2016 Unibet Open Bucharest: Gabriel Gavrila Tops Day 1b; Joni Liimatta with Top 10 Stack

2016 Copenhagen champion Joni Liimatta among the top 10

It was indeed a record-breaking day at the Unibet Open Bucharest festival at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, as once again the Grand Ballroom was bursting with all tables being used for Day 1b of the €1,100 Main Event as well as High Roller Satellite and a €220 Turbo Bounty Event.

After the registration had closed, a massive field of 367 entrants took part on Day 1b to boost the overall attendance to 603 participants, shattering the previous record of 460 entries to create a prize pool of €584,910. The payouts will be announced when the action resumes as of 12 p.m. local time for Day 2 and 156 hopefuls are still in contention.

After 63 players had bagged up on Day 1a, another 93 made it through today and local player Gabriel Gavrila amassed a monster stack of 432,000. He is followed by Alexandre de Zutter, who consistently built his stack over on table one and even cracked the aces of Mihai Manole with ace-king to bag up 382,000. Dan Ionut Hila follows in third place with 291,500 while other big stacks include Eugen Chiva (267,000), EPT12 Grand Final €25,750 High Roller champion Alexandru Papazian (232,500) and Jozsef Liszkovics (219,000).

Joni Liimatta also made it into the top 10 after the second starting day and the Finn is on track to possibly win back-to-back Unibet Open titles after already emerging victorious in Copenhagen just a few months ago. Liimatta was a big stack throughout the day and will return for Day 2 with very healthy 236,000. Other notables advancing from Day 1b were James Mitchell (174,000), Jeroen van Belzen (168,000), Martin Wendt (165,600), Jessy Marillaud (132,000), Nicolay Langfeldt (111,500), Dehlia de Jong (97,000) and Quentin Lecomte (69,500).

Plenty of other familiar faces of the international poker circuit took the felt as well but failed to bag up chips. Ian Simpson joined the rail in the first two levels already and two-time Unibet Open champion Mateusz Moolhuizen doubled two shorter stacks after coming back from dinner before getting the remaining five big blinds in with queen-four suited, Andrei One dealt the final blow with ace-king.

Gaelle Garcia Diaz had a kicker problem with ace-ten versus ace-king and Peter Harkes shoved with pocket aces into a straight to join the rail as well. Florin Ionut Ilies had a huge double early on with quads sevens, but ran out of chips on the same table as de Zutter. Daiva Barauskaite’s ace-jack faced the isolation of Apostolos Bechrakis with jack-eight suited and the Greek made a runner runner flush over on the feature table, while popular Irishmen Gary Clarke, David Lappin and Dara "Doke" O’Kearney were all eliminated as well.

In the last few hands of the night, former big stack Yossef Shmuel Shmerling got it in with ace-queen against ace-jack on a jack-high flop and failed to improve. Andrei One joined the rail in spectacular fashion after bluffing off his chips with queen-four suited and a busted gutshot, Erno Suominen looked him up with ace-deuce suited for aces and sixes.

When all was said and done for the night, the 93 survivors bagged up and will be back for level 12 and blinds of 1,500-3,000 with a running ante of 500. Another eleven levels of 60 minutes each are scheduled for Day 2 to cut down the hopefuls considerably, about half of the remaining players are expected to cash in the Main Event. Saturday will also feature Day 1 of the single re-entry €2,200 High Roller as well and today’s Satellite gave away six entries, the tournament kicks off at 4 p.m. local time.

Make sure to follow the PokerNews live updates to find out who makes history at the record-breaking inaugural Unibet Open this weekend in Bucharest!

