2017 Unibet Open Bucharest

Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2017 Unibet Open Bucharest

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000

Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Strachinescu Leads 75 Survivors After Day 1b; O'Kearney With Decent Stack

Level 11 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Dara O'Kearney among the big stacks on Day 1b
Dara O'Kearney among the big stacks on Day 1b

The second starting day of the 10-year anniversary edition of the Unibet Open is in the books and another 335 players ponied up the buy-in of €1,100 Main Event at the luxurious JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to boost the total field to 502 entries. The guarantee was met and, minus the 3% fees for staff, a prize pool of €486,940 was set with the top 71 spots earning at least €1,880 for their efforts while the winner will take home the trophy and first-place payout of €90,925.

Until then it is still a long way to go and yet another Romanian player ended up on top of the chip counts after 11 levels of 60 minutes each. Only 75 hopefuls bagged up and will join the 39 Day 1a survivors to make for 114 survivors in total for Day 2 here in Bucharest. Marian Strachinescu emerged as the Day 1b and overall chip leader after bagging up massive 345,000. Strachinescu's biggest cash so far is a third place in the PokerFest Mamaia Season 3 €600 Main Event back in 2013 for a payday of €13,250.

Strachinescu is followed by fellow countryman Vladut Paun (326,500) and the two Dutchmen Tom Vogelsang (308,000) and Teun Herman (288,000), while other big stacks include Ionut Voinea (254,000), Avi Cohen (252,500), Yasen Dichev (248,000), Stephane Allard (243,000) and Alexander Ioan (239,000). Most of the Unibet Poker representatives took to the tables on Day 1b and three of them will be back tomorrow: Unibet Poker ambassador Dara O'Kearney made it through with 234,000, eSports Star Kevin "Papaplatte" Teller bagged up 130,000 and David Lappin will return with a stack of 90,000, which is just below the average.

Among those Unibet Poker representatives to join the rail throughout Day 1b were the eSports Stars Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk, Sophia "Djarii" White, Fabien "Kioshima" Fiey, Thijs "Thijs" Molendijk, Fredrik "dbergie" Bergmann, Anssi "AndyPyro" Huovinen, Alan "Hotted89" Widmann and the ambassadors Rauno Tahvonen and Ian Simpson. Widmann was the first to fall when his pocket kings got cracked by the ace-king suited of Simeon Todorov, while White ran with king-ten suited and top pair on the flop in pocket aces. Simpson was caught bluffing and Tahvonen failed to hold up with pocket queens against a suited ace of Tom Vogelsang in the late stages of the day.

There were also several former Unibet Open champions in action today and all but Dan Murariu (51,500) were ousted. Mateusz Moolhuizen's nut flush draw and gutshot straight draw could not get there against two pair and defending Bucharest champion Traian Bostan never managed to run up a stack either. Kaarel Lepik and Peter Harkes busted in the last two levels of the night, while Dmitry Varlamov and Martin Soukup were also among the casualties. Further notables that busted today include Viliyan Petleshkov, Michael Magalashvili, Yngve Steen, Viliyan Petleshkov and €2,200 High Roller champion Olvedo Heinze.

The action resumes at 12 p.m. noon local time on Saturday, December 2nd 2017, with level 12 and blinds of 1,500/3,000 and a running ante of 500. A maximum of 11 levels of 60 minutes each or down to the nine-handed final table are scheduled for the penultimate day in Bucharest, whichever of the two comes first. A break every two levels and a dinner break after the end of the sixth level will see bagging and tagging take place at approximately 1 a.m. local time at the latest. As usual the PokerNews live reporting team will provide all the action from the floor and the live stream of the feature table on the Unibet Poker Twitch Channel commences in the third level of the day.

