Ian Simpson Tops Day 1b; Daniel Clarke Bags the Lead on Day 1c

Ian Simpson and Alan “Hotted89” Widmann both advanced to Day 2

The final two starting days of the 2018 Unibet Open Dublin €1,100 Main Event are done and dusted, and the tournament easily surpassed the guaranteed prize pool of €250,000 thanks to 198 entries on Day 1b and 64 additional players in the turbo heat 1c. A field of 359 entries has emerged, and 123 survivors are still in contention for their share of the €359,000 prize pool.

A very familiar face topped the counts on Day 1b, as Unibet Poker ambassador Ian Simpson bagged up 284,200 to claim the top spot ahead of John Keown (241,200) and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser. It has been very successful few days for the Brit in the Irish capital, who won the €2,200 High Roller and late-registered Day 1b to finish third in chips with 207,400.

Other big stacks and notables among the 64 Day 1b survivors were Julien Kron (199,600), Irish poker legend Mick McCloskey (144,000), Monica Vaka (118,100), Ivan Tononi (106,200), Jason Tompkins (98,600), 2017 Unibet Open Bucharest finalist Pavao Veza (85,300), and Antoine Vranken (49,800).

The vast majority of online qualifiers took to the tables and they were joined by the Battle Royale XI esports gamers and Unibet Poker ambassadors. Simpson shined the most, beaming with pride on the feature table when his wife Emma came over to rail, but he was by far not the only one that punched the ticket for Day 2 today. Quentin Lecomte (159,400) and David Lappin (107,000) spent the entire day on the same table, where they were joined late on by Lisa “STPeach” Vannatta (77,900). Dara Kearney also made it through on the first bullet and bagged up 65,900.

Tag Team partners Lisa “STPeach” Vannatta and Dara O’Kearney both reached Day 2 of the Main Event in Dublin

In a rough spell for the esports crew in level seven, a trio departed within a few minutes including Scott "Sco" McMillan, Sophia "Djarii" White and Sven “Svennoss” Edelenbosch. White took a flip with ace-queen against pocket jacks and found no help on a six-high board.

Plenty of notables were left empty-handed without anything to show for. The Unibet ambassadors Alexandre Reard and Fredrik Bergmann were among them, both suffering a less than optimal start into the day and bowing out much earlier than they had hoped for. Bergmann had a kicker problem with jack-ten against Scott "Sco" McMillan, who held queen-jack and the superior kicker on a jack-high flop.

The esports gamers in action
The esports gamers in action

Mike Hill, Toni Ojala, Ronni Borg, Kevin Killeen, 2018 Unibet Open champion Andreas Wiborg and Mihai Manole also failed to find a bag for Day 2. Wiborg’s attempt to win a second title in the cxurrent year ended in level eight when he moved all in for fewer than 10 big blinds with ace-king. Julien Kron was behind preflop with ace-deuce suited, but running diamonds improved the Frenchman to a flush.

Turbo Heat 1c draws 64 Entries

Hearthstone pro Andrey "reynad" Yanyuk, who won the Battle Royale XI, ran with top pair into a set and re-entered the turbo heat to bag up the third-biggest stack with 90,600 as 35 players out of 64 entries made it through. Only 2014 Irish Open champion and two-time EPT Main Event finalist Patrick Clarke (122,200) and €2,200 High Roller third-place finisher Paul Jux Holderness (105,200) were ahead of Yanyuk.

Also advancing from Day 1c were Unibet Poker ambassador Rauno Tahvonen (86,200), Alan "hotted89" Widmann (29,200) and two-time Unibet Open champion Dan Murariu (27,400), the hopes of Mateusz Moolhuizen to claim a third title at the end of season 11 vanished mid-way through the turbo heat. Andy Black (70,900), Paul Leckey (50,500), Tuomo Niskanen (50,200), and former Unibet Open champion Martin Soukup (37,300) will be back for Day 2, too.

2018 Unibet Open Dublin €1,100 Main Event Schedule

Main Event DayDateTimeEntriesRemainingFurther Information
1aThursday, November 22nd, 201812:009724Play 10 levels of 60 minutes, late reg start of level 7 approx. 19:30
1bFriday, November 23rd, 201812:0019864Play 10 levels of 60 minutes, late reg start of level 7 approx. 19:30
1cFriday, November 23rd, 201821:006435Play 10 levels of 20 minutes, late reg start of level 7 approx. 23:15
2Saturday, November 24th, 201812:00359123Play max. 11 levels of 60 minutes or down to final table
3Sunday, November 25th, 201812:00tbatbaPlay down to a champion

Once all players of both heats today had bagged up their chips, a remaining field of 123 hopefuls emerged and they will be back in their seats at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin when Day 2 kicks off at 12 p.m. local time on Saturday, November 24th, 2018. More than half of them will miss out on the money, and the payout structure will be announced when the cards go back in the air.

Along with the PokerNews live updates, you can also follow the action on the Unibet Open Twitch stream, which broadcasts all hole cards on a security delay of 30 minutes until a champion is crowned at the end of the weekend.

Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Trevor DinneenIreland59,40025
12Nicolas TorossianFrance30,90013
13Charlotte Van BrabanderBelgium47,60020
14Ricardo KlaassenNetherlands123,00051
15Ivan TononiItaly106,20044
16Oystein NordliNorway61,20026
17Antoine VrankenNetherlands49,80021
18Ana Raluca BulboacaRomania70,60029
      
21Henri KoivistoFinland330,500138
22John ByrneIreland14,6006
23Jonathan LoweUnited Kingdom49,10020
25Alan WidmannGermany29,20012
26Tomas MontrimasLithuania50,80021
27Ville HakalaFinland28,70012
28Scott RobinsonIreland149,40062
      
31Monica VakaNorway118,10049
32Alexandre PouxFrance78,30033
33Jakub GroblewskiPoland44,80019
34Feargus MurphyIreland43,70018
35Kevin FitzpatrickIreland56,20023
36Anko HoogendijkNetherlands40,00017
37Janos SzappanosHungary85,70036
38Christopher HeidelbacherRomania74,70031
      
41John FarrellIreland108,70045
42Phillip HuxleyUnited Kingdom26,30011
43Georgios TavoularisGreece34,70014
44Gunnar WeddeNorway62,40026
45Andrew WhitehouseUnited Kingdom142,90060
46Markus JordanGermany86,20036
47Miikka KaihovaaraFinland61,80026
48Dara O’KearneyIreland65,90027
      
51Erik BlomaSweden36,50015
52Mikko KoponenFinland84,60035
53James O’BrienIreland91,00038
54Gary StokesIreland37,20016
55Alex IrwinIreland60,00025
56Bogdan PetrascuRomania104,50044
57Zoltan BoszormenyiHungary25,30011
58Jan Marcus OhmanSweden157,90066
      
61Andrey YanyukUnited States90,60038
62Lisa VannattaCanada77,90032
63Daniel EffendyGermany72,30030
64Robbie McCormackIreland75,30031
65Tuomo NiskanenFinland50,20021
66Christopher NashUnited Kingdom68,30028
67Jaakko KayhkoFinland30,30013
68Markus HeikkilaSweden104,30043
      
71Greg KingIreland85,50036
72Thomas FitzgeraldIreland236,60099
73Daniel PriceIsle of Man29,00012
74Per Helge GaassandNorway367,000153
75Pierre de MontesquiouFrance168,80070
76Paul KristofferssonSweden40,00017
77Paul LeckeyIreland50,50021
78Peter SelfUnited Kingdom60,60025
      
81Nicolas Storm-ChristensenDenmark55,90023
82Sean FoleyIreland116,30048
83Ian SimpsonUnited Kingdom284,200118
84Cornelis AantjesNetherlands44,20018
85Periklis CharmpilasGreece51,70022
86Cristian DinaRomania92,60039
87Patrick ClarkeIreland122,20051
88Mariusz NiskiPoland34,70014
      
91John KeownIreland241,200101
92Rauno TahvonenEstonia85,10035
93Mick McCloskeyIreland144,00060
94Andy BlackIreland70,90030
95Vamshi VandanapuEngland66,50028
96Rory De VosNetherlands60,20025
97Bjorn KadgienGermany29,70012
98Daniel PettersenNorway90,50038
      
101Elias VaaraniemiFinland379,200158
102Ovidiu TureacRomania137,60057
103Quentin LecomteFrance159,40066
104Lauri KervinenFinland82,00034
105Rune TorblaNorway99,30041
106Martin SoukupCzech Republic37,30016
107Michael BrockUnited Kingdom140,20058
108Toby LockeUnited Kingdom48,30020
      
111Stephen KavanaghIreland27,80012
112Joachim GjerstadNorway54,70023
113Emil BrunnbergSweden57,80024
114Hendrik MertensNetherlands46,30019
115Pavao VezaCroatia85,30036
116Jamie ByrneIreland61,40026
117Barry McMahonIreland108,90045
118Peter CurryIreland29,80012
      
181Mario LinnoEstonia71,30030
182Richard OneillIreland105,70044
183Jason TompkinsIreland98,60041
184David LappinIreland107,00045
185Barrie PieterszNetherlands49,90021
186Kevin MathersUnited States55,00023
187Dan MurariuRomania27,40011
      
191Raiko VannasEstonia67,90028
192Robert FranksUnited Kingdom48,40020
193Keith BrennanIreland154,20064
195Larry RyanIreland62,40026
196Joseph EllisUnited Kingdom131,60055
197Emmett MullinIreland82,80035
198Luke WalshIreland135,20056
      
202Konstantinos SouliotisGreece103,70043
203Marina AdriaansNetherlands65,00027
204Sergiu CovrigRomania54,00023
205David SchableFrance46,60019
206Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom64,70027
207Julien KronFrance199,60083
208Kasper MellanenFinland166,00069
      
211Michael TucknottUnited Kingdom110,40046
212Jason KeatingIreland46,00019
213Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom207,40086
214Jari HurriFinland75,50031
215Peter CahillIreland153,00064
216Paul Jux HoldernessUnited Kingdom105,20044
218Mark RinkNetherlands80,40034
      
221Apostol BegRomania87,50036
222Klemen KregarSlovenia73,40031
223John HanaphyIreland50,00021
224Jorma VuoksenmaaFinland24,00010
225Antti TiainenFinland34,60014
226Kasper HenriksonDenmark12,7005
227Pascal RabanyFrance124,00052
228Chris DowlingIreland62,90026