€1,100 Main Event
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Highlights

Highlights

€1,100 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Koivisto Third in Chips After Day 1a, Sinclair and Van Brabander Among 24 Survivors

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Henri Koivisto is third in chips after Day 1a in Dublin
Henri Koivisto is third in chips after Day 1a in Dublin

The first of three starting days of the 2018 Unibet Open Dublin Main Event is in the books and the tournament is off to a decent start, as 97 players paid the entry fee of €1,100 at the Bonnington Hotel in the Irish capital. After ten levels of 60 minutes each, only 24 players bagged up and a trio pulled away at the top of the counts.

Elias Vaaraniemi participated only in his second Unibet Open Main Event ever and won his package for Dublin by earning challenge points on Unibet Poker. The Finn ended Day 1a as the chip leader with 379,200, beating Norway's Per Helge Gassand (367,000) and Henri Koivisto (330,500) for the top spot. Koivisto, an online Pot-Limit Omaha specialist with more than $270,000 in live cashes, entered late and earned his spot on the overnight podium with a late surge. In a key hand, he flopped a full house with jack-ten suited and fired three barrels, Graham Garside was unfortunate enough to flop an inferior full house with pocket tens and became the last casualty of the day.

Among the other big stacks and notables to bag and tag for the night were Thomas Fitzgerald (236,600), Kasper Mellanen (166,000), Pascal Rabany (124,000), Markus Heikkila (104,300), 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (64,700), Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers (55,000) and Charlotte Van Brabander (47,600).

Jack Sinclair
Jack Sinclair

Sinclair arrived just one day prior in Dublin and was on his way to the rail in the penultimate level of the night when he was all in and at risk with ace-ten against the pocket tens of Mark Rink and the pocket jacks of Guillaume Dupuy. However, an ace appeared on the river and Sinclair tripled up.

Several other well-known faces of the popular Unibet Open series were less fortunate and ran out of chips throughout the day. This includes former champions Martin Soukup and Mateusz Moolhuizen, along with 2018 EPT Barcelona 7th place finisher Mark Buckley, Irish poker legend Andy Black, Andrew Grimason, Andreas Hoivold, Georgios Tavoularis, Seamus Cahill, and Cathal Shine.

Two Unibet Poker ambassadors took to the felt in David Vanderheyden and Daiva Byrne, but both fell short of making Day 2 just yet. Byrne had dropped to 15 big blinds in the penultimate level of the night and lost a flip with pocket eights against the ace-jack suited of Nicolas Storm-Christensen.

All those that busted in the first of three starting days have another chance at making Day 2 in the turbo heat 1c, which kicks off on Friday, November 23, 2018 as of 2018. Another 10 levels will be played then, however, the level duration will be shortened to 20 minutes each.

Another three Unibet Open Side Event trophies were awarded throughout the day. The first tournament to finish was the €2,200 High Roller, followed by the €330 Deepstack Open and the €220 NLH Freezeout.

Benny Glaser Takes Down the €2,200 High Roller

Day 1 of the €2,200 High Roller wrapped up with 17 players out of 22 entries remaining and Unibet Poker ambassador Dara O'Kearney at the top of the leaderboard. The registration remained open and another five players opted to enter or re-enter, creating a field of 27 entries and a prize pool of €54,000. Only the top five spots were paid and notables to bust before the money included the Unibet Poker ambassadors David Lappin and Dara O'Kearney, Jack Sinclair, Kevin Killeen and UnibetPoker.fr ambassador Alexandre Reard.

Janos Kurtosi saw his aces cracked by the pocket treys of Benny Glaser and Glaser finished the job two hands later to send Kurtosi to the rail as last player without anything to show for. It didn't take long to set up the heads-up for the trophy between Glaser and Valentin Cristea. A topsy-turvy battle of more than two hours saw Glaser's 3-1 chip lead turned into a 1-3 underdog, but the three-time WSOP bracelet winner pulled back into a 7-1 lead. In the final hand, Glaser held king-jack suited and dominated Cristea with queen-jack. Three clubs on the board gave Glaser a flush and the title.

Benny Glaser wins the €2,200 High Roller
Benny Glaser wins the €2,200 High Roller

Final Result €2,200 High Roller

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (EUR)Prize (USD)
1Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom€20,680$23,586
2Valentin CristeaRomania€12,850$14,657
3Paul Jux HoldernessUnited Kingdom€8,860$10,106
4Seamus CahillIreland€6,560$7,482
5Michael MaziluIreland€5,050$5,760

Four Irishmen Top the €330 Unibet Deepstack Open

The €330 Unibet Deepstack Open (DSO) attracted a field of 155 entries to create a prize pool of €46,500 and the top 23 spots were paid. Day 1 bagged up once the money bubble burst and 23 players remained to play down to a champion. Among those that cashed before the final table were the Unibet Poker ambassadors Dan Murariu (23rd place, for €520) and Fredrik Bergmann (17th place, for €660), Tomas Geleziunas (15th place, for €730) and Sesay Sulaiman (10th place, for €970).