Main Event Seat Draw Day 2

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Asbjorn ElvevoldNorway132,500
12Stefan Razvan MagdaRomania35,000
13Nuno Miguel CarvalhoPortugal135,000
14Traian BostanRomania157,000
15Bogdan DiaconuRomania129,500
16David TobiIsrael152,500
17Georgios Angelos TavoularisGreece215,000
18Romain GrangeFrance59,000
19Florin PandilicaRomania40,000
21Anthony Mitchell DuaneUSA186,500
22Farook GhafoorSweden94,500
23Sorin Irinel LicaRomania167,500
24Cezar Catalin ChivulescuRomania71,500
25Eszter FabianHungary28,000
26Alexandru SautnerRomania186,500
27Gabor BankHungary75,000
28Mark RinkNetherlands65,000
29Vasile Claudiu SabouRomania135,000
31Moti MerdlerIsrael38,000
32Constantin Daniel GeorgescuRomania118,500
33Roi KokoIsrael122,500
34Tillmann MeierGermany55,000
35Avi HamoIsrael119,500
36Mihai Sebastian ParnicaRomania102,000
37William HensNetherlands285,000
38Nicolay LangfeldtNorway111,500
39Solomon StanRomania34,000
41Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria50,000
42Martin WendtDenmark165,500
43Gur SabagIsrael44,500
44Jonathan SpicerUnited Kingdom115,000
45Alexandru PapazianRomania232,500
46Virgil GrecuRomania42,500
47Florin Carmil RusuRomania213,000
48Iustin CojocaruRomania113,000
49Gabriel GavrilaRomania432,000
51Luciana ManoleaRomania100,000
52Quentin LecomteFrance69,500
53Constantin CosminRomania180,500
54Roei MotolaIsrael186,500
55Zoltan BoszormenyiHungary93,500
56Razvan Florian StircuRomania58,000
57Ozgur ArdaTurkey110,000
58Ilan BuskilaIsrael81,000
59Aurellian Nicusor ChirieciRomania78,500
61Marius AsanacheRomania144,500
62Ionut-Alin TamburaRomania191,000
63Bogdan PetrascuRomania105,000
64Alexandros PapadopolosGreece115,000
65Jakob LindenSweden287,000
66Daniel WittikkoSweden67,500
67Dan GlimneSweden59,000
68Akseli PaalanenFinland35,000
69Cristian DanRomania77,500
71George DamianRomania70,000
72Gert BransteertBelgium108,500
73Jeroen van BelzenNetherlands168,000
74Cristian CirtogRomania134,000
75Dan MurariuRomania160,000
76Lucian TofanRomania30,500
77Radu LunguRomania38,500
78Cristian Mihai TaranRomania21,000
79Mate MecsHungary84,500
81Jussi PerlinenFinland136,500
82Ronnie EspensenDenmark38,500
83Lachezar PetkovBulgaria33,000
84Constantin Florin BitanRomania155,000
85Yosef BokerIsrael79,500
86Andrei BogheanRomania135,000
87Ovidiu Florian CiuciucRomania119,000
88Iulian Bogdan NastaseRomania97,500
89Avi OsezikliIsrael79,500
91Ioana Silvana ApostolRomania47,000
92Nasser KhelifiFrance64,000
93Gusti Adrian SasRomania44,500
94Viorel ChelariuRomania65,500
95Bart FrancoisNetherlands121,000
96Cristian TardeaRomania56,000
97Ovidiu RomanRomania42,500
98Kobi MaymonIsrael119,500
99Eugen ChivaRomania267,000
101Dejan GovediSlovenia269,000
102Vasile Paul PlastoiRomania190,000
103Henri VaisanenFinland284,000
104Sebastiaan UijtendaalNetherlands73,500
105Anton HaeggblomFinland121,000
106Jozsef LiszkovicsHungary219,000
107Razvan Lucian CetanasRomania69,500
108Markus HeikkilaSweden322,000
109Kiarash NabaviehBelgium107,500
111Joni LiimattaFinland236,000
112Aldo MonteleoneItaly232,500
113Sidi-Mohamed NouarFrance227,000
114Omer AzulayIsrael38,500
115Gheorghe CaplescuRomania202,000
116Niculae EremiaRomania138,000
117Doron ShakoUSA123,500
118Erno SuominenFinland212,500
119Cosmin Ionut PetcuRomania151,000
121George Adrian StanescuRomania99,000
122Daniel SochanekSweden186,000
123Laurentiu Florin DumitruRomania85,000
124Catalin MorariuRomania101,500
125Martin KlejnaCzech Republic107,000
126Jessy MarillaudFrance132,000
127Andreas HagenNorway42,500
128Cosmin CimpeanuRomania102,000
129Juho LaunonenFinland62,500
131Elvis PetcuRomania135,500
133Leon Mihai AniRomania83,000
134Barnabas NagyHungary66,500
135Denis AdamskiiRussia23,500
136Jakub GroblewskiPoland43,000
137Avi ZurIsrael44,000
138Slaven PopovBulgaria75,500
139Eero LehtinenFinland50,500
141Shilo JerusalemIsrael81,000
142Adrian Stefan CalusaruRomania62,500
143Asaf GoldfeldIsrael48,000
144Nikita MalinovskiRussia104,500
145Quentin LaurentjoyeFrance150,500
147Alexandre de ZutterFrance382,000
148Danut Marius DincaRomania143,000
149Mariusz NiskiPoland106,000
151Gordon PlompBelgium148,000
152Dan Ionut HilaRomania291,500
153Tristan GuiodoFrance178,500
155Michal SobanskiPoland40,500
156James MitchellUnited Kingdom174,000
157Denis Ioan PoterasRomania95,000
158Apostolos BechrakisGreece108,000
159Krzysztof IdziakPoland166,000
161Bo Joakim HedelinSweden42,000
162Zhiping ZengChina169,000
163Elena GrigorescuRomania54,000
164Daniel BalaiasaRomania110,500
165Jorma VuoksenmaaFinland79,500
166Martin SoukupCzech Republic107,000
167Lee EganIreland125,000
169Anti ReinthalEstonia58,000
171Daniel JuulDenmark38,000
172Plamen TodorovBulgaria116,000
173Melech ProzanIsrael59,500
174Eli HeathUnited Kingdom250,000
175Yonatan KokoIsrael85,000
176Olof HaglundSweden63,500
177Tomas LindbergSweden171,000
179Benny KneepkensNetherlands36,000
181Adrian BizinecheRomania158,000
182Dan Alexandru NistorRomania55,000
183Dan Serban BorlanRomania21,500
185Alexandru NeculaeRomania28,500
186Ville MalinenFinland105,000
187Dehlia de JongNetherlands97,000
188Martin TsankovBulgaria103,500
189Vinod JadavUnited Kingdom41,000