Unibet Open Could Host its Largest Main Event in Bucharest

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  • Will the Unibet Open Main Event from Dec. 1-4 be the biggest and best in its long history?

Since its first event in 2007, the Unibet Open is a can't-miss poker festival for many recreational and professional players alike. From Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, the series closes out 2016 with what might be the biggest and best Unibet Open in its long history, stopping in Bucharest, Romania for the first time.

The poker festival kicks off with the €220 NLH – Six Max, which features a 20,000 starting stack and blinds increasing every 20 minutes.

All players have their eyes on the four day €1,100 Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event, which features a huge €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, players will compete in this tournament during two separate opening flights with 30,000 chips and blinds increasing every 60 minutes. Surviving players will then compete on Dec. 3 and 4 until the latest Unibet Open Main Event champion is crowned.

The tournament has a good chance at becoming the biggest Unibet Poker Main Event in history as there's a cap of 800 players and a guaranteed prize pool of €500,000. The record now lies with the 2010 Unibet Open Budapest where Dutchman Anthon-Pieter Wink beat a field of 460 players.

It will likely not surpass the highest prize paid with Finland's Thanh Doan winning a huge prize of $305,326 in 2009 when the tournament buy-in was set at a much higher £2,750.

Here is a look at all of the prior winners of the Unibet Open Main Event:

Unibet Open History

YearEventBuy-InEntriesWinnerCountryOriginal PrizePrize in $
2007Warsaw€1,650120Stale LokseNorwayzł159,900$65,090
2008Madrid€1,650297Joao BarbosaPortugal€115,800$179,240
 Milan€1,650320Domenico TinnirelloItaly€121,000$173,953
 Warsawzł5,500270Simon JohanssonSwedenzł464,805$152,355
2009Budapest€1,650360Alvaro AspasSpain€135,000$170,104
 Algarve€1,650409Andre DiasPortugal€151,000$207,104
 London£2,750266Thanh DoanFinland£187,000$305,326
 Prague€1,650451Fuat CanSweden€167,500$245,983
 Warsawzł7,000401Jimmy JonssonSwedenzł654,430$239,778
2010Budapest1,650460Anthon-Pieter WinkNetherlands€172,500$235,665
 Golden Sands€1,650394Dan MurariuRomania€150,705$184,182
 Prague€1,650424Henri OjalaFinland€157,000$207,037
 Valencia€1,650361Thomas ThangDenmark€138,080$191,626
 London£1,650273Paul ValkenburgNetherlands£109,550$171,408
2011Malta€1,650293Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands€117,000$163,075
 Barcelona€1,650387Rubén Sánchez CebolladaSpain€145,000$212,246
 Dublin€1,650260Paul Vas NunesUnited Kingdom€105,300$151,742
 RigaLs1,650308Peter HarkesNetherlandsLs62,829$119,878
2012Prague€1,650254Filip VerbovenBelgium€100,000$131,574
 Paris€1,650439Jaroslaw BarglikPoland€140,539$185,310
 London£1,320315Pratik GhatgeUnited Kingdom£85,050$136,305
 Saint Martin€1,650238Dan MurariuRomania€110,000$142,590
2013Copenhagen€1,650336Kassem YassineSweden€107,367$126,744
 Tróia€1,650242Dmitry VarlamovRusland€80,187$104,811
 Cannes€1,650313Quentin LecomteFrance€100,000$132,918
 RigaLs2271208Rens FeenstraNetherlandsLs52,800$101,652
2014CopenhagenDKr8,250406Frederik JensenDenmarkDKr625,000$116,168
 Tallinn€1,100262Mauri DorbekEstonia€55,500$75,574
 Cannes€1,100457Daniel SmithUnited Kingdom€88,000$114,059
 London£1,100399Iaron LightbourneUnited Kingdom£70,000$110,163
2015CopenhagenDKr8,250404Theis Vad HennebjerreDenmarkDKr620,000$94,288
 Glasgow£880221Daniel ChutrovBulgaria£43,000$66,030
 Cannes€1,100411Alexan JulienFrance€80,00$90,194
 Antwerp€1,100321Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands€71,000$75,487
2016London£825418Dave ShallowUnited Kingdom£62,000$86,747
 Malta€1,100292Martin SoukupCzech Republic€65,000$72,461
 CopenhagenDKr8,100376Joni LiimattaFinlandDKr525,000$79,571

Currently, Netherland's Mateusz Moolhuizen is one of two players to win more than one Unibet Open Main Event with a victory in Malta in 2011 for $163,075 and another closeout in 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium for $75,487. Dan Murariu is the other, having won events in 2010 and 2012. Will we see a three-time champion in Bucharest? Will we crown another two-time winner?

Mateusz Moolhuizen
Mateusz Moolhuizen

In addition to the Main Event, there is something for everyone on the schedule for the upcoming Unibet Open Bucharest including the two-day €2,200 NHL High Roller – Single Re-Entry on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. Lower-stakes players can enjoy a couple of €110 Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event Satellites on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the €220 NLH Turbo Bounty on Dec. 2 and the €330 NLH Two-day Freezeout on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.

As usual, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to report on all the big action during the Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event starting on Dec. 1.

* Photos by Tambet Kask, Unibet Open

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