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).
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!
Valentine’s celebrations aren’t just about romance at 32Red – we’re giving away instant €5 awards at our cash tables until a massive €25,000 has been snapped up. It’s all part of our special King of Hearts promotion, which rewards getting a hearts flush.
Apart from adding some spice to your poker in making the prospect of filling a flush in the most ‘romantic’ suit more exciting, King of Hearts is brilliantly simple. This is because you don’t even need to win a pot with your hearts flush to be awarded the €5 prize – it’s enough to merely make the flush. The only condition is that both hole cards are used and the hand reaches showdown.
Starting at 00:00 GMT on February 12th, 2015, King of Hearts will continue until players have been awarded all of the €25,000, the eligible cash tables being No Limit Holdem with minimum blind levels of €0.05/€0.10, and €0.20/€0.40 Fixed Limit Holdem.
Have fun, and keep an eye out for those hearts!
The MPN Poker Tour has proved to be a tremendous success, with the festivals giving players the opportunity to enjoy the thrills and spills of live poker in a varied selection of venues around the globe. The excitement of poker is one thing, but it’s quite another to be able to experience the different cultures and history that cities such as Tallinn and Tbilisi (places that most of us might not so readily choose to visit) have to offer. Throw in the craic of Dublin and the grandeur of Vienna, and it’s easy to see why record numbers of 32Red players found themselves in the Austrian capital after winning seats or packages through our extensive qualifying process.
Held at the Montesino Casino, 21-24 January 2016, the festival attracted an impressively large field. A total of 431 players took part in the €550 buy-in Main Event and, with 52 re-entries, this made for a tasty prize fund of €241,500. This more than comfortably surpassed the guarantee and produced a first prize of €54,000 for the eventual winner, with a further 52 places being paid.
Over 30 of the field came from the now visibly noticeable Team 32Red. Poker is indeed an ‘everyman’ (and woman!) game, and this couldn’t be reflected any better than in our group of players. Coming from across the globe, our qualifiers made the most of their time in Vienna, both on and off the tables.
32Red’s Jakob Anyszka (a Vienna native) was able to put his local knowledge to good use… How we perform at the tables has a lot to do with what we get up to when not playing, and our players certainly had an edge over the opposition when it came to making the most of what the city has to offer – as the photos show!
Some of the more experienced 32Red players – such as Vladimir Pastushenko (aka DNIPRO2010), Phill Huxley (Rixdorf), Adrian Nica (Lawliet1) and Angus Dunnington (AngusD) – have considerable ‘live’ poker experience, including the MPN Poker Tour. For others, Vienna was the first time they had found themselves actually sitting at a table with their opponents rather than playing in the quite different online environment. It’s interesting how most players who have hitherto not played live (or not, at least, at such a big festival) can feel more than just a little apprehensive but, in a surprisingly short time, not only get used to it but feel quite at home.
One point made by Simon Millard (Bada_Bing72) – for whom this was his second time at such an event – was that it had taken him a while at the tables for his game to loosen up to the same level as it is online, while others mentioned how there being fewer hands per hour took some getting used to. These same players, it has to be said, performed well, which serves to confirm that, generally, the transition from online to live tends to prove a natural one.
Live poker nowadays wouldn’t be the same without its growing contingent of online players (whether serious or recreational), and it’s good to see 32Red so well represented in the live festival arena. Having established a genuine, impressive presence at international festivals – particularly bearing in mind that we have such a varied group of players who also appreciate such events – we can look forward to similarly positive experiences being shared in the future. With this in mind we will endeavour to continue providing opportunities to qualify for prestigious events through our player/bankroll friendly satellites and other tournaments – the knowledge that a couple of our players were even able to enjoy their trip to Vienna after having hit a royal flush in our Flush Royale tournament, for example, is what makes it all worthwhile!
It’s not at all a clichéd approach to say that it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts, so while it would be great to announce that a Team 32Red member took home the first prize of €54,000, this was not to be – an Austrian by the name of Jannis Brauer emerged victorious. However, we did have a number of players cashing in the Main Event, with Canadian Ronald Alino – continuing his tour of Europe that sees him essentially following the MPN tour with each successive satellite qualification – finishing 28th for €1,410 and Peter Raynor (38th), Nadeem Nazir (49th) and the wily Phill Huxley (52) each collecting €1,150 for their efforts.
