Ambassadors

Unibet Open is taking it to another level in season 2018 by extending the Unibet family with 14 Unibet Open ambassadors. The team consists of an international mix of poker players with different gametypes, interests and strengths. Please click on the avatars below to find out more about each one of them.

Alan WidmannAlan


Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alan ‘Hotted89’ Widman studied to be an engineer in college but his passion for gaming became an obsession in 2011 when he became the #1 World of Warcraft player, a ranking he maintained for four consecutive years. Since then, Alan has successfully transitioned from elite player to what he calls a ‘dirty entertainer’, deciding to focus his energy on content creation. He has 250K Twitch followers and his hugely popular strategy videos and vlogs garner hundreds of thousands of hits on Youtube!

Alan caught the poker bug in a big way in 2017 when he took down the Unibet Poker E-Sports SNG in London. A fierce competitor who always looks for ways to improve, he has been coached by fellow ambassadors Dara O’Kearney and Daiva Byrne, not to mention friend of Unibet and Superstar Highroller Victor Blom.

Aside from content creation, Alan is the Chief Development officer for ‘Team Methodgg’ and since becoming a Unibet E-Sports Ambassador in 2017, he has cashed a side event at the 2017 WSOP and finished just short of the money in the Main Event. In 2018, he hopes to take his poker to the next level!

Alexandre ReardAlexandre


Alexandre Reard is one of the newest Unibet Ambassadors, recognised for his consistency in results, his calmness and composure and his pinpoint bet sizing’s at the table. With over $1.6M in total live earnings on Hendob Mob, Reard is considered by his peers as one of the best French poker player in the world.

Alex is predominantly a Live MTT player whose well timed aggressive play style allows him to soundly play in any dynamic and traverse the metagame poker offers with ease.

“I have no poker rival. I have only friends or opponent”


Hendon Mob Total: $1,675,931 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $340,000
Best Finish Unibet Open: 29th

Daiva ByrneDaiva


Residing in London, Daiva Byrne (nee Barausksite) is Lithuania’s number 1 female poker player. Predominantly a live tournament player, she has been crushing since 2011. Adopted as an honorary Brit, she represented the UK in the European Nations Cup in 2013.

Daiva is passionate about being an ambassador for women in poker, running the hugely popular ‘Ladies at Unibet Poker’ Facebook group while also hosting a weekly Sunday freeroll on Unibet Poker to encourage new women to play the game. Aside from poker, Daiva’s other passions are world-travelling, fine dining & fashion.

A consummate poker scholar, Daiva is the ‘study-buddy’ of fellow Unibet ambassador Dara O’Kearney. In 2016, she won the Unibet Ladies Battle Royale in Bucharest and in 2017, she cashed the WSOP Main Event. To date she has four 5-figure cashes on her impressive ever-growing poker resumé.


Hendon Mob Total: $126,912 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $22,446
Best Finish Unibet Open: N/A

Dan MurariuDan


Hailing from Onești in Romania, Dan ‘Agentu’ Murariu is a legit beast with an impressive resumé on both the real life and virtual felt. In 2010, he posted his first marquis result, winning the Unibet Open Varna for €150k. He followed that up in 2011 by coming 2nd in the IPT San Remo for €130K. The purple patch continued in 2011 when he came 2nd in the Sunday Million for $150K and final tabled the WCOOP Main Event for $81K.

In 2012, Dan won yet another Unibet Open, this time in St Maartens for €110K. Then in 2014, he came 2nd in another IPT SanRemo Main Event for €35K. In 2017, he won a side event at Unibet’s European Open in Las Vegas.

Over his career, Dan has been consistency personified. He has cashed at the World Series of Poker 8 Times, including the Main Event in 2012. He is Romania’s 3rd most cashed and 5th biggest money winner in live poker.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and spending time with his young son. He first became a Unibet Poker Ambassador in 2011.


Hendon Mob Total: $1,402,460 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $188,459
Best Finish Unibet Open: 1st

Dara O’KearneyDara


Former Irish international ultra-runner turned poker pro, Dara O'Kearney aka Doke is known for being a lot of things. A Satellite Beast. A Short Stack Jedi. David Bowie's mate. The Oldest Internet Poker Kid. 2nd.

While Dara does have a lot of 2nds on his résumé, he actually has far more wins, evidenced by his whopping 7 Pocket Fives Triple Crowns. In fact, he notched up his first victory in his very first live poker tournament when he won €47,000 at the 2008 European Deepstack.

