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€1,100 Main Event
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Highlights

Highlights

€1,100 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

11 Players Remain in the 2018 Unibet Open Dublin Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Michael Brock leads the last 11 players into the final
Michael Brock leads the last 11 players into the final

A long day of poker has come to an end in the Bollington Hotel in Dublin and Day 2 of the 2018 Unibet Open Dublin €1,100 Main Event is in the books. After 11 levels of one hour each, not only the bubble burst but the field of 359 entries has been whittled down all the way to the final 11 hopefuls. A new champion will be crowned at the end of the 11th season and the eventual winner can look forward to a payday of €74,900.

Best-positioned to claim the trophy is Michael Brock from the UK, who jumped into the top spot in the final level of the night and claimed 1,480,000 to his name. Fellow countryman Joseph Ellis sits in second place with 1,230,000 and four Irishmen remain to try and keep the trophy on home soil, including Robbie McCormack (1,145,000), Keith Brennan (1,125,000), Irish legend Mick McCloskey (955,000) and 2014 Irish Open champion Patrick Clarke (575,000).

The other finalists include the two Frenchmen David Schable (1,110,000) and Julien Kron (810,000), €2,200 High Roller third-place finisher Paul Jux Holderness (1,080,000), Pot-Limit Omaha specialist Henri Koivisto (1,050,000), and Jakub Groblewski (315,000). Andy Black narrowly missed out on the final day and bowed out in 14th place, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser busted just prior to the three table redraw.

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
12Keith BrennanIreland1,125,00038
14Robbie McCormackIreland1,145,00038
15Michael BrockUnited Kingdom1,480,00049
16Paul Jux HoldernessUnited Kingdom1,080,00036
17Henri KoivistoFinland1,050,00035
      
21Mick McCloskeyIreland955,00032
22David SchableFrance1,110,00037
23Patrick ClarkeIreland575,00019
24Joseph EllisUnited Kingdom1,230,00041
26Jakub GroblewskiPoland315,00011
27Julien KronFrance810,00027

Action of the Day

Out of a field of 359 entries, only 123 players had bagged up chips and returned to the action. Within the first two levels, the field was already cut down considerably as nearly 40 hopes had been crushed and many more were to follow. Lisa "STPeach" Vannatta, Dan Murariu, Rauno Tahvonen, Martin Soukup and Andrey "renyad" Yanyuk were just a few of those that vanished in the early rush.

Unibet Poker ambassador Ian Simpson started the day fourth in chips, but the 2013 Irish Open champion bowed out before the money after a rather disappointing day at the poker tables. Jack Sinclair, fresh off winning the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event, also failed to add another Irish flag to his poker resume and Alan "hotted89" Widmann busted a few spots off the money when his flushdraw could not beat pocket aces.

The money bubble itself was a very short affair, as three players departed within two minutes and no hand-for-hand play went into effect. Kasper Mellanen, Barry McMahon and Raiko Vannas had to leave without anything to show for. Unibet Poker ambassador Dara O'Kearney was the first player to bust in the money, ending up second-best with ace-ten versus ace-queen suited and Quentin Lecomte failed with a bluff attempt against Mick McCloskey.

David Lappin
David Lappin

Well-known local players such as John Keown, Richard O'Neill and Chris Dowling also bowed out well before the final three tables were set and the last Unibet ambassador, David Lappin, had to settle for 27th place on home soil. Benny Glaser made it two spots further and his roller coaster ride ended in 25th place.

The pace of all in showdowns didn't slow down just yet and soon after the final two tables were set. Andy Black destroyed his stack in a big pot on the feature table when his move with pocket fives on an ace-high turn backfired and Joseph Ellis skyrocketed into the lead when calling the jam with ace-king. Black doubled and knocked out Peter Cahill after before running with ace-queen into the pocket aces of none other than Ellis.

In the final level of the night, the final table could not be reached anymore and the remaining 11 players bagged up for the night. They will return on Sunday, November 25th, 2018, as of 12 p.m. local time to play down to a champion. The blinds will recommence at 15,000/30,000 with an ante of 5,000 and the action on the live stream table will be available on a 30-minute delay on the Unibet Open Twitch stream channel.

Remaining Main Event Payouts

PlacePrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1€74,900$84,976
2€46,550$52,812
3€32,100$36,418
4€23,750$26,945
5€18,300$20,762
6€14,050$15,940
7€11,250$12,763
8€9,000$10,211
9€7,200$8,169
10-11€6,250$7,091
Queen Rules Event Dublin
Queen Rules Event Dublin

Swedish Victory in the Queen Rules Event

The popular Queen Rules Ladies Event, hosted by Unibet Poker ambassador Daiva Byrne, was once again a full success. Featuring a buy-in of €80+10, levels of 30 minutes each and a starting stack of 15,000, the event expected even Byrne's expectations and drew 46 entries to create a prize pool of €3,680. Only the top seven spots were paid and Sophia “Djarii” White was unfortunate enough to become the bubble girl.

Seven different countries were represented on the nine-handed final table and among those to cash were Monica Vaka, Aurelie Reard, Louis Mulholland and Dehlia de Jong. What followed was a very fierce battle for the trophy and bragging rights between Magali Staal and Emelie Svenningsson that lasted nearly three hours. Eventually, it was Svenningsson that claimed the trophy and first-place prize of €1,250 at almost 2 a.m. local time.

Svenningsson started playing poker one year ago and became part of the Unibet online community at that time. She played her third Unibet Open and qualified online and won her package through the step satellite system after investing just €4.

