ACTION-PACKED 2019 PLANNED FOR UNIBET OPEN
Tour heading to Romania, London & Malta – with fourth stop to be announced in February
LONDON, UK – January 15, 2019 – Unibet Open plans an action-packed year in 2019 with three stops already on the schedule and a fourth to be announced in February. The tour, which is about to embark on its 13th season, is heading to some stunning locations in 2019 including the beautiful ski resort of Sinaia in February, London in May and Malta in September. Last year’s Unibet Open tour attracted thousands of players from all over the world with almost €2.7 million awarded in prize money.
2019 At a glance
- Unibet Open Ski-edition – February 12-18
- Unibet Open London – May 23-26
- Unibet Open Malta – Sept 11-15
- Unibet Open Final Stop – end of November (to be announced in February)
Unibet Open Ski-edition February 12-18
Unibet Open 2019 kicks off with the tour’s first ever winter festival in Sinaia, one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Romania, from February 12-18. A specially extended schedule will give ski and snowboard enthusiasts plenty of chances to test their skills on the slopes with an unprecedented six nights in the resort and a 3pm start each day for the €1,100 Main Event. Sinaia is the closest ski resort to Bucharest and lies just 77 miles north of the capital; it’s also one of the most snow-sure resorts in the region with 20 km of high altitude slopes.
As always, Unibet players will also be treated to plenty of après-poker entertainment including a Welcome Drinks party and the exclusive Unibet Open Players Party. The event is being run in conjunction with PokerFest Romania, Unibet’s partners for the perennially popular Unibet Open Bucharest festival. At the last Unibet Open Bucharest, Russian player Anton Vinokurov won the €1,000 + €100 Main Event for a record first prize of €103,060 after beating a tough field of 592 entries.
Unibet Open London May 23-26
In May, Unibet Open will be heading to the UK capital of London for the eighth time. The four-day festival will take place at The Poker Room, above the iconic Grosvenor Victoria Casino in Edgware Road, from May 23-26.
Norwegian student Andreas Wiborg won the 2018 event, beating a 349-strong field to take down the £990 Main Event for £56,807. With 918 entries across all events, the overall prize pool topped £564,000. Previous Unibet Open London champions have included Gerret Van Lancker, Dave Shallow, Iaron Lightbourne, Pratik Ghatge, Paul Valkenburg and Thanh Doan.
Unibet Open Malta September 11-15
In September, Unibet Open will be in Malta for the fourth time with a five-day festival from September 11-15 in partnership with Casino Malta at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Julians. The first ever Unibet Open Malta champion was Dutch pro Mateusz Moolhuizen in 2011. Since then, Czech player Martin Soukup and Denmark’s Daniel Jacobsen have also claimed Unibet Open victory in the stunning Mediterranean island.
More Unibet Poker live events in 2019
In addition to the three stops already announced, Unibet Open will also be hosting a fourth festival in Europe this year, to be held at the end of November 2019. The surprise location will be announced in February.
Unibet Poker Belgian Championship
Unibet will also be hosting the fourth edition of the Unibet Poker Belgian Championship at the end of August this year in the buzzing resort of Blankenberge. Previous champions have included Fabrice Lestrade in 2016, Heinrich Pauker in 2017 and top pro Christophe De Meulder in September this year. De Meulder’s €42,020 first prize was the biggest of his live poker career and brought his total live tournament winnings to nearly $450,000.
The Unibet UK Poker Tour will also be back in action in 2019 with a host of tournaments across the country. The tour featured four stops this year: two visits to the south coast resort of Brighton as well as events in Glasgow and Manchester.
Nataly Sopacuaperu, Unibet Open’s Head of Events said: “We are incredibly excited about the 2019 season. This year has been quite brilliant with a record turnout in Bucharest and great events in London, Malta and Dublin. We are really looking forward to our first Unibet Open Ski-edition in February and are confident that 2019 is going to be our best year ever