Unibet Open Paris gets underway today with hundreds of players set to attend the final stop of the 2019 tour. The #ShuffleUpAndBrie Unibet Open Paris is taking place at Club Circus Paris from today to Sunday, December 1.
Close to 200 players qualified for the €1,000 + €100 Main Event online after winning their seats or full prize packages online on Unibet Poker. There are four Day 1s for the Main Event – a “Paris Edition” for local players which kicked off today at 10am. Day 1a is at 10am tomorrow (November 28) with Day 1b on Friday at 10am followed by a 1c turbo at 8pm
Among the 120+ players competing in today’s Paris edition are French poker legend Roger Hairabedian (pictured), Unibet Open Cannes winner and reigning Unibet DSO champion Quentin Lecomte, Franck Kalfon, Erwann Pecheux, Laurent Polito, Marc Uzan, Jean-Jacques Zeitoun, David Jaoui, Eric Sfez, Yann Brosolo and Florence Allera, one of France’s top female players. All Main Event players get a 30,000 starting stack with late registration open until the end of Level 6 and a single re-entry option into 1c. The final takes place on Sunday, December 1. Also on the schedule are a €200 + €20 NLH Progressive Knockout tournament and €150 + €15 NLH Turbo.
All Main Event players get a 30,000 starting stack with late registration open until the end of Level 6 and a single re-entry option into 1c. The final takes place on Sunday, December 1. Also on the schedule are a €200 + €20 NLH Progressive Knockout tournament and €150 + €15 NLH Turbo.
Live stream & social
Tonight’s Tag Team Championship will be live streamed on the Unibet Open website, Twitch, youtube and facebook from 7.15pm. Tomorrow evening the £10,000 esports Battle Royale takes place will be shown on the live stream from 7.15pm; coverage will switch to the Main Event from Friday.
Among those competing in Paris will be Unibet Ambassadors David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney, winners of Best Podcast for “The Chip Race” at this year’s inaugural GPI Global Poker Awards alongside fellow Ambassadors Ian Simpson, Espen Jorstad, Alexandre Reard, Monica Vaka and two-time winner Dan Murariu. Also set to take part are Finnish poker legend Patrik Antonius, two-time champion Mateusz Moolhuisen and his girlfriend Dehlia de Jong plus Belgian Open Poker Championship runner-up Nicolas Cardyn, Unibet Belgian Ambassador Charlotte Van Brabander, Unibet Open Cannes champion Quentin Lecomte, two-time champion Martin Soukup. A number of popular Twitch streamers and influencers will also be attending – Charles “NOI” Lapassat, Yoan “ToD” Merlo, Anastasiya “monkeyism” Bila, Avori Henderson, Kevin “RotterdaM” van der Kooi, Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey, Vitalii “V1lat” Volochai, Melania Mylioti and Mathias “CasinoDaddy“ Joelsson.
Off the felt
Off the felt, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to have fun at Unibet Open Paris.
Unibet has arranged three tours of the nearby Paris Saint Germain football stadium on Thursday and all players at Club Circus Paris are eligible to sign up at the poker club info desk. Capacity is restricted to 50 people per tour so wristbands will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The tours take place at 16:00, 17:00 and 18:00, each lasting around 30 minutes. The stadium is just eight minutes’ walk from the Club Circus tournament venue.
Unibet qualifiers – already full of Parisian “joie de vivre” after winning their €2,000 package online – will have even more to celebrate on Thursday night with an exclusive invitation to an “Aperitivo” style Welcome Drinks in a private function room at the Paris Saint Germain football stadium from 8pm to 10.30p.
The official Unibet Players Party – open to all players – is being held at the stunning Palais Maillot nightclub on Saturday night, starting from 11.45pm.
Players shouldn’t miss the chance to go sightseeing round Paris either. The French capital is one of the world’s most glamorous and romantic cities, and many of the Paris’s most iconic landmarks are within easy reach of the Unibet official hotel including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the world’s largest art museum, the Louvre.
Unibet Open Paris marks the tour’s second visit to the French capital. The first event took place in 2012 with Polish player Jaroslaw Barglik beating Swedish pro Kent Lundmark heads-up to take down the Main Event for €140,539. There were 439 entries in all, generating a €653,671 prize pool.
Unibet Open 2019 season so far
Unibet Open Sinaia, February 2019: Czech player Martin Soukup became a two-time Unibet Open champion when he won the tour’s debut event in the Romanian ski resort of Sinaia for €71,000 in February.
Unibet Open London, May 2019: Unibet Open smashed its London track record in May with the biggest field, biggest first prize and biggest prize pool. British player Daniel James beat fellow countryman Ben Winsor heads-up to take the £80,200 first prize. There were 456 entries for the Main Event, creating a total prize pool of £410,400.
Unibet Open Malta, September 2019: Unibet Open broke records once again in September with a giant #ShuffleUpAndSea event in Malta. There were a total of 327 entries for the €1,100 Main Event, creating a €327,000 prize pool – the biggest in Unibet Open Malta history. British player Alan Carr took it down for €53,400; he won his seat online after investing just €5 in a Unibet Poker satellite.