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Christopher Yong Leads Last Nine Into Final Day of the 2018 Unibet Open London Main Event

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

The unofficial nine-handed final table of the 2018 Unibet Open London £990 Main Event is set and Christopher Yong leads the last nine at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in the heart of the city. It took just under ten full levels of 60 minutes each to determine the finalists after 88 hopefuls out of the 349-entry strong field had returned to the tables of "The Vic", and all hopefuls have at least £6,300 locked up for their efforts.

Yong holds a commanding lead with almost two times as many chips as his nearest follower after bagging up 2,378,000. Second in chips is Oliver White with 1,325,000 followed by Jussi Vanhanen with 1,217,000. Another four of the finalists will return with more than one million in chips: Honglin Jiang (1,204,000), Jonathan Schuman (1,130,000), serial WPT National champion Laurent Polito (1,087,000) and Andreas Wiborg (1,066,000). Last but not least, the two Frenchmen Thomas Cazayous (735,000) and Tony Blanchandin (337,000) round up the line up for tomorrow.

The action will recommence at approximately 12 p.m. local time on Sunday February 25th 2018 with 17:18 left in level 21 at blinds of 12,000/24,000 with a running ante of 4,000. As usual, the Unibet Poker Twitch channel will provide the live stream on a security delay of 30 minutes with hole cards displayed.

2018 Unibet Open London Main Event final table

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Oliver WhiteUnited Kingdom1,325,00055
2Andreas WiborgNorway1,066,00044
3Jonathan SchumanUnited Kingdom1,130,00047
4Honglin JiangNew Zealand1,204,00050
5Thomas CazayousFrance735,00031
6Christopher YongUnited Kingdom2,378,00099
7Tony BlanchandinFrance337,00014
8Jussi VanhanenFinland1,217,00051
9Laurent PolitoFrance1,087,00045

After more than 30 players had been eliminated in the opening two levels of the day, the money bubble burst in the third level. It was Daniel Clark that lost a flip with ace-queen against the pocket tens of Thomas Cazayous to become the last player to leave empty-handed. Prior to that, such big names as £2,200 High Roller champion Julien Sitbon, Sylvain Loosli, two time Unibet Open champion Mateusz Moolhuizen, Unibet Poker ambassador Espen Uhlen Jorstad and eSports Star Philip "syrinxx" Schoenebaum were already gone.

Among those to bust in the money on Day 2 were 2015 Unibet Open Cannes runner-up Karl Stark (41st for £1,870), Gary Fisher (34th for £2,100), Monica Vaka (30th for £2,350), Yngve Steen (25th for £2,630), 2017 Unibet Open Bucharest champion Marius Pertea (24th for £2,630), Preben Stokkan (19th for £3,300), Nicolas Cardyn (18th for £3,300), Bhavin Khatri (14th for £4,140) and Clement Tripodi (12th for £4,760).

Pertea was the last former champion in the field and was ousted immediately after the field had redrawn to the last three tables. The Romanian failed to get there with ace-ten suited against the pocket jacks of Lorenc Boci. A big three-way clash on the feature table saw the hopes an even deeper run of Gunnar Wedde and Jeremy Pantin vanish, while Oliver White went from almost zero to hero with a double up and near triple up within a few minutes. Boci then clashed with Christopher Yong and his turned top two pair ended up second-best, as the very same card gave Yong the nut straight. Boci never recovered from that and busted soon after.

Another big story was the impressive performance of Khatri, who had reached the final table of this very event in the last two years. The businessman from the UK all but made it three in a row and fell agonizingly close with his bid after departing in 14th place. A crucial hand saw him lose all but a few chips when three-bet shoving with queen-nine suited into the pocket kings of Nicolaj Bonnichsen. It would then be the elimination of the Dane that ended the day. On the outer table, Bonnichsen limp-shoved his shorter stack with king-jack and Yong called with ace-queen to remain ahead on a nine-high board.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back for the big showdown tomorrow and provide all the action until the latest player will join the Unibet Open champion's club in the first stop of season 11.

Tags: Andreas WiborgBhavin KhatriChristopher YongClement TripodiDavid ClarkEspen Uhlen JorstadGary FisherGunnar WeddeHonglin JiangJeremy PantinJonathan SchumanJulien SitbonJussi VanhanenKarl StarkLaurent PolitoLorenc BociMarius PerteaMateusz MoolhuizenMonica VakaNicolaj BonnichsenNicolas CardynPhilip SchoenebaumPreben StokkanSylvain LoosliThe VicThomas CazayousTony BlanchandinYngve Steen

Nicolaj Bonnichsen Eliminated in 10th Place (£5,480)

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Nicolaj Bonnichsen
Nicolaj Bonnichsen

The bubble to the unofficial final table burst on the outer table and it was Nicolaj Bonnichsen that ended up as the last casualty of the day.

