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Day 1a Completed

28 Players Survive Day 1a of the 2018 Unibet Open Malta Main Event

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[Removed:158] Advances to Day 2
[Removed:158] Advances to Day 2

For the third time since it's inception, the Unibet Open has set up shop on the popular island of Malta. The first of two starting days at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julians attracted a total of 88 runners. After ten levels of 60 minutes, 28 of them were able to make their way to Day 2, with French's Charly Grenet claiming top honor. Grenet bagged 197,400 to distance himself from his nearest challengers Jenny Israel (168,500) and Ilkka Heikkila (154,300).

2017 Unibet Open London Main Event winner [Removed:158] had a strong showing as well, bagging 131,400 to strengthen his bid for a second title. Besides the title, Van Lancker also finished third in this event back in 2016, making him one to watch going forward.

Other notables that made it through were French pro's Johan Guilbert (77,100) and Erwann Pecheux (36,900). Guilbert was left short after a brutal full house over full house situation halfway through the day but climbed back up to a near average stack.

It was a bad day for the hosts as all participating Unibet Ambassadors fell by the wayside throughout the day. Daiva Byrne, Espen Uhlen Jorstad and Sophia "djarii" White ran out of chips during the ten levels of Day 1a. Byrne lost a coin flip with pocket tens against ace-queen, White lost ace-eight to pocket tens when a ten hit the river after an ace flopped, and Jorstad was short early on and never could get anything going.

Sophia "djarii" White
Unibet Poker Ambassador Sophia 'djarii' White Busted Late on Day 1

The same empty-handed faith awaited defending champion Martin Soukup, who won this event when it was last held two years ago. Dehlia de Jong, Niko Koop, Bas de Laat, Paul Berende and Jorma Vuoksenmaa were other notables who's attempt at Unibet Open success ended on the first day.

All 28 surviving players return on Saturday, May 19, at noon to play the second of three days. On Friday, the same ten levels await the players that join Day 1b. A bigger field is expected to show up, including a slew of Unibet Ambassadors and eSporters.

At the feature table. the winner of the €330 Unibet Deepstack Open Cup was crowned today, and it was none other than 2017 Unibet Open Copenhagen champion Kaarel Lepik who reaped the top reward. Lepik conquered a final table that also contained Dan Murariu to capture his second Unibet title and win €13,860.

PokerNews will be on the floor to cover the Main Event event from start to finish as the Unibet Open rolls on Friday, May 18. There will be a special treat for the early birds: from 10 a.m., the stream will feature the Tag Team tournament that was held on Wednesday. This four-hour Sit 'n Go features all the Esporters as well as Unibet Ambassadors. Once the tournament has concluded, the live stream will switch to broadcast the action of Day 1b.

Tags: Dan MurariuDehlia de JongErwann PecheuxEspen Uhlen JorstadJohan GuilbertJorma VuoksenmaaKaarel LepikMartin SoukupNiko KoopSophia "djarii" White

Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

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Charly Grenet fr
Charly Grenet
fr 197,400 7,400
Jenny Israel fr
Jenny Israel
fr 168,500 48,500
Ilkka Heikkila fi
Ilkka Heikkila
fi 154,300 154,300
Tomasz Kozub pl
Tomasz Kozub
pl 135,500 23,500
Jan Eckert DE
Jan Eckert
DE 135,000 2,000
[Removed:158] BE
BE 131,400 1,400
Daniel Aaberg SE
Daniel Aaberg
SE 117,800
Emelie Svenningsson se
Emelie Svenningsson
se 116,300 -13,700
Luigi Knoppers nl
Luigi Knoppers
nl 112,800 27,800
Karl Stark se
Karl Stark
se 107,800 -62,200
Morten Lyngbo NO
Morten Lyngbo
NO 107,000
Koen Roos NL
Koen Roos
NL 103,700 34,700
Julien Stropoli fr
Julien Stropoli
fr 95,900 38,900
George McDonald gb
George McDonald
gb 95,500 15,500
Ari Kumpumaki FI
Ari Kumpumaki
FI 93,900 20,900
Frederic Philippe FR
Frederic Philippe
FR 93,400
Zbigniew Pakleza pl
Zbigniew Pakleza
pl 92,300 24,300
Johan Guilbert fr
Johan Guilbert
fr 77,100 52,100
Kenneth Froland NO
Kenneth Froland
NO 70,500
Martin Wrulich at
Martin Wrulich
at 67,000 -3,000
Raiko Prii EE
Raiko Prii
EE 66,200 26,200
Phil Schonebaum DE
Phil Schonebaum
DE 57,300 -82,700
Anders Thorsen NO
Anders Thorsen
NO 49,700 -14,300
Kristian Aksnes no
Kristian Aksnes
no 47,700 -50,300
Jussi Heikela fi
Jussi Heikela
fi 40,300 -28,700

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Day 1a is Done

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The first day of the Unibet Open Malta is done. 28 players have made their way to Day 2 and return on Saturday, May 19 at noon to play on. Chipleader after the first day is Charly Grenet with 197,400 chips.

Last Three Hands

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The clock has been paused with 15 minutes remaining in the level. Three more hands will be played until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.

[€330 UDSO Cup] Kaarel Lepik Wins!

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Kaarel Lepik at the 2017 Unibet Open Copenhagen
Kaarel Lepik at the 2017 Unibet Open Copenhagen

2017 Unibet Open Copenhagen champion Kaarel Lepik can add another piece of silverware to his collection, as he just became the winner of the €330 Unibet Deepstack Open Cup for €13,860! The Estonian defeated Darren McCarthy from Ireland heads-up. Unibet Ambassador Dan Murariu became third.

The full final table results and winners foto will follow later.

Tags: Kaarel Lepik

De Jong and Soukup Bust

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Dehlia de Jong
Dehlia de Jong

In the last hour of the day, both Dehlia de Jong and defending champion Martin Soukup have made their way to the exit. De Jong held a short stack through most of the tournament but was making a comeback during the latter stage of the day.

Up to 49,500, De Jong was in the small blind and facing a raise from the cutoff. Holding {Q-}{Q-}, De Jong shoved all in and received a call from {A-}{K-}. A king on the flop ended it for De Jong as she bowed out in 33rd place.

Johan Goslings nl
Johan Goslings
nl Busted
Pavao Veza hr
Pavao Veza
hr Busted
Dehlia de Jong nl
Dehlia de Jong
nl Busted
Ludovic Breau fr
Ludovic Breau
fr Busted
Simen Melhuis SE
Simen Melhuis
SE Busted
Thomas Hansen NO
Thomas Hansen
NO Busted
Gert Jan Hofman NL
Gert Jan Hofman
NL Busted
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
cz Busted
Jorma Vuoksenmaa fi
Jorma Vuoksenmaa
fi Busted

Tags: Dehlia de JongMartin Soukup

Big Double for Knoppers

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In the final level of the day, Luigi Knoppers was all in and at risk for 34,700 on a {2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop. Behind him, Tomi Jumpponen called and a third player folded.

Luigi Knoppers: {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Tomi Jumpponen: {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

Knoppers was a favorite with straight and flush draws, as well as the overcard, but needed to hit to win the hand. The {4-Diamonds} on the turn added even more outs for the Dutchman residing on Malta and the {10-Clubs} on the river was one of them.

Luigi Knoppers nl
Luigi Knoppers
nl 85,000 47,000
Tomi Jumpponen FI
Tomi Jumpponen
FI 25,000 -15,000

Tags: Luigi KnoppersTomi Jumpponen

Final Level of the Night

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Players have entered the tenth and final level of the day, and 33 out of 88 are still in contention to become the next Unibet Open champion.