480 entries for Unibet Open Paris 2019; Vladimir Nex leads Day 1b survivors

French player Vladimir Nex leads 21 players who made it through Day 1b yesterday, from a starting field of 143. Nex bagged up 436,000 giving him a strong lead over his fellow 1b survivors as well as the 24 players who made it through Day 1a. However, it is French veteran Michel Leibgorin who is likely to be going into Day 2 with the biggest stack – a hefty 532,000 accrued during Wednesday’s special Paris Edition Day 1.

The #ShuffleUpAndBrie Unibet Open Paris is taking place at Club Circus Paris from November 27 to December 1. With 480 entries, the final Unibet Open of 2019 is also the tour’s biggest stop this year.

Day 2 will begin at 11am local time today (Saturday) with the plan being to play down to a final table of nine. The Day 2 field comprises some 105 players – 18 survivors from the Paris edition Day 1, 24 from Day 1a, 21 from Day 1b and 42 from the final Day 1c flight. The live stream will get going at 13.20 CET – with poker commentary starting (on a half hour delay) at 13:50. You can follow all the action on Twitch, youtube and facebook as well as live updates on PokerNews.

Aside from Nex, Cedric Zaks (342,000) and Michael Erbil (302,000) were the only other players  over 300k in chips at the end of Day 1b whilst early chip leader Zaman Tabish also made it through, bagging up a healthy 264,000. Other notable Day 1b survivors include media influencer Dehlia de Jong and London-based financier Kurt Bjorklund who became something of a Twitch hero after making a number of spectacular bluffs on the feature table in the last few levels of the day.

A bumper field of 143 players took part on Day 1b, and a further 112 entered the Day 1c turbo flight which started at 8pm. Many Day 1c players were re-entering – in a last chance attempt to make it to Day 2 – however the flight also saw a number of brand new entries including Finnish poker legend Patrik Antonius.

Unibet Ambassadors and award-winning podcasters Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin were among 42 players who made it through to Day 2 in the final Day 1c flight. Lappin bagged up 170,000 while O’Kearney has 53,000. Others through from 1c include 2016 Unibet Bucharest champion Traian Bostan, Dehlia de Jong’s brother Dex de Jong, Pierre Merlin, Unibet Open Cannes winner Quentin Lecomte and Florence Allera, one of France’s top female players. However Ambassadors Monica Vaka, Alex Reard, Dan Murariu and Ian Simpson, Unibet Belgian Ambassador Charlotte Van Brabander and two-time champion Mateusz Moolhuizen failed to make it through.

The combined number of entries is 480 and prize pool details will be announced Saturday. Close to 200 players qualified for the €1,000 + €100 Main Event online after winning their seats or full prize packages on Unibet Poker.

Unibet Open Paris 2019 marks the tour’s second visit to the French capital. The first event took place in 2012 with Polish player Jaroslaw Barglik beating Swedish pro Kent Lundmark heads-up to take down the Main Event for €140,539. There were 439 entries in all, generating a €653,671 prize pool.