€1,100 Main Event Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Victor KaitIsrael62,50021
12Jorma VuoksenmaaFinland36,00012
13Christopher HeidelbacherRomania129,50043
14Vladimir BorkunovRussian Federation47,00016
15Nikolay IvanovBulgaria53,50018
16Andreas SteinerSwitzerland132,50044
17Eric WasylenkoCanada119,00040
18Jean-Serge BarilCanada87,00029
19Henrik TellvingSweden202,50068
21Robert VukovicCroatia223,00074
22Johan GoslingsNetherlands27,0009
23Arnold HodatovIsrael94,50032
24Bartlomiej GorzolkaPoland134,00045
25Catalin LucaRomania164,00055
26David LappinIreland90,00030
27Vladut PaunRomania326,500109
28Anton MarkovBulgaria98,00033
29Marcus FrimanSweden112,00037
31Linus HjulstromSweden28,0009
32Silviu BaltateanuRomania210,00070
33Pavao VezaCroatia157,00052
34Jozsef LiszkovicsRomania165,50055
35Ionut ZotaRomania164,50055
37Cosmin NedeleaRomania157,50053
38Vasile ZagonRomania34,00011
39Ionut VoineaRomania254,00085
41Olli RoosFinland134,50045
42Catalin PopRomania55,00018
43Dor LanIsrael104,00035
44Jan-Willem NijmeijerNetherlands93,50031
45Anatoli HalcaRomania238,00079
46Stan SolomonRomania116,00039
47Kevin TellerGermany130,00043
48Mikolaj ZawadkaPoland66,00022
49Marius-Serban MoldoveanuRomania66,00022
51Lucian MantuRomania77,00026
52Age SpetsNorway61,50021
53Dan MurariuRomania51,50017
54Marian StrachinescuRomania345,000115
55Ciprian FilipiucRomania72,00024
56David StonehouseUnited Kingdom68,00023
57Neculai MacoveiRomania78,00026
58Georgios-Angelos TavoularisGreece138,50046
59Emanuel FlesnerRomania70,00023
61Ohana ShlomoIsrael160,00053
62Vinod JadavUnited Kingdom153,00051
63Martin von ZweigbergkFinland129,50043
64Oscar TompsettUnited Kingdom180,00060
65Remi GallotFrance53,00018
66Razvan CetanasRomania247,00082
67Tiago SantosPortugal97,00032
69Alexandru IliescuRomania20,5007
71Vlad CojocariuRomania52,00017
72Bogdan IonescuRomania128,00043
73Tim BruneelBelgium52,50018
74Laurentiu Marius BunicaRomania147,50049
75Guy OhayonIsrael245,00082
76Marius PerteaRomania177,00059
77Ionut DobreRomania97,00032
78Tudor Bartha LazarRomania324,000108
79Razvan ConstantinRomania205,50069
81Andrei PirlanescuRomania147,00049
82Alexander IoanGermany239,00080
84Gheorghe SerbanRomania60,50020
85Ronnie EspensenDenmark69,00023
86Tudor PuriceRomania252,50084
87Veselin PetrovBulgaria100,00033
88Tom GivonyIsrael77,50026
89Daniel StoianRomania110,00037
91Teun HermanNetherlands288,00096
92Vlad RuxandariRomania185,50062
93Sorin CaraciobanuRomania86,50029
94Catalin DiacRomania104,00035
95Stilian AtanasovBulgaria78,50026
96Cristian TardeaRomania39,00013
97Arne BollmannNorway51,50017
98Aris TourlakisGreece247,50083
99Bojan ZidarSlovenia130,00043
101Stefan GheorgheRomania210,50070
102Emil GramatikovBulgaria87,50029
103Andrei GrimbergRomania325,500109
104Pit HemmerlingLuxembourg121,00040
105Ran AzorIsrael211,00070
106Rico LeestemakerNetherlands39,50013
107Corentin SchmauchFrance79,50027
108Katsuhiro MutoJapan105,00035
109Alexandru ArnautuRomania84,50028
111Jenny IsraelFrance38,50013
112Arvi VainionkulmaFinland84,50028
113Symeon StergiopoulosGreece160,00053
114Joris HermansBelgium138,00046
115Yonatan KokoIsrael135,50045
116Josef MachiachIsrael107,00036
117Iulian IacobRomania283,50095
118Stefanita FacheteRomania118,50040
119Amir ShomronIsrael204,00068
121Jose Luis CapdevilaChile163,00054
122Dara O'KearneyIreland234,00078
123Stephane AllardBelgium249,00083
124Mihail RablouRomania140,00047
125Cornel OleniucRomania39,50013
126Ionut MihailaRomania156,00052
127Tom VogelsangNetherlands308,000103
128Pasquale GrimaldiItaly114,50038
129Gheorghe CostacheRomania164,00055
131Zion MashiahIsrael47,50016
133Ionut AsanacheRomania62,50021
134Sergiu CorneaIsrael47,00016
135Adrian ChivuRomania98,00033
136Yizhaq Sagi GalIsrael59,00020
136Rafi Yzhak PoorIsrael55,00018
137Avi CohenIsrael252,50084
138Yasen DichevBulgaria248,00083
139Ionel TanaseRomania124,50042

