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Day 1b Completed

Saderne Takes Over the Lead on Day 1b; Foord-Brown and Pertea Bag Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Jeremy Saderne is the new chip leader
Jeremy Saderne is the new chip leader

As expected the second starting day of the 2018 Unibet Open £990 Main Event at "The Vic" attracted a bigger field and ultimately saw 202 players in action in the heart of London. Along with the 147 entries of Day 1a, a field of 349 entries in total emerged in this Freezeout and the prize pool is set with £314,100, of which the top 47 spots will earn their share. The minimum cash is worth £1,870 while the winner walks home £65,580 richer and with the stunning Unibet Open champion's trophy in his bag.

After 11 levels of 60 minutes each, Day 1b saw it's field whittled down all the way to just 52 hopefuls, and combined with the 36 survivors of Day 1a, that makes for 88 remaining players for Day 2 at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino. All survivors will be combined on 11 eight-handed tables and the action is set to resume at 12 p.m. noon local time with level 12 and blinds of 1,500/3,000 and a running ante of 500.

The chip leader of Day 1b and new overall chip leader of the tournament is Jeremy Sardene, who soared all the way to the top with a massive stack of 302,000. Francis Foord-Brown, who finished 4th one year ago at this very venue for £23,000, is in a prime position once more for a big payday after bagging up 292,500. Sardene jumped into a big stack after winning a flip with pocket jacks against the ace-king of Benjamin Lebor and forced £2,200 High Roller champion Julien Sitbon into a big fold in the last level of the night to secure the top spot.

Other big stacks and notables after Day 1b include [Removed:402] (243,500), Marius Pertea (230,000), Gary Fisher (204,500), Yngve Steen (170,500), Preben Stokkan (161,500), Toni Ojala (120,000) and Daniel Laming (90,500), Julien Sitbon bagged up 10 big blinds for Day 2 with 31,000.

Pertea won the last Unibet Open Main Event on home soil in Bucharest and added a deep run at the WPT European Championship in Berlin one month ago. The Romanian cracked the pocket kings of Unibet Poker ambassador Rauno Tahvonen with ace-ten suited and scored a massive double with aces versus tens soon after versus Hong Wang to end the day with a big smile on the face.

Marius Pertea
2017 Bucharest champion Marius Pertea with a big stack for Day 2 in London

It was a dark day for the Unibet Poker representatives as none of them made it through. The eSports Star Mark Purdy was among the first players to bust, and he would later be followed by Ian Simpson, Daiva Byrne and the two UnibetPoker.fr sponsored pros Alexandre Reard and Quentin Lecomte. The latter lost his stack in back-to-back hands in level nine and headed to the rail.

Former Unibet Open champions Martin Soukup and Peter Harkes, who celebrated his 30th birthday today, also ran out of chips. Other notables among the casualties of Day 1b were such familiar names as Benny Glaser, Steven Watts, Albert Sapiano, Kfir Ivgi, Matt Perrins and Richard "Chufty" Ashby.

Action for the penultimate tournament day here in London kicks off at noon and a maximum of 11 levels or down to the final table are scheduled, the Unibet Open players party also awaits in the late evening as well. Make sure to tune back in to find out who will reach the money.

2018 Unibet Open London Main Event Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
41Van PhamUnited Kingdom110,00037
42Redmond TothHungary66,00022
43Lorenc BociAlbania203,00068
44Thomas CazayousFrance205,50069
45David ClarkUnited Kingdom125,00042
46Joe BeeversUnited Kingdom59,00020
47Thomas StockerUnited Kingdom31,50011
48Andrei CiobanuRomania138,50046
      
51Laurent PolitoFrance223,50075
52Gerald RingeUnited Kingdom71,00024
53Krisztian ArvaiHungary72,50024
54Lukasz CyganPoland57,00019
55Emil BrunnbergSweden63,00021
56Benjamin MorrisonUnited Kingdom57,50019
57Mads ElleNorway145,00048
58[Removed:402]Lithuania243,50081
      
61John WindNetherlands119,00040
62Philip SchoenebaumGermany76,50026
63Sylvain LoosliFrance59,00020
64Augustine NwaukoniNigeria51,00017
65Tomas MartinssonSweden176,00059
66Catherine IvgiUnited Kingdom62,50021
67Tony BlanchandinFrance100,00033
68Jonas KetelsenDenmark159,00053
      
71Florian LanzSwitzerland55,50019
72Daniel LamingUnited Kingdom90,50030
73Jonathan SchumanUnited Kingdom71,00024
74Clement TripodiFrance275,00092
75Colin HeusNetherlands49,50017
76Robert GreenUnited Kingdom57,50019
77Niko RaappanaFinland95,00032
78Simonas EigminasLithuania32,50011
      
