It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Unibet Open – which is as good a reason as any to celebrate. Which is exactly what past winners did after memorable finals. Check out some recent winners below and see what they walked away with.
After an epic heads up match where Martin Olali was on the ropes for much of the time, he managed to claw back into the lead, and finally take it down over Steven Vollers. Olali survived 294 runners from all three Day 1s, including a 4 hour bubble on Day 2, before spending much of the final table short stacked. He still managed to grind it out and finally took it down with a pair of jacks.
Omar Lakhdari has won Unibet Open Paris, the final event of this year’s action-packed tour. Lakhdari triumphed after a rollercoaster final, beating Quoc Dung Le heads-up to snag the €89,070 top prize and coveted Unibet Open Trophy.
Lakhdari, who is French-Algerian, is already ranked top of the Algerian all-time money list with nearly $1.6 million in live tournament winnings. Prior to tonight’s win in Paris, the 42-year-old’s best result on the Unibet Open tour came in 2015 when he took down the High Roller in Cannes for €24,000. He also made the final table of the Unibet Deepstack Open Main Event in Divonne two years ago for €11,550. Tonight’s win was by far his biggest cash in his home city of Paris.
Carr can often be found playing online cash games or larger buy-in tournaments, but one day he accidentally registered a €5 step-satellite on Unibet Poker. He turned that into a €50 ticket which turned into a €250 ticket. Carr won his seat into the Unibet Open Malta, one of over 190 players this week. However, he will be the one walking away with the trophy held high as the doors close in the InterContinental Hotel and Casino Malta.
Soukup defeated local player Marius Gicovanu in heads-up play after a fierce and very deep-stacked heads-up battle to claim the trophy once more and earn a payday of €71,000. Gicovanu applied relentless pressure throughout and that left him on the ropes three times. Twice he would double, but the third time he could not escape from elimination anymore to see Soukup emerge victoriously.
Despite starting into the heads-up against Kron with a slight chip deficit and falling back further beyond very quickly, Jux Holderness admitted that he never felt nervous at all on the live stream table. A gutsy bluff with just six-high changed the momentum of the duel entirely and not even half an hour later it was all over when Kron got it in drawing dead.
Anton Vinokurov managed to win the tournament in an impressive way; having the chip lead for the last day from start to finish, ending as the lone survivor of the 592-strong field and winning €103,060.
“When there were five players left, I knew I would win. I felt no other players could beat me.”
The 2018 Unibet Open £990 Main Event has determined a champion and it was Andreas Wiborg that lifted the trophy. The first stop of Season 11 of the popular tournament series gathered a field of 349 entries at “The Vic” to create a prize pool of £314,100 with the top 47 spots in the money.
The 22-year-old student from Bergen, Norway defeated Jonathan Schuman heads-up for the title and took home £56,807, obliterating his previous best cash on the live circuit. Before heads-up got underway, Wiborg cut a deal with Jonathan Schuman to leave the trophy and £6,500 up for grabs. The one-versus-one duel lasted all but half an hour.
The 10-year anniversary edition of the Unibet Open has crowned a champion in the €1,100 Main Event and it was Marius Pertea who defeated Robert Vukovic in heads-up to ensure consecutive victories for Romanians in the Grand Ballroom of the luxurious JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.
Pertea followed in the footsteps of Traian Bostan to keep the trophy on home soil and become the third Romanian to win a Unibet Open Main Event title in ten seasons.
After four intense days of poker action at the Wynn Las Vegas, the European Open Special Edition has concluded with Joe Serock capturing the title and the $113,059 first prize.
The European Open Special Edition was making its first appearance on the shores of the USA, and with it saw a 673-player field created over the two starting flights to smash the $400,000 guarantee and create a prize pool worth $665,866 that would ensure the top 98 players a piece of that sweet money.
The Estonian came into Copenhagen as part as a group of six of the Insomnia Poker Club. Lepik was the only one out of six to actually qualify and eventually went all the way. Lepik overcame Sigurd Carlsson after a fiercely contested heads-up battle in which Lepik was trailing for hours heads-up.
Local player Traian Bostan completed a Cinderella story to come back from less than four big blinds and emerge victorious.
For the first time in history a player from the Czech Republic took down a Unibet Open Main Event! Martin Soukup took home €65,000 after defeating a field of 292 players at Casino Malta.
The final day of the 2015 Unibet Open Antwerp €1,100 Main Event at "De Shop" saw 15 hopefuls from a 321-entry field return to the tables, and it took more than 12 hours and 10 levels to determine a winner. Local player Alexander Beeckx was leading the field coming into the final day, however, it was Mateusz Moolhuizen who topped an all-Dutch podium to claim his second title of the popular tour and become only the second two-time Unibet Open champion ever.
Only 16 hopefuls out of a 411-entry strong field returned to their seats on the final day of the €1,000 + €100 Main Event of the 2015 Unibet Open Cannes with Fred Weiss leading the remaining title contenders. The popular tournament series returned to the Casino Barriere for the third time, and this year it was Day 1a chip leader Julien Sitbon who home the €80,000 first-place prize after an incredible comeback in heads-up play against Karl Stark.