2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

€1,100 Main Event
Days: 2
Event Info

2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

Final Results
Martin Soukup
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

€1,100 Main Event

Day 2 Completed

47 Remain as Bubble in Sinaia Bursts in Dramatic Fashion

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Day 2 Ends With the Money Bubble
Day 2 Ends With the Money Bubble

Eight levels were scheduled for Day 2 of the 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia €1,100 Main Event, but it would take until 2.30 a.m. local time for the day to wrap up after an extensive bubble period. Out of the 366 entries, only 199 hopefuls had returned to the poker tables in the New Montana Hotel and the end of the day turned into a roller coaster of emotions.

With just two spots away from the elusive min-cash of €2,085 at the end of the eighth level, tournament staff decided to continue playing until the bubble burst and one full level passed with several players being at risk forced all in and surviving under miraculous circumstances. Unibet Poker ambassador Dara O'Kearney did so twice while fellow Irishman Padraig O'Neill found himself forced all in from the big blind and he came out on top of a six-way limped and checked down pot.

Eventually, it was Oleksandr Sharov that fell short of the money when his ace-six was bested by Razvan Sabau and his queen-jack. A jack-high straight on the board gave Sabau the best hand and right after, all 47 survivors bagged and tagged for the night. They will be aiming to take home as much of the €366,000 prize pool as possible on the remaining two tournament days.

Sabau leads the field after Day 2 with 741,000, only a smidge ahead of Ran Shahar (735,000), Cristian Grecu follows in third place with 711,000. Further notables include Silviu Baltateanu (612,000), Gilles Huet (343,000), Jean-Serge Baril (318,000), Evangelos Bechrakis (228,000), Aku Joentausta (172,000) and Toni Judet (172,000).

Traian Bostan
Traian Bostan

Three former Unibet champions are aiming for a repeat victory, two of them on home soil. Traian Bostan (pictured above) advanced with 330,000, Martin Soukup bagged up 227,000 and Unibet Poker ambassador Dan Murariu has 132,000. Fellow ambassadors Espen Uhlen Jorstad (240,000), Daiva Byrne (23,000) and the master of short stack grind Dara O'Kearney (3,000) are joined by Alan "Hotted89" Widmann (72,000).

2019 Unibet Open Sinana Main Event Schedule

DayDateTimeEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
Day 1aFebruary 13th, 201915:0012056Play eight levels of 60 minutes, late reg six levels, 60-min dinner break after level four
Day 1bFebruary 14th, 201915:0017690Play eight levels of 60 minutes, late reg six levels, 60-min dinner break after level four
Day 1cFebruary 14th, 201922:007053Play eight levels of 20 minutes, late reg six levels, re-entry for bustouts of 1a/1b
Day 2February 15th, 201915:00366199Play eight levels of 60 minutes each, the money bubble will burst
Day 3February 16th, 201915:0036647Play down to a final table
Final DayFebruary 17th, 2019tbatbatbaLevel duration 45 minutes with six remaining, 30 minutes long when three remain

Esports Battle Royale XII champion Kevin "Rotterdam" van der Kooi was among those that fell agonizingly close of the money with a chip and a chair story to tell and fellow esport streamers John "Swifty" Pyle and Andrey "reynad" Yanyuk also bowed out before the money.

Among the Unibet Poker ambassadors, it was a disappointing day at the poker tables for David Lappin, Monica Vaka, Alexandre Reard, Quentin Lecomte, and Ian Simpson. Lappin ran with king-jack suited into the pocket aces of Yanyuk while Simpson was haunted by his nemesis hand once more. On Day 1b, Simpson busted with queens and ran with queens into kings mid-way through the day.

Plenty of other notables came short in their bid for a payday in Sinaia as Alexandru Papazian, Katie Swift, Florian Duta, Narcis Gabriel Nedelcu, Andy Hills, Tomasz Kozub, Mateusz Moolhuizen, Mihai Manole, Luciana Manolea, Carmen Zainescu and Andrei Boghean all ran out of chips much sooner than they had hoped for.

While the electric pace of the eliminations before the dinner break halved the field in the first four levels, the action thereafter slowed down and culminated in the frantic bubble period. As a result, many players advanced with very short stacks for Day 3 and will be under immediate pressure on resuming blinds of 4,000/8,000 and a big blind ante of 8,000.

Day 3 kicks off at 3 p.m. local time and will aim to play down to a final table. The action of the feature table will be streamed on a security delay of 30 minutes on the Unibet Poker Twitch channel. For all the outer table action, PokerNews will be your one-stop-shop on the way to crowning another champion of the popular mid-stakes circuit.

Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
51Iulian TataruRomania121,00015
52Corentin RopertFrance84,00011
53Evangelos BechrakisGreece228,00029
54Gilles HuetFrance343,00043
55Cristian GrecuRomania711,00089
56Tomas KseneviciusLithuania91,00011
57Dan MurariuRomania132,00017
58Ran ShaharIsrael735,00092
61Steven VollersNetherlands532,00067
62Silviu BaltateanuRomania612,00077
63Sorin RadulescuRomania114,00014
64Padraig O'NeillIreland33,0004
65Dmitrii PrusovRussia203,00025
66Nicolae SuciuRomania162,00020
67Solomon StanRomania120,00015
68Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway240,00030
71Alan WidmannGermany72,0009
72Daiva ByrneLithuania23,0003
73Pavel AlexandruRomania125,00016
74Eirik LundeNorway77,00010
75Dara O'KearneyIreland3,0000
76Adrian-Sorel StateRomania100,00013
77Mihnea PotcoavaRomania258,00032
78Aku JoentaustaFinland172,00022
81Andrei DobrescuRomania26,0003
82Toni JudetRomania169,00021
83Nikolay PonomarevUnited Kingdom63,0008
84Dan PetreaRomania181,00023
85Marius GicovanuRomania134,00017
86Antti TiainenFinland108,00014
87Traian BostanRomania330,00041
88Tudor Bartha LazarRomania214,00027
121Denis SimionelMoldova265,00033
122Tomas MontrimasLithuania76,00010
123Catalin MoraruRomania106,00013
124Bogdan SovaialaRomania225,00028
126Oerjahn WintherSweden481,00060
127Jean-Serge BarilCanada318,00040
128Martin SoukupCzech Republic227,00028
131Stefan DruscaRomania589,00074
132Johannes VaeisaenenFinland275,00034
133Iulian BleauRomania136,00017
134Alexandru PalieviciRomania146,00018
135Lennaert JoostensRomania106,00013
136Razvan SabauRomania741,00093
137Razvan BizeraRomania642,00080
138Marc WilkensNetherlands231,00029

Tags: Aku JoentaustaDaiva ByrneDan MurariuDara O'KearneyDavid LappinEspen Uhlen JorstadEvangelos BechrakisFlorian DutaGilles HuetIan SimpsonLuciana ManoleaMartin SoukupMateusz MoolhuizenMihai ManoleMonica VakaNarcis Gabriel NedelcuOleksandr SharovPadraig O'NeillQuentin LecomteRan ShaharRazvan SabauSilviu BaltateanuSinaiaTomasz KozubToni JudetTraian BostanUnibet Open

End-of-Day 2 Counts (full)

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Razvan Sabau be
Razvan Sabau
741,000 1,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Ran Shahar il
Ran Shahar
735,000 -15,000
Cristian Grecu ro
Cristian Grecu
711,000 91,000
Razvan Bizera ro
Razvan Bizera
642,000 152,000
Silviu Baltateanu ro
Silviu Baltateanu
612,000 132,000
Stefan Drusca ro
Stefan Drusca
589,000 179,000
Steven Vollers nl
Steven Vollers
532,000 22,000
Oerjahn Winther se
Oerjahn Winther
481,000 -4,000
Gilles Huet fr
Gilles Huet
343,000 -22,000
Traian Bostan ro
Traian Bostan
330,000 -15,000
Jean-Serge Baril ca
Jean-Serge Baril
318,000 48,000
Johannes Vaeisaenen fi
Johannes Vaeisaenen
275,000 35,000
Denis Simionel ro
Denis Simionel
265,000 4,000
Mihnea Potcoava ro
Mihnea Potcoava
258,000 -2,000
Espen Uhlen Jorstad no
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
240,000 -122,500
Marc Wilkens nl
Marc Wilkens
231,000 -114,000
Evangelos Bechrakis gr
Evangelos Bechrakis
228,000 -84,000
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
227,000 164,600
Bogdan Sovaiala ro
Bogdan Sovaiala
225,000 120,200
Tudor Bartha Lazar ro
Tudor Bartha Lazar
214,000 69,000
Dmitrii Prusov ru
Dmitrii Prusov
203,000 -57,000
Dan Petrea ro
Dan Petrea
181,000 11,000
Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
172,000 -38,000
Toni Judet ro
Toni Judet
169,000 -61,000
Nicolae Suciu ro
Nicolae Suciu
162,000 12,000

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Oleksandr Sharov Bubbles the Main Event in Sinaia

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Oleksandr Sharov
Oleksandr Sharov

Yet another hand with a player being all in for very few chips was checked down between multiple players and the board on table one eventually showed {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and Oleksandr Sharov was the player at risk. He tabled {A-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and was playing the board ... but Razvan Sabau had that beat with {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

And just like that, the money bubble burst at 2.30 a.m. local time and the remaining 47 players are bagging up now. They will return at 3 p.m. local time to play another eight levels or down to the final table.

