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Day 1b Completed

Daniel Jacobsen Claims Big Chip Lead on Day 1b of the 2018 Unibet Open Malta Main Event

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Jack Sinclair Had A Strong Showing on Day 1b
Jack Sinclair Had A Strong Showing on Day 1b

The second of two starting days at the 2018 Unibet Open Malta Main Event in the InterContinental Hotel in St. Julians attracted a total of 185 players. Together with the 88 that showed up on Day 1a, a field of 273 created atotal prize pool of €273,000. The top 39 spots will be paid, with the minimum cash worth €1,920. The first place prize of €60,090 will be awarded on Sunday, May 20, along with the coveted Unibet Open trophy.

After 10 levels of 60 minutes each, the Day 1b field was diminished from 185 to just 54. It was Daniel Jacobsen of Denmark who claimed the end of day chip lead with 321,800 in chips. Jacobsen held just 16,000 at the end of level 7 and went on a monstrous tear through the final three levels of the day.

When asked about the key hands of his run, Jacobsen said: "The Romanian Unibet Pro [Dan Murariu] raised, I three-bet {A-}{A-}, he four-bet to 27,000 and I just call. The flop was ten-nine-six, the turn was an eight and he got it in with jacks," the Dane explained about the hand that ended it for Murariu.

"There was another hand: guy comes to my table with 100k. I raise in middle position, he three-bets, I call. Flop is jack-six-deuce, three spades, I have pocket nines with the nine of spades. He bets pretty big and I call. The turn was the nine of clubs, he overbet shoved and I snap-called. He had pocket queens without a spade," Jacobson said about the hand that launched him even further.

Jacobson is followed by Jamie Munro (227,200), Thomas Eychenne (226,400), Kristof Segers (198,200) and Toby Locke (196,600). 2017 WSOP Main Event final tablist Jack Sinclair sits in 7th place with 176,400 and is playing on home turf as he resides in Malta.

Unibet Esporter Kevin 'Papaplatte' Teller will be back on Day 2

The Unibet army was out in full force today and four ambassadors, one pro and one Esporter made it through. Ian Simpson (135,100) had the best showing of all the ambassadors, helped with a bit of good fortune along the way. Holding pocket kings, Simpson was all in against pocket aces and pocket queens, but a king on the river provided a miracle escape. Other ambassadors that will be back on Day 2 are Fredrik Bergmann (117,800), Rauno Tahvonen (76,700) and Dara O'Kearney (42,600), while Quentin Lecomte (45,000) comes back for Kevin "Papaplatte" Teller is the sole survivor of the Unibet Esports team and will return with 131,400.

A lot of familiar faces fell along the wayside on the second starting day, including Mateusz Moolhuizen, Andreas Klatt, Matthias De Meulder, Egi Adriaans, Kaarel Lepik and Rauno Kiviloo. Unibet representatives such as David Lappin, Alan "hotted89" Widmann, Lisa "STPeach" Vannatta, Jordy "MojoOnPC" Janssens, Alexandre Reard, Scott "Sco" McMillan and Rafael "VeniCraft" Eisler also ran out of chips in the first ten levels.

Together with the 28 that survived Day 1a, 82 players in total will return on Saturday, May 19 at noon to start level 11 with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and a running ante of 400. PokerNews will be on the floor as the Unibet Open Malta progresses towards the final table.

Tags: Alan WidmannAlexandre ReardAndreas KlattDan MurariuDara O'KearneyDavid LappinEgi AdriaansFredrik BergmannIan SimpsonJack SinclairKaarel LepikKevin TellerLisa VannattaRauno Tahvonen

Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

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Daniel Jacobsen dk
Daniel Jacobsen
dk 321,800 11,800
Jamie Munro gb
Jamie Munro
gb 227,200 77,200
Thomas Eychenne fr
Thomas Eychenne
fr 226,400 -8,600
Kristof Segers be
Kristof Segers
be 198,200 -51,800
Toby Locke gb
Toby Locke
gb 196,600 16,600
Roberto Morra it
Roberto Morra
it 188,500 103,500
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 176,400 -13,600
Ronald Haverkamp nl
Ronald Haverkamp
nl 167,800
Nicolas Ludwicki fr
Nicolas Ludwicki
fr 157,800 157,800
Mats Karlsson mt
Mats Karlsson
mt 150,400 400
Kristoffer Skolem NO
Kristoffer Skolem
NO 146,300 71,300
Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
gb 135,100 -9,900
[Removed:155] NL
NL 132,000 22,000
Kevin Teller de
Kevin Teller
de 131,400 46,400
Stefan Kloet NL
Stefan Kloet
NL 130,200
Ionut Nutu RO
Ionut Nutu
RO 128,600
Lars Meysman BE
Lars Meysman
BE 127,300 87,300
Frederico Cirillo AR
Frederico Cirillo
AR 122,600
Fredrik Bergmann no
Fredrik Bergmann
no 117,800 52,800
Anton Haggblom FI
Anton Haggblom
FI 117,300
Toni Ojala fi
Toni Ojala
fi 110,600
Henri Piironen fi
Henri Piironen
fi 109,000
Emil Brunnberg se
Emil Brunnberg
se 105,600
Colin Heus NL
Colin Heus
NL 100,200 200
Deivis Rinkevicius lt
Deivis Rinkevicius
lt 93,600 41,600

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Day 1b Concluded

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54 out of 185 players have survived Day 1b, with Daniel Jacobsen claiming the end of day and overall chiplead with 321,800. Chip counts and an extensive end of day recap follow later.

Three More Hands

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Like yesterday, the clock has been paused with 15 minutes remaining and three more hands will be played.

Sinclair Shows One

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Jack Sinclair
Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair has been stacking in the last two levels and just dragged another pot to move up to 190,000. The board read {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Gabriel Stoica bet 9,000. Sinclair raised to 26,000 and the Romanian folded his hand.

The Brit showed one card, the {A-Diamonds}, and raked in the pot.

Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 190,000 99,000
Gabriel Stoica RO
Gabriel Stoica
RO 60,000 -28,000

Tags: Gabriel StoicaJack Sinclair

Brand Firing Up

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Thomas Levene raised to 5,000, [Removed:155] three-bet to 14,000 and Levene called out of position. On the {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop, Levene front-shoved around 35,000 and Brand called it off after some thought.

Thomas Levene: {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}
[Removed:155]: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

Brand was way ahead and remained safe after the {5-Spades} turn and {A-Clubs} river. Levene knocked the table in a complimentary way before bowing out of the tournament.

[Removed:155] NL
NL 110,000 40,000
Thomas Levene GB
Thomas Levene
GB Busted

Tags: Thomas Levine

Eliminations in Level 9

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Rafael "VeniCraft" Eisler
Rafael "VeniCraft" Eisler

Dan Murariu and Rafael "VeniCraft" Eisler have been eliminated in the penultimate level of the day.

Zoltan Boszormenyi hu
Zoltan Boszormenyi
hu Busted
Knut Berntsen
Knut Berntsen
Rafael Eisler AT
Rafael Eisler
AT Busted
Rokas Bazdzius
Rokas Bazdzius
Brandon Mifsud mt
Brandon Mifsud
mt Busted
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
de Busted
Andrew Hedley gb
Andrew Hedley
gb Busted
Dan Murariu ro
Dan Murariu
ro Busted
Orjan Holt
Orjan Holt
Jakub Dorocinski
Jakub Dorocinski
Mihai Buzamat HU
Mihai Buzamat
HU Busted
Shahriar Soltaninassab
Shahriar Soltaninassab