2022 Unibet Malta

€1,100 Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2022 Unibet Malta

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000
Players Info - Day 1b
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€1,100 Main Event

Day 1b Completed

2022 Unibet Open Malta €1,100 Main Event Sets New Attendance Record on the Island

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Tournament Room
Tournament Room

It was a busy day in the event center of the five-star Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julians as poker enthusiasts from near and far entered the poker action during the 2022 Unibet Open Malta festival. While the cash games were running in the Casino Malta at the same venue, the return of the popular mid-stakes live poker after a hiatus of more than two and a half years set a new attendance record for the brand in the fifth visit to the Mediterranean island.

Thanks to 152 entries on Day 1b, the tournament was on track to potentially beat the 327 entries of the last edition back in 2019. In the turbo heat 1c, another 87 players took advantage of the single re-entry option after they had been eliminated in either of the previous flights. That boosted the overall field in the 2022 Unibet Open Malta €1,100 Main Event to 359 entries and created a prize pool of €359,000.

With 47 and 39 players respectively punching their ticket for Day 2, there will be 119 contenders to join the list of Unibet Open champions here on Malta. A new overall chip leader was also crowned as local resident Oliver Said stormed to the top of the leaderboard with 288,000 in chips on Day 1b. That was well ahead of French Unibet ambassador Arnaud Enselme, who advanced with a very healthy 212,500, followed by Sweden's Filip Holmqvist (200,000).

Another three players turned their starting stack of 30,000 into at least six times as many chips including Hasmukh Khodiyara (183,000), Lukasz Sadlon (181,500), and Dylan Kirstein (180,500). Day 1c was topped by Finland's Julius Kettunen (162,000) as nearly half of the field made it through in the turbo heat which featured a level duration of 20 minutes each.

Tournament DayEntriesSurvivorsPercentage
Day 1a1203327.50%
Day 1b1524730.92%
Day 1c873944.83%

Said was among the players showcasing their talents on the live-stream table with cards-up coverage and commentary available on the Unibet Poker Twitch stream. However, he really hit the ground running in the final two levels of the night in which the Malta resident climbed to the top of the leaderboard. Enselme followed the same path and won a large flip to bust Kevin Frame. As far as Holmkvist was concerned, he came out on top of a three-way all-in showdown thanks to making quads as one of the most spectacular hands at the tables.

Oliver Said
Oliver Said

Besides Enselme, another Unibet ambassador advanced from Day 1b and that happened to be Dara O'Kearney. The Irishman nursed a shorter stack for most of the day and claimed 24,500 to his name.

Notable casualties in the second flight included the likes of Joni Liimatta, Konrad Abela, Aurelie Reard, Angela Jordison, Daniel Stacey, Alex Hendriks, Martin Paap and Sergio Benso. Unibet ambassador Alexandre Reard and two-time Unibet Open champion Mateusz Moolhuizen were unable to advance from Day 1c and Monica Vaka suffered the same fate after she successfully defended her QUEENRULES Ladies Event title.

Unibet Open Malta Stops at a Glance

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryTop Prize
2011293€417,525Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands€117,000
2016292€292,000Martin SoukupCzech Republic€65,000
2018273€273,000Daniel JacobsenDenmark€60,090
2019327€327,000Alan CarrUnited Kingdom€53,400

All 119 Day 1 survivors will return at noon local time for level 12, which features blinds of 1,000-2,500 and a big blind ante of 2,500. With an average of more than 90,000, it is expected that the money bubble will burst within the first four levels. The penultimate tournament day is scheduled to try and play down to the nine-handed final table.

Stay tuned right here on PokerNews to find out who makes it one step further to become the next Unibet Open Main Event champion.

