The 293 players who participated at the Unibet Open Malta 2011 tournament have – for the most part – exited the tournament with only 9 players left for the final table which will start later on today at 14:00hrs.
The Unibet Open has been a great tourney which hit the expected participation rate for such an internationally renowned tour. The tourney hit a chunky prize pool of €417,000 brought about by the €1,650 buy-in and the 293 players from Nordic regions who made it to Malta for the first stop of the Unibet Tour this year.
155 players started off on Day 1A and Day 1B attracted another 143 players who each were given 15,000 chips as their starting stack.
We saw participation by the local regulars Jacques Balzan Demajo, Keith Boniface, Franco Portelli, Vanja Torbarov, Jorryt Van Hoof, Milly Uylenbroek, Jesper Hougaard, and Georg Westin. Amongst these, Franco Portelli and Jacques qualified for the tournament through a satellite butneither of them did it past their starting days.
From the locals, Keith Boniface made it furthest into the tournament by making it to day 2, but he started with just 19,400 chips and eventually exited a few hours into the second day of the tourney.
The Unibet Open attracted several Poker Professionals from around the poker world and featured personalities like:
Bracelet winner and Dutch legend Rob Hollink
Danish Double bracelet winner and current Maltese resident Jesper Hougaard
Former international footballer Tomas Brolin
Bluff’s player of the year, Dutchman Paul Berende
With names like these, the action was guaranteed to meet the expectations of all the players who either qualified online or bought in for the 3 day tournament.
Reporting the event and featuring on most of the Unibet Open Malta 2011 videos was Croatian poker honey Tatjana Pasalic. Pasalic is no stranger to Maltese soil having lived here during her employment at a Maltese located online gaming company. Pasalic was also the blogger of one of the first of the big international tournaments held in Malta, the Malta Poker tour which took place 3 years ago at the Portomaso casino in October 2008 sponsored by NoIQ poker.
Football fans would have been delighted to meet Dan Magness, Guiness World record keeper for football freestyle with his 26 hour record. Magness came to Malta at the Unibet Open to perform for the Poker players at the tournament and provide some entertainment and relaxation whilst not at their tables.
The final table of the tournament starts at the Portomaso Casino at 14:00hrs and with the following line up.
Day 2 Final Chip Counts
1. Adria Maria Balaguer 933,000
2. Tobias Peters 641,000
3. Sampo Ryynanen 560,000
4. Mikkel Christensen 552,000
5. Rodolfo Gaddo 496,000
6. Mateusz Moolhuizen 460,000
7. Matas Dilpsas 386,000
8. Rene Freymann 309,000
9. Brian Linnet 148,000
The Final Table Seat Draw
Seat 1 – Sampo Ryynanen
Seat 2 – Rodolfo Gaddo
Seat 3 – Tobias Peters
Seat 4 – Adria Maria Balaguer
Seat 5 – Rene Freymann
Seat 6 – Matas Dilpsas
Seat 7 – Mikkel Christensen
Seat 8 – Brian Linnet
Seat 9 – Mateusz Moolhuizen
Watch this space for more live updates from the Unibet Open – Malta 2011!