One of the biggest poker rooms in the UK will host the MPN Poker Tour this summer (July 20-23) when the MPNPT hits Manchester. While British players will appreciate the opportunity to take part in poker festivals around the globe, it will make a welcome change to see the tour return to home soil. Those from other countries will also be able to see how poker tournaments are organised in the UK, and no better place to show them how it’s done than the Grosvenor Casino in Manchester which, as well as being the ultimate poker venue, also boasts excellent facilities that will add to the experience.
As usual, we’ll provide poker fans with the most comprehensive, player-friendly qualifying structure so that, whatever the size of your bankroll, you’ll get every chance to win a fantastic €1,500 package – in fact the satellite quest starts at just €1! You can even bag a package in our nightly, €500 Guaranteed Flush Royale (only €3 buy-in) by hitting a royal flush.
And the package is well worth winning because it consists of the £550 entry to the £150,000 Guaranteed Main Event, entry to the £110 MPNPT Manchester Poker Cup, four nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) for two at the Park Inn by Radisson, €200 towards travel and expenses and an invite to the Players Welcome Party…
If the presence of #Team32Red at the Welcome Party is anything to go by these days, it’s a sign that our players now regularly qualify for MPN Poker Tour events. We want to maintain our presence so that true poker enthusiasts can continue to enjoy the thrill of big money poker and, with this in mind, will endeavour to keep providing you with the best satellite structure around.
Good luck, remember to have fun along the way, and hopefully we’ll see you in Manchester…
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.
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…
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.
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!
What started out as a small band of players representing 32Red at the Vienna leg of the MPN Poker Tour has taken on unprecedented proportions. The latest player to win a €1,500 package for the €200,000 extravaganza being held at the Montesino Casino, January 21-24 is Martyna Makarove (poker alias: Barbyte), originally from Lithuania but living in the UK and a regular at 32Red Poker since 2008. In fact she managed to win her way to the Austrian capital in a single hand, hitting a royal flush in our €500 Guaranteed, €3 buy-in Flush Royale tournament where the magical ‘royal’ is rewarded with a full €1,500 MPNPT package.
Meanwhile, Maxim Kobeza (C11H12N2O3), from Ukraine, won the Sunday Package final on 6 December, and Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) from Tunbridge Wells, who played in Dublin, took the 29 November edition – both winning a €1500 package. Don’t forget that you can also win a €550 seat for the Main Event, which is what Dara O’Kearney (HopAlongHnsn) from Ireland (also part of Team 32Red in Dublin) did yet again when finishing 2nd in a €75+5 MPNPT Seat Only Final (2 seats guaranteed). You can even win a special package via Flip format SnG tournaments for €5!
Thus far 18 packages and 9 seats have been won by our players, and we’re proud to say that 32Red, with the most satellites, is the best place to qualify for the MPN Poker Tour! For more information, including the events schedule, CLICK HERE
After a couple of stops in Estonia and Georgia the MPN Poker Tour headed back west to Dublin in early September. Dublin is well-known for all manner of things and is up there with other European capital cities as a popular tourist destination. Thus it was no surprise that poker fans were so eager to qualify for this leg of the MPN Poker Tour via 32Red Poker’s extensive satellite set-up.
Twinned with Barcelona, another international poker venue, the question first-time visitors to the Emerald Isle might have been asking was does the famous Irish ‘craic’ – the art of life – translate to the poker tables, and the answer is a resounding yes. This has nothing, incidentally, to do with the fact that 10 million glasses of Guinness are produced daily in Dublin, but because it was simply a great atmosphere at the excellent Clayton Hotel.
There might have been Viking raids in the 8th and 9th centuries, but no Scandinavian invasion happened in 2015 and, while around 20 nations were represented in the Main Event, one would be hard-pressed to find a country both more passionate and skillful when it comes to poker. It would be easy to put the home success down to numbers, but this would be a mistake made only by someone who hasn’t spent hours at the tables with the likes of the talented Daniel Tighe – the Main Event winner – and his countrymen and women.
Main Event – Day 1a
459 players (collectively racking up 570 entries) would eventually sit down over the three 1st Days. These are impressive numbers indeed, especially when put into context of the tour itself – the first MPNPT in London, last year, had 83 Main Event runners. Successive, successful editions have seen the tour firmly establish itself as a key player in international poker, thanks in no small part to a combination of bankroll-friendly buy-ins and player-friendly tournament structures. The overall positive thoughts of our qualifiers reflect this, too…
Bruce Shannon (32Red Poker alias BIGSHANN0615) and Simon Taylor (TTayseer555) rather craftily opted for Day 1a. Contrary to the well-known saying, the proverbial early bird doesn’t always catch the worm but, in this case, playing the first of three days in a re-entry tournament can afford players an additional bite of the cherry. Thusly, Bruce and Simon busted out, but took a day off to recharge the batteries and sat down again on day 1c (see below…).