Tags: Alex HendriksAlexandre ReardAngela JordisonArnaud EnselmeAurelie ReardDara O'KearneyDylan KirsteinFilip HolmqvistJoni LiimattaJulius KettunenKevin FrameKonrad AbelaLukasz SadlonMateusz MoolhuizenMonica VakaOliver SaidSergio Benso

2022 Unibet Open Malta €1,100 Main Event: Day 2 Seat Draw

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
111Michael PerezSwitzerland69,00028
112Alexis LongheBelgium125,50050
113Rene KuhlmanNetherlands155,50062
114Koen MeutstegeNetherlands79,00032
115Guiseppe GrupposoMalta148,50059
116Pierre De AlmeidaFrance52,50021
117Oliver SaidMalta288,000115
118Serdar DemircanSweden90,00036
121Bart Van DijkNetherlands141,00056
122Dara OkearneyIreland24,50010
123Paul KristofferssonSweden52,50021
124Gerben BosNetherlands76,50031
125Lennart BernettGermany78,50031
126Clement KerrienFrance60,50024
127Dmitri DudakovEstonia31,00012
128Soren BlannerDenmark25,00010
131Jozsef HegyiHungary45,50018
132Esa ValliaroFinland49,50020
133Morgan AnderssonSweden130,50052
134Nima Saken ShaftGermany36,00014
135Alfredo CutiItaly114,00046
136Arnaud EnselmeFrance212,50085
137Peter KaaeDenmark48,00019
138Madis OrmissonEstonia63,00025
141Simon WilsonIreland72,00029
142Sebastian LohunkoPoland68,50027
143Baard DahlNorway163,00065
144Daniele DegennaroMalta52,50021
145Cristian BirladeanuRomania36,50015
146Cristiano BlancoItaly41,00016
147Janos KurtosiHungary67,50027
148Domenico GalaItaly138,00055
151Dwayne SluisNetherlands65,50026
152Dany DepretFrance69,50028
153Lukasz RzeczkowskiPoland53,00021
154Noamane BoukhariMalta127,50051
155Mats KarlssonMalta142,00057
156Tomasz KozubPoland74,50030
158Szymon BujokPoland226,50091
161Cosmin BalanMalta88,50035
162Angelo ViettiItaly81,00032
163Malte HallgrenDenmark134,50054
164Jussi HeikelaFinland66,00026
165Antti SalmelaFinland86,50035
166John MuxlowEngland62,00025
167Niklas LindkvistSweden113,50045
168Ilona SiboldEstonia100,00040
171Lennart DijkkampNetherlands181,00072
172Giulio SpampinatoItaly260,000104
173Matthias NachtigalGermany24,00010
174Gabriele ReItaly73,00029
175Shucheng ShenUnited Kingdom60,00024
176Raymond WheatleyIreland92,00037
177Erik LindowistMalta25,50010
178Daragh DaveyIreland63,50025
181David ObertingHungary19,0008
182Daniel FantoliHungary32,00013
183Dehlia De JongNetherlands58,00023
184Ilkka HeikkilaFinland37,00015
185Morten FrolandNorway44,00018
186Mark VellaMalta147,50059
187Daniel IllingworthUnited States50,50020
188Goulven GauchetFrance87,00035
191Tony WestbyNorway181,00072
192Andreas MoserAustria64,00026
193Henri JuutilainenFinland14,0006
194Tal SardalFrance153,00061
195Lukasz SadlonPoland181,50073
196Louis Le BoisselierFrance100,00040
197Adrian IonescuRomania76,00030
198Apostol BegRomania53,50021
201Juho SantalaFinland95,50038
202Egi AdriaansBelgium154,50062
203Hasmukh KhodiyaraEngland183,00073
204Filip HolmqvistSweden200,00080
205Andrei TamaduianuRomania166,00066
206Robin ValtingEstonia66,50027
207Damir SavioMalta20,0008
208Eric GorreeNetherlands50,00020
211Ian SimpsonEngland42,50017
212Dylan KirsteinNetherlands180,50072
213Mikael HernströmSweden78,00031
214Pekka IkonenFinland121,50049
215Alin Constantin IvanRomania152,00061
216Rain MolderkiviEstonia54,50022
217Jaroslaw TomasiukPoland55,00022
218Bas SilviusNetherlands126,00050
221Luka SorainenFinland55,00022
222Samuele Lo PrestiItaly61,00024
223Raoul Van WerschNetherlands116,00046
224Luca BerettaItaly14,0006
225Nicolae HotoleanuRomania118,00047
226Kevin FrameUnited Kingdom30,50012
227Eszter FabianHungary92,50037
228Michel BlankNetherlands62,50025
231Kevin WalsheIreland32,00013
232Damien GayerFrance19,0008
233Daniël PastorNetherlands72,50029
234Kenneth HeinsvigDenmark52,50021
235Andreas HagenNorway76,00030
236Henrik JunckerNorway82,50033
237Simeon SundeliusSweden171,50069
238Dan TolppanenFinland142,00057
241Giancarlo Del BaroneItaly39,00016
242Alain WalderSwitzerland55,00022
243Christos XanthopoulosGreece49,50020
244Maciej TomaPoland33,50013
245Garrett RyanIreland85,00034
246Tomasz BrzezinskiPoland137,50055
247Rens BoerkeNetherlands108,50043
248Andrew DickinsonUnited Kingdom101,00040
251David LappinIreland29,50012
252Candido Gabriele CappielloItaly106,00042
253Bas De LaatFrance76,00030
254Emil BrunnbergSweden78,50031
255Emilien PitavyFrance106,00042
256David SzaboHungary31,00012
257Jon Per PersentNorway188,00075
258Julius KettunenFinland162,00065