81Mike HillUnited Kingdom53,50018
82Kyriakos PapadopoulosGreece34,00011
83Mohammed SuhailUnited Kingdom100,50034
84Jakob TostesenDenmark106,50036
85Joseph FieldUnited Kingdom146,50049
86Oliver WhiteUnited Kingdom125,50042
87Nicolay LangfeldtNorway137,50046
88Juan Ares GozaloSpain117,00039
      
91Orestis KanakopoulosGreece75,50025
92Daniel ToffelUnited Kingdom205,00068
93Lennaert JoostensNetherlands95,50032
94Bhavin KhatriUnited Kingdom249,00083
95Thomas WennerGermany136,50046
96Tobias AndersenDenmark170,50057
97Julien SitbonFrance31,00010
98Toni OjalaFinland120,00040
      
101Jussi VanhanenFinland209,00070
102Alvaras BaranauskasLithuania93,50031
103Nicolas ProustFrance184,50062
104Antony WickertUnited Kingdom158,00053
105Kasper MellanenFinland57,00019
106Marius PerteaRomania230,00077
107Mounir TajiouSweden73,00024
108Toby LockeUnited Kingdom162,50054
      
111Karl StarkSweden75,50025
112Erik Le GoffFrance105,00035
113Thomas SvendgaardDenmark75,00025
114Mahrdad SaffariUnited Kingdom96,00032
115John HemingUnited Kingdom91,50031
116Jeremy SaderneFrance302,000101
117Markus HeikkilaSweden28,50010
118Yngve SteenNorway170,50057
      
121Preben StokkanNorway161,50054
122Dennis LindmarkSweden28,0009
123Oystein EileraasNorway171,50057
124Jari MahonenFinland174,00058
125Nikolay KostyrkoUkraine64,50022
126Erlend GrodalNorway171,00057
127Honglin JiangNew Zealand113,00038
128Peter KaaeDenmark226,50076
      
131Nicolas CardynFrance140,00047
132Gary FisherUnited Kingdom204,50068
133Andreas WiborgDenmark187,50063
134Radoslaw MatyjaszczykPoland55,00018
135Dinarte De SousaPortugal40,00013
136Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands79,00026
137Monica VakaNorway80,50027
138Jari SuuronenFinland46,50016
      
141Aaron WoodcockUnited Kingdom62,50021
142Francis Foord-BrownUnited Kingdom292,50098
143Christopher YongUnited Kingdom160,50054
144Jeremy PantinTrinidad and Tobago106,50036
145Janice PhillipsUnited Kingdom50,00017
146Gunnar WeddeNorway190,00063
147Nicolaj BonnichsenDenmark102,00034
148Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway144,50048

Tags: Alexandre ReardAlvaras BaranauskasBenjamin LeborBenny GlaserChristopher YongDaiva ByrneDaniel LamingGary FisherHonglin JiangIan SimpsonJeremy SaderneJulien SitbonKfir IvgiMarius PerteaMark PurdyMartin SoukupMatt PerrinsOystein EileraasPeter HarkesPreben StokkanQuentin LecomteRauno TahvonenRichard AshbySteven WattsThe VicThomas CazayousTomas MartinssonYngve Steen

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

The full chip counts of the 52 survivors will be published once PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Jeremy Saderne fr
Jeremy Saderne
fr 302,000 2,000
Francis Foord-Brown gb
Francis Foord-Brown
gb 292,500 102,500
[Removed:402] LT
[Removed:402]
LT 243,500 3,500
Marius Pertea ro
Marius Pertea
ro 230,000 -30,000
Jussi Vanhanen FI
Jussi Vanhanen
FI 209,000 121,000
Thomas Cazayous fr
Thomas Cazayous
fr 205,500 -34,500
Daniel Toffel gb
Daniel Toffel
gb 205,000
Gary Fisher gb
Gary Fisher
gb 204,500 173,500
Gunnar Wedde no
Gunnar Wedde
no 190,000 75,000
Andreas Wiborg no
Andreas Wiborg
no 187,500 187,500
Tomas Martinsson SE
Tomas Martinsson
SE 176,000 -29,000
Jari Mahonen fi
Jari Mahonen
fi 174,000 54,000
Oystein Eileraas NO
Oystein Eileraas
NO 171,500 -13,500
Yngve Steen no
Yngve Steen
no 170,500 95,500
Toby Locke gb
Toby Locke
gb 162,500 162,500
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
no 161,500 41,500
Christopher Yong gb
Christopher Yong
gb 160,500
Mads Elle NO
Mads Elle
NO 145,000 40,000
Nicolay Langfeldt no
Nicolay Langfeldt
no 137,500 12,500
Toni Ojala fi
Toni Ojala
fi 120,000 -15,000
John Wind NL
John Wind
NL 119,000
Juan Ares Gozalo GB
Juan Ares Gozalo
GB 117,000
Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz 113,000
Van Pham GB
Van Pham
GB 110,000
Lennaert Joostens NL
Lennaert Joostens
NL 95,500 25,500

