MPNPT: Back in the UK!

August 7, 2017 by  
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Good things come to those who wait, as they say, and after a break of three years the MPN Poker Tour finally touched down once again on UK soil when Manchester’s Grosvenor Casino played host (20-23 July).

Having visited various parts of the globe, from Vienna to Morocco, the festival tour retained a distinctly European feel, with the already cosmopolitan flavour of the city being added to by the sound of (amongst others) Scandinavian voices.

Mad for it in Manchester

‘Mad for it’ is a typically Mancunian phrase which typifies the vibe that came out of a city that brought the musical world the likes of the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis. But there’s so much more to this Northern powerhouse that helped forge the industrial revolution. For example, it’s the only place in the world where you can obtain a degree in Mummy Studies, the University of Manchester having facilities specifically aimed at the study of ancient Egyptian mummies…

Manchester also has the dubious distinction of being nicknamed ‘The Rainy City’ which, taking into account the UK’s reputation for rain, is already a little unfortunate, but especially so when, in fact, it is actually one of the drier cities in the country.

Alas, poker is an indoor pursuit, so in some ways the weather didn’t really matter, as a total of 288 entries in this war of attrition and patience (or, for some, multiple rebuying) took advantage of the excellent facilities of one of the UK’s biggest poker venues.

 

The Poker (Day 1A)

Day 1a was expected to see fewer players than Friday’s Day 1b, and Angus Dunnington survived the long-haul journey (12 levels) that saw 17 of the 74 entries make it to Day 2, turning his initial stack of 25,000 chips to 111,000. His friend and fellow Team32Red player, Phill Huxley, playing at the same table, was eliminated in a tricky hand, returning with another ‘bullet’ but not finding the poker gods on his side.

Angus spent the last few levels at a table – after being moved there – with a dynamic quite different to what he’d grown used to for several hours, with the mix of short and big stacks giving the game a greater sense of urgency. Sure enough, a massive pot with the typical scenario of a big hand – KK – versus a big draw seeing the latter catch a tournament-saving flush on the river proved to be crucial for two of the big stacks. This exciting episode encapsulated just how thin the line is between success and failure, as the tournament-saving river card in fact proved to be the stroke of luck that saw experienced Finnish player, Jari Hurri, ending Day 1a as the chip leader with 190,600 chips rather than – had fate been less generous – on his way out.

 

The Party

Meanwhile, Phill’s partner, Fabienne Freymadl (also part of the 32Red Live Streaming team) was impressing fellow revelers and spectators at the MPNPT Party in the casino. This has become a must-go event in itself, with a different theme at each festival.

This time, Fabienne and other brave souls who were capable of activities more immediately physically demanding than poker were trying to outdo each other at a game called ‘Batak Pro’… As you can see from the photos, this is a grown-up version of the children’s game that sees cute little animals being hit on the head with a rubber mallet as they briefly pop up. Batak Pro takes that up a few notches. Anyway, a good time was had by all as the free drinks flowed, snacks were eaten and fun was had both participating in and watching this test of reaction speed and physical endurance. Of course, with numerous prizes on offer, including a £150 side event ticket and 5 drink vouchers for the winner, and a £110 side event ticket and drink vouchers for the runner-up, that competitive edge poker players would be lost without added an entertaining slice of excitement to the mix…

 

The Poker (Day 1B)

Vegetarianism might nowadays be a worldwide choice of millions but, as it happens, appears to have officially originated – at least as an actual ‘movement’ – in Manchester. The Reverend William Cowherd (truth is indeed stranger than fiction) was waxing lyrical about the vegetarian diet down the road from where the Grosvenor now stands over two centuries ago, his followers going on to form the Vegetarian Society.

The atmosphere during Day 1b, however, was incredibly bloodthirsty, with take-no-prisoner knockouts and subsequent re-entries guaranteeing that, compared with Day 1a, many more chips would be in circulation. Some players contributed to the chip pool more than others, with David Lappin, for example, having several bites of the proverbial poker cherry. His fellow Irishman and good friend, Dara O’ Kearney – armed with a supply of Main Event seats – would even decide, after failing to survive Day 1b, to take advantage of the option afforded those players with both the inclination and the means to re-enter at the beginning of Day 2…

As it turned out David was able to exploit his extra lives and reached Day 2 with a stack of 75,000 chips. He was joined by other 32Red qualifiers, Matti Sahinoja (Finland; 102,000) and Mark Dyson (England; 37,600) among the 43 who would join the previous day’s 17 for a step up in gear on Day 2.

