Two stories from the land of Unibet with Martin Soukup taking down the Unibet Open in Sinaia, and Monica Vaka joining the team as an ambassador.
The Unibet Poker team has begun 2019 with a spanking, snow-filled, sizzler of an event in Romania’s Prahova County.
The Unibet Open Sinaia featured a €1,100 Unibet Open Main Event, and 366 people had a pop at the New Montana Hotel. The final table contained more Romanians than a Daniel Negreanu family reunion, but it was a player from the Czech Republic who took down the title and €71,000 in cash.
Martin Soukup became the third player to win two Unibet Open Main Event titles, joining Dan Murariu and Mateusz Moolhuizen, in that exclusive club, after his victory in Sinaia.
Incredibly, Soukup has only made money in four live tournaments, and all of them have been Unibet events. In 2016, he conquered a 292-entrant field in the Unibet Open Main Event in Malta collecting €65,000. In Sep 2017, he finished 26/404 in the Unibet Open Main Event in Copenhagen, and later that same year finished 6/673 in the Unibet sponsored European Open as part of the Wynn Fall Classic.
It was a thrilling final table.
Marius Gicovanu finished runner-up to Pedro Cairat in the 2017 PokerStars National Championship in Barcelona for €372,349, Traian Bostan won the Unibet Open Main Event in Bucharest back in 2016 for €100,000, and Toni Judet is a former PokerStars Team Pro. There was also a space at the final table for Unibet Ambassador Espen Uhlen Jørstad who finished 6/1366 in the 2018 Malta Poker Festival.
Here are the final table results.
Final Table Results
1. Martin Soukup – €71,000
2. Marius Gicovanu – €45,310
3. Traian Bostan – €33,960
4. Cristian Grecu – €27,485
5. Toni Judet – €21,665
6. Stefan Drusca – €16,545
7. Espen Uhlen Jørstad – €12,150
8. Catalin Moraru – €8,930
In other Unibet Open Sinaia news, Andy Hills won the 41-entrant €2,200 High Roller for €27,040, Antti Tiainen won the €550 buy-in DeepStack Open Cup for €11,837, and Unibet Ambassador Daiva Byrne won the €90 buy-in Queen Rules Ladies event for €800.
The next Unibet Open takes place in May when the team travel to London.
Monica Vaka Joins The Unibet Ambassadorial Ranks
The Unibet Ambassadorial team has grown by one after the Norwegian Monica Vaka joined the team ahead of the Sinaia trip.
Vaka came to the attention of Unibet during her final table appearance at the 2017 Unibet Open in Copenhagen. Vaka finished seventh for $13,168, her most significant score to date.
The Norwegian starlet has earned a smidgen under $50,000 playing live tournaments, and has two tournament wins under her belt both coming in the Norwegian Championships held in Dublin in 2016 & 2017.