2018 Unibet Open Dublin

€1,100 Main Event
Day: 1bc
Event Info

2018 Unibet Open Dublin

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
75,000 / 150,000

€1,100 Main Event

Day 1bc Completed

Ian Simpson Tops Day 1b; Daniel Clarke Bags the Lead on Day 1c

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Ian Simpson and Alan “Hotted89” Widmann both advanced to Day 2
Ian Simpson and Alan “Hotted89” Widmann both advanced to Day 2

The final two starting days of the 2018 Unibet Open Dublin €1,100 Main Event are done and dusted, and the tournament easily surpassed the guaranteed prize pool of €250,000 thanks to 198 entries on Day 1b and 64 additional players in the turbo heat 1c. A field of 359 entries has emerged, and 123 survivors are still in contention for their share of the €359,000 prize pool.

A very familiar face topped the counts on Day 1b, as Unibet Poker ambassador Ian Simpson bagged up 284,200 to claim the top spot ahead of John Keown (241,200) and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser. It has been very successful few days for the Brit in the Irish capital, who won the €2,200 High Roller and late-registered Day 1b to finish third in chips with 207,400.

Other big stacks and notables among the 64 Day 1b survivors were Julien Kron (199,600), Irish poker legend Mick McCloskey (144,000), Monica Vaka (118,100), Ivan Tononi (106,200), Jason Tompkins (98,600), 2017 Unibet Open Bucharest finalist Pavao Veza (85,300), and Antoine Vranken (49,800).

The vast majority of online qualifiers took to the tables and they were joined by the Battle Royale XI esports gamers and Unibet Poker ambassadors. Simpson shined the most, beaming with pride on the feature table when his wife Emma came over to rail, but he was by far not the only one that punched the ticket for Day 2 today. Quentin Lecomte (159,400) and David Lappin (107,000) spent the entire day on the same table, where they were joined late on by Lisa “STPeach” Vannatta (77,900). Dara Kearney also made it through on the first bullet and bagged up 65,900.

Lisa “STPeach” Vannatta and Dara O'Kearney
Tag Team partners Lisa “STPeach” Vannatta and Dara O'Kearney both reached Day 2 of the Main Event in Dublin

In a rough spell for the esports crew in level seven, a trio departed within a few minutes including Scott "Sco" McMillan, Sophia "Djarii" White and Sven “Svennoss” Edelenbosch. White took a flip with ace-queen against pocket jacks and found no help on a six-high board.

Plenty of notables were left empty-handed without anything to show for. The Unibet ambassadors Alexandre Reard and Fredrik Bergmann were among them, both suffering a less than optimal start into the day and bowing out much earlier than they had hoped for. Bergmann had a kicker problem with jack-ten against Scott "Sco" McMillan, who held queen-jack and the superior kicker on a jack-high flop.

The esports gamers in action
The esports gamers in action

Mike Hill, Toni Ojala, Ronni Borg, Kevin Killeen, 2018 Unibet Open champion Andreas Wiborg and Mihai Manole also failed to find a bag for Day 2. Wiborg's attempt to win a second title in the cxurrent year ended in level eight when he moved all in for fewer than 10 big blinds with ace-king. Julien Kron was behind preflop with ace-deuce suited, but running diamonds improved the Frenchman to a flush.

Turbo Heat 1c draws 64 Entries

Hearthstone pro Andrey "reynad" Yanyuk, who won the Battle Royale XI, ran with top pair into a set and re-entered the turbo heat to bag up the third-biggest stack with 90,600 as 35 players out of 64 entries made it through. Only 2014 Irish Open champion and two-time EPT Main Event finalist Patrick Clarke (122,200) and €2,200 High Roller third-place finisher Paul Jux Holderness (105,200) were ahead of Yanyuk.

Also advancing from Day 1c were Unibet Poker ambassador Rauno Tahvonen (86,200), Alan "hotted89" Widmann (29,200) and two-time Unibet Open champion Dan Murariu (27,400), the hopes of Mateusz Moolhuizen to claim a third title at the end of season 11 vanished mid-way through the turbo heat. Andy Black (70,900), Paul Leckey (50,500), Tuomo Niskanen (50,200), and former Unibet Open champion Martin Soukup (37,300) will be back for Day 2, too.

