The final day of the Unibet Open Copenhagen Main Event started at noon with still 16 players in contention. It didn't take long to widdle that down to a final table of nine as even before the clock struck 4 it was down to just nine players.
After a long final table, Joni Liimatta from Finland from walked away a winner, going home with €70,514 and the Unibet Open trophy.
|7||Patrick Coughlin||United States||€10,946|
|8||Alexandru Dan Nistor||Romania||€8,757|
The final day took a total of 10 and a half hours to complete. Before some players had even taken their seats at noon, Tutku Halim Kara had already been eliminated. He was soon joined on the rail by Johan Goslings. The Dutchman, who bubbled the last event in Malta, ran sevens into nines and couldn't come from behind.
After a little more than a half hour only 11 players remained. From there on out, though, things didn't go as fast. From 11 to the final table of nine took several levels, with players opting to fold big hands, keeping pots small instead of applying pressure looking for confrontations.
Unibet Open regular Soren Blanner became the player to bubble the final table. He got it in with aces against sevens and saw a seven hit the turn. "Nein! Nein! Nein!" he shouted to no avail as the river was a brick. He collapsed and sat hanging on his chair for a good minute before he made his way to the payout desk to collect his check worth €6,259.
With nine players remaining, a single table was formed and the official final table photo was taken. Soon after, the first two players busted during the same hand. Rune Thomsen, without a doubt, the most animated player at the table, got it in with queens and got called by Robin Sevastik before Alexandru Dan Nistor shoved over the top for a little more with ace-queen. Sevastik called and knocked them both out when he made a flush on the turn.
It took some time before the table got slimmer again. Again it would be two players busting, this time in back to back hands. Patrick Coughlin, the sole American, lost a coin flip with king-queen against tens and Srdan Andric followed not much later when he didn't find any help with his combo draw against the set of Daniel Wittikko.
Wittikko, who had been a bit tight, even folding ace-king pre-flop to a single raise at one point, felt more at ease in the role of chip leader and it showed. With half of the final table consisting of online qualifiers and at least one of them playing his first ever live event, play was sometimes tight in spots where one might not expect it. Ace-king disappeared in the muck three times before the flop, a limp-folded ace-queen suited 4-handed was shown and several pots that could easily have ended up in huge all ins finished in small pots.
It took some time for the next player to make his departure. Lasse Haagensen would be the unlucky one making his exit in 4th place after losing ace-ten to king-queen. Robin Sevastik followed him out the door. Where other players played conservatively, he had no problem calling all in with king-three against a very aggressive Joni Liimatta who was trying to abuse the tight play. Sevastik was ahead against the jack-ten of Liimatta but the jack on the turn spelled doom for him.
Evgueny Ievkov, an online qualifier and chip leader at the beginning of the day, ended his first ever live event in 3rd place. He lost with ace-jack to sevens and collected a whopping €31,129.
The heads-up match between the very aggressive Joni Liimatta and Daniel Wittikko didn't last long. After some shoving without calls, it was eventually Wittikko getting it in good with ace-nine against the king-nine of Liimatta. A king on the flop and river was enough to hand all the chips to Joni Liimatta and Wittikko had to settle for second.
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* Photos by Tambet Kask, Unibet Open