Gouvernemen ANJ Adictel Evalujeu

2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

€1,100 Main Event
Jours 4
Event Info

2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

Martin Soukup
Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
80,000 / 160,000

€1,100 Main Event

Jour 4 terminé

UOSinaia : Martin Soukup s'offre le doublé Unibet Open (71,000€)

Niveau 31 : 80,000/160,000, 160,000 ante
Martin Soukup Wins 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia
Martin Soukup Wins 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

Another Unibet Open champion has been crowned at the New Montana Hotel and it was a familiar face on the winner shots, as Martin Soukup has made history to become the third player to win a second Unibet Open Main Event title. Soukup joins Dan Murariu and Mateusz Moolhuizen as the only two-time champions, while 2016 Bucharest winner Traian Bostan fell short of exactly that feat and busted in third place.

Soukup defeated local player Marius Gicovanu in heads-up after a fierce and very deep-stacked heads-up battle to claim the trophy once more and earn a payday of €71,000. Gicovanu applied relentless pressure throughout and that left him on the ropes three times. Twice he would double, but the third time he could not escape from elimination anymore to see Soukup emerge victoriously.

Quite remarkably, it is only the fourth cash of the Czech according to his Hendon Mob profile and Soukup has played in 12 Unibet Open Main Events so far. All his cashes are exclusively from the Unibet Open, and the 33-year-old from Prague came close to a second title in the $1,100 European Open Special Edition in Las Vegas in 2017.

Martin Soukup Wins 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia
Martin Soukup Wins 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

It was the second Unibet Open Main Event for Gicovanu, both times on Romanian soil, and the biggest score to date of the 29-year-old from Valcea was a runner-up finish in the 2017 EPT National for €372,349. Ultimately, Gicovanu ended up in the very same spot again and added another €45,310 to his poker resume.

Featured on the final table were six Romanians including Toni Judet, along with Unibet Poker ambassador Espen Uhlen Jorstad from Norway and eventual champion Soukup. The Unibet ambassadors Daiva Byrne, Dan Murariu and Dara O'Kearney were among those to cash and bust out on Day 3. O'Kearney entered the penultimate day eith just 3/8 of a big blind and made two pay jumps, bowing out in 29th place. Esports streamer Alan "hotted89" Widmann also showcased his poker talent at the tables and finished in 28th place.

The special ski-edition was designed to give all qualifiers and poker enthusiasts from near and far a chance to take advantage of the winter activities in the popular Carpathian mountains with an additional tournament day for the €1,100 Main Event and starting times in the early afternoon. The festival at the New Montana Hotel was held in cooperation from PokerFest Romania. A total of 366 entries created a prize pool of €366,000 and the top 47 spots were paid.

Martin Soukup Wins 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia
Martin Soukup Wins 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia

Final Result 2019 Unibet Open Sinaia €1,100 Main Event

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Martin SoukupCzech Republic€71,000$79,987
2Marius GicovanuRomania€45,310$51,045
3Traian BostanRomania€33,960$38,259
4Cristian GrecuRomania€27,485$30,964
5Toni JudetRomania€21,665$24,407
6Stefan DruscaRomania€16,545$18,639
7Espen Uhlen JorstadNorway€12,150$13,688
8Catalin MoraruRomania€8,930$10,060

Action of the Final Day

Cristian Grecu and Martin Soukup were the two chip leaders and the latter scored the first knockout of the day after he four-bet enough to put Catalin Moraru at risk. After some consideration, Moraru called it off with ace-king and Soukup held up with pocket eights to establish a solid lead with seven players remaining.

Next to head to the rail was Espen Uhlen Jorstad. The Unibet ambassador from Norway had locked up his second Unibet Open cash and saw the vast majority of his stack vanish when eventual runner-up Marius Gicovanu cracked his pocket jacks with pocket fives. A five on the flop left Jorstad on just five big blinds and he was unable to spin them up, bowing out in 7th place when he came up short with queen-six versus queen-nine suited.

Stefan Drusca took over the lead early on, but lost a big flip with ace-king suited against the pocket jacks of Gicovanu. Drusca would have to settle for 6th place when he got it in with ace-queen against the pocket kings of Traian Bostan. An ace and a queen appeared on the flop while Traian had a flush draw, and instead made the runner-runner nut straight.