Back in 2007, on his very first night playing online, Dara won a $151 in a freeroll and ran it up without ever depositing a cent. Today, he is Ireland's highest ranked player online, it’s biggest online winner (with over $2.5 million lifetime profit) and it’s most cashed live player (140+ cashes, 60+ final tables and 8 wins in 17 different countries). Dara won Super Tuesday in 2013 for $84,000 and final tabled a SCOOP event in 2017 for $39,000 but his biggest result came in 2015 when he narrowly missed out on a bracelet, finishing 2nd at the WSOP for $299,000.

As well as being a player, Dara is a coach, a staker, a columnist for Bluff Magazine and a very popular blogger. He co-hosts 'The Chip Race' Poker Podcast and he writes a free monthly newsletter on poker strategy. He has also commentated on The Irish Poker Open, The Unibet Open and at the WSOP. Dara became a Unibet Ambassador in March 2017.


Hendon Mob Total: $917,265 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $262,502
Best Finish Unibet Open: 27th/10th UO HR
Online Total: $2,664,128

David LappinDavid Lappin


An Irishman currently residing in Malta, David spent seven years in college studying Arts, Philosophy and Screenwriting - the perfect preparation for a career in poker! He started playing professionally in 2006, building up a roll from scratch playing online SNGs and live MTTs in Connecticut. After Black Friday, he returned to his hometown of Dublin where he segued into online MTTs and Satellites and became a regular on the European live circuit.

David has made north of $700,000 online. He has also cashed over 100 times in 18 different countries for over $400,000 with almost 60 final tables and 8 wins. His biggest result came in 2009 when he chopped the Full Tilt Espana Series - Barcelona for €81,000.

David is a coach, staker, blogger and Twitch-streamer for Unibet Poker. He is the host and producer of 'The Chip Race' Poker Podcast. He was the colour commentator at The 2015 Irish Poker Open and at numerous Unibet Poker Opens. He recently became a father so his spare time is limited these days but when he does have some, he likes to play cricket, tweet about politics and troll Ian Simpson. David became a Unibet Ambassador in March of 2017.


Hendon Mob Total: $470,711 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $87,509
Best Finish Unibet Open: N/A
Online Total: $927,178

David VanderheydenDavid


Fun is the name of the game for Belgian Unibet Ambassador David ‘Davitsche’ Vanderheyden. Whether it’s ‘Silly Thursdays’, prop bets or the popular Davitsche League, David has an infectious love for the game.

David dabbles in live tournaments (in 2016, he took down a tournament in Namur for €14K) but he is primarily a cash game player, crushing the live circuit in Belgium since the turn of the century. He is currently (and will perhaps perpetually be) doing a bankroll challenge on Unibet Poker, streaming his joy and suffering for the whole world to see on Twitch.

With the birth of his beautiful daughter Pilvi in 2017, David has had to shift his home-life/video-game life balance a bit but he still has time for a few games of PUGB, Escape from Tarkov or Stellaris. David has been a Unibet ambassador since March 2017 and the Unibet Open commentator since 2014.


Hendon Mob Total: $24,018 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $16,047
Best Finish Unibet Open: N/A - Commentator

Espen JorstadEspen


Sculpted from a piece of the finest Norwegian marble, Espen was introduced to poker in 2004 through a 'Warcraft' friend who had started playing poker. Prior to that, he was an old-school video gamer (Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and DotA). Formerly shy, introverted and suffering from social anxiety, Espen credits poker for helping to bring him out of his shell.

Though he dabbles in tournaments both live and online (he final tabled the Nordic Poker Championships Main Event in 2017), Espen is primarily a cash game pro, crushing mid- to high-stakes. He came to notoriety in 2016 when he set himself a 6-month Cash-Game Bankroll Challenge on Twitch with the aim of turning €10K into €50K. He reached his goal in just five weeks.

Espen has a masters degree in Brewing Science and Technology, making this craft beer geek the ideal drinking companion, that is until he bores you about how in 2017, he won ‘The Rising Star of Poker’ award. These days, Espen lives in Tallinn with fellow Unibet Poker Ambassador Rauno Tahvonen where he streams on Twitch for Unibet Poker. He also vlogs, blogs and has written strategy articles for Bluff Magazine. Espen became a Unibet Ambassador in March 2017.


Hendon Mob Total: $2,836 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: €20,000
Best Finish Unibet Open: 45th

Fredrik BergmannFredrik


Norwegian e-Sports pro turned poker pro, Freddy rose to prominence in 2010 when he became the Trackmania world champion at the age of just 19. The previous year, he travelled to Cheng Du, China where he played in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans, taking bronze at the world cyber games.

Since turning his attention to poker, he has won umpteen online tournaments but his two biggest results have come from live wins in the Unibet Poker esports SNG in Bucharest and a bounty side event in Mazagan for €5K a piece.

