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Alexander Beeckx Leads Last 15 After Day 2 of the 2015 Unibet Open Antwerp

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Alexander Beeckx leads
Alexander Beeckx leads

The second and penultimate day of the €1,100 Unibet Open Antwerp Main Event at "De Shop" saw the remaining 100 players from a 321-entry field return to the tables for eight levels of one hour each. Just 15 hopefuls remained when it was all said and done, with local player Alexander Beeckx in the lead on 1.625 million in chips.

With many short stacks remaining upon the restart, it was of no surprise that 19 players were sent to the rail in the first level, including Grzegorz Wyraz, 2013 Unibet Open Cannes champion Quentin Lecomte, Pascal Vos, Philip Meulyzer, Tobias Peters, and Ruben Visser.

Peters ran with an overpair into the flopped set of Marcel Luske early on and never recovered, eventually jamming the {A-Spades}{9-Clubs} into the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} of Jorgen Jerneskog to bust.

Pieter de Korver failed to score his first cash in a Unibet Open main event and was joined on the rail by Tim Verbon after the former shoved with the {K-Hearts}{10-Spades} from the button and the latter reshoved the {A-Diamonds}{7-Spades} in the small blind. Micael Emanuelsson woke up with pocket queens in the big blind and his hand held up.

Emanuelsson also sent Rolf Slotboom to the rail with tens versus eights, and Micha Hoedemaker fell at the same time on a different table.

Luske, the "Flying Dutchman," was another prominent casualty in Level 14 after losing his short stack in a flip with ace-king versus pocket sevens.

Hans Sybrandi doubled into the lead with the {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for an open-ended straight and flush draw against Emanuelsson, while Moolhuizen lost a big pot to a two-outer after having flopped trips with the {K-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

Bart Lybaert, Matthias de Clercq, Raoul Refos, and Farid Chati all fell before the money, and the bubble then burst in Level 16.

Mihai Ani Leon shoved for 10 big blinds with the {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Beeckx called from one seat over with the {A-Spades}{K-Spades} to find a king on the flop. Another five players, including Niels de Wijs, busted in the remainder of the level, 31 hopefuls headed to the dinner break.

When they came back to the tables, hell broke out and 15 players were sent to the rail within one hour. Jessy Marillaud lost a flip with ace-queen against the pocket tens of Sybrandi, and then the comeback of Moolhuizen started. The Dutchman sent Andrew Gillett, Ramon Ligthart, and Hakan Wingskog packing, before Beeckx took the lead on the feature table after turning a flush with the {4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} in a three-way pot. Despite losing some to the flopped flush of Sybrandi, he kept most of it.

Originally, it was planned to bag up when only 16 participants remained, but since everyone busted so quickly in the first seven levels it was decided to play one more level. Only one further elimination took place and again Moolhuizen had the best of it.

In the second-to-last hand of the night at the end of Level 18, Cornelis de Jong moved all in for the size of the pot after the river of a {7-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{7-Spades} board. Moolhuizen had been the initial raiser in the three-way hand and tank-called to see his opponent turn over the {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} for a busted straight draw, claiming the pot with the {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for aces and sevens.

Seven of the remaining 15 players won their entry for the stop in the "Diamond City" through Unibet including Moolhuizen (1.365 million), Sybrandi (1.3 million), Paul Vergeer (649,000), Gordon Plomp (535,000), Ian Simpson (469,000), Erik Loschan (340,000), and start-of-the-day chip leader Niko Koop (301,000). Laurens de Smet (225,000) earned his package through the rewards program.

Micaelsson doubled up just before the end against Simpson and claimed 770,000 in chips; Marco Herman (712,000), Koen Lauwereys (461,000), David Janssen (360,000), Vincentius van Oosterhout (316,000), and Tom Dingenen (154,000) completed the line up for the final day in Antwerp. All of the remaining hopefuls have €4,150 locked up for their efforts, but all eyes are set on the first-place payout of €71,000 and the shiny winner's trophy.

Moolhuizen is the only former Unibet Open winner remaining and has the chance to become only the second player to win two Unibet Open titles.

The action will resume Sunday at 1 p.m. local time with Level 19 where the blinds will be 8,000/16,000/2,000. The event will play down to a winner on Sunday and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will provide live updates all the way through.

While you wait, check out the following feature video from the Unibet team with 2015 World Series of Poker November Niner Pierre Neuville.