The field was reduced from five to three in a big three-way all in. Toni Judet three-bet jammed his short stack with ace-king and Gicovanu isolated with pocket sevens. Initial raiser Grecu snap-called with pocket kings, but a seven appeared right away on the flop to give Gicovanu another crucial set.

Traian Bostan
Third place for 2016 Bucharest champion Traian Bostan

Down to the last three, two former champions were still in the running for the repeat victory. Bostan ended up very short in chips and doubled twice, but lost a flip with pocket eights against the ace-ten of Gicovanu to set up the duel for the title and trophy.

While Gicovanu had done the most work to reach the heads-up stage and entered it with a slight chip lead, it was all about Soukup. Every significant big pot was sent over to the Czech and Gicovanu found himself on the ropes three times. He managed to double up twice, but fell short of the win when his king-ten ended up second-best to Soukup's ace-five.

Highlights of the Festival in Sinaia

EventBuy-InEntriesPrize Pool (in EUR)WinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
esports Battle Royale XII--€10,000Kevin “Rotterdam” van der KooiNetherlands€4,900$5,534
High Roller€2,20041€79,540Andy HillsUnited Kingdom€27,040$30,535
Main Event1,100366€366,000Martin SoukupCzech Republic€71,000$79,987
QUEEN RULES€9028€2,175Daiva ByrneUnited Kingdom€800$904
DSO Cup€550172€83,420Antti TiainenFinland€11,837*$13,375*

*deal of the last four players and flip for the trophy

The festival in cooperation with PokerFest kicked off with the Battle of Champions, an invitational event that was won by [Removed:402]. The next day belonged to the esports streamers, as the Tag Team Championship and esports Battle Royale XII determined their champions on the live stream table. John "Swifty" Pyle and Alexandre Reard earned the bragging rights and Pyle came narrowly close to make it back-to-back wins as he finished second to Kevin "Rotterdam" van der Kooi.

While the Main Event took over the spotlight in Sinaia, several Side Events crowned their champions and Reard's wife Aurelie won a €150 Turbo Side Event for €2,600 on their 15 year anniversary. Alexandre went on to dominate the €2,200 High Roller from Day 1 and all the way to just five players remaining on Day 2 before finishing second to Andy Hills.

After her deep run in the Main Event, Daiva Byrne took over her hosting duties in the QUEENRULES Ladies Event and ended up winning the trophy and €800 in a field of 28 entries.

Last but not least, the €550 DSO Cup attracted a field of 172 entries to create a prize pool of €83,420 and the top 23 spots were paid. Dara O'Kearney, who cashed in the €1,100 Main Event as well, finished 7th for €3,050 and the final four players agreed to a deal. The three Romanians Ionut Decher, Andrei Epure and Catali, as well as Finland's Antti Tiainen flipped for the trophy, which Tiainen won with eight-three off suit.

That wraps up the PokerNews updates from the festival in the Carpathian mountains. The next Unibet Open takes place in London in May 2019, and the online satellites are already available on Unibet Poker.

Tags: Alexandre ReardAndy HillsAntti TiainenCatalin MoraruCristian GrecuDaiva ByrneDan MurariuDara O'KearneyEspen Uhlen JorstadIonut DecherMarius GicovanuMartin SoukupMateusz MoolhuizenStefan DruscaToni JudetTraian Bostan

Unibet Ambassador Daiva Byrne Wins Ladies Event in Sinaia

Unibet Poker ambassador Daiva Byrne has been very active on social media for quite some time to establish ladies events as part of the Unibet Open schedule and help out with advice and support whenever needed, be it in group chats the internet or directly at the poker tables.

Part of the special ski-edition in the Carpathian mountains was the €80+10 QUEENSRULES Ladies Event hosted by Byrne, who jumped into the action after her deep run in the €1,100 Main Event, in which she finished in 35th place out of 366 entries for €2,340. Cupcakes and Champagne were provided for all the ladies in the field, and a very jovial atmosphere was the logical consequence.

