Chasing Redbacks: Mission 2 Morocco

November 6, 2017 by  
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If you think of various ingredients that go together to make the perfect poker holiday, then sun (especially in January), sea, beautiful sandy beaches, a choice of swimming pools, excellent playing conditions, lots of prize money and a venue hotel so luxurious and exclusive it’s a favourite of the rich and famous, then you’d be describing the Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco, which will once again host the MPN Poker Tour (11-14 January).

And you could win yourself a place on Team32Red and take part in what promises to be a fantastic poker festival by… simply playing as usual at 32Red, thanks to our Chasing Redbacks: Mission 2 Morocco promotion, which runs throughout November…

It’s easy-peasy, which is how promos should be – not least because it’s always good to know that we can get our hands on big prizes for little effort. In this case no extra effort is necessary. Just have fun moving around 32Red Poker, racking up Redbacks as you play Cash, Sit & Go games or multi-table tournaments, and that’s it… At the end of the month, depending on how many Redbacks you’ve collected during the promo, you’ll receive a free MPNPT ticket that could be worth a €550 Main Event seat or even a €1,500 package to Mazagan!

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.

So, as you hit the tables during the dark and rainy days of November, think of the miles of perfect beach that could await you in Mazagan… make the most of your free ticket, or earn a package! Have fun…

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Route 32: Highway to Morocco

November 3, 2017 by  
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Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour might have had a great time in the 1942 film, Road to Morocco, but they didn’t go to the Mazagan Beach Resort. That’s the most luxurious venue thus far on the MPN Poker Tour, which will return to Morocco on the first stop of 2018 (11-14 January). And someone is going to win a €1,500 package at the end of November thanks to our Route 32: Highway to Morocco promotion!

Simply use a few Redbacks – which are accumulated automatically as players enjoy time at the tables (cash games, tournaments, Sit & Go games etc – whatever your favourite format, you collect Redbacks as you go) – to register for nightly (10pm GMT) Flip qualifiers, where the top eight finishers win starting chips for the Final (2 December), which boasts over €3,000 in MPNPT tickets, including a €1,500 package.

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.

Note that you don’t have to actually play in the qualifiers because with the Flip format everyone is automatically all-in, every hand, until the winners remain.

Have fun on the Highway to Morocco…

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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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MPNPT Morocco Poker Festival

October 27, 2017 by  
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Sun, sea, luxury and big money poker – that’s what awaits you at the palatial Mazagan Beach Resort, Morocco, which will host the MPN Poker Tour for a second time (18-21 January). The first edition proved that Africa is just as much an appropriate setting for poker as Europe, while another reason to try to win your way to this prestigious event is the place itself – a far cry from the clichéd image that springs to mind when people hear ‘poker’ of smoke-filled back rooms.

32Red offers an unrivaled, user-friendly, bankroll-friendly qualification set-up, with the satellite quest starting with a buy-in of only €1! You can go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby for a full tournament schedule to find a route that suits you best.

Meanwhile, the Route 32 and Chasing Redbacks promotions offer additional ways to get your hands on €1,500 packages and €550 Main Event seats, and a royal flush in the nightly, fun-filled €300 Guaranteed (€3 rebuy) Flush Royale tournament is worth a €1,500 package!

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.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your quest, and become a proud member of Team32Red in Morocco!

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Route 32: Freeway to Morocco

October 6, 2017 by  
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October’s Route 32: Freeway to Morocco gives players at 32Red a chance to take part in a MPN Poker Tour event at one of the most luxurious, exotic locations around – namely the Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco, which will play host to the Tour for a second time, 18-21 January.

The Route 32 format features nightly Flip tournaments that you register for but don’t actively participate in because everyone is automatically put all-in, every hand, until the winners emerge, with the top eight finishers winning starting chips for the Final (1 November).

The idea is for players to enjoy themselves at the tables as usual, along the way collecting Redbacks, a few of which are used to register for the Flips… and the task couldn’t be easier in simply remembering to register each day. Place in ANY Flip and you qualify for the Final. The more Flips you enter, the better your chances of racking up a bigger starting stack with which to take to battle for the €3,000+ in MPNPT prizes, including a €1,500 package for the eventual winner.

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.

Have fun on the quest for Mazagan…

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Chasing Redbacks: Mission Morocco

October 3, 2017 by  
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Our Chasing Redbacks promotion takes on an exotic flavour in October, with Mission Morocco giving you a chance to earn a free MPNPT ticket just for playing as usual at 32Red.

There’s no race or challenge or specific tasks – in fact you don’t have to do anything differently to other months because it’s all about enjoying your time with what 32Red has to offer. The point is that you pick up Redbacks as you play and, depending on how many you manage to collect throughout the month, you earn a free MPN Poker Tour ticket that could be a €550 Main Event seat or even a €1,500 package for the much-anticipated Morocco leg of the Tour.