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Emelie SvenningssonSweden€1,250$1,417
2Magali StaalFrance€780$884
3Dehlia de JongNetherlands€530$601
4Louis MulhollandIreland€400$453
5Aurelie ReardFrance€300$340
6Fabienne FreymadlGermany€230$261
7Monica VakaNorway€190$215
Queen Rules Dublin Final Table
Queen Rules Dublin Final Table

Tags: Andy BlackBenny GlaserChris DowlingDaiva ByrneDavid LappinEmelie SvenningssonIan SimpsonJack SinclairMichael BrockMick McCloskeyPatrick ClarkePaul Jux HoldernessQuentin LecomteRobbie McCormack

Per Helge Gassand Eliminated in 12th Place (€5,450)

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Per Helge Gaassand
Per Helge Gaassand

Paul Jux Holderness raised to 50,000 with the {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} and Per Helge Gassand called all in from the small blind with the {7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Keith Brennan stuck around in the big blind with {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. Brennan flopped a pair on {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades} to check-call a continuation bet, but he then check-folded the {10-Clubs} turn to a second bet by Jux Holderness.

Gassand had picked up more outs to survive another day in the last hand of the night, but the {Q-Spades} river was of no help to send the Norwegian to the rail in 12th place for €5,450. All remaining players will now bag up for the night and return at noon local time to play down to a champion.

The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Keith Brennan ie
Keith Brennan
ie 1,125,000 25,000
Paul Jux Holderness GB
Paul Jux Holderness
GB 1,080,000 262,000
Per Helge Gassand no
Per Helge Gassand
no Busted

Tags: Keith BrennanPaul Jux HoldernessPer Helge Gassand

Kron Stops the Downfall

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

On the outer table, Julien Kron stopped the downfall by jamming into two opponents. Kron raised to 50,000 and Patrick Clarke called on the button. Joseph Ellis in the small blind three-bet to 180,000 and Kron quickly shoved, forcing folds from both.

Joseph Ellis GB
Joseph Ellis
GB 1,200,000 -240,000
Julien Kron FR
Julien Kron
FR 800,000 400,000
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 600,000 -60,000

Jux Holderness Doubles Through Gassand

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Paul Jux Holderness
Paul Jux Holderness

Per Helge Gassand raised with the {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} first to act and Paul Jux Holderness called on the button with {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The flop came {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Gassand continued for 100,000, Jux Holderness shoved for 314,000 and the Norwegian was priced into a call with his two overcards to find out he was in fact ahead.

Jux Holderness improved to a pair on the {J-Clubs} turn, and the {3-Clubs} river was a brick to leave Gassand with very few big blinds.

Paul Jux Holderness GB
Paul Jux Holderness
GB 818,000 479,000
Per Helge Gassand no
Per Helge Gassand
no 84,000 -535,000

Tags: Paul Jux HoldernessPer Helge Gassand

Brock Cements Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Michael Brock raised to 52,000 with the {A-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and was called by Paul Jux Holderness with the {K-Spades}{J-Spades} in the hijack. Both players checked the {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop and the {10-Spades} followed on the turn. Brock bet 55,000 with top pair and Jux Holderness came along to see the {2-Diamonds} on the river.

There was no further betting action and Brock claimed the pot, sending Jux Holderness to a short stack.

Michael Brock gb
Michael Brock
gb 1,500,000 507,000
Paul Jux Holderness GB
Paul Jux Holderness
GB 339,000 -439,000

Tags: Michael BrockPaul Jux Holderness

Kron Under Pressure on Outer Table

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Outer Table

With the flop showing {10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}, Patrick Clarke check-raised from 57,000 to 165,000 and Julien Kron moved all in to force an instant fold from Clarke.

However, the tides turned soon after for Kron. David Schable check-shoved the {10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{J-Hearts} turn and Kron forfeited his bet of 190,000. Both Frenchman exchanged some words in their own language, which Mick McCloskey inquired about.

It was then McCloskey that took on Kron in a battle button versus cutoff. Kron check-called 75,000 on {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and check-folded the {8-Diamonds} turn when facing a second bet of 120,000.

Joseph Ellis GB
Joseph Ellis
GB 1,440,000 -150,000
David Schable fr
David Schable
fr 1,240,000 240,000
Mick McCloskey ie
Mick McCloskey
ie 950,000 200,000
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 660,000 -120,000
Julien Kron FR
Julien Kron
FR 400,000 -200,000
Jakub Groblewski PL
Jakub Groblewski
PL 330,000 -120,000

Tags: David SchableJulien KronMick McCloskeyPatrick Clarke

Flush for McCloskey

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Mick McCloskey raised to 50,000 first to act and was called by David Schable one seat over and Julien Kron in the big blind. The flop came {K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and action checked to Schable, who ber 66,000. Kron called and McCloskey folded. The {8-Clubs} turn was check-folded by Kron, who had faced a bet of 126,000 by his fellow countryman.

The next hand was a battle of the blinds between Kron and McCloskey, which ended up expensive for Kron. On the {J-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} river, Kron check-called a bet of 150,000 and mucked when he was shown the {Q-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for a flopped flush.

David Schable fr
David Schable
fr 1,000,000 75,000
Mick McCloskey ie
Mick McCloskey
ie 750,000 150,000
Julien Kron FR
Julien Kron
FR 600,000 -150,000

Tags: David SchableJulien KronMick McCloskey