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Late Double for Yong

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Honglin Jiang raised on the button and Christopher Yong just called out of the small blind. On the {A-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop, Yong check-raised from 4,000 to 20,000 and Jiang called. Yong shoved the {K-Hearts} turn for 55,000 and Jiang called instantly with {5-}{4-} for the flopped straight.

Yong had {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and the {8-Diamonds} on the river gave the Brit the winning flush.

Paul Dunne and Neophytos Neophytou were less fortunate and busted, reducing the field to 52 hopefuls after Day 1b.

Christopher Yong gb
Christopher Yong
gb 160,500 99,500
Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz 113,000 -38,000
Paul Dunne gb
Paul Dunne
gb Busted
Neophytos Neophytou gb
Neophytos Neophytou
gb Busted

Tags: Christopher YongHonglin JiangPaul DunneNeophytos Neophytou

Vaka Back on Track

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Charles Chattha, Alexandros Papadopolos and Kfir Ivgi were all eliminated while Monica Vaka built her stack once again. Vaka check-shoved the {8-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop for 64,900 into a bet of 15,000 by Augustine Nwaukoni and forced a fold.

Monica Vaka no
Monica Vaka
no 100,000 49,000
Augustine Nwaukoni NG
Augustine Nwaukoni
NG 60,000 -25,000
Charles Chattha GB
Charles Chattha
GB Busted
Alexandros Papadopolos GR
Alexandros Papadopolos
GR Busted
Kfir Ivgi gb
Kfir Ivgi
gb Busted

Tags: Alexandros PapadopolosAugustine NwaukoniCharles ChatthaKfir IvgiMonica Vaka

Saderne Shrinks Sitbon

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Julien Sitbon raised to 5,300 and the player on the button called. Jeremy Saderne in the small blind had other plans and three-bet 22,000, which only Sitbon called. On a flop of {J-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}, Saderne continued for 11,000 and Sitbon called. Saderne shoved the {6-Diamonds} turn for effectively 60,000, as that's what Sitbon had left.

Sitbon eventually folded and Saderne all but resisted the urge to show his cards, but did so at the last minute with the {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}.

Jeremy Saderne fr
Jeremy Saderne
fr 300,000 40,000
Thomas Cazayous fr
Thomas Cazayous
fr 240,000 -50,000
Julien Sitbon fr
Julien Sitbon
fr 60,000 -65,000

Tags: Jeremy SaderneJulien Sitbon

Martinsson Forces Vaka to Fold

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

A raise to 6,000 by Tomas Martinsson was followed by a three-bet to 21,000 by Monica Vaka in the big blind and Martinsson called. On a flop of {Q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, Vaka continued for 20,100 and Martinsson called.

Vaka slowed down on the {10-Spades} turn and checked, prompting Martinsson to bet 30,000. Vaka gave him a stare down and called with 51,000 behind, then checked the {3-Hearts} river. Martinsson carefully counted his stack slid forward a bet of 58,300 and left himself just 400 chips behind. "Do you show if I fold?" Vaka asked after spending some time in the think tank. No answer followed and the Norwegian open-mucked the {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}.

Tomas Martinsson SE
Tomas Martinsson
SE 205,000 25,000
Monica Vaka no
Monica Vaka
no 51,000 -84,000

Tags: Monica VakaTomas Martinsson

Steen Doubles Through Stocker

zedmaster84 • Level 11: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Yngve Steen moved all in for 35,000 from early position and Thomas Stocker reshoved out of the small blind, Kyriakos Papadopoulos forfeited his big blind.

Yngve Steen: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}
Thomas Stocker: {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}

The board came {K-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{8-Hearts} kept Steen in the lead and Stocker lost one third of his stack.

Yngve Steen no
Yngve Steen
no 75,000 25,000
Thomas Stocker GB
Thomas Stocker
GB 65,000 -25,000
Kyriakos Papadopoulos gr
Kyriakos Papadopoulos
gr 16,000 -48,000

Tags: Kyriakos PapadopoulosThomas StockerYngve Steen