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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Bad Beat Jackpot Hit on €50 Max Table

April 16, 2015 by  
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The Bad Beat Jackpot paid out multiple players yesterday. Remember that opting in means that playing at the same blinds level as the ‘winning’ hand qualifies you to be involved.

For the latest hit the progressive jackpot total was €25,461 when four of a kind, aces, lost to a straight flush. Seven players at that limit opted in, each receiving €318 for simply clicking on the BB icon! Do the same – don’t miss out…

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Bad Beat Jackpot Hit on €20 Max Table

April 7, 2015 by  
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The Bad Beat Jackpot paid out multiple players yesterday. Remember that opting in means that playing at the same blinds level as the ‘winning’ hand qualifies you to be involved.

For the latest hit the progressive jackpot total was €19,797.91 when four of a kind, threes, lost to four nines on a €20-max table. 23 players at that limit opted in, each receiving €86.07 for simply clicking on the BB icon!

Do the same – don’t miss out…

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Carnevale: Win Money Anonymously…

March 19, 2015 by  
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Poker is already a thrilling game, and Anonymous tables allow you to add to the intrigue by having your alias kept secret. Now at 32Red Poker you have the chance to add to your bankroll, too, thanks to our €25,000 Carnevale Promotion, which will run April 1-19. There are some big prizes worth winning, and the more hands you play at Anonymous Tables the better your chance of earning some welcome free money.

A chief attraction of Anonymous tables (marked with a red ‘A’ in the Hold’em Poker Lobby) is that the hidden aliases mean you can play without being up against opponents using data-gathering software to dissect your game. It’s poker at its purest and, understandably, it’s become an incredibly popular form of online poker.

Depending on how many raked hands you rack up at real money Anonymous tables during the April 1-14 promotional period, you’ll earn entry to one of three Carnevale Freeroll tournaments which, between them, boast €5,000 in prize funds as well as hundreds of qualifying places for the final on Sunday, April 19 at 6.30pm GMT, which has €20,000 on offer. All take place on Saturday, April 18 at 6.30pm GMT. (Note that you can also guarantee a place in the Final with 3000 raked hands).

See below for rake requirements and tournament details (click here to find out more).

Have fun and enjoy playing anonymously!

Poker Psychology: Superstitions, Rituals & Habits 

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Angus Dunnington, News, Poker School

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

Flip Festival II: Flip Harder

January 8, 2015 by  
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Flip your way to cash prizes at 32Red Poker with our Flip Festival II: Flip Harder promotion… €33,000 is up for grabs! Flip (formerly ‘carnage’) tournaments are modern, online poker‘s easy, strategy-free format where everyone is automatically put all-in, every hand, until just one player is left standing. Apart from not having to worry over difficult decisions in Flip tournaments, you don’t even need to be logged in to take part in them! It’s enough to just register for the tournament, and you can leave the rest to fate. Read more

Bad Beat Jackpot

October 29, 2014 by  
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Thanks to the internet and the natural development and evolution of online poker, every poker enthusiast is sure to eventually play enough hands to experience some very bad luck. How many times do we see our near invincible hand lose on the river to a long, long shot? (too many…). While bad beats can be demoralising, we should be able to see the funny side and put them down to simply being part of the game. Read more

Four Play: Play 4 – Get 1 Free!

October 1, 2014 by  
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We just can’t help giving stuff away for free at 32Red Poker. This month, for example, during our Four Play promotion, which will run throughout October, we’ll be handing out free entry to two of our most popular tournaments, namely The Mosh Pit and Big Night In. And it’s not rocket science – simply play either of these tournaments four or more times this month and you’ll receive a free buy-in ticket to have another go in November (note that a free tickets will be awarded on November 3rd).

Poker tournaments come in various formats, and these two have a distinctive feel that has proven rather popular.

The Mosh Pit (€8,000 Guaranteed) is a daily rebuy tournament with a €22 buy-in and €20 rebuys. It is the nature of rebuy events that they can be fast and furious and, with a juicy prize fund on offer, the aptly named Mosh Pit is no exception. There are plenty opportunities to make the money (and earn your free entry) during the course of the month because this tournament is held every night at 7pm UK time. There are also satellites that provide discount qualification thanks to buy-ins as low as €2.20.

Meanwhile, our Big Night In (€7,000 Guaranteed) is exactly that. Starting at 8pm UK time – also nightly – this is a different set-up, being a deep-stacked freezeout with a total buy-in of €110. Again, satellites are available, from as little as €5.50, and the freezeout aspect lends itself to a quite different approach than the more bloodthirsty Mosh Pit.

As well as being able to earn free tickets just for playing four tournaments, you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of additional freebies this month, as we’ll be giving away over €10,000 in free tickets to both these tournaments! Satellites are always worth a go in order to sit down to play big money tournaments at bargain buy-in prices, but there’s even more incentive this month because, throughout October, we will be adding value to some of our Mosh Pit and Big Night In satellites in the shape of additional tickets! Indeed the total added value during the month will be over €10,000, so don’t forget to check out these value added satellites to make the most of the Four Play promotion.

Click here to find out more, and good luck at the tables!