Tags: Age SpetsAlan WidmannAlexander IoanAndey YanyukAnssi HuovinenDan MurariuDara O'KearneyDavid LappinFabien FieyFredrik BergmannIan SimpsonKaarel LepikKevin TellerMarian StrachinescuMartin SoukupMateusz MoolhuizenMichael MagalashviliOlvedo HeinzePeter HarkesRan AzorRauno TahvonenSimeon TodorovSophia WhiteStephane AllardThijs MolendijkTom VogelsangTraian BostanViliyan PetleshkovVladut PaunYngve Steen

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 11 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

The full chip counts will be provided when PokerNews receives them, below are assorted counts.

Player Chips Progress
Marian Strachinescu ro
Marian Strachinescu
345,000 25,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Vladut Paun ro
Vladut Paun
326,500 51,500
Tom Vogelsang nl
Tom Vogelsang
308,000 23,000
Teun Herman nl
Teun Herman
288,000 288,000
Iulian Iacob ro
Iulian Iacob
283,500 -1,500
Ionut Voinea ro
Ionut Voinea
254,000 159,000
Avi Cohen il
Avi Cohen
252,500 252,500
Day 2 Chip Leader
Stephane Allard be
Stephane Allard
249,000 137,000
Yasen Dichev bg
Yasen Dichev
248,000 68,000
Aris Tourlakis gr
Aris Tourlakis
247,500 12,500
Alexander Ioan de
Alexander Ioan
239,000 -1,000
Anatoli Halca ro
Anatoli Halca
238,000 202,000
Dara O'Kearney ie
Dara O'Kearney
234,000 14,000
Robert Vukovic hr
Robert Vukovic
223,000 123,000
Ran Azor il
Ran Azor
211,000 21,000
Stefan Gheorghe ro
Stefan Gheorghe
210,500 150,500
Amir Shomron il
Amir Shomron
204,000 -6,000
Henrik Tellving se
Henrik Tellving
202,500 17,500
Vlad Ruxandari ro
Vlad Ruxandari
185,500 5,500
Oscar Tompsett gb
Oscar Tompsett
180,000 180,000
Jozsef Liszkovics hu
Jozsef Liszkovics
165,500 35,500
Gheorghe Costache ro
Gheorghe Costache
164,000 164,000
Symeon Stergiopoulos gr
Symeon Stergiopoulos
160,000 12,000
Cosmin Nedelea ro
Cosmin Nedelea
157,500 22,500
Ionut Mihaila ro
Ionut Mihaila
156,000 156,000

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Pyysing's Grind Comes to an End

Level 11 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Aki Pyysing moved in for his last few big blinds with the {Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} and Laurentiu Marius Bunica called with the {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}. The board came {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades} and the flopped two pair of the Finn were counterfit on the turn.

Peter Harkes busted as well while another Dutchman had an unfortunate end to the day. Ran Azor raised to 5,400 and Alexandru Arnautu called. Gosling moved all in and Azor folded, while Arnautu called with the {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. Goslings turned over {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} and Azor said "I folded ace-ten, no ten please."

