The poker peeps behind the Unibet Open announce a 2019 Parisian stop, operations in France switch from iPoker to Relax Gaming, and the Unibet Online Series returns for Round 5.
If B.A. Baracus was a poker player, he would have loved the Unibet Open. Ok, so Dave Coupon…Lappin…sanctimonious Tommy Tanker…whatever name he’s going by this week would have had to get a little bit 10 Rillington Place to get his arse to Malta, but in the main, the man with more gold rings than Maurice Hawkins, would have loved the trains and automobiles, and it continues with the announcement of Unibet Open Paris.
The team that received more nominations at the Global Poker Awards (GPA) than Daniel Negreanu will head to Paris Nov 28 – Dec 1 where the €1,100 Unibet Open Main Event will be the star attraction. The venue and the full schedule is still beneath the tip of the iceberg, and with a trip to Notre Dame scratched off the bucket list it had better be a good one.
It’s brilliant news for Parisian poker lovers who have seen live tournaments vanish from the French region like the shrimps that used to use the tentacles of the Portuguese Man O’ War as skipping ropes.
It’s not the first time that the Unibet Open has slung a necklace of garlic around its neck. In 2012, Jaroslaw Barglik beat 439-entrants, and the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Champion, Kent Lundmark heads-up, to bank the €140,539 first prize in the Cercle Cadet.
The timing of the Parisian push is perfect as Unibet recently left the French iPoker network to join Relax Gaming’s poker network. Relax, and Unibet has been best buddies ever since Unibet left the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) to become a standalone entity in 2014. Since then, Pokerihuone joined the network, and the word on Marvin’s grapevine is Relax CEO Daniel Eskola is keen to expand their poker reach.
In 2016 Relax Gaming won Gaming Intelligence’s Poker Supplier of the Year award.
Wow there horsey!
Before we get to Paris, Lappin and the lads have trips to London and Malta in the offing.
Unibet Open London takes place May 23 – 26 at The Vic. It will be the eighth time the team has set up camp in the Queen’s backyard. Last year, Andreas Wiborg defeated a field of 348-entrants to win the £56,807 first prize.
Unibet Open Malta is pencilled in for Sep 11-15.
Unibet Online Poker Series returns
It wasn’t that long ago that Unibet steered clear of holding an online poker series, and now they love it more than prison inmates love doing pushups.
Between April 22 – 5 May, the Unibet Online Series (UOS) returns for the fifth time with 84-events for Nano, Low and High players. Unibet is promising €400,000 in guaranteed prize money, and each winner is invited to compete in a €5,000 Unibet Online Series Showdown tournament. There is also a leaderboard with €25k in prizes to be won by someone full of grit, determination and pot noodles.
The crown on the top of the head of this one is the €100,000 Guaranteed Main Event.
Qualifiers have begun, so stop all that Marcel Marceau nonsense in front of the mirror, wash off that white makeup, and get tapping.