Thinking Poker

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Angus Dunnington, News, Poker School

How far do you think ahead? Indeed, do you bother considering how a hand could pan out from street to street or – more to the point – your potential influence on the direction it might take? Poker obviously has a luck element in the form of the ‘unknowns’ but, crucially, there’s far more to the game than waiting for each new card to appear and making adjustments and decisions based rather simplistically on how each new arrival relates to our holding.

We need to experience a level of control as a hand progresses (if we don’t we can be sure someone else will) and this clearly requires some serious aforethought. Moreover, with one of the chief characteristics of online poker being the limited thinking time that keeps the game fluid, it’s imperative we try to think ahead in order to facilitate the decision making process as the temperature inevitably hots up. Note that there is a distinction between thinking and planning – the former means taking into account what might lie ahead and what our actions could be, while the latter is perhaps too specific and elusive.

Some hands are easier to weigh up – and their futures easier to anticipate – than others. Hitting a set, for example, affords us some flexibility but brings with it a rather simple choice of strategy. The common scenario of being dealt AK, on the other hand, is well worth investing time in before we even sit down at the virtual table. If we are in c, for instance, and throw in a raise, then we already know that we will bet a number of flops, regardless of whether we hit. Of course the better our position the wider our range, so we also need to think about the trickier and potentially very profitable hands with which we can win big pots by bypassing the opposition’s radar, a perfect example being calling late with suited connectors. The obvious train of thought revolves around how best to engineer a situation, when we hit big, to get the most out of the pot. But what do we do when our holding has no relation whatsoever with the flop? The ‘automatic’ response for most players is to put the brakes on, and herein lies the problem with not thinking sufficiently about the game because, in this particular scenario, part of our deliberate thinking should include our readiness to react to it being checked round to us by putting in a steal bet when we fail to hit. Adhering too closely to ABC-type poker by effectively limiting our options in advance due to a lack of proper consideration, rather than actively anticipating how we might most positively act as a hand evolves, is a considerable, cumulative error.

The more we grow used to thinking ahead, the better we can approach pre-flop decisions, with our range and pre-flop criteria eventually becoming a natural part of our post-flop thinking and overall strategy. Some holdings clearly have more post-flop mileage than others, and we learn to incorporate certain hands – and certain types of hands – into lines of thought that can subsequently be adjusted, as well as associate this or that hand with situations that can to some extent be confidently anticipated.

Good luck at the tables!

 

Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador

No Limit Hold’em: Show No Mercy at Loose Tables!

April 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Angus Dunnington, News, Poker School

We all have a favourite style of play, an approach that has proven more successful than others over time and is also best suited to our personality. However, flexibility is part of the game, and it’s imperative that we learn to both recognise the kind of players we’re up against and a table’s specific dynamic and so on and, subsequently, how to adapt in order to exploit others’ weaknesses.

One such example – especially in the modern game – presents itself when the table is populated exclusively by loose players. Many consider themselves loose-aggressive but, essentially, they tend simply to be much too loose because they get involved when they shouldn’t, constantly, and in so doing are losing players. Note that the psychological pitfall for these players is that when they win an enormous pot after filling a draw their mistaken logic supports the ill-fated notion that the ends justify the means when, in reality (in the long-run), the ends don’t come around sufficiently often to justify the accumulative investment in chasing big hands.

There’s a tendency when trying to profit from this common bad habit to revert to ultra-tight mode and get involved only when we find premium hands, but we don’t have to be so selective, and of course we must balance our game. But when we are in possession of a big hand we shouldn’t be afraid on a loose table to put in a big pre-flop raise – if the ‘standard’ is three big blinds, then doubling that with AA (and KK) won’t scare everyone off at this kind of table. We’re playing a bunch of loose players – they’re loose because they don’t worry about being tight and haven’t spent time contemplating ‘sensible’ bet sizes.

The key is strong bets with strong hands. If we raise with AK pre-flop and bring along two players for a flop containing an Ace and two suited cards, then we should remain aggressive and throw in a bet at least the size of the pot. Of course we could be pushing out of the hand a couple of opponents with lesser hands but there are worse things than picking up a three-way pot. However, habitually loose players can be more influenced by the promise of a draw than the fact they’re being asked to overpay for the privilege of chasing it and, while it might initially seem strange to practically announce our hand with a big bet, this is a good tactic on loose tables. What often happens against two players in this kind of situation is that one player will drop out and we will be left in a growing pot, with a significant lead, against a sole opponent erroneously committed to an over-priced cause.

We’ll see our big hands overtaken occasionally but that’s a mathematical characteristic of poker – as is the cast iron certainty that, over time, correct plays reward us with profit. Sets and other powerhouses should be bet big, with no mercy, the price we insist on the opposition paying being at least the size of the pot – otherwise we’re indulging loose players and justifying their poor play. Results in poker are determined by dealing with this or that scenario better than the opposition.

We should keep in mind, too, when contemplating value, that when we have small pairs or suited connectors, for example, we don’t catch the chasing bug by paying too much to see the flop. Position is yet again a major factor when looking to exploit the potential of speculative hands as cheaply as possible.

Good luck at the tables!

 

 

 

 

Angus Dunnington, 32Red Poker Ambassador

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