The board came {10-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Arnautu doubled. The next hand, Azor raised to 5,400 again and Arnautu shoved. "I don't gamble," Goslings said when Arnautu motioned for him to call all in. Ionel Tanase asked for a count in the big blind and folded for 72,000 in total. Azor folded and Arnautu flashed {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, Tanase revealed that he folded the {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}.

Player Chips Progress
Ran Azor il
Ran Azor
190,000 72,000
Laurentiu Marius Bunica ro
Laurentiu Marius Bunica
Ionel Tanase ro
Ionel Tanase
130,000 60,000
Alexandru Arnautu ro
Alexandru Arnautu
80,000 30,000
Johan Goslings nl
Johan Goslings
25,000 -15,000
Aki Pyysing fi
Aki Pyysing
Peter Harkes nl
Peter Harkes

Tags: Aki PyysingAlexandru ArnautuIonel TanaseJohan GoslingsPeter HarkesRan AzorLaurentiu Marius Bunica

Late Surge Of Casualties

Level 11 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Unibet Open champion Kaarel Lepik busts in last level of 1b
Unibet Open champion Kaarel Lepik busts in last level of 1b

The hero not long ago, Claudiu Jianu now saw his stack reduced to zero after losing a flip to Christopher Heidelbacher. Jianu three-bet shoved for around 38,000 with the {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and Heidelbacher had two over cards in {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}.

The board of {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} provided the king on the flop and Jianu was eliminated.

Kaarel Lepik also busted just a few moments prior to that and he was joined on the rail by Toni Judet, Marius Gicovanu, Carsten Meyer and Barrie Pietersz. According to the screens, the field has been whittled down to just 82 hopefuls and that number is guaranteed to drop down further.

Player Chips Progress
Christopher Heidelbacher ro
Christopher Heidelbacher
150,000 30,000
Claudiu Jianu ro
Claudiu Jianu
Kaarel Lepik ee
Kaarel Lepik
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
Toni Judet ro
Toni Judet
Barrie Pietersz nl
Barrie Pietersz
Carsten Meyer de
Carsten Meyer
Teun Herman nl
Teun Herman
Elhanan Togerman
Elhanan Togerman

Tags: Barrie PieterszCarsten MeyerChristopher HeidelbacherClaudiu JianuKaarel LepikMarius GicovanuToni Judet

The Race for the Lead

Level 11 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Marian Strachinescu appears to be the man to beat now after chipping up quite a bit in the last two hours.

Tom Vogelsang is another contender for the top spot overnight and just raised to 5,500. Kevin Teller defended his big blind and checked the {K-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop. On the {A-Clubs} turn, Teller bet 20,000 and Vogelsand joked "damn, I was gonna bluff" and sent his cards into the muck.

Player Chips Progress
Marian Strachinescu ro
Marian Strachinescu
320,000 245,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Tom Vogelsang nl
Tom Vogelsang
285,000 5,000
Iulian Iacob ro
Iulian Iacob
285,000 45,000
Alexander Ioan de
Alexander Ioan
240,000 -10,000

Tags: Kevin TellerMarian StrachinescuTom Vogelsang

Two More Down the Drain

Level 11 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Marius Cazacu pushed for around 28,000 from early position and Veselin Petrov called in the cutoff.

Marius Cazacu: {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Veselin Petrov: {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

There was just a climps of hope on the board {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{A-Clubs} but Cazacu was sent to the rail.

One table over, Rares Sohorca got the rest of it in with {4-Spades}{4-Clubs} and Claudiu Jianu reshoved in the cutoff with {A-Spades}{J-Spades}. The {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop paired up Petrov, and the {8-Diamonds} turn and {3-Spades} river were both blanks.

Player Chips Progress
Veselin Petrov bg
Veselin Petrov
135,000 50,000
Claudiu Jianu ro
Claudiu Jianu
55,000 -5,000
Rares Sohorca ro
Rares Sohorca
Marius Cazacu ro
Marius Cazacu
Sandu Ganor il
Sandu Ganor

Tags: Claudiu JianuMarius CazacuRares SohorcaVeselin Petrov