Anton Vinokurov Leads 17 Players to Day 3 of the 2018 Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event

Daniel Chutrov is looking for a second Unibet Open title

The 2018 Unibet Open Bucharest €1,100 Main Event played 11 one-hour levels. They started with 182 players and didn’t manage to play down to a final table as 17 players will return for Day 3 at noon local time, Sunday, August 5. All the players have secured €5,870, but they’re all hoping to be the next Unibet Open champion while taking down the €103,060 grand prize in the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.

The chip leader at the start of the final day of the Main Event will be Anton Vinokurov. He managed to bag 2,930,000 chips, which is about three times the average stack at the start of Day 3. Vinokurov played aggressively to gather a lot of chips. He managed to win a lot of pots and spent the last few hours of Day 2 at the feature table.

Vinokurov is followed on the leaderboard by Florin Elisei (2,485,000), Vitalijs Zavorotnijs (2,100,000) and Day 1a chip leader Yaron Turgeman (1,300,500). Others that made it through to Day 3 of the Main Event are 2015 Unibet Open Glasgow champion Daniel Chutrov (610,000) and Unibet Poker Ambassador David Lappin (505,000).

The tournament will resume tomorrow, August 5, at 12 p.m. local time. They’ll start play in level 23 with the blinds being 20,000/40,000, with a 5,000 ante. Unibet Poker will provide the live stream with hole cards on a 30-minute delay at

Final Day Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Arvin VahdatIran830,00021
12Anton VinokurovRussia2,930,00073
13Pawel ZoladkiewiczPoland885,00022
16Vitalijs ZavorotnijsLatvia2,100,00053
16Lucian BeraRomania595,00015
17Adrian IonescuRomania745,00019
21Amir ShomronIsrael580,00015
24David LappinIreland505,00013
25Martin WendtDenmark145,0004
26Deivis RinkeviciusLithuania470,00012
27Tomasz KozubPoland1,225,00031
28Vojtech SustaPoland765,00019
33Yaron TurgemanIsrael1,300,50033
34Cosmin CimpeanuRomania840,00021
35Carmen ZainescuRomania775,00019
36Florin EliseiRomania2,485,00062
37Daniel ChutrovBulgaria610,00015

Day 2 Action

The day started with 182 out of 592 entries left in the tournament. The money would be reached at 87 players left and they started the day fast paced. It eventually took a little more than three levels to reach the money. Players that didn’t manage to make it include Unibet Poker Ambassador Rauno “Estonian Jesus” Tahvonen, Deddi Orpaz, Gerret van Lancker, Alex Hendriks, Unibet Poker Ambassador and esports superstar Alan “Hotted89” Widmann, and Unibet Poker Ambassador Dara O’Kearney. Andrei Alecu ended up as the unfortunate bubble boy after he pushed all in with his pocket pair of jacks and he ran into the pocket queens of Elisei, who made Day 3 second in chips.

Once they were in the money it was time to say goodbye to players like Unibet Poker Ambassador Fredrik Bergmann (80th – €1,860). After Bergmann busted out it was all up to Lappin to represent the Unibet Poker Ambassadors and he ended up making it to Day 3. Gareth James (75th – €2,070), Day 1b chip leader Aleksi Himanen (65th – €2,300), Day 1c chip leader Anton Markov (43rd – €3,140) and two-time Unibet Open Main Event champion Mateusz Moolhuizen (35th – €3,480).

Another player that managed to make the money was Dutchman Noud van Dijk. Van Dijk managed to qualify for the Main Event from just €0,10. He ended up running his initial buy-in up to a €4 ticket, a €25 ticket, a €250 ticket and eventually a €2,000 package for the Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event. Van Dijk ended up in 53rd place, banking €2,830 which would be a whopping 28,300 times his initial investment.

The players that did make it will return on Sunday, August 5, at 12 p.m. local time. The live stream will start at 12:30 p.m. with a 30-minute security delay because it will be streamed with hole cards. PokerNews will provide updates until a winner is crowned of the 2018 Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event.