Among the eight finalists were five Irishmen and they made up for the top four spots after notables such as Mihai Manole and Dennis Kleinleugemors departed in 8th and 5th place respectively. The final four cut a deal and played for another €1,200 to the winner. Sean O'reilly was the chip leader at the time of the deal agreement but ultimately finished second to Samuel Baneham while taking home the most money in the event.

Final Result €330 Unibet Deepstack Open

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (EUR)Prize (USD)
1Samuel BanehamIreland€7,490*$8,541*
2Sean O'ReillyIreland€8,537*$9,735*
3John KeownIreland€6,114*$6,972*
4Peter O'DowdIreland€5,379*$6,134*
5Dennis KleinleugemorsNetherlands€2,840$3,239
6Michael FarrellyIreland€2,180$2,486
7Alexandru CincaRomania€1,740$1,984
8Mihai ManoleRomania€1,400$1,596

*includes deal of the last four players

Last but not least, the €220 NLH Freezeout attracted a field of 66 entries and the top 9 spots were paid. Finland's Jari Hurri ended up as the bubble boy, among those to cash were Aurelie Reard and Mick Graydon. Right after Graydon's exit in 3rd place, the remaining duo chopped and Apostol Beg held the chip lead to claim the trophy.

Day 1b of the €1,100 Main Event kicks off at 12 p.m. local time and a big field is expected with plenty of Unibet Poker ambassadors and Unibet Open esports gamers in action. Day 1c follows as of 9 p.m. local time and the survivors of all three starting days combine for Day 2 on Saturday. As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action.

Tags: Alexandre ReardAndreas HoivoldBenny GlaserCharlotte Van BrabanderDaiva ByrneDan MurariuDara O'KearneyDavid LappinDavid VanderheydenElias VaaraniemiFredrik BergmannHenri KoivistoJack SinclairJanos KurtosiMark BuckleyMartin SoukupMateusz MoolhuizenMihai ManoleSamuel BanehamValentin Cristea

Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

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Full chip counts and recap to follow.

Elias Vaaraniemi FI
Elias Vaaraniemi
FI 379,200 9,200
Per Helge Gassand no
Per Helge Gassand
no 367,000 27,000
Henri Koivisto fi
Henri Koivisto
fi 330,500 30,500
Thomas Fitzgerald ie
Thomas Fitzgerald
ie 236,600 81,600
Kasper Mellanen fi
Kasper Mellanen
fi 166,000 86,000
Jan Marcus Ohman SE
Jan Marcus Ohman
SE 157,900 107,900
Pascal Rabany fr
Pascal Rabany
fr 124,000 -11,000
Ricardo Klassen NL
Ricardo Klassen
NL 123,000 -17,000
Sean Foley ie
Sean Foley
ie 116,300 -53,700
Michael Tucknott GB
Michael Tucknott
GB 110,400 25,400
Markus Heikkila se
Markus Heikkila
se 104,300 -53,700
Mark Rink nl
Mark Rink
nl 80,400 40,400
Ana Raluca Bulboaca RO
Ana Raluca Bulboaca
RO 70,600 -19,400
Christopher Nash GB
Christopher Nash
GB 68,300 -6,700
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 64,700 -25,300
Oystein Nordli NO
Oystein Nordli
NO 61,200 16,200
Emil Brunnberg se
Emil Brunnberg
se 57,800 39,800
Nicolas Storm-Christensen DK
Nicolas Storm-Christensen
DK 55,900 -49,100
Kevin Mathers us
Kevin Mathers
us 55,000 -8,000
Charlotte Van Brabander be
Charlotte Van Brabander
be 47,600 -42,400
Jakub Groblewski PL
Jakub Groblewski
PL 44,800 -10,200
Feargus Murphy ie
Feargus Murphy
ie 43,700 -16,300
Jaakko Kayhko FI
Jaakko Kayhko
FI 30,300 -9,700
Kasper Henrikson DK
Kasper Henrikson
DK 12,700 700

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Raluca Bulboaca Doubles Through Henrikson

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Ana Raluca Bulboaca
Ana Raluca Bulboaca

In the penultimate hand of the night, Elias Vaaraniemi raised to 5,300 from early position and then faced the all ins of Kasper Henrikson and Ana Raluca Bulboaca. Vaaraniemi opted to fold and Raluca Bulboaca was the player at risk.

Ana Raluca Bulboaca: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}
Kasper Henrikson: {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}

The board came {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} and the kicker played to let the online qualifier from Romania double just before bagging and tagging.

