Fish Party: Massive Jackpot Hit!

March 2, 2017 by  
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It’s no surprise that Fish Party tournaments have become a popular choice for poker fans because – apart from being fast and furious fun – the potential payouts for very modest buy-ins can be massive. Fish Party Sit & Go tournaments have only three players and, despite the buy-ins ranging from only €1 to €50, the prizes can be thousands of times the buy-in – for example, a €1 tournament can have a €6,000 prize pool!

The prize for the winner is measured in multiples of the buy-in, randomly selected in the form of a Fish Party slot once the players have registered. And as the buy-ins increase, the rewards can be life-changing, as was the case this week when the Jackpot was hit in a €10 game…

Christmas came early and several times over when the nose-bleed sum of €207,438 was paid out to the players. The winner received €103,719, with €62,231 and €41,487 being paid out to 2nd and 3rd respectively – far, far more than anyone would have been expecting from their €10 investment.

Meanwhile, similarly huge prizes are waiting to be won at the Fish Party tables, so have fun along the way to winning big…

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Fish Party Changes

December 1, 2016 by  
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Even the wheel probably needed a bit of tweaking when some smarty pants first discovered how to get stuff from A to B by rolling it along on a couple of round things.

Such is the case with the introduction a few months ago of our popular Fish Party Sit & Go tournaments, the fun-filled, breakneck speed 3-player No Limit Hold’em tournaments that suit all bankrolls and promise enormous jackpots, with payouts that can be thousands of times the buy-in!

We want to make them as player-friendly as possible while keeping prize pools suitably nosebleed high and, with this in mind, as of December 14th we’ll be reducing the effective rake by almost half – from the current 10.17% to 5.85%.

We hope this will keep the Fish Party experience a fun and, of course, profitable one, and that you make the most of the amendments to the prize structure, too. One advantage that is bound to prove very popular and be particularly noticeable is that the next jump up in the prize pool from 2 x the buy-in will be a new 4x multiplier. This will replace the current 3x multiplier and mean that you’ll be fighting for prize pools that are higher than total buy-ins considerably more often than before!

As with all our games, we constantly keep an eye on how players are doing and what is the best way to maximize value and other important factors with a view to providing the best playing experience possible for as many players as possible. Have fun at the Fish Party and, remember – don’t be the fish!

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€50,000 Sit & Go Booty

April 7, 2016 by  
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While it’s true that poker offers something for everyone, from low stakes recreational players to those seeking high-octane brinkmanship, one particular format is especially popular at all levels because it ticks numerous boxes – namely the ever-entertaining Sit & Go.

With only a handful of players – even heads up – a typical Sit & Go tournament takes just a fraction of the time of a standard multi-table event yet promises the same kind of thrills and spills. Add to that the more generous ratio of prizes in relation to players, and it’s easy to see why S&G is such a popular choice for poker fans.

With this in mind we expect April to be a Sit & Go frenzy thanks to our €50,000 Sit & Go Booty promotion! We are adding money – a massive €40,000, in fact – to the prize funds of tournaments (including Heads Up) with buy-ins from €2 to €25, and there’s also a €10,000 leader board to get involved in.

€10,000 Leader board (Sit & Go Booty)

€10,000 Leader board (Sit & Go Booty)

There are 450 leader board prizes, with €1,000 for the top player, and to battle your way up the standings through the month you simply earn points by cashing in the special Sit & Go Booty tourneys. For example, if you cash in a €10 regular added money SNG you receive 10 points, while a cash in a €10 Heads Up added money SNG earns 5 points. Simple.

Make the most of our Added Money SNGs, and here’s hoping you win your share of the booty!

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Sit & Go Strategy: Changing Gears – Be the Bully

January 21, 2015 by  
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While even one-table Sit & Go tournaments have a multi-table flavour, a key difference is that we’re effectively being fast-forwarded straight into final table mode as soon as we sit down. Thanks to the more rapidly increasing blind levels than we experience during the much, much longer course of a MTT, much of the strategy specific to S&G poker is related to both the blinds and the limited number of prizes. Read more

TTayseer555 Wins €1,500 Tallinn Package

October 15, 2014 by  
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When the MPN Poker Tour rolls into Tallinn, the scenic Estonian capital, 15-18 January 2015, 32Red player TTayseer555 will be on his way to the €40,000 Guaranteed Main Event after winning his way to glory this week. Read more

No Limit Poker: Heads Up Fun

October 14, 2014 by  
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Poker, of course, is a rich, complex game that comes in many guises and formats. We all have a particular favourite ‘perfect’ poker game which, ideally, we both feel comfortable with and can achieve a level of success from. The potential problem with this, like all manner of favourite things, is that not only could we be missing out on something equally rewarding, but sticking with the same recipe week in, week out also runs the risk of restricting our growth and consequently stifling our game.

A fun, action-packed, psychologically demanding NL poker variant is the adventure known as heads up play. Stripping down poker to 1 v 1 leads to obvious comparisons with chess, where strategy and the need for ceaseless mental agility are paramount. These factors are no less important in poker, which also has more by the way of bluff and brinkmanship than chess.

