A trio of Unibet laced stories with the team picking up three nominations in the forthcoming Global Poker Awards and successful lower stakes tournaments in Milton Keynes and Lyon.
Outside of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour (WPT), Triton Poker Series, partypoker MILLIONS, PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT), there are a myriad of live tours that exist in the long tail, rarely struck by light, so it’s a treat for Unibet to have five minutes in the heat this week.
More than 130+ key poker personnel have recognised the vital role that Unibet play in the poker ecosystem after being nominated for three Global Poker Awards this week.
The Unibet Open will compete with 888Live, RUNGOOD Poker Series, WPTDeepStacks and the WSOP Circuit for the Mid-Major Tour/Circuit trophy. The last Unibet Open took place in Sinai, Romania where Martin Soukoup became the third person to win two Unibet Open titles, beating a 366-entrant field to capture the €71,000 first prize.
Also nominated for an award is the Unibet Open Tournament Director, Kenny Hallaert. The Belgian star squares up against a lopsided American field of Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock), Paul Campbell (ARIA) and Jack Effel (WSOP). With more than $4m in live tournament earnings and $5m in online tournament earnings, Hallaert is an outlier as a top talent with a foot in both camps.
Finally, Unibet Ambassadors, Dave Lappin and Dara O’Kearney’s, podcast The Chip Race is up for the Podcast of the Year award. The Irish duo faces off against The LFG Podcast (Chad Holloway, Jamie Kerstetter), Poker Central Podcast (Brent Hanks, Remko Rinkema), PokerNews Podcast (Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt), and The Fives (Lance Bradley, Donnie Peters).
The Global Poker Awards takes place at the PokerGO Studies in Las Vegas, and PokerGO subscribers can catch the whole thing live on PokerGO Friday, April 5, 2019.
A New Venue For The Unibet UK Poker Tour
The Unibet UK Poker Tour is having a bit of a spit wash. Acting as a tributary to the Unibet Open, the UK Poker Tour has run nine events since its inception in 2017.
The 2019 tour calendar contains two known events, and two “TBA”, with the first having taken place in the Casino MK in Milton Keynes for the first time.
Adolis Grigunas took down the £220 buy-in, £40,000 Guaranteed event earning £9,600 and a €2,000 Unibet Open package. The next event takes place in The Gate Casino, Newcastle 7-9 June.
Mickael Vialle Wins Unibet DeepStack Open in Lyon
Finally, Mickael Vialle has conquered a field containing more than 350-entrants in the €500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Unibet DeepStack Open Main Event in the Casino Le Lyon Vert in Lyon, France.
Vialle, who qualified for the event for just €50 playing online at Unibet.fr picked up €40,974 for the win, his first ever ITM finish in a Hendon Mob worthy live tournament.
The tournament received a splash of quality when Patrik Antonius flew in from his multi-million dollar exploits at the Triton Poker Series in Jeju, South Korea to take a seat in the Lyon event resulting in a round of applause from the rest of the field.
The next Unibet DeepStack Open takes place in San Remo 9-12 May.