We all know people who claim to be the best at something – the lowest golf handicap at work, the best tennis player, the fastest, fittest, the would-be ‘Boss’ of the regular home poker game… Now you have the chance to beat them all because at 32Red Poker we’re hosting the 2nd Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP II), 4-11 September 2016. Yes, that’s right – not the world, the universe.
And the winner will earn the title of being The Greatest Poker Player in the Universe which, we think you’ll agree, is a pretty decent claim to fame. The eventual UCOP II champion will also get a trophy to place proudly on the mantelpiece or the office desk, and then there’s the €10,000 1st prize!
You’ll be able to keep up to date with your progress in the quest to rule the (poker) universe via our special Leaderboard. But UCOP II isn’t just a test of your poker ability, although with €500,000 in guaranteed prizes on offer in the series of events – which will feature various formats and tournament types to suit all tastes – it’s well worth getting involved in the cut and thrust of the competitive aspect. Points toward the leaderboard will be awarded for a range of other, very important factors that should be taken into account when bestowing on someone the title of the Greatest.
Of course cashing in tournaments is important, as is consistency and all-round flexibility in terms of being able to play more than just one variant, but other qualities will be rewarded, such as streaming the game online using Twitch, sharing your UCOP II experience with your Twitter followers, and so on. Simply tweeting a screenshot of yourself playing UCOP II using the hashtag #UCOP will move you up the Leaderboard, for example! Success in competition is one thing, but The Greatest should also promote this fantastic game whenever possible.
It’s going to be a fascinating week or so during UCOP II as all kinds of poker fans battle it out to earn the coveted title and a cool €10K – if you’ve yet to embrace Twitch or you’ve not got around to sharing the fun roller-coaster experience that is online poker via social media, then now is the time to spread your wings and get involved. It may well lead you to the enviable accolade of The Greatest Poker Player in the Universe and a juicy boost to your bankroll.
To win your way into the numerous events via our bankroll-friendly satellite structure simply go to Tournaments > Special in the Poker Lobby. Good luck, have fun, and may the poker force be with you!
The changing face of Online Poker
Online poker has come a long way since the early days, when socially inept games fanatics who had never set foot in a traditional bricks & mortar casino would sit at home in their underwear, contemplating the implications of a check-raise in a Fixed Limit cash game… Of course, exploiting the absolute privacy afforded us by playing within the safe confines of our own walls still means that the modern online poker player has, at some point, enjoyed the game in various stages of undress (yes – we’ve all done it).
However, times have changed, and poker itself has moved on considerably such that, as its reputation as a pastime has allowed it to assume an air of everyday respectability, so the aims and expectations of the typical poker enthusiast have evolved. Not only are the games far more varied and exciting than they used to be, but whereas players used to deliberately place themselves in the ‘online’ camp, it’s now completely normal to take part in the numerous qualification quests that provide us with the opportunity to win all-inclusive packages to ‘live’ events around the globe for as little as 25 cents.
The rise and rise of the MPN Poker Tour is perfectly indicative of the changed face of online poker, the numbers speaking for themselves. In just a couple of years the popularity of using bankroll-friendly online satellites to qualify for player-friendly international poker festivals in such places as London, Vienna, Sofia and, recently (after a successful first time as host), a return to Tallinn, is reflected in both actual entries at the events and the snowballing in size of the numbers representing 32Red. As far as the latter group is concerned, what started as a few players being spotted sporting the 32Red logo has ballooned to a veritable invasion of what has become known as Team 32Red players, a proud band of typical poker fans simply enjoying a poker holiday that has the added bonus of a potentially big payout! And nearly all have won €1,500 MPNPT packages in a cheap satellite tournament, or even by virtue of a single hand by hitting a royal flush in 32Red’s nightly Flush Royale tournament, where the buy-in is a mere €3!
And therein lies the changing face of modern day online poker. It’s not necessarily all about number-crunching, robotic, multi-tabling bottom line accounts keeping! It’s about having fun, enjoying the game, whether it’s cash or a few Sit & Go tournaments or the thrills and spills of a multi-player event with juicy prizes, jackpots and the prospect of sitting down to play ‘live’ in an interesting faraway place, in the company of fellow poker fans.
Read on to see how some of our Team 32Red players enjoyed their time in Estonia’s picturesque capital, Tallinn, in August.
Old City, Young Country
When you first arrive in Tallinn’s Old Town it’s not surprising to learn that it dates back to medieval times. Moreover, the first mention of the city dates back to 1154. Yet Estonia itself – at least as an independent nation – could be described as one of the world’s youngest if we consider that it came into being in its current form only as recently as 1991.
