The 2013 Unibet Open Cannes Main Event wrapped up on Sunday in the gorgeous South of France. Frenchman Quentin Lecomte emerged as the victor, taking home €100,000 as the top prize after defeating Sweden's Linus Hjulström in heads-up play.
2013 Unibet Open Cannes Final Table Results
With 313 entries, the generated prize pool was €450,720. The top 36 spots paid out, and notables to finish inside the money, but short of the final table, included Jasper Wetemans (17th - €5,100) and Paul Guichard (25th - €3,500).
At the start of the final table, Thierry Morel edged out Paul Tedeschi for the chip lead, but the story lines didn't end there. Both Paul Valkenburg (Unibet Open London) and Dmitry Varlamov (Unibet Open Troia) were each aiming for a second title, placing many eyes on them. Valkenburg began the final table in fifth chip position, and Varlamov began in eighth.
Varlamov's chance at a second title wouldn't work out, as he was eliminated in ninth place for €10,000. According to the Unibet Open live updates, Varlamov was all in with the against the for Joni Salo. The board ran out , and Varlamov headed to the payout desk.
Joao Silva then busted in eighth place for €13,270 before Valkenburg fell in seventh. Valkenburg moved all in from early position for 563,000, and Hjulström called from the big blind. Valkenburg held the , but was behind the for Hjulström. Although a queen hit the turn on the board, it was the ace on the river that finished the job. Valkenburg took home €16,550.
Salo busted in sixth place for €19,950, then start-of-the-day chip leader Morel was eliminated in fifth place for €24,950. In fourth place was Tedeschi, earning €33,250. He fell when his couldn't win the coin flip with Hjulström's .
In third place was Linas Laurinenas, taking home €44,900 and leaving Lecomte and Hjulström heads up for the title. At the start of the duel, Hjulström had 4.1 million in chips to Lecomte's 1.9 million.
Despite working his way to a larger lead, Hjulström soon lost momentum, and it was all the Lecomte show as he fought back hard to take the lead from his opponent. Then on the final hand, Lecomte secured the victory by coming out on top in a coin flip for all the chips.
Over three hours of heads-up play came to an end when Hjulström and Lecomte found the money all in. Hjulström held the , and Lecomte held the . Following a board of , Hjulström finished as the runner-up, giving Lecomte the title. For second place, Hjulström received €69,800, but it was Lecomte who walked away with the top prize of €100,000.
The next stop for the Unibet Open will be in Riga, Latvia and will take place Dec. 5-8, 2013. For more information, please visit the Unibet Open events page.
Data and photo courtesy of the Unibet Open live updates.