Unibet Open has released the full schedule for the first stop of 2020 in Dublin.
The event takes place at the Bonnington Hotel from February 26, with the €250,000 guarantee Main Event starting on February 27. This will be Unibet Open’s third visit to the Irish capital – following a record-breaking event in 2018 and the tour’s debut there in 2011.
As well as the flagship €1,000 + €100 Main Event, other highlights of the festival include the invitational Unibet Tag Team Championship and Unibet Battle Royale tournament. The fun gets going with the €200 + €25 single re-entry “Unibet Open-er” event, starting at 2pm on February 26 with the two-day €2,200 High Roller kicking off at 6pm the same day. Other tournaments on offer include the #QueenRules Ladies Event, Turbo, Hyperturbo and Flip tournaments, a Pot Limit Omaha event, a Super Stack tourney and the popular Unibet Community Freeroll. The final day will be action-packed with the Main Event playing down to a champion alongside a €100 + €100 + €20 Progressive Knockout tournament and a brand new event called the “Mini ME”. This €100 + €10 single re-entry tournament will mirror the Main Event with all players receiving a generous 30,000 starting stack.
The Main Event features a €1,000 + €100 buy-in and there will be three start flights in total – Day 1a, Day 1b and a Day 1c turbo. All players receive a 30,000 starting stack and have a single re-entry option into Day 1c.
How to Qualify Online
Players have plenty of opportunities to win their way to Dublin with a ton of €2,000 packages up for grabs on Unibet Poker. The packages include the €1,100 Main Event buy-in, four nights’ accommodation at the beautifully-refurbished Bonnington Hotel for qualifier and guest plus €250 towards travel expenses. Feeder satellites start from as little as one cent with five packages guaranteed in the weekly €250 qualifier on Sundays.
All Unibet qualifiers will get a free dinner each night of the event, as well as must-have Unibet merchandise, the chance to mingle with Unibet Ambassadors and full access to the Welcome Drinks and Players Party.
The Bonnington Hotel, which has been fully refurbished to a very high standard, is an outstanding venue for the Unibet Open. Ideally located on the main route to the airport, and lying just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, the hotel boasts a ton of amenities including a gorgeous indoor swimming pool, well-equipped gym, spa, sauna, steam room and hot tub. The hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from Croke Park – the third largest sports stadium in Europe.
Off the felt
Off the felt, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to have fun at Unibet Open Dublin. Unibet will be hosting a Welcome Drinks party at the start of the festival followed by the Unibet Players Party on the Saturday night.
Live Stream in Dublin
Unibet Ambassador David Vanderheyden will be hosting a live stream throughout the festival covering the Tag Team Championship, the Unibet Battle Royale and the flagship Main Event. The live stream can be found on Unibet Open website, Twitch, youtube and facebook.
Unibet Open Dublin history
The last Unibet Open in Dublin was held in 2018 and attracted more than 1,500 entries across the whole festival, with nearly €600,000 awarded in prize money. British player Paul Jux-Holderness defeated a 359-strong field in the Main Event to win a first prize of €74,900 with 47 players paid from the €359,000 prize pool. Jux-Holderness, who hails from Bournemouth, also finished third in the €2,200 High Roller for a further €8,860.
The first Unibet Open Dublin was in 2011 when English poker pro Paul Vas Nunes took down the Main Event for €105,300 after besting a field of 260 players. It was one of Nunes’ earliest recorded cashes and he has since won more than $1.7 million at live poker tournaments.
Dublin Poker Festival
In addition to the Unibet Open, Unibet is also sponsoring the 2020 Dublin Poker Festival which takes place just before the Unibet Open starting February 13 and a packed schedule features nearly 40 events. Highlights include the €570 European Deepstack Main Event and €230 Amateur Championship of Poker with satellites running on Unibet Poker for both events.
Further 2020 Unibet Open stops will be announced shortly.