As was suggested above, the fact that there were many more chips flying around meant that the biggest stacks on Day 1b were much higher – the overall chip leader was Yiannis Liperis with a massive 328,600!

 

Day 2

The 60 players gunning for a cash (35 prizes) increased to 63 on Saturday when three more re-entries tried their luck, one of these being the aforementioned Dara. In fact, at one point, he, Angus and Matti were at the same table, sharing the unenviable experience of having to put up with Liperis and his mountain of chips, which was mercilessly being put to good use.

Not surprisingly, this proved to be a tough day, and the sole Team32Red player to cash was Angus Dunnington, whose feelings were mixed. He had been eager to make amends for the Vienna leg, where he had also cashed but after losing an enormous pot with KK v QQ at the critical, juicy stage of the tournament. Day 2 this time was his most frustrating, but a cash is a cash, and his patience ‘honed’ after years as a professional chess player saw him get the most out of what had become a very short stack.

 

Congratulations to Tim Chung on taking top honours and the 1st prize of £29,900 – a performance all the more impressive when we factor in how short-stacked he was at the beginning of the Final Table action, and how quickly he saw off the opposition.

 

The Players

You could be forgiven for thinking that poker festivals are characterised chiefly by such obvious things as cash, chips, bad beat stories and so on because conversations and thoughts will invariably feature these clichés. Indeed, that is often the case, but our aim when coming up with the various avenues through which players can be part of Team32Red and attend international poker competitions extends to more than the turn of a card. Here are examples of 32Red players who illustrate that there’s more to being a poker player than chip counts:

Luck – or, more significantly, bad luck – is something that poker players become used to and philosophical about but, for 32Red and MPNPT regular, Julie Whitworth (aka Ladydriver), fate dealt a particularly cruel blow before Manchester. For Julie, a popular Team32Red member who encapsulates what poker should be about, this was to be her ‘home’ event. Having cashed in Malta she was looking for a repeat success here but, unfortunately, was taken ill.

But that doesn’t mean she didn’t play a role, supporting her fellow players from her hospital bed. Here’s what she had to say: “As part of Team32Red, I was unfortunately taken into hospital the night before I was due to meet up with everyone… I was taken aback on Sunday afternoon by a visit from Nick Diaz, Angus Dunnington, Phill Huxley, Fabienne Freymadl and Sean Ainsworth, delivering some beautiful flowers and a card signed by lots of my fellow MPNPT companions. I may not have been there in body but my spirit was with the team. Thanks to all for the good wishes, and I will be with you in Tallinn!”

Get well soon Julie!

 

Phill Huxley is a great example of how to get the most out of 32Red Poker. In his own words, he ‘loves promos’ and makes sure not to waste any opportunities. He qualified for Manchester by winning a Route 32 promotion. These revolve around collecting starting chips for a Final proper in nightly ‘Flip’ qualifiers, which put everyone all-in every hand until the winners emerge, require just a few raked hands to register, and are completely free. He made a point of fulfilling the easy daily entry requirements, took his chances in the Final (knocking out his friend, Angus Dunnington, in 4th place in the process; note that the runner-up wins a €550 Main Event seat…) and bagged a €1,500 package.

 
Add to the mix Phill is an excellent player, and it’s a recipe for success. He didn’t make Day 2 in Manchester (but cashed in the Manchester Poker Cup), but poker is the ultimate ‘long’ game, and he’ll be a danger, as always, in Tallinn

Another 32Red qualifier whose journey to Manchester is the perfect incentive for all players is Andrew Talbot. He is one of a number of people who have the good fortune to win a fantastic €1,500 package by hitting a royal flush in our daily Flush Royale tournament. Having never taken part in a poker tournament before, he was expecting to find the situation and environment potentially difficult but, in fact, found himself feeling quite calm. This is a common and pleasant surprise for many in this context, and Andrew’s positive experience should serve to help ‘new’ players decide to make the most of our promotions and qualify for poker festivals.