No longer part of the former Soviet Union, it didn’t take long to thrive and, while the Tourist Office blurb that refers to the zoo ‘boasting the world’s largest collection of mountain goats and sheep’ can be rather misleading, such a description belies the forward-thinking nature of Estonia.
You might be surprised to learn that Estonia has one of the planet’s highest internet penetration rates, for example, and was the first country to use online voting for political elections.
Quite fitting, then, that Tallinn has the enviable distinction of being the first city to act as a return venue for an online-poker oriented international tour in the form of the MPNPT.
Back for more
Even a one-table home game can be problematic for its organiser, so hosting a few hundred players from around the world over a few days is a major undertaking. Inviting large numbers of the poker community to come back for a second instalment is another matter entirely, not least because previous success has already set a benchmark that organisers must endeavour to match. One of the attractions in Tallinn’s case was that the first time Team 32Red players joined fellow competitors in this colourful capital city was during winter, whereas this latest edition of the MPN Tour gave players the chance to explore what Tallinn has to offer in the summer (although, of course, good weather can’t be guaranteed!).
It’s the taking part that counts…
It’s testament to the underlying theme of poker that we can report that a ‘good time was had by all’, as the saying goes, without – this time around – any of our qualifiers succeeding in winning a significant prize. That would have been a nice bonus, but the atmosphere amongst Team 32Red players was fantastic throughout the festival.
Once the proverbial dust had settled it was a home win for the host city to celebrate, as Estonian Ranno Sootla added to what is already an impressive tally of results by winning the €500 + €50 buy-in Main Event to the tune of €31,000.
Running between August 12-14, the tournament totaled 338 entries, thus seeing the prize fund exceed the guarantee to reach a juicy €163,930. Sootla entered the final, heads-up phase of the marathon against Roland Luik with a 7:1 chip lead. Luik had been the erstwhile leader, at one point possessing half of the total chips(!), but he was unable to turn around such a deficit and soon succumbed, his 88 losing to AT to leave him having to ‘settle’ for the €24,000 runner-up prize.
The highest placed Team 32Red member in the Main Event was Mahala Roche (alias: Irish_Aces) of Ireland who qualified via a Sunday Package Final. After ducking and diving for so long and with her hands almost touching one of the 44 paid spots, Mahala suffered every poker player’s nightmare by finishing on the ‘bubble’ in 45th place… However, her first MPNPT event won’t be her last because, as a consolation prize for her efforts, the organisers rewarded her with the €550 buy-in for the next leg of the MPNPT in Morocco (10-13 November). Her overall view of her experience summed up in a few words: “Had a ball… loved the homely feel of 32Red…”
Double trouble (not…)
Kevin Greathead (Kevathallam), from Doncaster, teamed up with fellow Team 32Red player, Julie Whitworth (alias: Ladydriver) for a collective effort that saw them finish in 5th place in the ‘doubles’ side event! Between them these two popular 32Red players have notched up a number of Tour trips, and they epitomize what today’s game is all about.
Meet the Team…
Next stop: Morocco!
Satellites are already underway for the next leg of the MPNPT, which will be held in Morocco, 10-13 November. Win a €1,500 package for this €125,000 Guaranteed event for pennies – go to Tournaments > Satellites in the Poker Lobby and we’ll see you in Morocco!
If you’ve not been opting into our player-friendly Bad Beat Jackpot while playing at the cash tables then you’ve missed out on a chance of some juicy cash prizes. The jackpot keeps getting hit, and opted in players keep being rewarded.
There’s even more reason to opt in because we’ve added a great bonus prize to the Bad Beat Jackpot at 32Red Poker – now the winner will receive a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package, too! The Estonian capital, Tallinn, plays host this summer (11-14 August), and whoever hits the Bad Beat will also be awarded this fantastic package to the €150,000 festival.
Don’t forget that you only need to be playing at the same blinds when the crucial hand hits to be eligible for a share of the money, and opting in couldn’t be easier – simply click on the BB icon!
The latest jackpot hit came at a €20 max table, with the running total having reached € 29,661.56… This time four of a kind, sevens, ‘lost’ to four tens and the 13 players who had opted in each won a bankroll boosting €228.16… Don’t miss out – opt in!
We’re always proud of our players wearing 32Red colours at international poker festivals, and Team 32Red promises to be quite a presence when Sofia plays host to the next leg of the MPN Poker Tour (April 21-24).
Our bankroll-friendly satellites have proved very popular, with players keen to qualify online for ‘live’ events, and this was the case in Monday’s Package Final Rebuy tournament when all five €1,500 packages that were up for grabs went to 32Red players!
