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!
We like a nice juicy jackpot at 32Red Poker – one such being the Bad Beat Jackpot where, to add a bit more spice, the jackpot’s biggest winner achieves the goal by losing a hand; hence the name. See your AAAA lose to a straight flush, and your ‘compensation’ for the bad beat is the lion’s share of the jackpot.
This progressive jackpot keeps increasing until it is hit, at which point varying shares of the booty are paid out to those who are involved by virtue of their simply opting in – even playing at the same blind level as the jackpot hand then makes you eligible for a payout!
Our latest hit came has been hit came at a €20 max table, with the jackpot value being a whopping €71,329. Four of a kind, fives, ‘lost’ rather poetically to 6666. Two 32Red Poker players, malcb and checkrise, happened to be at the table in question and, because they had opted in (by simply clicking on the BB icon) they each received a ‘table share’ payout of €2,734.28! Nice.
In fact across the stake 16 players had had the foresight to opt in, and they were each rewarded with a cool €356.64 for doing so. When at the cash tables, don’t miss out… opt in.
We say that good things proverbially ‘drop’ on to our laps – well it’s time for another €50,000 Cash Drop at 32Red Poker where, quite simply, we’re going to randomly ‘drop’ cash on to our cash games.
All you have to do to be in contention for free and instant money is play at our Real Money cash tables between June 12-25 and, every five minutes, we’re going to award someone with €10. The money is credited to accounts immediately so you can do you what you like with it – play a great value multi-table tournament, try out some Sit n Go poker or simply continue at the cash tables. This last option is probably a good idea anyway because we’re going to keep making these €10 ‘drops’ until we’ve given away €40,000.
And there’s more – there’s a further €10,000 on offer in our Leaderboard, where those who win these drops earn points to be eligible for more cash prizes (1st prize is €1,000).
So play cash games and wait for money to drop into your account! Good luck.
May 28-31, 2015
Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, played host to the latest leg of the successful MPN Poker Tour, with the €500 buy-in Main Event promising a guarantee of a cool €250,000 to those who made their way to this historic city.
Legend has it that in the 5th century King Vakhtang Gorgasali went hunting and shot a pheasant, which fell into a warm spring, and he was thus inspired to found a city right there, the name coming from the Georgian word tbili, meaning warm.
Our 32Red Poker qualifiers certainly found a warm welcome after taking the trip from the airport, down George W. Bush Avenue(!), and into the city. Read on for a players’ eye view of ‘live’ festival poker…
Day 1A attracted a total of 387 entries for the $550 Main Event, all well hosted at the Sports Palace in May Square. As play got under way and the live blog kicked off, various questions were asked from those following proceedings who had not managed to win their way into this big money festival. One such enthusiast, clearly a fight fan, asked for confirmation that champion UFC fighter Nick Diaz was in Tbilisi for the event… in fact he wasn’t, rather his no less worthy namesake Nick Diaz, 32Red Poker Manager, was in town (and meaning business)…
32Red Poker Qualifiers – Day 1a
Vladimir didn’t have much luck this time around, as the following hand demonstrates. Dealt 10, 10, he was more than happy to see a flop of 10, J, 4 … but the inner smile will have diminished when the Turn and River brought 9 and 8, and then disappeared completely after losing the pot to an opponent holding Q, J! He later busted out when his nut flush ran into a rivered full house. C’est la vie.
Dimitri Tsereteli, who online goes by the name didro8888, qualified via one of our many satellites, and has the experience of participating in four live events. He had positive thoughts regarding the festival as a whole, and this despite busting out of the event after seeing his aces losing to 4, 7!
Mikhail Logvinenko, aka Samopomi4, is a freeroll fanatic and qualified in one of our Saturday Surprise tournaments. His key musings were that Tbilisi is a beautiful city, and that the tournament had a good blind structure – these thoughts were no doubt reinforced by his being the only surviving 32Red player from Day 1a…
The Main Event prize fund, which had been guaranteed at $250,000, now promised a massive $306,350, thanks to the sheer volume of entries and the fact that this was a ‘no fee’ event, with the whole of the $550 buy-in going into the prize pool!
Thus the Main Event payouts list was as follows:
32Red Poker Qualifiers – Day 1b
Phillip Huxley, aka rixdorf, was a PocketFives package winner and is a seasoned player with plenty of hours spent at countless poker tables around the globe. After busting out on Day 1a he dusted himself off and rebought into Day 1b, without success.
Meanwhile, Phillip also chose a memorable hand from which he withdrew: “…in the side event I bet the KT6 Flop with KQ and there was a raise and then a shove, so I felt pretty certain I was behind. It turned out to be straight and flush draws, and Q-high ended up scooping a huge pot…”
Nicolae-Alexandru Preda (aka all3css11) started, and exited, on Day 1b, as did his brother, Andrei, who was adopted by the 32Red Poker squad and who, unfortunately, suffered the same fate. Starting his qualifying quest in a freeroll, ‘all3css11’ won a €80 ticket and parlayed this to winning a package final. He has played in more than 10 such international festivals. It’s interesting that, when asked about a memorable hand, one that stayed with him was an instructive example that isn’t typical of tournament reports. Having being dealt pocket aces and opening the betting he took with him a single caller to the Flop, which came 7h, 8s, 5h. He made a continuation bet, was called, and the Turn brought the 9h. Another bet, another call … River 5c and after an understandable check he was put all-in, at which point he folded. Fastforward… all-in very short-stacked with 77, called by one of two limpers on K, 10 and the Turn threw up a 10 and that was that.
Quite a few 32Red Poker regulars will have sat at the same virtual table as lil_J over the years. His real name is Ronald Alino and he hails from Canada. Perhaps surprisingly for such a ‘veteran’ this was his first ‘live’ poker event, having won his place for a mere €5 or so in a 32Red Poker exclusive €1 rebuy satellite.
A ‘funny’ hand that Ronald wasn’t in saw A8 all-in against a short-stacked JJ. When the Flop brought AKx the latter stood up and was, of course, ready to leave… Turn J … River J!
Timo Rissanen, aka marrikkassi, is another player for whom an international poker festival is new territory. His successful qualifying quest for the €1,500 package began with a tournament that cost a mere €11! He was pleasantly surprised by the city and enjoyed the hotel. Alas he busted out when two pairs ran into a bigger pair…
Mikhail Logvinenko had cut his path through the jungle that was Day 1a to emerge with 162,000 chips, and he continued his good form to make the money, pocketing over $1,000!
Let’s leave the last words to Phillip Huxley: “It’s great that the tour took a risk to come to such a new unusual place. Feel very lucky to get the chance to come here as I probably never would have visited otherwise. Well done on looking after your players and introducing them to each other. A lot of sites don’t seem to make any efforts with online qualifiers any more, so the efforts of you and 32Red are very welcome, thanks!”
It was a pleasure, Phillip – see you soon on the MPN Poker Tour…
In an age of gadgets, 32Red Poker players can get their hands on some in this month’s promotion. In fact there’s €30,000 worth of nifty gadgets and cash to be won, and all you have to do to have a chance of winning is play a few raked hands between June 5-21.
Bose Bluetooth speakers (top three prizes), Apple iPad Air (4th-7th prizes), €500 (19th) … €20 (181th-240th) … even €5 to add to the bankroll for finishing 725th – and there’s no effort involved once you’ve racked up enough raked hands. This is because the prize tournament (June 23) is a Flip format, where everyone is all-in every hand.
1 raked hand per day over any 5 days during the promotional period earns a tournament ticket, while more raked hands help you boost your starting stack (and, consequently, your chances of survival).