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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Chasing Redbacks: Tallinn Treat

August 3, 2017 by  
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Picture those little things you cherish the most at summer time: strawberries and cream, cold drinks, ice cream, a dip in a pool… all very nice, but will such treats help you on your way to a big money MPN Poker Tour festival event in Tallinn? No.

But our Chasing Redbacks: Tallinn Treat promotion, which runs during the whole of August, could well do, because this particular treat is a MPNPT ticket. And what do you have to do to earn the treat? The answer is no more than continue having fun at the tables at 32Red.

Poker players always find freebies welcome, but when this treat comes on top of an existing bonus it’s even better. And here there’s also the potential to turn a ticket into a big cash payout.

So, treat yourself to a special MPNPT treat on the house. The more Redbacks you accumulate during your time at the tables, the greater the value of your reward at the end of the month. It could – if you reach the top tier – be a €1,500 package.

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Route 32: Flip Flop to Tallinn

July 28, 2017 by  
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It’s a feather in the cap of any poker venue to be so successful that players want to return, yet Tallinn, Estonia’s picturesque, characterful capital, has gone even further by being selected to play host to the MPN Poker Tour for a third time!

Team32Red is now very well represented at MPNPT festivals around the globe, thanks to 32Red offering an assortment of qualifying bankroll-friendly routes to these excellent events.

Our latest promotion, which runs throughout August, is so bankroll-friendly, in fact, that it’s totally free to take part. Route 32: Flip Flop to Tallinn has over €3000 in MPNPT tickets to win, including a €1,500 MPNPT package for the €150,000 event for the winner and a €550 Main Event seat for the runner-up.

The package includes the €550 buy-in for the €150,000 Main Event, entry to the €110 Side Event, four nights (for two, including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel, €300 towards travel/expenses and an invite to the ever-popular Players Welcome Party!

And the whole promo is based around Flip tournaments, where everyone is automatically all-in every hand, so no actual playing is even necessary until the Final (1 September). The top 8 survivors in the nightly (10pm UK) Flips win starting chips for The Final (a standard NLH tournament), and to register for each Flip qualifier you need only make the corresponding number of raked hands for that day (e.g. 5 raked hands for Route 5, 15 for Route 15 and so on).

That’s it – just hit the cash tables as usual, rack up a few raked hands each day to register, and build your starting stack by accumulating chips as the month progresses. Good luck, and have fun!

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Route 32: All-in to Tallinn

June 30, 2017 by  
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After the route to Manchester, the next phase in our mission to populate the MPN Poker Tour with Team32Red qualifiers is Route 32: All-in to Tallinn. The top prize is a €1,500 package for the Tallinn leg of the MPNPT (19-22 October), while the runner-up will receive a €550 buy-in for the €150,000 Main Event in Estonia’s capital. There will also be an additional 30 prizes up for grabs!

The package includes the €550 buy-in for the €150,000 Main Event, entry to the €110 Side Event, four nights (for two, including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel, €300 towards travel/expenses and an invite to the ever-popular Players Welcome Party! It’s all-in to Tallinn!

The idea behind this promotion, which runs throughout July, is that – other than the Final (1 August) – no actual ’playing’ is necessary in the 31 nightly ‘Flip’ qualifiers (all at 10pm BST). It’s free to take part, and all you need to do to register is play the number of raked hands corresponding to the event in the previous 24 hours – so Route 6 will need six raked hands, for Route 19 you’ll need 19 raked hands and so on.

Once you’ve registered, the software at 32Red does the rest for you because in Flip tournaments everyone is automatically all-in every hand until the winners emerge. In this case the top eight finishers in each of the 31 Route tournaments win starting chips for the Final. So have fun at the cash tables every day, register, win starting chips and get ready for the Final…

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MPN Poker Tour Tallinn

June 21, 2017 by  
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There are only so many windows of opportunity in life, and for those of you yet to either visit Tallinn, Estonia’s beautiful capital city, or play a big money poker festival, you now have a chance to do both at the same time as this very popular venue will once again play host to the MPN Poker Tour.

The Olympic Park Casino will be welcoming players from around the globe, 19-22 October, for what promises to be an action-packed feast of poker. The Main event boasts a guaranteed prize pool of €150,000, but don’t be surprised to see the eventual total be higher, as is now often the case at MPNPT events (including Malta, recently).

So, how can players win their way to Tallinn?

There are numerous routes, one being the almost too simple one-hand solution that is hitting a royal flush in the nightly €3 buy-in, €300 Guaranteed Flush Royale (nightly, 7pm UK) – the prize for that is a juicy €1,500 poker package that includes the €550 Main Event buy-in, €110 Side Event buy-in, four nights (for two people, including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and €300 towards travel/expenses.

Of course, it’s also possible to simply buy this full package but, as poker fans know, it’s always nicer to be playing a tournament that you managed to get into cheaply! And with the quest starting with satellites that have a buy-in of a mere €1, there’s no excuse to not give it a go…

32Red’s user-friendly qualification structure also allows players to win just the €550 Main Event seat, too – note that you can keep winning packages and seats, racking them up for future events.

Good luck, and we hope to see you flying the Team32Red flag at a MPNPT festival in the future…

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€150,000 MPN Tallinn Poker Festival

May 7, 2016 by  
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Tallinn in the Sun

Thanks to a very bankroll-friendly online satellite structure to the MPN Poker Tour, 32Red Poker players can combine the exciting experience of live tournament poker with a spot of tourism in some of Europe’s most interesting, picturesque cities. We’re very happy to be part of a popular tour that has come such a long way (literally!) in such a short time, and if you’ve not been trying to qualify for previous installments you’ve certainly been missing out on fantastic opportunities…

After a successful visit to Tallinn last year, the tour returns to the Estonian capital this summer (11th-14th August) and, with Team 32Red already taking shape in the form of a number of qualifiers, we want our players to make the most of our flexible satellite process. Given how popular Tallinn proved with the Team 32Red contingent during particularly cold and icy weather, it will be interesting to see this charming city in the sun…

Big Money Poker

The Main Event of the festival will have a guaranteed prize fund of €125,000, so it’s well worth making the effort to earn your place at the tables at the Olympic Park Casino. As well as the €550 seat for the tournament you can win a bumper €1,500 package which includes the €550 Main Event buy-in, €100 buy-in to a Side Event with a prize pool of €15,000, four nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel for you and a guest and €250 towards travel and expenses! You’ll also be invited to the Players Welcome Party

Qualify for pennies

It’s possible to buy in or even buy the €1,500 package directly, but there are numerous ways to qualify – even the most recreational low stakes hobbyist can easily throw their hat in the ring because first level satellites start as low as 25 cents! For more information about what kind of satellites are on offer go to Tournaments > Satellites in the poker lobby and you’ll find all the relevant tournament listings.

Satellite strategy

Remember that satellite tournaments might require a different approach to standard tournaments, not least because you could be playing to win one of several tickets, or even seats or packages – of course this means that when there are, for example, 10 €200 satellite tickets on offer, 10th place is just as good as 1st place, so there’s no need to win the tournament. Indeed, in this scenario you could win one of the target prizes – including a €1,500 package – with a fraction of the total chips that someone else ends up with, so patience and a more solid approach than usual can pay dividends.

Good luck!

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