2018 Unibet Open Dublin €1,100 Main Event Schedule

Main Event DayDateTimeEntriesRemainingFurther Information
1aThursday, November 22nd, 201812:009724Play 10 levels of 60 minutes, late reg start of level 7 approx. 19:30
1bFriday, November 23rd, 201812:0019864Play 10 levels of 60 minutes, late reg start of level 7 approx. 19:30
1cFriday, November 23rd, 201821:006435Play 10 levels of 20 minutes, late reg start of level 7 approx. 23:15
2Saturday, November 24th, 201812:00359123Play max. 11 levels of 60 minutes or down to final table
3Sunday, November 25th, 201812:00tbatbaPlay down to a champion

Once all players of both heats today had bagged up their chips, a remaining field of 123 hopefuls emerged and they will be back in their seats at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin when Day 2 kicks off at 12 p.m. local time on Saturday, November 24th, 2018. More than half of them will miss out on the money, and the payout structure will be announced when the cards go back in the air.

Along with the PokerNews live updates, you can also follow the action on the Unibet Open Twitch stream, which broadcasts all hole cards on a security delay of 30 minutes until a champion is crowned at the end of the weekend.

Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Trevor DinneenIreland59,40025
12Nicolas TorossianFrance30,90013
13Charlotte Van BrabanderBelgium47,60020
14Ricardo KlaassenNetherlands123,00051
15Ivan TononiItaly106,20044
16Oystein NordliNorway61,20026
17Antoine VrankenNetherlands49,80021
18Ana Raluca BulboacaRomania70,60029
21Henri KoivistoFinland330,500138
22John ByrneIreland14,6006
23Jonathan LoweUnited Kingdom49,10020
25Alan WidmannGermany29,20012
26Tomas MontrimasLithuania50,80021
27Ville HakalaFinland28,70012
28Scott RobinsonIreland149,40062
31Monica VakaNorway118,10049
32Alexandre PouxFrance78,30033
33Jakub GroblewskiPoland44,80019
34Feargus MurphyIreland43,70018
35Kevin FitzpatrickIreland56,20023
36Anko HoogendijkNetherlands40,00017
37Janos SzappanosHungary85,70036
38Christopher HeidelbacherRomania74,70031
41John FarrellIreland108,70045
42Phillip HuxleyUnited Kingdom26,30011
43Georgios TavoularisGreece34,70014
44Gunnar WeddeNorway62,40026
45Andrew WhitehouseUnited Kingdom142,90060
46Markus JordanGermany86,20036
47Miikka KaihovaaraFinland61,80026
48Dara O'KearneyIreland65,90027
51Erik BlomaSweden36,50015
52Mikko KoponenFinland84,60035
53James O'BrienIreland91,00038
54Gary StokesIreland37,20016
55Alex IrwinIreland60,00025
56Bogdan PetrascuRomania104,50044
57Zoltan BoszormenyiHungary25,30011
58Jan Marcus OhmanSweden157,90066
61Andrey YanyukUnited States90,60038
62Lisa VannattaCanada77,90032
63Daniel EffendyGermany72,30030
64Robbie McCormackIreland75,30031
65Tuomo NiskanenFinland50,20021
66Christopher NashUnited Kingdom68,30028
67Jaakko KayhkoFinland30,30013
68Markus HeikkilaSweden104,30043
71Greg KingIreland85,50036
72Thomas FitzgeraldIreland236,60099
73Daniel PriceIsle of Man29,00012
74Per Helge GaassandNorway367,000153
75Pierre de MontesquiouFrance168,80070
76Paul KristofferssonSweden40,00017
77Paul LeckeyIreland50,50021
78Peter SelfUnited Kingdom60,60025
81Nicolas Storm-ChristensenDenmark55,90023
82Sean FoleyIreland116,30048
83Ian SimpsonUnited Kingdom284,200118
84Cornelis AantjesNetherlands44,20018
85Periklis CharmpilasGreece51,70022
86Cristian DinaRomania92,60039
87Patrick ClarkeIreland122,20051
88Mariusz NiskiPoland34,70014
91John KeownIreland241,200101
92Rauno TahvonenEstonia85,10035
93Mick McCloskeyIreland144,00060
94Andy BlackIreland70,90030
95Vamshi VandanapuEngland66,50028
96Rory De VosNetherlands60,20025
97Bjorn KadgienGermany29,70012
98Daniel PettersenNorway90,50038
101Elias VaaraniemiFinland379,200158
102Ovidiu TureacRomania137,60057
103Quentin LecomteFrance159,40066
104Lauri KervinenFinland82,00034
105Rune TorblaNorway99,30041
106Martin SoukupCzech Republic37,30016
107Michael BrockUnited Kingdom140,20058
108Toby LockeUnited Kingdom48,30020
111Stephen KavanaghIreland27,80012
112Joachim GjerstadNorway54,70023
113Emil BrunnbergSweden57,80024
114Hendrik MertensNetherlands46,30019
115Pavao VezaCroatia85,30036
116Jamie ByrneIreland61,40026
117Barry McMahonIreland108,90045
118Peter CurryIreland29,80012
181Mario LinnoEstonia71,30030
182Richard OneillIreland105,70044
183Jason TompkinsIreland98,60041
184David LappinIreland107,00045
185Barrie PieterszNetherlands49,90021
186Kevin MathersUnited States55,00023
187Dan MurariuRomania27,40011
191Raiko VannasEstonia67,90028
192Robert FranksUnited Kingdom48,40020
193Keith BrennanIreland154,20064
195Larry RyanIreland62,40026
196Joseph EllisUnited Kingdom131,60055
197Emmett MullinIreland82,80035
198Luke WalshIreland135,20056
202Konstantinos SouliotisGreece103,70043
203Marina AdriaansNetherlands65,00027
204Sergiu CovrigRomania54,00023
205David SchableFrance46,60019
206Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom64,70027
207Julien KronFrance199,60083
208Kasper MellanenFinland166,00069
211Michael TucknottUnited Kingdom110,40046
212Jason KeatingIreland46,00019
213Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom207,40086
214Jari HurriFinland75,50031
215Peter CahillIreland153,00064
216Paul Jux HoldernessUnited Kingdom105,20044
218Mark RinkNetherlands80,40034
221Apostol BegRomania87,50036
222Klemen KregarSlovenia73,40031
223John HanaphyIreland50,00021
224Jorma VuoksenmaaFinland24,00010
225Antti TiainenFinland34,60014
226Kasper HenriksonDenmark12,7005
227Pascal RabanyFrance124,00052
228Chris DowlingIreland62,90026