A total of 28 entries generated a prize pool of €2,175 and the top five spots were paid. When the nine-handed final table was set, Byrne was right in the mix alongside fellow Unibet ambassador Monica Vaka, who finished 4th. Byrne eventually took down the event after sending Dehlia de Jong and Charlotte van Brabander to the rail in third and second place respectively.

Byrne was railed by her fellow Unibet ambassadors and esports streamers on her way to victory.

Final Result QUEENSRULES Ladies Event

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Daiva ByrneLithuania€800$904
2Charlotte van BrabanderBelgium€555$627
3Dehlia de JongNetherlands€355$401
4Monica VakaNorway€255$288
5Heidi GrundenNorway€210$237

Photos courtesy of Elena Kask/Unibet

Daiva Byrne Wins the QUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies Event Final TableDaiva Byrne Wins the QUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies Event Final TableQUEENSRULES Ladies Event Final TableQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventCarman ZainescuAmanda SidarkMonica VakaQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventQUEENSRULES Ladies EventDehlie de JongCharlotte van BrabanderCharlotte van BrabanderQUEENSRULES Ladies EventDaiva ByrneQUEENSRULES Ladies EventDaiva Byrne Wins the QUEENSRULES Ladies Event

Marius Gicovanu Eliminated in 2nd Place (€45,310)

Niveau 31 : 80,000/160,000, 160,000 ante
Marius Gicovanu
Marius Gicovanu

Martin Soukup open-shoved and Marius Gicovanu called for 2,090,000 after having invested the big blind ante also.

Marius Gicovanu: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Marius Soukup: {A-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

The {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop left Gicovanu on think ice, but he picked up some outs with the {K-Hearts} turn. A blank {5-Hearts} followed on the river and Gicovanu was eliminated in 2nd place for €45,310.

As for Soukup, he has accomplished a very rare feat and became the third player to win a second Unibet Open title. He takes home €71,000 for his efforts and another trophy to add to his collection.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
11,000,000 2,265,000
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu

Tags: Marius GicovanuMartin SoukupUnibet Open

Misclick Raise Pays Off for Soukup

Niveau 31 : 80,000/160,000, 160,000 ante

Marius Gicovanu limped in with {10-Clubs}{7-Hearts} and Martin Soukup called with the {J-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. On the {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop, Gicovanu min-bet and Soukup misclick-min-raised to 320,000, which Gicovanu called. On the {K-Clubs} turn, Soukup was in the think tank and over

"Nice try, you wanted to raise," Gicovanu immediately said in table chat and was still fuming, dropping to around 2.3 million.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
8,735,000 480,000
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
2,250,000 -480,000

Tags: Marius GicovanuMartin Soukup

Gicovanu Doubles Again

Niveau 31 : 80,000/160,000, 160,000 ante

Martin Soukup jammed it in from the button and Marius Gicovanu called in the big blind, having dropped below 10 big blinds as the blinds had gone up.

Marius Gicovanu: {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Martin Soukup: {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop gave Soukup top pair while Gicovanu had the nut flush draw. He improved to the flush with the {10-Diamonds} turn, and now Soukup needed a queen or ten. A blank {A-Hearts} river let the Romanian rail cheer once more, as Gicovanu kept his hopes of a title on home soil alive.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
8,255,000 -1,645,000
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
2,730,000 1,630,000

Tags: Marius GicovanuMartin Soukup

Niveau: 31

Blinds: 80,000/160,000

Ante: 160,000

Gicovanu on the Ropes

Niveau 30 : 60,000/120,000, 120,000 ante

Martin Soukup raised to 250,000 with the {K-Clubs}{J-Spades} and Marius Gicovanu defended the {6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Both checked the {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{9-Hearts} flop and the {5-Clubs} turn. Gicovanu bet the {10-Hearts} river for 200,000 and Soukup raised to 2,800,000 to force an instant fold from Gicovanu.

In a limped pot, Gicovanu bet the {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{10-Spades} flop with {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for 120,000 and Soukup called with the {10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Soukup improved to a full house on the {4-Spades} turn on which both players checked and the {2-Clubs} appeared on the river.

Soukup bet and Gicovanu let go once more.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
9,900,000 800,000
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
1,100,000 -800,000

Tags: Marius GicovanuMartin Soukup