Tags: Alexander BeeckxAndrew GilletBart LybaertCornelis de JongDavid JanssenErik LoschanFarid ChatiGordon PlompGrzegorz WyrazHakan WingskogHans SybrandiIan SimpsonJessy MarillaudJorgen JerneskogKoen LauwereysLaurens de SmetMarcel LuskeMarco HermanMateusz MoolhuizenMatthias de ClercqMicael EmanuelssonMicha HoedemakerMihai Ani LeonNiels de WijsNiko KoopPascal VosPaul VergeerPhilip MeulyzerPierre NeuvillePieter De KorverQuentin LecomteRamon LigthartRaoul RefosRolf SlotboomRuben VisserTim VerbonTobias PetersTom DingenenVincentius van Oosterhout

End-of-Day Chip Counts and Seat Draw (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Gordon PlompBelgium535,000
12Erik LoschanGermany340,000
13Paul VergeerNetherlands649,000
14Koen LauwereysBelgium461,000
15Niko KoopRussia301,000
16Vincentius van OosterhoutNetherlands316,000
17Alexander BeeckxBelgium1,625,000
18Hans SybrandiNetherlands1,300,000
21Micael EmanuelssonSweden770,000
23Laurens de SmetBelgium225,000
24David JanssenBelgium360,000
25Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands1,365,000
26Marco HermanNetherlands712,000
27Tom DingenenBelgium154,000
28Ian SimpsonUnited Kingdom469,000
Alexander Beeckx BE
Alexander Beeckx
BE 1,625,000 -375,000
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 1,365,000 365,000
Hans Sybrandi nl
Hans Sybrandi
nl 1,300,000 234,000
Micael Emanuelsson SE
Micael Emanuelsson
SE 770,000 130,000
Marco Herman nl
Marco Herman
nl 712,000 -48,000
Paul Vergeer NL
Paul Vergeer
NL 649,000 86,000
Gordon Plomp nl
Gordon Plomp
nl 535,000 -35,000
Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
gb 469,000 -111,000
Koen Lauwereys BE
Koen Lauwereys
BE 461,000 -239,000
David Janssen BE
David Janssen
BE 360,000 -20,000
Erik Loschan DE
Erik Loschan
DE 340,000 190,000
Vincent van Oosterhout NL
Vincent van Oosterhout
NL 316,000 26,000
Niko Koop de
Niko Koop
de 301,000 -119,000
Laurens De Smet BE
Laurens De Smet
BE 225,000 -10,000
Tom Dingenen be
Tom Dingenen
be 154,000 -74,000

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Cornelis de Jong Eliminated in 16th Place (€3,531)

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Cornelis de Jong
Cornelis de Jong

Mateusz Moolhuizen raised to 26,000 from under the gun and Marco Herman called from one seat over, as did Cornelis de Jong on the button. On the flop {7-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, Moolhuizen continued for 40,000 and just de Jong called to see the former Unibet Open champion check the {5-Clubs} on the turn.

De Jong bet 60,000 and Moolhuizen called before quickly checking the {7-Spades} river. De Jong moved all in for 290,000, around the size of the pot, and that sent Moolhuizen into the think tank. He immediately asked for a count and then started some small talk after tkaing off his headphones.

"You show if I fold? Good ace here, very good ace. Not sure if I can fold this."

Ultimately, Moolhuizen called and de Jong sheepishly turned over his {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} for a busted straight draw. Moolhuizen had that beat with {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and raked in the big pot. De Jong takes home €3,531 for his efforts and play for the night ended one hand later.

Cornelis de Jong nl
Cornelis de Jong
nl Busted

Tags: Cornelis de JongMarco HermanMateusz Moolhuizen

Janssen Doubles Through Moolhuizen

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

From early position, David Janssen moved all in and Mateusz Moolhuizen announced the call from one seat over. All other players folded and they turned over their cards:

Janssen: {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Moolhuizen: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}

The flop {10-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} gave Janssen the lead and he held onto it thanks to the {K-Hearts} turn and {9-Hearts} river.

Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 1,000,000 -200,000
David Janssen BE
David Janssen
BE 380,000 154,000

Tags: David JanssenMateusz Moolhuizen

Six More Hands

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Ian Simpson raised to 26,000 from under the gun and Micael Emanuelsson three-bet shoved from one seat over. Simpson asked for a count and it was 258,000 in total, which the Brit denied as he mucked.

Just after that, the last hands of the day were drawn and Mateusz Moolhuizen picked a six.

Tags: Ian SimpsonMateusz MoolhuizenMicael Emanuelsson

De Jong Jams into Herman

zedmaster84 • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Cornelis de Jong opened from the hijack and called a three-bet to 70,000 by Marco Herman to see a flop of {8-Spades}{5-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. Both players checked and Herman then led for 53,000 out of the big blind when the {10-Clubs} appeared on the turn. De Jong moved all in and that shut down all further action.

Marco Herman nl
Marco Herman
nl 650,000 -90,000
Cornelis de Jong nl
Cornelis de Jong
nl 450,000 45,000

Tags: Cornelis de JongMarco Herman

Diamonds Are Forever in Antwerp!

Happy_Freaked • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Antwerp is undoubtably the capital of the Diamond industry, and one of its members is poker enthusiast Vincent Gabel. Gabel is the managing director of Alpilex Diamond Mfg and member of The Antwerp Diamond Bourse, and we caught up with him in the city's famous 'Diamond District'.

Tags: Vincent Gabel