Finally, Gerard Molloy sums it up perfectly: “My feedback is very positive regarding the MPNPT. I won my package (my first MPNPT event) online at 32Red. I didn’t win at the tables but the experience was amazing… I would very much like to qualify and take part in future events, so hope to see you again soon…”

Memorable hands

A memorable hand doesn’t have to be a devastating bad beat on the river or someone flopping four aces, and even when we are involved in a ‘big’ hand it might not be the one we find the most significant.

Phill Huxley, for instance, found the hand which saw him eliminated from the Main Event as ‘pretty funny’ and, importantly, this highlights the pragmatic, must-have-a-sense-of-humour attitude that is common amongst players. Phill had AK and found himself all-in and up against two opponents. AK is the kind of holding that should give you a fighting chance, but in this particular case Phill’s opponents had as their hole cards a pair of Kings and a pair of Aces! Phill: ‘I couldn’t have got it in much worse…’

Matti Sahinoja of Finland qualified for Manchester via a satellite at 32Red, having already played in MPN Poker Tour events in Vienna and Sofia, as well as the Irish Open (again through 32Red). He managed to go deep into the Main Event, at one point having quite a big stack. But navigating a safe route through the jungle that is tournament poker is never straightforward, and he ultimately fell short of the money.

As far as ‘memorable hands’ is concerned, what stuck in Matti’s mind most is when he faced an all-in bet while holding middle pair. This is always a difficult spot to find yourself in, not least in a big money festival, overseas, with your tournament life effectively on the line. The decision-making process can be hampered by the prospect of calling and finding that your second pair is, in fact, the second-best hand. He called, and had indeed made the correct decision, which is one of those poker experiences that never ceases to feel very satisfying…

Dara O’Kearney suffered a typical curse that the poker gods tend to dish out to those in possession of big pocket pairs. He three-bet Kings over an under-the-gun raise and was called. The Flop brought 10 8 7, both players ended up all-in and his opponent had – you guessed it! – J 9 (off-suit).

The Ginvitation

‘Made-up’ words can often be better than existing ones. Another is Gincident. Both feature the word ‘gin’, around which a special event was held for those players who fancied doing something different on the Sunday evening to round off the Manchester festival in style.

A dozen or so players took up the invitation for a barge cruise down the Manchester Ship Canal, where they were treated to as many Gin & Tonics and imaginative, tasty cocktails as they wanted, as well as endless platters of food, a fascinating, entertaining history of gin and a unique view of the city (such as Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United) from the traditional barge as it chugged along the canal…

 

Next Stop: Tallinn

If the MPNPT had a Walk of Fame, then Estonia’s picturesque capital, Tallinn, would take pride of place, being the most visited venue of the Tour thus far. If you haven’t yet enjoyed the poker festival experience this would be a great time to start, and at 32Red we have numerous, player-friendly ways for you to book your place at the €150,000 event (19-22 October), with €1,500 packages and €550 seats to win. Check out how to qualify, have fun, and we hope to see you there!

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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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Phill ‘Bergeroo’ Huxley wins Route 32: Flip to Manchester

July 3, 2017 by  
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We always like to come up with promotions that require minimum effort from poker fans so that players can concentrate on simply enjoying themselves at the tables. One such was our Route 32: Flip to Manchester, which had as the top prize a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour Manchester package.

This Route promo revolved around nightly Flip tournaments – everyone being automatically put all-in until winners emerge – where the prizes came in the form of starting chips for the proper Final. The qualification requirements for these Flips was simply to play a few raked hands (e.g. 6 for Route 6, 16 for Route 16 etc).

That is indeed an easy task, but Phill ‘Bergeroo’ Huxley was on holiday during June, constantly on the go, trying to log on to 32Red to rack up raked hands and register for as many of the Route qualifiers as possible. He somehow managed to accumulate 2,700 chips, giving him the sixth highest stack of the 102 finalists battling it out for the package, a €650 Main Event seat and 28 other MPNPT prizes.

Of course far, far more than a couple of thousand chips are needed to win one of these tournaments, but Phill succeeded in doing exactly that! Already a loyal member of Team32Red, having attended numerous other MPN Poker Tour events around the globe, Phill will be a force to be reckoned with in Manchester, his practical approach lending itself well to tournament poker.