Tags: Alexandre ReardAndreas WiborgAndy BlackBenny GlaserDan MurariuDara O'KearneyDavid LappinFredrik BergmannIan SimpsonJason TompkinsJohn KeownJulien KronMartin SoukupMateusz MoolhuizenPatrick ClarkeQuentin LecomteRauno Tahvonen

End-Of-Day 1c Chip Counts

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

Out of a field of 64 entries, 35 players survived the 10 levels of 20 minutes each and former Irish Open champion Patrick Clarke bagged up the chip lead. The full chip counts for the turbo heat can be found below.

Player Chips Progress
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
Day 1C Chip Leader
Paul Jux Holderness gb
Paul Jux Holderness
Andrey Yanyuk us
Andrey Yanyuk
Markus Jordan de
Markus Jordan
Rauno Tahvonen ee
Rauno Tahvonen
86,200 86,200
Jari Hurri fi
Jari Hurri
Robbie McCormack ie
Robbie McCormack
Mario Linno ee
Mario Linno
Andy Black ie
Andy Black
70,900 70,900
Vamshi Vandanapu gb
Vamshi Vandanapu
Chris Dowling ie
Chris Dowling
Larry Ryan ie
Larry Ryan
Gunnar Wedde no
Gunnar Wedde
Jamie Byrne ie
Jamie Byrne
Kevin Fitzpatrick ie
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Joachim Gjerstad no
Joachim Gjerstad
Sergiu Covrig ro
Sergiu Covrig
WSOP 1X Winner
Tomas Montrimas lt
Tomas Montrimas
Paul Leckey ie
Paul Leckey
50,500 50,500
Tuomo Niskanen fi
Tuomo Niskanen
50,200 50,200
Robert Franks gb
Robert Franks
Toby Locke gb
Toby Locke
Anko Hoogendijk nl
Anko Hoogendijk
Paul Kristoffersson se
Paul Kristoffersson
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup

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End-Of-Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

The full chip counts for Day 1b are to follow, along with a recap of today's action, and Day 1c is also about to wrap up the final level of the night. It appears that 64 players will advance from the second starting day and fewer than that on Day 1c.