With more players arriving, more 32Red players took up the gauntlet today among the 146 contenders. Popular veteran Mick McCloskey (aka riverroe88) took advantage of the re-entry facility when busting out during the second level, but went out at level 8…
Barry Burns (Bazzabhoy) exited at level 7, and while fate had not put father and son qualifiers James Gray snr (jamboisgod) and James Gray jnr (jizzim22) on the same table, they were literally feet away from each other on adjacent tables. After much father-son banter and collective misfortune (James Snr, for example – playing at the same table as Angus Dunnington – flopped a set and lost to a runner-runner straight at one point…), son James busted out during level 5, followed by father James a level later.
One of the most popular Dublin phrases is Chancing Your Arm, meaning, of course, taking a chance. This originates from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where you had to put your hand into a hole to open the Medieval Chapter House door. Much ‘chancing’ obviously went on at the poker tables in Dublin. To call Phill Huxley (Rixdorf) a chancer would be in an injustice as he brings a lot of skill and guile to the table, and a practical gamble around the midnight hour, just before play was to end, saw him eliminated. But he would be back with a vengeance…
Angus Dunnington (AngusD) enjoyed a day of ducking and diving to finish 19th on a healthy stack of 85K, earning a relaxing day off with partner Carole, taking in the Dublin atmosphere.
Not surprisingly this proved to be the busiest day, with a massive 316 runners. Adrian Nica (Lawliet1) had two bites of the cherry but didn’t taste success… Kevin Greathead (Kevathallam) and Sam Welbourne (barrelinmonroe) busted out during level 9. Sam suffered from a dealer error that, ironically, improved his hand – after his second card was dealt face up (under the gun) his third card gave him a pair of sixes (instead of 65)… he opened and ran into a 10BB stack who had 77. C’est la vie.
Ronald Alino (lil_J) managed to scrape into Day 2 with a 22K stack(!), Bruce Shannon and Simon Taylor were back, surviving to Day 2 at their second attempt with stacks of 32K and 39K respectively. Then came another Simon – Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) was having his first taste of international live poker, but a good player is a good player, and he maneuvered his way through to the second day (helped by winning what must have been a nerve-wracking AA v KK all-in pre-flop encounter) with 36K in chips.
Husband and wife duo Richard (any4napkins) and Dionne Cowley (RangerMcFriendly) were on good form, coasting along – inasmuch as one can actually ‘coast’ in tournament poker – with stacks of 78K and 65K respectively. Indeed this did include an amusing skirmish between Dionne and the aforementioned Phill Huxley. Finding herself short-stacked, Dionne had gone all-in ‘blind’ and been called by Phill, only for her to find aces!
However, this was a just a minor mishap for Phill, who had put Day 1a behind him and had amassed a stack of 108K to put himself nicely placed for Day 2…
Ronald Alino was seated at the same table as Angus Dunnington but didn’t have the (relative) luxury of a workable stack and, needing a bit of luck to remain in contention, didn’t get any.
Bruce Shannon also would have been hoping for some good fortune to help his short stack along. With 20BB, and in the BB, he found KQo which, not exactly a monster, is nevertheless a welcome sight in this kind of situation. The action folded round to the SB, who raised to 2.5BB and both ended all-in. Bruce must have thought Christmas had come early when his opponent revealed a well and truly dominated KJ… you guessed it – the Turn brought a Jack and, despite the cruel possibility of overtaking on the river due to a 10-high flop, it wasn’t to be.
Simon Taylor and Simon Millard, who had ended their first day similarly ranked, also exited the tournament at around the same time.
Meanwhile, Angus Dunnington, not too happy at having his style cramped by eventual winner Daniel Tighe’s already mountainous stack, went for a cheeky re-raise all-in with AJs, only to see the initial pre-flop aggressor move his own chips in at lightning speed, clearly eager to reveal two shiny aces. As luck would have it… he got none.
Richard Cowley was knocked out (‘mistake/bad timing’) frustratingly close to the money (see below for a very well played hand from Richard), immediately followed by Dara O’Kearney (HopAlongHnsn).
Dionne Cowley added to the husband-and-wife team’s frustration by finishing just a few spots from a cash…
Despite valiant attempts from all, only Phill Huxley (54th) and Jamie Flynn (45th) won their way into the prize money, each earning €1075.
Richard Cowley had an interesting hand during Day 2 that illustrates well the thought process and ‘nerve’ required to survive the cut and thrust of tournament poker. He raised on the button with 84s and was called by the BB. The flop came Q 10 4 rainbow, his opponent checked, Richard bet and was called. The Turn brought a 7 – opponent checked, Richard bet, and was called. At this point Richard had him on a straight draw with either KJ or J9… The River was a 6, at which point the BB made a big bet! Richard thought it all through, trusted his instincts and called, and was rewarded when his opponent turned over his cards – KJ!