Day 1c Final Chip Counts

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Julius Kettunen fi
Julius Kettunen
162,000 162,000
Day 1C Chip Leader
Alin Constantin Ivan ro
Alin Constantin Ivan
152,000 152,000
Noamane Boukhari mt
Noamane Boukhari
127,500 127,500
Raoul Van Wersch nl
Raoul Van Wersch
116,000 116,000
Rens Boerke nl
Rens Boerke
108,500 108,500
Emilien Pitavy fr
Emilien Pitavy
106,000 106,000
Candido Gabriele Cappiello it
Candido Gabriele Cappiello
106,000 106,000
Louis Le Boisselier fr
Louis Le Boisselier
100,000 100,000
Goulven Gauchet fr
Goulven Gauchet
87,000 87,000
Garrett Ryan ie
Garrett Ryan
85,000 85,000
Angelo Vietti it
Angelo Vietti
81,000 81,000
Emil Brunnberg se
Emil Brunnberg
78,500 78,500
Gerben Bos nl
Gerben Bos
76,500 76,500
Andreas Hagen no
Andreas Hagen
76,000 76,000
Simon Wilson ie
Simon Wilson
72,000 72,000
Michael Perez ch
Michael Perez
69,000 69,000
Janos Kurtosi hu
Janos Kurtosi
67,500 67,500
Dwayne Sluis nl
Dwayne Sluis
65,500 65,500
Daragh Davey ie
Daragh Davey
63,500 63,500
Clement Kerrien fr
Clement Kerrien
60,500 60,500
Luka Sorainen fi
Luka Sorainen
55,000 55,000
Rain Molderkivi ee
Rain Molderkivi
54,500 54,500
Lukasz Rzeczkowski pl
Lukasz Rzeczkowski
53,000 53,000
Pierre De Almeida fr
Pierre De Almeida
52,500 52,500
Daniele Degennaro it
Daniele Degennaro
52,500 52,500

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Day 1b Final Chip Counts (full)

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Oliver Said mt
Oliver Said
288,000 38,000
Day 1B Chip Leader
Arnaud Enselme fr
Arnaud Enselme
212,500 -3,000
Filip Holmqvist se
Filip Holmqvist
Hasmukh Khodiyara gb
Hasmukh Khodiyara
183,000 75,500
Lukasz Sadlon pl
Lukasz Sadlon
181,500 -3,500
Dylan Kirstein nl
Dylan Kirstein
Simeon Sundelius se
Simeon Sundelius
171,500 41,500
Rene Kuhlman nl
Rene Kuhlman
155,500 45,500
Egi Adriaans nl
Egi Adriaans
154,500 31,000
Tal Sardal fr
Tal Sardal
153,000 103,000
Guiseppe Grupposo mt
Guiseppe Grupposo
148,500 -31,500
Bart van Dijk nl
Bart van Dijk
141,000 66,000
Bas Silvius nl
Bas Silvius
126,000 106,000
Alexis Longhe be
Alexis Longhe
125,500 -14,500
Nicolae Hotoleanu ro
Nicolae Hotoleanu
118,000 -62,000
Alfredo Cuti it
Alfredo Cuti
114,000 76,800
Niklas Lindkvist se
Niklas Lindkvist
113,500 113,500
Andrew Dickinson gb
Andrew Dickinson
101,000 -19,000
Eszter Fabian hu
Eszter Fabian
92,500 -27,500
Raymond Wheatley ie
Raymond Wheatley
92,000 -28,000
Serdar Demircan se
Serdar Demircan
90,000 10,000
Cosmin Balan mt
Cosmin Balan
88,500 18,500
Henrik Juncker dk
Henrik Juncker
82,500 -2,500
Lennart Bernett de
Lennart Bernett
78,500 -29,000
Adrian Ionescu ro
Adrian Ionescu
76,000 38,000