Player Chips Progress
Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
284,200 47,200
John Keown ie
John Keown
241,200 11,200
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
207,400 102,400
WSOP 5X Winner
Julien Kron fr
Julien Kron
199,600 69,600
Pierre de Montesquiou fr
Pierre de Montesquiou
168,800 88,800
Quentin Lecomte fr
Quentin Lecomte
159,400 19,400
Keith Brennan ie
Keith Brennan
154,200 154,200
Peter Cahill ie
Peter Cahill
153,000 -7,000
Scott Robinson ie
Scott Robinson
149,400 149,400
Mick McCloskey ie
Mick McCloskey
144,000 -26,000
Andrew Whitehouse gb
Andrew Whitehouse
142,900 142,900
Michael Brock gb
Michael Brock
140,200 140,200
Day 2 Chip Leader
Ovidiu Tureac ro
Ovidiu Tureac
137,600 77,600
Luke Walsh ie
Luke Walsh
135,200 12,400
Joseph Ellis gb
Joseph Ellis
131,600 -3,400
Monica Vaka no
Monica Vaka
118,100 -21,900
Barry McMahon ie
Barry McMahon
108,900 -1,100
John Farrell ie
John Farrell
108,700 71,700
David Lappin ie
David Lappin
107,000 -18,000
Ivan Tononi it
Ivan Tononi
106,200 71,200
Richard O'Neill ie
Richard O'Neill
105,700 -34,300
Bogdan Petrascu ro
Bogdan Petrascu
104,500 4,500
Konstantinos Souliotis gr
Konstantinos Souliotis
103,700 -56,300
Rune Torbla no
Rune Torbla
99,300 99,300
Jason Tompkins ie
Jason Tompkins
98,600 3,600

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Three Final Hands for Day 1b

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Amara Toutou
Amara Toutou

Amara Toutou was eliminated just before the clocks were stopped and Raymond Masters was felted moments after the last three hands for the night were announced. Only 65 players remain and they are minutes away from bagging and tagging for the night.

Player Chips Progress
Simon Griffin gb
Simon Griffin
Amara Toutou fr
Amara Toutou
Raymond Masters ie
Raymond Masters

Tags: Amara ToutouRaymond Masters

Keown Scores a Big Double

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Greg King
Greg King

In the last few hours, Greg King was indeed the king at his table even though his stack went up and down quite a bit. However, he was always well above the average, which has now changed in dramatic fashion.

The turn showed {Q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} and King bet 21,000 into a pot of 25,000, triggering a jam by John Keown for 102,400. King contemplated about his decision for a fair bit and opted to call, which set up the following showdown:

John Keown: {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}
Greg King: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Keown was ahead with his pair of aces, but had a lot of outs to dodge. He successfully did with the {4-Spades} river and soared towards the top of the leader board.

Player Chips Progress
John Keown ie
John Keown
230,000 110,000
Greg King ie
Greg King
40,000 -155,000

Tags: Greg KingJohn Keown

Metais No More

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

Down to the last 20,000, Claude Metais moved all in from the under-the-gun position and he was called by Joseph Ellis on the button.

Metais held the {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} and Ellis was ahead with the slightly superior pocket pair in {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, the board of {Q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{4-Spades}{5-Diamonds} failed to change the outcome of the hand and Metais was eliminated in the final level of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Joseph Ellis gb
Joseph Ellis
135,000 10,000
Claude Metais fr
Claude Metais

Tags: Claude MetaisJoseph Ellis

Huxley Takes a Hit

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Periklis Charmpilas
Periklis Charmpilas

First to act, Periklis Charmpilas moved all in for the last 27,000 and Phillip Huxley moved all in over the top from two seats over, which forced all other players out of the hand.

Periklis Charmpilas: {A-Spades}{6-Spades}
Phillip Huxley: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

The {6-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop was as good as it could get for the Greek, who got the check mark with the {2-Spades} turn, making the {10-Diamonds} river a formality. Fellow countryman Konstantinos Souliotis is doing even better and sits at almost two times the average.

Player Chips Progress
Konstantinos Souliotis gr
Konstantinos Souliotis
160,000 160,000
Periklis Charmpilas gr
Periklis Charmpilas
60,000 10,000
Phillip Huxley gb
Phillip Huxley
28,000 -67,000

Tags: Konstantinos SouliotisPeriklis CharmpilasPhillip Huxley

Veza Folds to Jam

Level 10 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

On the {J-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts} turn, Pavao Veza led for 6,100 and Alex Irwin moved all in for more than 40,000. Veza had a very similar stack size and eventually gave up the pot, folding {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} face up. Further counts are listed below.

Player Chips Progress
Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
237,000 2,000
Mick McCloskey ie
Mick McCloskey
170,000 120,000
Peter Curry ie
Peter Curry
165,000 -5,000
Peter Cahill ie
Peter Cahill
160,000 80,000
Quentin Lecomte fr
Quentin Lecomte
140,000 -10,000
Richard O'Neill ie
Richard O'Neill
Monica Vaka no
Monica Vaka
140,000 10,000
David Lappin ie
David Lappin
125,000 35,000
Lisa Vannatta ca
Lisa Vannatta
108,000 3,000
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
105,000 35,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Alex Irwin gb
Alex Irwin
60,000 60,000
Pavao Veza hr
Pavao Veza
33,000 -5,000

Tags: Alex IrwinPavao Veza