For those who have not tried heads up there are two quite different types, namely the Sit & Go  (SnG) and cash. These are clearly two independent animals, the former featuring blind levels that increase over time (with a frequency depending on structure), while cash games continue ad infinitum with the same blinds. Consequently the two formats share some skills but not others. A SnG typically starts the protagonists without too much of a healthy stack/blinds ratio which, in turn, makes for a more urgent approach than we might be used to. Moreover, before we know it, the tension increases along with the blinds, and we soon find ourselves making more critical decisions, hands being characterised by their not exactly having a great deal of play. Pre-flop all-ins become a key part of the game, as is stealing and re-stealing and so on.

Moving on to heads up cash poker, the constant cadence of the game provided by the almost reassuring fixed blinds affords players the opportunity to experience the most that their stack can offer. If deep-stacked play is your thing you could do worse than use heads up cash as a fascinating training ground.

Check out both heads up SnG and cash in the poker lobby, and have fun as you broaden your poker horizons.

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador

The Crafty Re-Steal, Part 1

May 29, 2013 by  
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Every sport and game tends to have its little tricks that can give someone an edge over opponents who have yet to incorporate such moves into their repertoire. Poker, being a game of seemingly countless variables and, crucially, unknowns, is incredibly rich in that there are many, many tricks and strategies and tweaks of existing strategies and so on that afford the player who spends time away from the tables studying a significant advantage over the opposition.

One such is the re-steal. Quite self-explanatory, this strategy is interesting because it works by exploiting someone else’s aggression. Often this aggression comes in the form of – as far as the modern game is concerned – the late position pre-flop raise. This might well be a raise induced by that player’s excellent hand but, typically, it’s a standard attempt to either steal the blinds or, failing that convenient outcome, thinning down the field – perhaps scaring off superior (but not particularly strong) hands in the process as players out of position opt for the safer choice by keeping their powder dry.

Now, poker is difficult enough to get to grips with as it is, so it would be nice to steal some free chips every now and then. And not only is the re-steal extra satisfying because we pick up the original would-be thief’s bet as an addition to our ill-gotten gains, but we have done so by having someone else lay the foundations for our move.

Obviously there is a time and place to execute the re-steal and it isn’t a move we should try to execute at the drop of a hat without first taking into account certain factors. Also, different formats reward the re-steal more than others. Multi-table tournaments and the Sit & Go formats present us with excellent re-steal opportunities due to the increasing blinds and, consequently, the greater likelihood that a late position pre-flop raise is indeed a steal.

Even under normal conditions it is generally accepted that even with a wide range it is reasonable to throw in a pre-flop raise – preferably on the button – when nobody has shown an interest in taking a lead. The fact that we know this is all we need to convince the aggressor that by raising them we really don’t care what they have and are confident we are ahead. Of course we are bluffing, but it is this show of strength – against someone who has already indicated they could be strong – upon which the foundations of the re-steal is based. Moreover, by carrying out the re-steal in the blinds we accentuate our apparent strength because we’re showing that we’re prepared to get busy in the worst position for the rest of the hand.

Yet another attractive feature of the re-steal is that it can be successful against good players who routinely steal in late position. Unless they have a genuine hand they will keep their losses to a minimum and stand down, especially if our table image supports our move – i.e. we haven’t been betting and (re-)raising every orbit.

The psychology of the re-steal is simple and effective – we’re essentially offering our opponents the chance to prove they can make ‘sensible’ decisions by making the occasional laydown.

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador

Heads Up Sit & Go Strategy

December 2, 2011 by  
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While Sit & Go tournaments offer an exciting, one-table competitive experience that don’t take too much time (meaning we can play a number of them in one session), it’s possible to step up a gear or three for the even more thrilling ride of the heads up S&G.

These differ significantly from HU cash, remember, in that the blinds increase – and at quite a pace when we consider that hands just whiz by, and we’re involved in every single one of them. The trick, in an ideal world, is to bamboozle the opposition in every department. We need to be crafty, tricky, manipulative and pretty fearless (as opposed to reckless!).

With only the one opponent it follows that this format can be rather rewarding if we are fortunate enough to be up against opponents who don’t perform as well as we do and, with this in mind, the more we think about strategy and the more experience we rack up the more successful we’ll become. Variance can obviously be cruel in this particular game but that shouldn’t put anyone off making the effort if they feel more suited to this gladiatorial battle than its less cut-throat relations.

‘Mastering’ post-flop play is absolutely essential as we need to exploit players’ passivity and be prepared to bluff much more than is called for in other games. Indeed approaching a HU S&G with too conservative a strategy just won’t do. We will get our fingers burnt but, in the long-run, the key to being a winning player will be determined by our ability to play the critical hands well with a view to at least gaining a decisive lead.

Loose-aggressive is the way to go, in terms of both style and attitude, but we also need to be able to adapt quickly to what’s coming from the other side of the table while simultaneously trying deny the opposition useful reads on our own play.