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Day 1b and Day 1c Completed

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

The last two starting days concluded at nearly the same time with 47 and 39 survivors respectively. Out of a total field of 359 entries, only 119 hopefuls will return for Day 2 at 12 pm noon local time on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

All chip counts, a recap of today's action and the seat draw for the penultimate tournament day are to follow.

Liimatta Eliminated in Final Hand

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Joni Liimatta
Joni Liimatta

Darren Nolan and Joni Liimatta were the final two casualties on Day 1b with the latter falling in the very last hand of the night.

Liimatta defended the big blind against a cutoff raise by Dylan Kirstein and check-called a bet on the {j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop. He then did so again for 8,000 on the {2-Diamonds} turn to leave himself with around 33,000 behind.

Liimatta checked the {4-Hearts} river and that's when Kirstein pushed forward a stack of T-5,000 chips worth more than 60,000. The Finn tank-called all-in with the {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and Kirstein had him pipped by one notch with the {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}.

Player Chips Progress
Dylan Kirstein nl
Dylan Kirstein
180,500 35,500
Darren Nolan ie
Darren Nolan
Joni Liimatta fi
Joni Liimatta

Tags: Darren NolanDylan KirsteinJoni Liimatta

Dickinson Flips Well for a Double

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante
Andrew Dickinson
Andrew Dickinson

During the final hands of the night, Andrew Dickinson was all-in for 56,000 with the {a-Spades}{k-Spades}. Henrik Juncker looked him up with the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} and fell behind after the {k-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} flop. The {3-Clubs} turn changed nothing and the {5-Spades} river only improved Dickinson to the nut flush.

Player Chips Progress
Andrew Dickinson gb
Andrew Dickinson
120,000 60,000
Henrik Juncker dk
Henrik Juncker
85,000 48,000
Andrei Zevakin
Andrei Zevakin

Tags: Andrew DickinsonHenrik Juncker

Five More Hands on Day 1b As Well

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

The last 50 contenders in the Day 1b field will aim to complete the last five hands of the night without any drama. A new big stack has emerged in Oliver Said, while John Hunter on his direct left has been missing. It is even possible that Said may claim the overall lead for Day 2 as he boasts a very nice wall of chips.

Player Chips Progress
Oliver Said mt
Oliver Said
250,000 60,000
Day 1B Chip Leader

Tags: John HunterOliver Said

Late Night Eliminations

Level 11 : Blinds 1,000/2,000, 2,000 ante

Only 50 players remain as Day 1b is drawing to an end. Simultaneously, Day 1c is already in the final five hands of the night with some 39 players out of 87 entries in contention.

One of the very late all-in showdowns on Day 1c included a three-way contest between Zsolt Kocsis, Emilien Pitavy and Simon Wilson.

Zsolt Kocsis: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Emilien Pitavy: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Simon Wilson: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

Board: {k-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

Kocsis was eliminated while Pitavy doubled through Wilson for 35,000. One table over, Romain Nardin also departed as well just shy of reaching Day 2.

Player Chips Progress
Emilien Pitavy fr
Emilien Pitavy
90,000 90,000
Simon Wilson ie
Simon Wilson
60,000 60,000
Jukka Vainio fi
Jukka Vainio
Kalle Parkkinen fi
Kalle Parkkinen
John Hunter us
John Hunter
Joona Nyholm fi
Joona Nyholm
Romain Nardin fr
Romain Nardin
Zsolt Kocsis hu
Zsolt Kocsis

Tags: Emilien PitavyRomain NardinSimon WilsonZsolt Kocsis