Ana Raluca Bulboaca RO
Ana Raluca Bulboaca
RO 90,000 20,000
Kasper Henrikson DK
Kasper Henrikson
DK 12,000 12,000

Tags: Ana Raluca BulboacaElias VaaraniemiKasper Henrikson

More for Gassand; Three Last Hands

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On the tail end of a hand between Per Helge Gassand and Michael Tucknott, the former bet the {10-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} river for 20,100 and Tucknott called. Gassand showed the {K-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} and that won the pot.

Right after, the clock was stopped with 12 minutes remaining in the level and the last three hands were drawn.

Per Helge Gassand no
Per Helge Gassand
no 340,000 65,000
Michael Tucknott GB
Michael Tucknott
GB 85,000 5,000

Tags: Michael TucknottPer Helge Gassand

The Finns Are Taking Control

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Mark Buckley ended up all in and at risk with {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} against the {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} of Elias Vaaraniemi and the board of {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} counterfit both pocket pairs to let Vaaraniemi win with nine-high.

Another Finn shot up the leader board in Henri Koivisto and he scored a big pot when flopping a full house against Graham Garside. It was a rough setup for Garside, who held {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} on a board of {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Clubs} and called two bets by Koivisto before jamming the river only to see Koivisto turn over the {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} in the showdown.

"What can you do? I had a feeling you had it," Garside said in table chat and shook hands with his opponent before heading to the rail.

Elias Vaaraniemi FI
Elias Vaaraniemi
FI 370,000 60,000
Henri Koivisto fi
Henri Koivisto
fi 300,000 155,000
Mark Buckley ie
Mark Buckley
ie Busted
Graham Garside GB
Graham Garside
GB Busted

Tags: Elias VaaraniemiGraham GarsideHenri KoivistoMark Buckley

Groblewski Gets There to Beat Kayhko

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Jakub Groblewski
Jakub Groblewski

In the final level of the night, the remaining field is getting smaller and smaller with Guillaume Dupuy and Gilles Segers among the most recent casualties.

Segers jammed for around 20 big blinds on the button and ran with {A-Clubs}{10-Spades} into the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} of big stack Per Helge Gassand in the big blind. The board of {8-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} brought no help for the Belgian and he was gone. Dupuy departed moments later from a different table and then it was Jakub Groblewski who moved all in blind on blind against Jaakko Kayhko.

Jakub Groblewski: {6-Spades}{4-Spades}
Jaakko Kahyko: {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}

The board came {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Groblewski rivered a pair to remain in contention.

Per Helge Gassand no
Per Helge Gassand
no 275,000 45,000
Jakub Groblewski PL
Jakub Groblewski
PL 55,000 8,000
Jaakko Kayhko FI
Jaakko Kayhko
FI 40,000 -5,000
Gilles Segers BE
Gilles Segers
BE Busted
Guillaume Dupuy fr
Guillaume Dupuy
fr Busted

Tags: Gilles SegersGuillaume DupuyJaakko KayhkoJakub GroblewskiPer Helge Gassand

Kevmath Gets a Late Double

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Kevin Mathers
Kevin Mathers

Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers ended up all in and at risk out of the big blind for the last 29,500 and that forced out big stack Elias Vaaraniemi. However, Feargus Murphy had three-bet from the cutoff and called it off to set up the following showdown:

Kevin Mathers: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
Feargus Murphy: {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The {10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop gave Murphy a flushdraw, and Mathers asked for a red card when the {6-Diamonds} fell on the turn. Two red nines would have been quite cruel for the essential source of all things poker on social media, however, the {5-Spades} river was no threat to let Mathers double.

Kevin Mathers us
Kevin Mathers
us 63,000 6,000
Feargus Murphy ie
Feargus Murphy
ie 60,000 -40,000

Tags: Elias VaaraniemiFeargus MurphyKevin Mathers

The Rich Get Richer

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Mark Buckley defended his big blind against the under-the-gun raise of Elias Vaaraniemi and check-called a bet of 6,100 on the {A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades} turn. Buckley also checked the {Q-Spades} on the river and Vaaraniemi made it 11,800 to go. Buckley studied his opponent carefully and called, but promptly mucked when he was shown the {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} by Vaaraniemi.

Two hands later, Buckley opened to 4,200 on the button and Vaaraniemi three-bet to 15,700 out of the small blind, which ended the hand right there.

Elias Vaaraniemi FI
Elias Vaaraniemi
FI 310,000 15,000
Mark Buckley ie
Mark Buckley
ie 105,000 -30,000

Tags: Elias VaaraniemiMark Buckley

Level:
10
Blinds:
1,000/2,000
Ante:
300