It’s a testament to the MPN Poker Tour‘s snowballing presence that a host of side events proved so popular. This made for a truly varied ‘festival’ feel, with the two day Dublin Poker Cup, Irish Omaha Cup, Freezeout and even a Highroller event. More fun could be had in Midnight Hyper Turbos, an aptly named Monster Stack Mega Ante tournament, where the structure took some getting used to (well done Phill for finishing 5th) and – a teaser for those suffering with instant gratification issues – an All-in or Fold event!
Going to the Dogs…
There’s more to life than poker, and part of the attraction when trying to qualify for events on the MPN Poker Tour is the prospect of visiting different places around the globe and enjoying what the likes of Dublin has to offer. As well as the usual attractions – Temple Bar, Grafton Street… Guinness – we thought our players might like a night out with a difference, so we invited #Team32Red to a special night of dining & thrills at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium.
This was a new experience for many, but one that might well be repeated, as the excellent grandstand restaurant provided great food, a great view of the races and even an at-the-table betting service. When Angus Dunnington returned from the kiosk with his winnings after forecasting 1st and 2nd in the first two races, his partner, Carole, ‘sensibly’ removed the notes from his hand and left only the change to play with. However, like everyone else, she soon got the bug, and even managed a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place forecast.
Next Stop Vienna!
The Main Event in Vienna will be held at the Montesino Casino, 21-24 January 2016 and, once again, you can qualify for a €1,500 package and €550 seat via 32Red Poker‘s extensive satellites set-up. It’s so bankroll-friendly, in fact, that you can start your quest for the home of Sigmund Freud and wiener schnitzel for 25 cents!
Poker is fun, and winning is a nice bonus. Ronald Alino, from Toronto, Canada, who goes by the alias lil_J, is no stranger to winning at 32Red Poker. He earned himself a great ‘bonus’ over the weekend when he won Sunday’s MPNPT Package Final, pocketing a €1,500 package for Dublin’s hosting of the MPN Poker Tour (2-6 September). No stranger to the tour, having taken part in Tbilisi, let’s hope Ronald tastes success in Dublin.
Those of you who’d like to try out the atmosphere of a poker festival – not forgetting the €250,000 in guaranteed prizes in the Main Event in Dublin – can still win a seat or a package in our nightly Last Chance satellites. These run every evening (at 7pm UK time) until 30 August.
If you like the idea of ending the summer with some exciting live poker, then at 32Red Poker during the second half of August we’ll be running a packed schedule of Last Chance Satellites for the MPN Poker Tour in Dublin (2-6 September). In fact we’re guaranteeing €20,000 in seats and packages, so take a look at the schedule and sort out your poker diary for the next fortnight!
The tournaments start on Monday, 17 August with a €20 rebuy offering two €500 seats for the €250,000 guaranteed Main Event. Note that all tournaments start at 7pm BST, running until 30 August. Remember, too, that you can enter the qualification quest at any point of the process, and satellites start with buy-ins as low as 25c!
Good luck, and maybe we’ll see you in Dublin…
Team 32Red Poker’s assault on the MPN Poker Tour in Dublin (2-6 September) is gaining strength, with two more talented players winning their way to the €250,000 Main Event. Dimitar Dimitrov (alias: mitaka) had already played in the Battle of Malta back in 2013, and won a €1,500 package after emerging victorious in a battle of 32Red Poker fans. Meanwhile, Nicolae-Alexandru Preda (alias: all3css11), who had previously qualified for Tbilisi, won the €500 seat in the weekly (Tuesday) final.
The satellite set-up to qualify for festivals such as Dublin are fun, a bankroll-friendly way to learn and, of course, offer players an opportunity to get their hands on big cash prizes – satellites start as low as 25c, so what are you waiting for…
Keep your eyes peeled this month for numerous tournaments with €1,500 packages on offer. For more details about how to qualify for the MPN Poker Tour click here.
Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant, friendly capital, has given us the likes of Oscar Wilde, U2 and even the phrase ‘chancing your arm’ (apt words, indeed, for poker fans).
The city will play host (2-6 September) to the MPN Poker Tour, where the Main Event of what promises to be a fun, exciting poker festival will have a guaranteed prize fund of €250,000. We’ve been running satellites to suit all pockets and players at 32Red Poker, and at 7pm UK time, Sunday 2 August we will be holding the MPNPT Dublin 20 Packages Gtd special tournament which, as the name suggests, will have 20 €1,500 Dublin packages to win!
The satellite process being what it is, you can qualify for qualifiers, with buy-ins to kick off your MPN quest starting at a mere 25c. Meanwhile, at 8pm on Saturday 1 August, our Saturday Surprise Special has a buy-in of €5 and offers a €1,500 Dublin package for the winner and €190+10 satellite tickets (for use in Sunday’s 20 Packages tournament) to the other players at the final table!
See you in Dublin…