Phillip Huxley (alias: Rixdorf), Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) and Vladimir Pastushenko (DNIPRO2010) have already enjoyed seeing what some of Europe’s great cities have to offer after qualifying for this successful tour at 32Red, and they’ll be joined in the Bulgarian capital by Asif Warris (aseefo) and Knut Berntsen (freakshove22).
There’s still time to win your way to Sofia and, given that MPN Sofia packages include buy-ins for both the €125,000 Main Event and €25,000 Side Event, four nights’ accommodation at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia and €450 towards travel and expenses, it’s well worth having a go. There are five more €1,500 packages on offer in Sunday’s Package Final, and another five in the Package Final Rebuy on Monday (both 7pm UK time).
Some so-called bad beat stories have happy endings – as is the case with the progressive Bad Beat Jackpot. This is well worth being involved in if you play cash games at 32Red – simply click on the BB icon and you’ll be eligible for a share of the jackpot just by playing at the same blinds level as the winning hand.
The most recent hit came at an Anonymous €20 max table with the running total standing at €16,403, four of a kind, 6666, ‘losing’ to a straight flush. ‘UOBEL77’ earned €3,377 as the hand winner, while MichaelC02 collected €1,736 for being at the key table!
Meanwhile, the 15 players who opted in at the same stakes each saw €96 instantly added to their bankrolls…
Remember our maxim: Don’t miss out – opt in!
It seems like the virtual ink is rarely dry when it comes to the Bad Beat Jackpot. Not long after a recent win, it’s been hit twice within days, so if you’re not opting in, you’re missing out! It’s easy – simply click on the BB icon and you’re good to go, eligible for a share of the money merely by playing at the same blind level as the key hand.
Within the last few days the progressive jackpot was hit first at a €20 Max table with the running total standing at €8,333. Four of a kind, fours, was ‘beaten’ by 8888, and 32Red Poker player, LosSantos360, earned €897 for being at the same table. Meanwhile, 12 players each received €64 just for playing at the same stakes!
Another hit soon followed, this time at an Anonymous €50 max table. The jackpot was at €7,639.56 when four of a kind, sixes, lost to a 7-high straight flush. 32Red player ‘unnouveau’ saw €848.84 added to his bankroll for being a table share winner, and eight more players at the same blind level won €84.88…
Don’t miss out – opt in!
The Bad Beat Jackpot is both progressive and extremely player-friendly thanks to there being a payout structure that even rewards you for playing at the same blind level as the winning hand. Make sure you remember to opt in by clicking on the BB icon, after which you’re eligible for a share of the money.
The most recent hit was at a €50 max table, with the jackpot standing at €8,695.10 – four of a kind, nines, lost to four tens, and the hand ‘winner’ (Skalkos) pocketed €1,847.70 for opting in. Meanwhile, seven players had opted in across the stake, each winning €108.68…
Don’t miss out – opt in!
Bad Beats are coming thick and fast on the cash tables, with those players who remember to opt in by clicking on the BB icon duly collecting their share of the booty. Don’t forget that the beauty of the progressive Bad Beat jackpot is that once you’ve opted in you’re eligible for a share of the prize pool just by playing at the same blind as the ‘winning’ hand.
This is exactly what happened with the latest hit, which was on a €20 max table when the running total was at €7,109. Four of a kind, twos, ‘lost’ to four kings, and as well as _subli_ earning €770 for being at the jackpot table, 11 other opted in players at the same blind level each received €59…
Don’t miss out – opt in!
The progressive Bad Beat jackpot has been hit with the running total at €20,337. If you’re not opting in – simply done by clicking on the BB icon – then you’re missing out, because you can win a share of the booty merely by playing at the same blind level as the winning hand.
The latest hit came at an Anonymous €20 max table, with four of a kind, sevens, ‘losing’ to a 9-high straight flush…
Only four players opted in away from the key table, so each received a whopping €508.43 for their forward thinking.
Don’t miss out – opt in!
With such a player-friendly payout structure our progressive Bad Beat Jackpot merits your attention – if you’ve not been opting in you’ve been missing out. All you need to be eligible for a share of the booty is to click on the BB icon and then you’re good to go – you get a cut of the money just for playing at the same blind level as the winning hand.
The first of the two recent hits was at an Anonymous €20 max table, with the jackpot standing at €18,880.33 – four of a kind, sevens, lost to JJJJ. Nine players not even seated at the key table had opted in, each earning €209.78…
Then, only a few days later at an Anonymous €100 Max table, there was another hit. The jackpot had returned to a juicy €19,877.19, and four of a kind, fives, ‘lost’ to 8888. €2,236.18 was awarded to 1oib just for being at the same table, while the seven players elsewhere who had opted in are each now €248.46 the richer….
Bad Beat jackpot – don’t miss out! Opt in.