Bonnichsen limped in and Christopher Yong from one seat over made it 80,000 to go. Once the action was back on Bonnichsen, he three-bet all in for just over 400,000 and Yong snap-called.

Nicolaj Bonnichsen: {K-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Christopher Yong: {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}

The board ran out {9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and the ace-queen high was good enough for Yong to rake in the pot. All remaining nine players will now bag up for the night and return at lunch time tomorrow to play down to a winner.

Christopher Yong gb
Christopher Yong
gb 2,400,000 475,000
Nicolaj Bonnichsen DK
Nicolaj Bonnichsen
DK Busted

Tags: Christopher YongNicolaj Bonnichsen

Deivis Rinkevicius Eliminated in 11th Place (£5,480)

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Deivis Rinkevicius
Deivis Rinkevicius

Over on the feature table, Deivis Rinkevicius raised to 50,000 with the {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and Andreas Wiborg called with {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} from one seat over. Jussi Vanhanen in the small blind for 649,000 with the {A-Spades}{K-Hearts} and Rinkevicius called all in for 473,000, while Wiborg folded.

The board of {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} provided both over cards for Vanhanen and that reduced the field to the last ten hopefuls. Rinkevicius was eliminated in 11th place for £5,480 and the unofficial final table will be set after the next elimination.

Jussi Vanhanen FI
Jussi Vanhanen
FI 1,250,000 689,000
Andreas Wiborg no
Andreas Wiborg
no 1,098,000 -220,000
Deivis Rinkevicius lt
Deivis Rinkevicius
lt Busted

Tags: Andreas WiborgDeivis RinkeviciusJussi Vanhanen

Yong Jams Into Bonnichsen

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Over on the outer table, Christopher Yong made it 56,000 to go first to act and Hongjin Jiang called from one seat over. Nicolaj Bonnichsen three-bet to 160,000 out of the big blind and Yong called, as did Jiang. The flop fell {K-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and Bonnichsen continued for 160,000, only Yong called.

The {9-Clubs} fell on the turn and Bonnichsen checked, Yong moved all in and that forced an expensive fold from Bonnichsen.

Christopher Yong gb
Christopher Yong
gb 1,925,000 275,000
Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz 1,200,000 -80,000
Nicolaj Bonnichsen DK
Nicolaj Bonnichsen
DK 445,000 -105,000

Tags: Christopher YongHonglin JiangNicolaj Bonnichsen

Wiborg Takes from White

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Oliver White raised to 55,000 with the {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} first to act and Andreas Wiborg three-bet to 155,000 in the cutoff with the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}, White called. On a flop of {A-Spades}{8-Spades}{7-Clubs}, White checked and Wiborg continued for 170,000 and White called.

The {5-Clubs} appeared on the turn and White checked once more. Wiborg moved all in for less than the pot and White folded.

Oliver White gb
Oliver White
gb 1,406,000 -394,000
Andreas Wiborg no
Andreas Wiborg
no 1,318,000 498,000

Tags: Andreas WiborgOliver White

Cazyous Wins Roller Coaster Flip

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

Over on the outer table, Honglin Jiang raised to 56,000 and Thomas Cazayous moved all in for 293,000 and Tony Blanchandin moved all in over the top, Jiang folded the {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} face up.

Thomas Cazayous: {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}
Tony Blanchandin: {A-Clubs}{k-Spades}

The {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop gave Blanchandin the lead and the {4-Spades} turn changed nothing, however the {Q-Hearts} river improved Cazayous to a full house and he doubled in dramatic fashion.

Thomas Cazayous fr
Thomas Cazayous
fr 700,000
Tony Blanchandin FR
Tony Blanchandin
FR 325,000 125,000

Tags: Tony BlanchandinThomas CazayousHonglin Jiang

Clement Tripodi Eliminated in 12th Place (£4,760)

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

Clement Tripodi more than doubled with a full house sixes over sevens and then shoved for his last 116,000 on the outer table. Honglin Jiang called in the big blind and the cards were tabled.

Clement Tripodi: {J-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Honglin Jiang: {Q-Clubs}{6-Spades}

The {K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop gave both players a pair and Tripodi improved to two pair on the {J-Diamonds} turn. A cruel {9-Spades} river restored the preflop order as Jiang made a straight and that sent the Frenchman to the rail in 13th place for £4,760.

Honglin Jiang nz
Honglin Jiang
nz 1,280,000 -70,000
Clement Tripodi fr
Clement Tripodi
fr Busted

Tags: Clement TripodiHonglin Jiang

Level:
21
Blinds:
12,000/24,000
Ante:
4,000