well worth winning, having played poker in Gibraltar and – during my days as a pro chess player – numerous international chess tournaments in Cannes.
You’ve got to be in it to win it…
Good luck at the tables!
Angus Dunnington (AngusD)
32Red Poker Ambassador
Taking too much interest in other players’ chat can be quite distracting, so those new to online poker might want to switch off chat until they get used to the actual mechanics and pace of the game itself. Some players – particularly multi-tablers – simply never look at the chat and concentrate wholly on the game.
However, with no physical tells available, the contents of the chat box during a session often offer useful information about players. Indeed different games attract different types of player, and the chat tends to vary from one format to another. On a NL cash table, for example, the very nature of the game, when a whole stack can disappear in seconds, tends to generate simplistic comments such as ‘bad luck’ or ‘wow!’ rather than analysis of a hand.
It is not unusual to see emotional, abusive chat after a big pot. Some players bemoan their bad luck, reload, are unlucky again, reload and start to play wildly (or too passively) because they are too emotional and should really be taking a break. While it might seem a little mercenary, in these cases keeping an eye on the chat will help against such players.
Potentially valuable chat might follow a fold in the face of a big bet, with players giving away information either voluntarily or in response to a question from someone trying to induce opponents into revealing something. For example a pre-flop raiser might be called in two places and then again post-flop. Then a sizeable bet on the turn could be called by one player but met with a massive all-in, which takes down the pot. After folding, the pre-flop aggressor might then say something like ‘Nice bet – did you have trips/flush draw/two pair?’ in order to gain some info while the winner is feeling good about winning. The answer could mean anything, of course, and might not be true, but cumulative comments combined with that player’s actual play could come in useful. Note that it is worth considering this psychological aspect of the game only if we keep an eye on the play itself. Chat information is far more valuable when part of an overall picture.
When it comes to luck, the ‘luck of the Irish’ always plays a part in the Irish Open, which is one of the world’s best poker festivals. 32Red Poker are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by offering 32 free qualifying tickets to this year’s Irish Open in Dublin in the special “St. Paddy’s Day” Freeroll today, Thursday 17th March at 19:30 (UK time). Entry is free and the top 32 positions will each receive a free shot at qualifying for the Main Event.
Good luck at the tables!
38 players have so far secured their seat to this year’s European Championships of Single Table Tournaments in Gibraltar, have you? Time is running out…
The European Championships of Single Table Tournaments, or ECOSTT, is an offline event unique to our poker network that will be held at a Casino in Gibraltar from 18th to 21st November 2010.
In addition to the cash prize, the winner of the ECOSTT II – Gibraltar Main Event will be awarded with an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch, the same watch as worn by Daniel Craig (James Bond) in Quantum of Solace.
Exclusive €4,200 package details
A €4,200 package is available to this outstanding Championship including:
- Entry into the NL Hold’em €2,200 buy-in ECOSTT Main Event
- €550 buy-in to a NL Hold’em Side Event
- Entry into a €110 buy-in ‘Survivor’ Elimination Poker Tournament
- Four nights’ accommodation at the O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel on Main Street in Gibraltar
- €750 towards travel, transfers and spending money
- Welcome party and tournament organisation by ECOSTT’s Events Team