This will take place at the fantastic Mazagan Beach Resort (18-21 January), which proved incredibly popular last time (see report). Whatever the value of the MPNPT ticket you win in October, there are numerous ways to turn it into a full package.

Given that 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, and that Chasing Redbacks: Mission Morocco requires no additional effort, then it’s a no-brainer promotion.

Note that Chasing Redbacks doesn’t affect your being able to take advantage of the usual 30% Rakeback deal, so, have fun Chasing Redbacks, and make the most of your time at the tables in October.

Here’s Chasing Redbacks table:

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Day 1B – The heat is on!

November 11, 2016 by  
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Sun’s out, guns out, as they say, and here at the palatial Mazagan Beach Resort – Morocco’s playground for the rich and famous – we’re getting ready for Day 1B of this special MPN Poker Tour installment, and hoping that our Team32Red players will make the most of their ammunition today.

Play starts at 2pm and the field is expected to be bigger than the 90+ from Day 1A, thanks to the influx of hopefuls arriving yesterday. Poker fans are here from across the globe, with Team32Red being no exception – as well as coming from England, Ireland and Scotland we have players from as far afield as Canada and Ukraine, which must have been quite a journey…

It’s been pointed out that there was quite a lot of unconventional strategy being used yesterday, which is indicative of the first day at these events being typically more heavily represented by ‘local’ players. Today is likely to be quite a contrast, and with the tour now well established, a number of players will have built up a mental database of the opposition that will help in navigating their way through what promises to be a tough competition.

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Team32Red in Morocco… It’s Day 1a

November 10, 2016 by  
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Whoever thought poker was for middle aged men in dark, smoke-filled rooms hasn’t qualified for live events at 32Red. Here’s the view our Team32Red players will wake up to for the next few days – the luxurious surroundings of the Mazagan Beach Resort, set behind a few miles of private beach a little south of Casablanca.

This promises to be one of those festivals where the poker itself feels almost like a distraction which, of course, is a good thing. Among the numerous activities on offer are horseback riding on the beach to the backdrop of the amazing Atlantic Ocean, go-karting or – at the other extreme – spa facilities…

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Someone is going to be inspired by the amazing conditions and emerge the winner of the €125,000 Main Event, and we’ll keep you posted with updates – poker and otherwise – throughout. Many of our players won their €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package for the price of a beer; some for free – so while you’re keeping up with the action, remember to also keep an eye on our satellites for future festivals.

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Play Big Money Poker in Morocco!

July 7, 2016 by  
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MPNPT Morocco (10-13 November, 2016)

Gone are the days when the point of playing poker was nothing more than actually playing poker, to the point that it didn’t really matter where. Since the online poker explosion the game has become almost universally accessible, and the poker world is no longer exclusively populated by what many saw as the mercenary old guard who were intent on nothing more than grinding out a profit – today’s game is more akin to golf or chess or other recreational pastimes. It’s a fun challenge, with poker having the advantage of offering players the chance to win life-changing amounts of money!

Qualify for International Poker Festivals

Ironically, now that the game can be played wherever we can find an internet connection, it’s possible for online poker rooms to offer all poker enthusiasts the opportunity to qualify for big money ‘bricks & mortar’ events, and the qualifying process is such that it can be done for pennies.

This is exactly what we’re doing at 32Red Poker! As the MPN Poker Tour has grown in stature, so has the number of 32Red players attending poker festivals in places such as Tallinn, Vienna and Sofia increased. We’re now very proud to be so well represented on the international poker circuit, and we want to keep it that way by giving you the chance to enjoy big money poker, sea and sands at the next leg of the MPNPT, in Morocco, 10-13 November, 2016. Held at the luxurious Mazagan Beach Resort, complete with a golf course, spa, restaurants and nightclubs, this is an event that’s well worth qualifying for. And the guaranteed prize fund is €125,000…

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Win a €1,500 Package

If you’re ready for a poker holiday in an exotic location, then you can buy a €1,500 package via 32Red Poker, but it’s a great feeling to sit down to play after winning your way there, so we’re hosting a range of qualifying tournaments and bankroll-friendly satellites.

The €1,500 package includes the €550 entry to the Main Event (€125,000 Guaranteed), entry into the €110 Side Event, accommodation, including breakfast (for you and a guest) for four nights at the Mazagan Beach Resort, €250 towards travel and expenses and an invitation to the MPN Players Welcome Party.

Satellites and other qualifiers come in various forms, and offer a range of entry level buy-ins. Go to Tournaments > Satellites in the poker lobby for tournament listings, including so-called ‘feeders’ to latter stage satellites such as the weekly Sunday Package Final.

As always, have fun at the tables, and good luck!

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