Unibet Open Returns to Bucharest which Features Jam-Packed Schedule; PokerNews to Cover Main Event

Unibet Open

Get ready for an unforgettable poker extravaganza as the Unibet Open returns with its grand festival in Bucharest. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, this highly anticipated event is scheduled from November 30 to December 4. With the aim of setting new records in the Romanian capital, the Unibet Open is gearing up for its largest gathering ever held in Bucharest.

Over the course of five action-packed days, the festival will mark the Unibet Open's fourth visit to this vibrant city. Poker enthusiasts can look forward to many thrilling tournaments, headlined by the prestigious €1,100 Main Event.

To ensure maximum participation, Unibet Poker is pulling out all the stops by offering online satellites, providing aspiring players with ample opportunities to secure their spot in the competition.

Laura Olteanu, Head of Events for Pokerfest Romania, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to be partnering with Unibet once again for another tournament in Bucharest. We are thrilled to continue our collaboration and look forward to celebrating the end of 2023 with an incredible Unibet Open Event.”

Unibet Open Bucharest Full Schedule

DateTime (EET)Buy InEvent
Wed, Nov 2913:00€300 + €30Unibet Open-er - Day 1
Wed, Nov 2915:00€340 + €30"150K and Away" Sat to Main Event & High Roller
Wed, Nov 2918:00€2000 + €200High Roller - Day 1
Wed, Nov 2920:00€110 + €10"100K and Away" Sat to Main Event
Thur, Nov 3012:00€1000 + €100Main Event - Day 1A
Thur, Nov 3012:00-Unibet Open-er - Day 2
Thur, Nov 3013:00€2000 + €200High Roller - Day 2
Thur, Nov 3016:00€115 + €10"100K and Away" Sat to Main Event
Thur, Nov 3020:00€150 + €15Thursday Turbo
Fri, Dec 112:00€1000 + €100Main Event - Day 1B
Fri, Dec 113:00€100 + €10Ladies Event
Fri, Dec 115:00€115 + €10"100K and Away" Sat to Main Event
Fri, Dec 120:00€1000 + €100Main Event - Day 1C
Fri, Dec 121:00€100 + €10Hyper Turbo
Sat, Dec 212:00-Main Event - Day 2
Sat, Dec 213:00€115 + €10"50K and Away" Sat to Mystery Bounty
Sat, Dec 215:00€500 + €50Mystery Bounty - Day 1
Sat, Dec 216:00€200 + €20Pot Limit Omaha
Sat, Dec 220:00€100 + €100 + €20Turbo Bounty
Sun, Dec 312:00-Main Event - Day 3
Sun, Dec 312:00-Mystery Bounty - Day 2
Sun, Dec 313:00€150 + €15Mini ME
Sun, Dec 315:00€100 + €10Hyper Turbo

How to Qualify

Players have the chance to book their spot in Bucharest on Unibet Poker and can win prize packages worth €2,000. These packages encompass various benefits, including the €1,100 Main Event buy-in, four nights' accommodation at the Marriot Hotel for both the qualifier and a guest, and €250 allocated towards travel expenses.

The journey to Romania begins with feeder satellites on Unibet Poker, with entry fees as low as one cent. The weekly €250 qualifier, which guarantees five packages, will occur every Sunday. The first qualifier played out on Sunday, May 28, and the final one is scheduled for Sunday, November 19, just 11 days before the tournament starts. Additionally, live satellites will be conducted at the Marriott Hotel leading up to the festival.

Qualifiers can enjoy several perks, including a complimentary dinner each night, exclusive Unibet merchandise, the opportunity to interact with Unibet Ambassadors, and full access to the Welcome Drinks and Players Party.

PokerNews to Cover Main Event

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For those that can't make the journey to Bucharest, you need not miss any of the action as the PokerNews live reporting team will have boots on the ground to bring you around-the-clock coverage of the Main Event.

The series showstopper kicks off on November 30, and the Champion will be crowned on December.

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Off the Felt

In addition to the thrilling poker action, Unibet Open Bucharest offers players numerous off-the-felt entertainment options. The festivities kick off with a Welcome Drinks party held at the Marriott, providing a delightful opportunity for players to mingle and socialize.

As the excitement builds, the event's highlight awaits on Saturday night—the unforgettable Unibet Players Party. This highly anticipated gathering promises an evening of unparalleled enjoyment and celebration, ensuring an experience that players simply cannot afford to miss.

Nataly Sopacuaperu, Unibet Open’s Head of Events, said: “We’re extremely excited to be heading back to Bucharest again after a five-year hiatus. This event always has a really special atmosphere, and this year promises to be a great reunion.

“Bucharest is an amazing city and a great place to party and play poker. We’re really looking forward to it.”

Unibet Open Bucharest History

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2018 Champion Anton Vinokurov

The inaugural Unibet Open Bucharest Main Event was held in 2016 and saw Romanian-native Traian Bostan top the massive 603-player field for $100,000. Another local won the Main Event the following year as Marius Pertea collected €90,925 for the victory.

Anton Vinokurov is the defending Bucharest Main Event champion, as he won the last edition, which took place in 2018.

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
2016603€584,910Traian Bostan€100,000
2017502€502,000Marius Pertea€90,925
2018592€592,000Anton Vinokurov€103,060

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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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