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Here is what Phill had to say after his victory:

“All those times I was finding dodgy wi-fi travelling the last few weeks to play some raked hands to get chips was worth it! Playing on my phone in random places in the former Yugoslavia…
… I started with 2700 chips! So that put me near the top of the standings and gave me over 100bbs to begin with. It was a slowish structure so I didn’t feel any pressure. I managed to stay near the top positions the whole way through and always thought I had a good chance.

Myself and another player were chip leaders for most of the way near the end. We had to tangle at some point and in classic style I got it in with a draw and managed to get there. That gave me a big chip lead and I was then able to play like a maniac and luckbox my way to victory…”

“This will be my seventh stop on the tour. It’s my favourite live poker event and 32Red offer such a good value range of satellites and promotions that I can’t help myself and always end up trying to qualify! I was actually on holiday for most of June, so I ended up missing several days of playing and gathering chips. The days I did play I was often snatching moments in between holiday activities, and even one day on a bus through Croatia and another while waiting at Customs to enter into Montenegro. I was fortunate that the Festival of Speed promotion was also running, which meant a lot of Blaze Poker games were happening, so I was able to get my raked hands in quickly each day, and then get back to the beach…
I’ve already booked my flight to Tallinn and I’ll be playing Route 32 again this month and trying to do to the double!”

Indeed. Phill’s last comment refers to the Route 32: All-in to Tallinn promotion, which has exactly the same format and has both a €1,500 MPNPT Tallinn package and €550 Main Event seat for the eventual winner and runner-up. Don’t let him win again! Rack up those raked hands and accumulate starting chips for the Final (1 Aug).

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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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Route 32: Flip to Vienna!

November 1, 2016 by  
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Last month’s Freeway to Morocco saw 32Red Poker fans play for free for a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour Morocco package and other great prizes. This month’s promo, Route 32: Flip to Vienna, is another freebie, but a key difference that will appeal to those players keen on maximum gain for minimal effort (i.e. everyone) is that – other than the Final (2 December) – this features ‘Flip’ Freeroll tournaments, where the field is all-in, each hand, until a winner emerges. In other words – you don’t even need to be present while the tournaments are running.

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The aim of these nightly Flip freerolls (10pm throughout November) is to win starting chips for the Final, with each tournament having a modest Redback requirement to enter. So all you need to do is what you already do at 32Red Poker, namely having a good time at the tables, earning Redbacks while you play. Then remember to register for the Flips each time you qualify, and the Poker Gods will do the rest!

The star prize is a fantastic €1,500 package for the MPNPT Vienna leg (26-29 January 2017), which includes the €550 buy-in for the €200,000 Main Event, €150 buy-in for the MPNPT Austria Poker Cup, four nights (including breakfast) at the Roomz Hotel for you and a guest and €400 towards travel and expenses. There will also be a €550 Vienna Seat and €600 in MPNPT satellite tickets up for grabs in the Final, as well as five Flush Royale tickets for each additional top finisher down to 32ndplace…

We will update qualifying players’ chip counts below, so pay us a visit from time to time:

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Updated at 11:35am (UK time) on Friday 2nd December 2016

 

Have fun, earn Redbacks and Flip your way to Vienna!

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Route 32: Freeway to Morocco – The Quest has begun

October 3, 2016 by  
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As our promotions go at 32Red, a free one that has a €1,500 MPN Poker Tour package as a first prize is sure to be popular. One of the attractions of Route 32: Freeway to Morocco is that there are plenty of opportunities to give yourself a fighting chance – a whole month’s worth, in fact!

The Final, Route #32, will be held November 2 at 8:30pm (UK time) and, as well as the €1,500 package, a €550 MPNPT Seat and additional satellite/tournament tickets are waiting to be won. Until then, your aim is to play in daily Freerolls (all at 8:30pm UK time) in order to win as big a starting stack as possible for Route #32 – simply rack up a modest number of raked hands each day to gain free entry.

With Route #1 to #31 having been completed, 64 players have earned starting chips and their place in the line-up:

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This is the complete and final chip count – good luck all!

Join them by simply enjoying your time at our cash tables, racking up some raked hands and then finishing in the top eight places of our freerolls to win starting chips for the Final.

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