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The much-awaited 2019 Unibet Open Ski Edition Sinaia recently ran its course in Romania in cooperation with poker brand PokerFest Romania (Feb 12- Feb 18). The series was a massive success as the snow-clad Carpathian Mountains that are also a popular skiing destination offered the perfect backdrop for exciting poker action. With a full schedule of 16 tournaments, the series attracted some of the top pros from across Europe.
While the series-opener Battle of Champions was an invitation event that crowned a champion in Deivis Rinkevicius, capping off the poker fest was the €1,100 Main Event that attracted a total of 366 runners. Once again history was scripted at the event as Czech pro Martin Soukup took down the title for his second-ever Unibet Open Main Event title. Soukup is the third player to achieve this distinction, after Dan Murariu and Mateusz Moolhuizen.
The win didn’t come easy for the 33-year old who came up against local talent Marius Gicovanu in the heads-up finale. Gicovanu wasn’t willing to give up easy, as a result of which the heads-up turned out to be a long and fiercely fought battle. Eventually, Soukup prevailed and claimed the title along with €71,000 in prize money.
On the sidelines, UK’s Andy Hills took down the €2,200 High Roller for €27,040. Hills outlasted 40 other entrants including Unibet Poker France ambassador Alexandre Reard whom he defeated heads-up to claim the title.
Martin Soukup Takes Down Unibet Open Sinaia Main Event
The €1,100 Main Event drew 366 runners to the field generating a total prize pool of €366,000. Outlasting the field was Martin Soukup from the Czech Republic who banked €71,000 in prize money.
The top 47 places were paid and the payouts list featured names like Unibet ambassadors Daiva Byrne, Dan Murariu and Dara O’Kearney, all of whom busted on Day 3. Esports streamer Alan ‘hotted89’ Widmann finished in 28th place.
The final table was dominated by Romanians including Toni Judet, Marius Gicovanu, Traian Bostan, Cristian Grecu, Stefan Drusca and Catalin Moraru, with Soukup and Unibet Poker ambassador Espen Uhlen Jorstad from Norway being the only exceptions. Grecu and Soukup were the big stacks coming into the final table but Soukup managed to establish a solid lead after eliminating Koraru in eighth place. Jorstad earned a seventh-place finish.
The heads-up play came down to Marius Gicovanu and Soukup where the latter kept picking up big pots and ultimately prevailed!
Final Table Results (EURO)
Andy Hills Wins Unibet Open Sinaia €2,200 High Roller
The biggest buy-in event at the stop, the €2,200 High Roller attracted 41 hopefuls generating €79,540 in prize money. Unibet Poker France ambassador Alexandre Reard bagged the Day 1 chip lead to emerge as an early favorite to win the event, but UK’s Andy Hills swept victory right under Reard’s feet to win the title and €27,040 in prize money.
Hills, who has been travelling to various poker destinations lately is one of the top-ranked pros of UK. This is his second score at the Unibet Open where he recently final tabled the €330 SuperStack Event.
With only nine players set to make it in the money, the bubble burst on local player Johan Creutz who hit the rail at 10th place.
Hills went head-to-head with Reard for the title and started with a healthy two-to-one lead. Hills finally got the job done with his ace-king getting the better of Reard’s ace-seven suited. Two spades on the flop followed by two blanks on the board declared Hills the champion!
Final Table Results (EURO)
With the Unibet Open Ski Edition now a wrap the next stop of Unibet Open will be held in London in May 2019.
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