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

Table Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 1 Arvin Vahdat Iran 830,000 21
1 2 Anton Vinokurov Russia 2,930,000 73
1 3 Pawel Zoladkiewicz Poland 885,000 22
1 6 Vitalijs Zavorotnijs Latvia 2,100,000 53
1 6 Lucian Bera Romania 595,000 15
1 7 Adrian Ionescu Romania 745,000 19
2 1 Amir Shomron Israel 580,000 15
2 4 David Lappin Ireland 505,000 13
2 5 Martin Wendt Denmark 145,000 4
2 6 Deivis Rinkevicius Lithuania 470,000 12
2 7 Tomasz Kozub Poland 1,225,000 31
2 8 Vojtech Susta Poland 765,000 19
3 3 Yaron Turgeman Israel 1,300,500 33
3 4 Cosmin Cimpeanu Romania 840,000 21
3 5 Carmen Zainescu Romania 775,000 19
3 6 Florin Elisei Romania 2,485,000 62
3 7 Daniel Chutrov Bulgaria 610,000 15

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.