Against tight players the way to gain the initiative is to raise pre-flop and post-flop (not being afraid to get busy out of position), double/triple-barrel and generally apply constant pressure – at least for as long as we can get away with it. It’s not unusual to get our own way and emerge with the much bigger stack, which in turn affords us the opportunity to widen our range and thus increase the likelihood of hitting a well disguised monster.

Conversely, against loose players it’s necessary to tighten up, letting go of unpromising hands and being aggressive with decent aces, pairs and suited connectors, mixing in opening aggression post-flop with check-raises.

Position is at least as important here as other formats as being in position affords us a continual advantage in 50% of all hands. Remember that continuation bets need succeed only a third of the time to break even. We should raise a lot pre-flop in position to deny the opposition value limps and build juicy pots that we are perfectly placed (in position!) to steal on the turn or river.

There is obviously a great deal more to heads up Sit & Go play but the points here form the foundations on which an effective strategy is based.

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the 32Red tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador


Bankroll Management

July 22, 2011 by  
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It’s time to revisit the important subject of Bankroll Management, so here are some guidelines. Obviously different people have different attitudes to risk, but while we should find criteria specific to our personality, it’s sensible to have a realistic minimum number of big-blinds or buy-ins (and it is reckless not to).

There are all sorts of theories and opinions, so the recommendations below are aimed at providing a starting point for those players yet to give bankroll management serious consideration, as well as those not happy with how they currently approach their poker quest. Bankroll requirements depend on what type of game(s) we prefer as some formats of poker generate more variance and so on than others, while a Fixed Limit cash game, for instance, is a completely different animal to a massive multi-player No Limit tournament.

For Fixed Limit cash games I would suggest a bankroll of at least 300 big bets, preferably closer to 500 or 600 if possible. After seeing only No Limit tournaments on TV, many new players assume Fixed Limit cash games offer great security due to the betting restriction, but big downswings are a part of the game, in fact.

As for No Limit cash games, some experienced players might be happy with a mere 10 buy-ins, but even 20 buy-ins is cutting it a bit short. Instead, having a bankroll of 40 or 50 buy-ins offers both greater security and flexibility, so that it is easier to move down levels if necessary, or step up for a shot at a higher level.

The world of Sit & Go tournaments is quite different again, with anything from 30 buy-ins necessary to help withstand the inevitable variance. The ‘V-word’ really makes its presence felt, however, in multi-table tournaments, which is why it is quite feasible if you intend to concentrate heavily on the rough and tumble of this exciting but often frustrating format to play in tournaments costing only 1/100th of your bankroll. Remember that there are various tournament types, with few or many participants (each requiring it’s own style), and note also that if this level of caution seems restrictive, a decent win can sky-rocket the bankroll in one evening!

Generally, be prudent and make adjustments when appropriate, and keep in mind that the whole process could take time, during which the cumulative experience will anyway augur well for when the time comes to move up a level. And somewhere along the line don’t be too proud to move down levels in order to maintain more comfortable bankroll control.

As in life, patience is key…

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD)
32Red Poker Ambassador


JACKPOT SIT & GO: Can you win 5 in a row?

April 15, 2011 by  
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€25,000 up for grabs at 32Red Poker!

€25,000 up for grabs at 32Red Poker!

Sit & Go Tournaments are fun.  Even people who don’t play STTs give them a try from time to time for a change of scene or purely for entertainment.  With this in mind, 32Red Poker’s latest promotion revolves around a simple challenge: Can you win 5 in a row? (Don’t worry – there’s also a bonus for near misses!).

If you can indeed manage this magic winning streak in 32Red’s new 6-Seat Jackpot Sit & Go tournaments, then you’ll be rewarded with a tasty bonus of €5,000 plus a chance to win the Progressive Jackpot seeded at €20,000!

Of course success ultimately depends on a certain level of skill and a dose of luck and, fortunately, there is an additional incentive that will keep players smiling even when finishing runner-up. This is in the shape of a €500 bonus prize for anyone placing 1st or 2nd in five consecutive STTs.  These new tournaments, in Normal and Super Turbo formats, have buy-ins of €12 + €1 (including the Progressive Jackpot fee), payouts of €30, €18 & €12, and can be found in the Jackpot area of the Sit & Go section.

Note that a qualifying winning streak must be completed within 21 consecutive days of the first win (see Terms and Conditions).

As for adopting a special jackpot STT strategy, it wouldn’t be a good idea to allow the potentially very high rewards to distract you from the usual sensible approach of starting reasonably tight and loosening up as the blinds increase and players are eliminated. With three prizes on offer it is reasonable to concentrate on making the top three and, once in the money, mix up your game further, being willing to get jiggy with hands such as 99, for example.

But remember also to be on the lookout for those players who have made significant and exploitable adjustments, meaning observing the opposition’s tendencies (who is scared, who is stealing too much etc.) is even more critical to success than usual.

Click here to visit 32Red’s Jackpot Sit & Go promotion.

Good luck at the tables!

AngusD

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