Rens Feenstra won the Unibet Open Riga on Sunday, earning LVL 52,800 ($103,084). The Dutchman now has over $300,000 in live tournament earnings in 2013 — a few weeks ago he won a €1,500 reentry event at the Master Classics of Poker, earning $205,879.
Feenstra defeated fellow countryman Rick Jansen heads up to win the title. Jansen pocketed LVL 36,980 ($72,198) for his efforts.
Feenstra started the final table as the chip leader, and according to the Unibet Open Live Reporting Team, he busted Imro Sendar on one of the very first hands of nine-handed play. Sendar five-bet shoved with the , and Feenstra called with the . The flop gave Feenstra a wheel draw to go along with his overs, the on the turn was a brick, and the completed the board to give him a wheel.
Nicolas Storm exited after Sendar, getting the rest of his chips in the middle with the against the of Damian Mizinski. The dominant hand held up, and Storm hit the rail.
The seventh-place finisher was Anders Kjellerup, who was in great shape to double with against Mizinski’s . Mizinski spiked an ace on the flop, and the turn and river bricked , respectively.
A double elimination sent Kristaps Bertullis and Jarkko Mammela packing in sixth and fifth places, respectively. All of the money went in preflop between those two and Jansen, and Jansen’s held up as the flop, turn, and river produced inconsequential cards.
Jansen KO’d another player a few hands later when Mizinski three-bet shoved from the big blind with . Jansen, the original raiser, called with , and the flop and turn came . The river was an ace, giving Mizinski a pair of aces, but it was the , giving Jansen a winning flush.
Jansen and Feenstra battled back-and-forth during three-handed play, but it was short stack Jens Hansen who bowed out in third place. He three-bet shoved with over an open from Jansen, who called with . The wired pair held up, and the two Dutchman were off to play heads up for the title.
Jansen started with a lead, and extended it to a two-to-one advantage before Feenstra found a lucky double with against Jansen’s . The tables were turned, and suddenly Jansen was on the ropes. On the final hand, Feenstra called a raise from Jansen preflop, then check-raised his fellow countryman on a flop of . Jansen went all in, Feenstra quickly called, and the cards went on their backs.
Neither the turn (), nor the river () were any help for Jansen, and he was eliminated in second place.
Congratulations to Rens Feenstra for winning the Unibet Open Riga. This was the final Unibet Open event for 2013, but be on the look out for more exciting tournaments as the calendar turns to 2014.
Data and photo courtesy of the Unibet Open Blog