Others, of course, came close and ran well, and a special mention goes to Martyna Makarove who adapted well to the new surroundings of live poker to cash in the 185-player Austrian Cup!
Exits & Memorable Hands
Nobody likes either to hear or have to tell a so-called ‘bad beat’ story so here is a selection of hands with which some of our players exited tournament play in Vienna – the point being to illustrate the thin line that can mean the difference, for example, between a veritable hat full of chips and a potential big win, or none at all.
Diane Duncan (POKERLADY25) went all-in with AJs but ran into pocket tens after an impressive international poker debut. Pocket tens, meanwhile, is the very hand that Dionne Cowley (RangerMcFriendly) took a stand with, losing to KJ. We all accept the luck factor in poker but, for Dionne, her poor fortune manifested itself in falling ill during her stay. This clearly didn’t help concerned husband Richard, either, so here’s hoping they’ll be back with a vengeance at future tour events.
Short-stacked Simon (Bada_Bing72) Millard put his faith (on 16BB) with K9o, was called by A9 and AT, and that was that. He later remembered that this was the very same hand with which he’d been eliminated on his tour debut…
Satellite ‘killer’ Dara O’Kearney (HopAlongHnsn) shoved with AJs versus QQ, then noticed he’d actually put his remaining chips on the line with J4s! Funny old world.
Finally, even funnier – although not necessarily in the ‘hahaha’ sense for Ivan Damyanov… He went all-in pre-flop with kings, ran into aces and duly walked away, not realising that he still had 2,000 in chips still on the table. Two hours later a sole chip remained.
We hope to see Team 32Red similarly represented at the next stop of the MPN tour, which will be in Sofia, 21-24 April. Once again it will be possible to win both €1,500 packages and €500 seats in our satellites and special tournaments, so check out the Poker Lobby and start your quest…
Good luck, and see you in Sofia!
Nobody likes a bad beat – unless they pocket some of the Bad Beat Jackpot, when the ‘losing’ hand is actually the lucky hand, and anyone playing at the same blind level is in for a share of the spoils – all you need do to be eligible is opt in by simply clicking on the BB icon.
The latest hit happened on an Anonymous €50 max table when the running total had reached €32,436.73, four of a kind, 3333 ‘losing’ to a 6-high straight flush. Away from the main table only six players had opted in, so they each earned a juicy €540.61 for getting involved.
Join the Bad Beat quest when next you play cash games at 32Red Poker!
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…
There’s a new slot game to enjoy at 32Red. The aptly named ‘Hot as Hades’ is, as the name suggests, themed around the Greek god of the underworld. Accessed via the Casino tab in the 32Red Poker lobby, the game features a quest to Mount Olympus, complete with mini-films with 3D graphics and great animation. Expect to both see the funny side and to taste a bit of the Classics, thanks to the presence of Medusa, Poseidon and Zeus and, of course, the three-headed Cerberus.
When scatter symbols trigger the Quest for the Crystal Helm bonus game, players can win up to 100,000 coins, and that’s a lot of coins…
Meanwhile, your funny bone will be in for more action next month when we release our Bridesmaids Online Slot. Based on the film of the same name, this is an online casino’s spin on the chick flick genre, and promises comedy, great features and wins aplenty!
Two more 32Red Poker players have battled their way to the Dublin leg of the MPN Poker Tour, earning two of the three €1,500 packages available in a hard-fought MPNPT Sunday Package Final. Vladimir Pastushenko – whose alias is ‘DNIPRO2010’ – had already qualified for the MPN events in both Tallinn and Tbilisi. He found his way to the Sunday Final by winning a ticket in one of our twitter giveaway promos.
Also qualifying was Angus ‘AngusD’ Dunnington, 32Red‘s longtime poker ambassador. He earned his Sunday Final ticket in another satellite and will be looking forward to a second chance at the MPN Poker Tour after being in the Tallinn leg.
Remember that you can literally qualify for pennies as satellites start at 22c!