47 Remain as Bubble in Sinaia Bursts in Dramatic Fashion

Day 2 Ends With the Money Bubble

Eight levels were scheduled for Day 2 of the 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia €1,100 Main Event, but it would take until 2.30 a.m. local time for the day to wrap up after an extensive bubble period. Out of the 366 entries, only 199 hopefuls had returned to the poker tables in the New Montana Hotel and the end of the day turned into a roller coaster of emotions.

With just two spots away from the elusive min-cash of €2,085 at the end of the eighth level, tournament staff decided to continue playing until the bubble burst and one full level passed with several players being at risk forced all in and surviving under miraculous circumstances. Unibet Poker ambassador Dara O’Kearney did so twice while fellow Irishman Padraig O’Neill found himself forced all in from the big blind and he came out on top of a six-way limped and checked down pot.

Eventually, it was Oleksandr Sharov that fell short of the money when his ace-six was bested by Razvan Sabau and his queen-jack. A jack-high straight on the board gave Sabau the best hand and right after, all 47 survivors bagged and tagged for the night. They will be aiming to take home as much of the €366,000 prize pool as possible on the remaining two tournament days.

Sabau leads the field after Day 2 with 741,000, only a smidge ahead of Ran Shahar (735,000), Cristian Grecu follows in third place with 711,000. Further notables include Silviu Baltateanu (612,000), Gilles Huet (343,000), Jean-Serge Baril (318,000), Evangelos Bechrakis (228,000), Aku Joentausta (172,000) and Toni Judet (172,000).

Traian Bostan
Traian Bostan

Three former Unibet champions are aiming for a repeat victory, two of them on home soil. Traian Bostan (pictured above) advanced with 330,000, Martin Soukup bagged up 227,000 and Unibet Poker ambassador Dan Murariu has 132,000. Fellow ambassadors Espen Uhlen Jorstad (240,000), Daiva Byrne (23,000) and the master of short stack grind Dara O’Kearney (3,000) are joined by Alan "Hotted89" Widmann (72,000).

2019 Unibet Open Sinana Main Event Schedule

DayDateTimeEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
Day 1aFebruary 13th, 201915:0012056Play eight levels of 60 minutes, late reg six levels, 60-min dinner break after level four
Day 1bFebruary 14th, 201915:0017690Play eight levels of 60 minutes, late reg six levels, 60-min dinner break after level four
Day 1cFebruary 14th, 201922:007053Play eight levels of 20 minutes, late reg six levels, re-entry for bustouts of 1a/1b
Day 2February 15th, 201915:00366199Play eight levels of 60 minutes each, the money bubble will burst
Day 3February 16th, 201915:0036647Play down to a final table
Final DayFebruary 17th, 2019tbatbatbaLevel duration 45 minutes with six remaining, 30 minutes long when three remain

Esports Battle Royale XII champion Kevin "Rotterdam" van der Kooi was among those that fell agonizingly close of the money with a chip and a chair story to tell and fellow esport streamers John "Swifty" Pyle and Andrey "reynad" Yanyuk also bowed out before the money.

Among the Unibet Poker ambassadors, it was a disappointing day at the poker tables for David Lappin, Monica Vaka, Alexandre Reard, Quentin Lecomte, and Ian Simpson. Lappin ran with king-jack suited into the pocket aces of Yanyuk while Simpson was haunted by his nemesis hand once more. On Day 1b, Simpson busted with queens and ran with queens into kings mid-way through the day.

Plenty of other notables came short in their bid for a payday in Sinaia as Alexandru Papazian, Katie Swift, Florian Duta, Narcis Gabriel Nedelcu, Andy Hills, Tomasz Kozub, Mateusz Moolhuizen, Mihai Manole, Luciana Manolea, Carmen Zainescu and Andrei Boghean all ran out of chips much sooner than they had hoped for.

While the electric pace of the eliminations before the dinner break halved the field in the first four levels, the action thereafter slowed down and culminated in the frantic bubble period. As a result, many players advanced with very short stacks for Day 3 and will be under immediate pressure on resuming blinds of 4,000/8,000 and a big blind ante of 8,000.

Day 3 kicks off at 3 p.m. local time and will aim to play down to a final table. The action of the feature table will be streamed on a security delay of 30 minutes on the Unibet Poker Twitch channel. For all the outer table action, PokerNews will be your one-stop-shop on the way to crowning another champion of the popular mid-stakes circuit.

Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
51Iulian TataruRomania121,00015
52Corentin RopertFrance84,00011
53Evangelos BechrakisGreece228,00029
54Gilles HuetFrance343,00043
55Cristian GrecuRomania711,00089
56Tomas KseneviciusLithuania91,00011
57Dan MurariuRomania132,00017
58Ran ShaharIsrael735,00092
      
61Steven VollersNetherlands532,00067
62Silviu BaltateanuRomania612,00077
63Sorin RadulescuRomania114,00014
64Padraig O’NeillIreland33,0004
65Dmitrii PrusovRussia203,00025
66Nicolae SuciuRomania162,00020
67Solomon StanRomania120,00015
68Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway240,00030
      
71Alan WidmannGermany72,0009
72Daiva ByrneLithuania23,0003
73Pavel AlexandruRomania125,00016
74Eirik LundeNorway77,00010
75Dara O’KearneyIreland3,0000
76Adrian-Sorel StateRomania100,00013
77Mihnea PotcoavaRomania258,00032
78Aku JoentaustaFinland172,00022
      
81Andrei DobrescuRomania26,0003
82Toni JudetRomania169,00021
83Nikolay PonomarevUnited Kingdom63,0008
84Dan PetreaRomania181,00023
85Marius GicovanuRomania134,00017
86Antti TiainenFinland108,00014
87Traian BostanRomania330,00041
88Tudor Bartha LazarRomania214,00027
      
121Denis SimionelMoldova265,00033
122Tomas MontrimasLithuania76,00010
123Catalin MoraruRomania106,00013
124Bogdan SovaialaRomania225,00028
126Oerjahn WintherSweden481,00060
127Jean-Serge BarilCanada318,00040
128Martin SoukupCzech Republic227,00028
      
131Stefan DruscaRomania589,00074
132Johannes VaeisaenenFinland275,00034
133Iulian BleauRomania136,00017
134Alexandru PalieviciRomania146,00018
135Lennaert JoostensRomania106,00013
136Razvan SabauRomania741,00093
137Razvan BizeraRomania642,00080
138Marc WilkensNetherlands231,00029