An avid gym-goer, Freddy is in his final year of a sports science degree. In his spare time he tries to cajole fellow ambassador David Lappin into doing some exercise. Winning races is what made Freddy a name in the world of e-sports - that’s a useful skill in poker too!


Hendon Mob Total: $23,270 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $7,810
Best Finish Unibet Open: 17th

Ian SimpsonIan


Hailing from the small town of Cramlington on the outskirts of Newcastle, England, Ian did a degree in Biotechnology, became a Biology teacher but a stellar result in 2012 lured him away from the classroom. Ian came 4th at the prestigious Irish Poker Open for €107,500 and was the Sole Survivor. Unbelievably, exactly 12 months later, he won the same event for a whopping €265,000. After the final hand was dealt, Ian dropped to his knees to propose to his girlfriend Emma. We will never know if it was true love, the peer pressure of the moment or the fact that he had just become a rich man but she said 'yes'.

Other marquis results on Ian's résumé include his 2nd place finish for £107,000 in the 2013 UKIPT London, his side event victory for $49,000 at the WPT Five Diamond festival in 2014 and his GPPT Online win for $75,000 in 2016.

Ian is a columnist for Card Player Europe and the newsman for 'The Chip Race' Poker Podcast. He is a whiskey connoisseur and a compulsive cat-napper (he literally takes naps with his cats). A poker enthusiast with an infectious love for the game, Ian streams for Unibet Poker four days a week on Twitch. He has been a Unibet Poker Ambassador since March 2017.


Hendon Mob Total: $984,182 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $339,604
Best Finish Unibet Open: 15th/ Winner of HR UO

Quentin LecomteQuentin


Quentin Lecomte has been a sponsored Unibet pro for 5 years and has amassed over $500,000 in tournament winnings. Quentin was the first Frenchman to win a Unibet Open in Cannes in 2013 for €100,000, another notable title includes being a two-time DSO High roller Champion.

As well as his love for poker Quentin also has a passion for politics and enjoys downtime by playing FIFA and counter strike.

P.S his favourite hand is Q10 can you guess why?


Hendon Mob Total: $571,944 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $132,918
Best Finish Unibet Open: 1st

Rauno TahvonenRauno


Rauno has two passions in his life: Skateboarding and Poker. He is the co-founder of a non-profit skateboarding school in his home country of Estonia but in the last couple of years, poker has taken over as his profession.

Bursting onto the live scene in 2017 with a string of live results, Rauno final tabled Unibet Open London, the Estonian Championship of Poker and Unibet UK Tour events in Glasgow and Brighton. He also took down a side event at Unibet Open Copenhagen for $11,000.

An experienced commentator, avid vlogger and snappy dresser, Rauno says that his life revolves around seven words: 'health, love, goals, presence, honesty, trust and acceptance.' Add to that his blonde flowing locks, beard and ability to turn water into wine, it's no wonder he's nicknamed 'Estonian Jesus'. Rauno has been a Unibet Ambassador since April 2017.


Hendon Mob Total: $45,034 (Link)
Biggest Live Cash: $17,022
Best Finish Unibet Open: 6th

Scott McMillanScott


Scott "Sco" McMillan is the leader of Method, a highly successful team in World of Warcraft. Alongside being a streamer, he has expanded Method’s success into a growing esports organisation.

Sco discovered poker a few years ago while on a trip to Las Vegas in which he quickly fell in love with the game, the decisive factor was being invited to Unibet Open London where he managed to make Day 2 of the Unibet Open London Main Event. 1 year later Scott signed with Unibet as an Ambassador. Soon after signing Scott cashed in the European Open in Las Vegas where it all began.

Sophia WhiteSophia


Djarii, or Sophia, is one of the UKs largest female Twitch influencers with thousands of viewers watching her every day. Her creative and lovably offensive attitude keeps her viewers watching and wondering what she will say next. A self-described ‘professional potty mouth’, Sophia ‘Djarii’ White is a member of ‘Team Methodgg’ and enjoys playing WOW, PUBG as well as a lot of creative makeup.

Djarii took up poker in 2017 and has played in a handful of Unibet Poker e-sports SNGs with a best finish of 5th. Thanks to a recent seminar series with fellow ambassador Ian Simpson, she has now learned how to build huge stacks (and spew them off)! Sophia’s determinisation and keenness to learn makes her a formidable force at the table.

Like many poker players, Djarii knows what it’s like to be ‘in make-up’. Her famous make-up challenges are the stuff of legend on Twitch where she streams to thousands of viewers! Djarii has been an Unibet Ambassador since August of 2017.