Three Former Champions in Contention on Day 3 of the 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

Razvan Sabau

After an extensive bubble period at the end of Day 2, the 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia €1,100 Main Event special ski-edition has seen a field of 366 whittled down to the last 47 hopefuls at the New Montana Hotel and all of them are guaranteed at least €2,085 for their efforts. All eyes are set on the top prize of €71,000 and the bragging rights that come along with it, and three former champions remain in contention.

Leading the field into Day 3 is Razvan Sabau with 741,000, closely followed by Ran Shahar (735,000) and Cristian Grecu (711,000). Further notables with big stacks include Silviu Baltateanu (612,000), Oerjahn Winther (481,000), Gilles Huet (343,000) and Jean-Serge Baril (318,000). Evangelos Bechrakis (228,000), Aku Joentausta (172,000) and Toni Judet (172,000) are also in the mix.

Team Unibet will be represented by the ambassadors Espen Uhlen Jorstad (240,000), Dan Murariu (132,000), Daiva Byrne (23,000), Dara O’Kearney (3,000) as well as popular streamer Alan "Hotted89" Widmann (72,000). Murariu, who triumphed in Varna in 2010 and Sint Maarten in 2012, is one of three former Unibet Open winners in contention. Traian Bostan (330,000) emerged victorious on home soil in Bucharest in 2016 and 2013 Malta champion Martin Soukup (227,000) will also aim to add a second title to his poker resume.

Day 3 will kick off at 3 p.m. local time with blinds of 4,000/8,000 and a big blind ante of 8,000. Due to the longer bubble in the early morning hours, the early action is expected to be fast-paced and the penultimate tournament day aims to reduce the field to the final table for the big showdown on Sunday.

Three other Side Events will run throughout the day with Alexandre Reard leading the field into Day 2 of the €2,200 High Roller, the start of the €550 DeepStack Open Cup and the €80+10 QUEENSRULES Ladies Event hosted by Daiva Byrne.

As usual, the PokerNews team will be on the floor to cover all the Main Event action and the live stream on the Unibet Poker Twitch channel runs on a security delay of 30 minutes with hole cards displayed.

Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
51Iulian TataruRomania121,00015
52Corentin RopertFrance84,00011
53Evangelos BechrakisGreece228,00029
54Gilles HuetFrance343,00043
55Cristian GrecuRomania711,00089
56Tomas KseneviciusLithuania91,00011
57Dan MurariuRomania132,00017
58Ran ShaharIsrael735,00092
61Steven VollersNetherlands532,00067
62Silviu BaltateanuRomania612,00077
63Sorin RadulescuRomania114,00014
64Padraig O’NeillIreland33,0004
65Dmitrii PrusovRussia203,00025
66Nicolae SuciuRomania162,00020
67Solomon StanRomania120,00015
68Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway240,00030
71Alan WidmannGermany72,0009
72Daiva ByrneLithuania23,0003
73Pavel AlexandruRomania125,00016
74Eirik LundeNorway77,00010
75Dara O’KearneyIreland3,0000
76Adrian-Sorel StateRomania100,00013
77Mihnea PotcoavaRomania258,00032
78Aku JoentaustaFinland172,00022
81Andrei DobrescuRomania26,0003
82Toni JudetRomania169,00021
83Nikolay PonomarevUnited Kingdom63,0008
84Dan PetreaRomania181,00023
85Marius GicovanuRomania134,00017
86Antti TiainenFinland108,00014
87Traian BostanRomania330,00041
88Tudor Bartha LazarRomania214,00027
121Denis SimionelMoldova265,00033
122Tomas MontrimasLithuania76,00010
123Catalin MoraruRomania106,00013
124Bogdan SovaialaRomania225,00028
126Oerjahn WintherSweden481,00060
127Jean-Serge BarilCanada318,00040
128Martin SoukupCzech Republic227,00028
131Stefan DruscaRomania589,00074
132Johannes VaeisaenenFinland275,00034
133Iulian BleauRomania136,00017
134Alexandru PalieviciRomania146,00018
135Lennaert JoostensRomania106,00013
136Razvan SabauRomania741,00093
137Razvan BizeraRomania642,00080
138Marc WilkensNetherlands231,00029