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

Player Chips Progress
Razvan Sabau be
Razvan Sabau
740,000 120,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Oleksandr Sharov ua
Oleksandr Sharov

Tags: Oleksandr SharovRazvan Sabau

The Luck of the Irish

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

The next Irishman ended up all in, it was Padraig O'Neill for exactly 6,000 in the big blind. Since he had to post the blind first, there was no big blind ante this time and five players limped. Again the active players checked down the entire board of {K-Spades}{J-Hearts}{5-Spades}{9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}.

Mihnea Potcoava tabled {J-Spades}{2-Clubs} for a pair of jacks, Nicolae Suciu the {Q-Clubs}{4-Spades}, Stefan Drusca had {5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, Tomas Ksenevicius the {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts} - which he had exposed early when not all tables had finished yet. Who was left? O'Neill, and sure enough he had the winner in {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}.

One hand later at the same table, Suciu jammed for 66,000 and Ksenevicius called on the button. No other table provided any showdown and again the crowd gathered at table five.

Nicolae Suciu: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}
Tomas Ksenevicius: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}

There were some groans on the rail and no drama happened, as the board of {J-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{J-Clubs} secured the double for Suciu on the turn already.

Player Chips Progress
Nicolae Suciu ro
Nicolae Suciu
150,000 45,000
Tomas Ksenevicius lt
Tomas Ksenevicius
81,000 -70,000
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
36,000 30,000

Tags: Mihnea PotcoavaNicolae SuciuPadraig O'NeillStefan DruscaTomas Ksenevicius

O'Kearney Survives Once More

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Dara O'Kearney
Dara O'Kearney

Ran Shahar has been ramping up the action and took over the lead while Dara O'Kearney was handcuffed with next to no chips. He then moved all in first to act and three players limped: Marius Gicovanu on the button, Shahar in the small blind and Dan Petrea in the big blind checked.

The remaining three players checked it down to the {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{Q-Clubs} river and two tables needed some time to finish their hand without all in showdown.

The cards were turn revealed. Shahar had {9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, Gicovanu the {10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, Petrea had paired up with {7-Hearts}{4-Spades} ... and O'Kearney tabled {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} to jump back to three big blinds.

Player Chips Progress
Ran Shahar il
Ran Shahar
750,000 425,000
Dan Petrea ro
Dan Petrea
170,000 -10,000
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
135,000 -63,000
Dara O'Kearney ie
Dara O'Kearney
18,000 -3,000

Tags: Dan PetreaDara O'KearneyMarius GicovanuRan Shahar

Winther Folds to Jam

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

After raising it up under the gun and finding resistance in Gilles Huet from one seat over. Winther bet the {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades} turn and Huet called. On the {6-Diamonds} river, Winther checked and Huet moved all in. The camera crew rushed by, but Winther folded and flashed {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for a set. Huet returned the favor and exposed his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} for the nut flush.

Player Chips Progress
Oerjahn Winther se
Oerjahn Winther
485,000 45,000
Gilles Huet fr
Gilles Huet
365,000 70,000

Tags: Gilles HuetOerjahn Winther

Potcoava Flops Quads

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Mihnea Potcoava raised to 12,000 and was called three ways by Nicolae Suciu, Traian Bostan on the button and Padraig O'Neill. The latter only had 9,000 behind and checked the {8-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop. Potcoava also checked, Suciu bet 17,000 and he was called by Bostan, O'Neill folded and Potcoava called.

They checked the {6-Spades} turn and Potcoava's bet of 37,000 on the {Q-Hearts} river resulted in a fold from Suciu and a quick call by Bostan. Potcoava rolled over {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for quads and raked in the pot. O'Neill forfeited his small blind the next hand and was left with exactly one big blind, and an entire orbit to survive before ending up forced all in.

Player Chips Progress
Traian Bostan ro
Traian Bostan
345,000 175,000
Mihnea Potcoava ro
Mihnea Potcoava
260,000 110,000
Nicolae Suciu ro
Nicolae Suciu
105,000 -55,000
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
6,000 -104,100

Tags: Mihnea PotcoavaNicolae SuciuPadraig O'NeillTraian Bostan

Joentausta Busts Gavrila; 48 Remain

Level 17 : 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Gabriel Gavrila
Gabriel Gavrila

Gabriel Gavrila pushed all in for 24,000 and Aku Joentausta reshoved for some 170,000 in the cutoff to isolate successfully. The cards were only turned over once all other tables had finished their action and Gavrilut was in need of help.

Gabriel Gavrila: {A-Spades}{4-Hearts}
Aku Joentausta: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

The board came down {6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Gavrila was eliminated in 49th place. One table will break and the action continues on the stone cold money bubble.

Player Chips Progress
Aku Joentausta fi
Aku Joentausta
210,000 -8,000
Gabriel Gavrila ro
Gabriel Gavrila

Tags: Aku JoentaustaGabriel Gavrila